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For years, I offered The IRISH HOUR, my virtual radio program.  For some reason, it kind of fell by the wayside, so I thought I would offer up an Irish tale today to you my blog readers.

I love Halloween.  It was my favorite holiday as a child. Going to Catholic school, we always got the next day off as it was a  Holy Day, The Feast of All Saints.   It was a time of honoring the dead and the saints who were an example of how we  should live our lives.

Ghosts and Goblins roamed the neighborhood on this night of nights, when it was believed the dead rose from their graves.  Growing up in Chicago, we had cemeteries galore in our neighborhood, each with at least a few relatives and friends in residence.  Plenty of dark places to walk past and maybe hear the rustling of chains as the graves opened and feel the wisp of a touch
graze you as something flew by.

I had no fear of ghosts. Since I was a baby in my crib, my grandmother, who died in childbirth with my mother, began visiting me on a regular basis.  When I was four, my maternal grandfather died at the beginning of October, and my last remaining grandparent, my father’s mother, died at the end of October.  They too began to visit me regularly for nighttime visits.   As many of you know, I am 100% of Irish descent, and well talking to the dead is in my bones, so to speak.

Halloween is New Year’s Eve to the Celts.  It is a time when the veil between worlds is thin, and we believe our ancestors come to call, just before the FEAST.  Some of them may be included in the Saints, and well some of them, might still be working off their Sinner status.  We called that Purgatory.  God is good, and really you have to have done something REALLY BAD to burn in hell for ever after.  Purgatory was the tween place, where you go before you get to see God.  At least that’s how my young mind remembers it.

Tween places are magical to the Irish people.  Dawn & Dusk, the shore where water meets the sand, the edges of the mists, all open us to the unexpected, a place where logic doesn’t exist, the places of fantasy and mystery.

And this year, I find myself drawn back once again to Chicago.  A place where Halloween is a National Holiday, I swear.  Where
everyone decorates their homes to welcome in the Goblins, where bobbing for apples is still an event, and children go house to house dressed in costume, crying TRICK OR TREAT, Money or Eat…

Samhain (pronounced “Sowain”) literally means Summers End.  The lunar feast took place at the time of the Full moon in October which took place earlier this week.  It marked the Celtic New Year and lasted about a week.  The Celts believed that this was the time of year when the Earth turned away from the light and began to embrace the darkness.  The harvest was already in, the cornstalks became like ghost figures in the field.  And the doors to the Otherworld flew open, and the veil between this world and the world of Spirit all but disappeared.  What if, even for only one night, we were able to communicate once again with loved ones that have crossed, and receive their guidance and instruction?  I have felt my own mother close by the past few days, and had numerous friends who just lost their own mothers in the past few weeks.  Mom came a calling to let me know she is well
and sending her love to everyone.  Greeting the new arrivals in Heaven.

Already our nights are becoming longer and just this morning I was surprised how dark it was at 6 am. So as you snuggle into the dark the next few weeks as Halloween approaches, open your heart to hear the whispers of you loved ones from the other side.  BE WELL.  And hope to see you in Chicago at one of my Soul Salons!

Also check out the link on your right to Four Winds Farm where I will be doing a Soul Salon in Quincy, IL on Nov 3rd.


Order to Chaos – The Creative Path

Sometimes when we enter creation chaos, things that felt like they were in chaos before tend to fall into place. Just this morning I was writing my 3 pages, which is my normal download. By doing that exercise each day, other issues that were on the back burner, seem to percolate to the surface. (Now there is a word that doesn’t get used much anymore – who percolates coffee? We
now French press or swing by the barista for our Kuppa….)

So know that out of Chaos comes order, and out of order – CHAOS! Last Monday, I played the Transformation Game, a  monthly event at my friend, Susan Barry’s office. My intention for this month was to clear a negative thought pattern. When I get stressed, I tend to go into the endless loop of NOT ENOUGH. Not enough Time, Not enough Money, Not enough Clients….

We all have triggers that take us down the path to Less Than. My trigger – CLUTTER! Reality is I have MORE THAN ENOUGH. I used to repeat the mantra, “I have everything I need and more”. Funny how we continue to ask the Universe for more & more, until we look around our homes and workspaces and see all the MORE filling up every nook and cranny.

There was much humor in playing the game this month. As I left Susan’s office, I felt I finally had ENOUGH! As I returned home and opened the door, I walked into the office/library of my home, immediately I felt my energy drop. I had noticed lately I don’t spend much time in this room. It has always felt oppressive to me. The first thing one sees upon opening the door is my
bookcase, which was overflowing with piles of books. Books I use in my classes. Books I intend to read some day. Books I bought and thought I couldn’t live without, books I borrow, books from friends who thought I should read this book or that.

I continue to love books, even in this day of Kindles, which a friend recently gifted me. Books are like old friends. Some come into our life for a reason, some for a season, and some for a lifetime.

Luck of the Irish, my cleaning gal came to the rescue. In just three hours we sorted all the books in the bookcase, and I chose about 10% to return to the shelves, along with some sacred objects. Today the room feels positively uplifted! And I am ready to move on to the next room. Sometimes to move through the Chaos, we need to take small sips!

Our word for our first Soul Salon was SOAR!  I will continue to Soar knowing I truly have ENOUGH – Period. The word for October is FLOW! I move into the Flow – entering the Chaos, and letting go of what I no longer need.  From the Chaos comes Order.  Have a great month!  And check out the New Soul Salons in Chicago on the sidebar. Tell your friends!


The first Soul Salon on Monday, August 29th was so much fun!  Lots of Angels were floating around the deck as we did the visualization!  In Soul Coaching® the first element is AIR – and our Word for the month of September is SOAR!  You can still take part in the AIR portion by attending the Saturday Salon on the 17th.  Please let me know if you plan to attend so we have enough chairs!

For Oct the element is WATER – and once again I am offering a Monday Morning Salon on Sep 26th, followed by a Saturday Salon on Oct 8th.  The word is FLOW.  Maybe some Water Spirits will show up, or a Kelpie or two (a Kelpie is an Irish Water Horse).  Hope to see you at the next Salon!

The beauty of these salons is that you can come to one or come to all.  I chose a theme each month, and offer it on a Monday and a Saturday. Attend either day.  You will always go away inspired!

I Got Mail

Saturday morning and sitting with my steaming cup of JAVA…   Speaking of coffee, I read this week in Costco’s magazine that coffee is really good for you!  Keeps you young!  They recommend 3 or more cups a day.  I would have to be in AA to drink that much coffee!  As it is I don’t sleep. Two is my max and preferably before noon. The article also states that caffeinated tea works as well.  So drink up!

Thank you all for the lovely comments on the blog!  I’m still learning so “bear” with me.  The response has been so positive both here and your personal e-mails.  I thank you for taking the time to read the blog and to respond.

Today I am preparing for my first Soul Salon on Monday.  In Soul Coaching® the first element is AIR – and our Word for the month of September is SOAR!  We have an AIR SHOW going on at our local airport and I can hear the planes soaring over the house!

And it is RAINING!  Sometimes we forget that there is moisture in AIR.  Especially when you live in the High Desert!  I know everyone on the East Coast is aware of the wind this weekend.  Sending Reiki light to all that the winds will be calmed and all will be safe!

Enjoy your Kuppa!  and check back soon.