We have a beautiful meditation garden here at Gateway Cottage Wellness Center, please come visit soon!by
I get this question a lot from folks who feel like they had strong guidance and it disappeared. I assure you your guides, angels, fairies, spirit guides and/or animal helpers are still there. I’m willing to bet that you are the one who disappeared.
- Do you still make time to sit in quiet?
- Do you regularly check in with your guides?
- Do you ask them to come along when you’re having fun, not just calling on them when you’re in trouble?
- Do you make time for your guides like you would a good friend?
- Do you practice working with your guides, just like you would practice a sport?
Here are some tips for connecting with your guides:
Practice, practice, practice. Connect, connect, connect. Yes, practice your connection. Create time to spend with your guides. Like a relationship with a good friend (which they are) you must nurture that relationship. The more you connect with them, the more you will learn from them and the easier it will be to connect. If you can carve out time for a Starbucks coffee, or to watch the latest series on Netflix you can make time to work with your guides. Find ten minutes (longer if possible) a day to sit in quiet and invite them in.
Create a sacred space – a small altar with a candle, crystals, rocks, feathers, icons, any items that help you create the mood to sit quietly and connect. It might just be a special chair in the corner by a sunny window or where the moon kisses you in the evening. This is where you sit when your intention is to connect with spirits, guides, animal totems, fairies or angels. It is your own private vortex, where the energy feels right.
Your guides are friends; treat them as such. Call on them in good times and bad. Send gratitude for the light they bring to your life, ask them to intervene, to play the muse, to walk with you, to laugh with you, to create with you. Don’t always expect big, flashy fireworks, loud voices or a knock on the head. Their presence is usually more like a chill up your spine, hair raising goose bumps on your arms, a quiet whispering, “why don’t you try that path”, or a friend calling at exactly the moment you thought of them.
Check your ego at the door, open and listen. Your ego is usually coming from fear, it will create doubt when you hear, sense or see something that seems “off” or “strange”. You might get a very clear message and your ego decides it couldn’t possibly be right so it shuts you down. I have had to tell people some of the strangest things over the years. It’s none of my business what message comes through, it’s only my business to be a clear channel.
If you truly want to work with your guides, remember it’s a relationship. You must nurture the relationship! Show up, spend time together, honor the sacredness, and listen.
Many blessings, BakeR
When I want answers I will often ask to see or hear Ravens. They always show up for me and give me very clear answers.
Who do you work with?by
Today I got a message to draw a couple of Angel cards. My favorite Angel Deck is Angel Blessings by Kimberley Marooney. The question I asked was “What do I need to know to support Gateway Cottage Wellness Center to come together?”
First I spread out the deck, then I feel the energy of the cards. I always get an energetic tug toward the card/s that I should draw. Today it was just two.
The first card I drew is: Ramaela, Archangel of Joy. YES, this project is full of joy for me, it’s like a dream come true. And, Ramaela reminds me to stay in the joy, for there have been days when I get frustrated at the time it’s taking. Knowing of course it’s all in divine right timing, but seriously? LOL
A brief bit from the book about Archangel Ramaela – “Joy is food for the soul, the aroma of eternal ecstasy wafting on Heavenly air. Ramaela (raw-May-el-a) flies on wings of joy and the buds of spring burst forth from her creative fires. Your Eternal Self lives in this True Realm, where the deepest love you can imagine is calling. This ceaseless call seeks to show you glimpses of your own immortal splendor and awaken the longing for your spiritual Home.”
Okay, can it get any better than that?
The second card I drew is: Jamaerah, Archangel of Manifestation. YES I accept!
And the book says, “Jamaerah (ja-May-raw) opens space for your vision to manifest. This process begins with undifferentiated matter or electronic light substance, containing loving energy from the Eternal. The force of desire causes this light substance to revolve, creating a circular structure or vortex. These whirls begin to condense when they are received, clarified and projected as visions by Paschar (the Archangel of Vision). Jamaerah speeds up the vortex and opens space for the magnetic attraction of matter to begin.” It completes with this, “You have the power through the blessed assistance of Jamaerah to manifest your heart’s desires. Choose to create from love that which will be a blessing to yourself and others.”
How appropriate that we chose the Golden Spirals for our logo, and that the entire project is being created from love.
I accept, I accept, I accept – thank you Angels! And so it is. Aho.
Are you suffering from New Age Guilt?
You know, New Age guilt, that syndrome that comes on when you get sick and you ask yourself what caused it? What is the emotional reason behind this illness? What could I have done to prevent it? Why did this happen to me?
What if there IS NOT an emotional reason? What if you just caught something? What if that nasty bug going around got its crappy little tentacles in you? What if you just had a weak spot in your intestine, brain or artery since you were born, and there isn’t an emotional reason. You just happened to be born with it. Is it really helpful to beat yourself up some more?
I have good news, recently a woman was in for a reading and my guides told her, “SOMETIMES YOU JUST GET SICK!” WHAT? Sometimes it really is this physical vehicle we came in that gives out. The good news is you can let go of the new age guilt, you can decide to love yourself anyway. And you can stop guilting other people too! There’s an idea we can all benefit from, love ourselves just as we are and love everyone else just as they are.
No, I did not say you can stop taking your vitamins, jump off the treadmill, eat crappy food, or forget to clean up your thoughts! This is not a go to Burger King, get out of jail free card! I am however, gifting you a leave the guilt behind card. Let’s say you do get sick, you’re laying in bed feeling like hell and trying to figure out why. Sometimes it is productive to read Louise Hay or Ernest Holmes and find out what the underlying cause is so you can say the appropriate affirmation. There are times when we do need to clean up our thoughts, forgive someone or love ourselves. If that’s the case please do the work. However, you could decide to make your affirmations something along these lines: I love myself. I am whole, healthy and complete. I honor and appreciate my body for serving me all these years. I am so blessed to be alive in this day and age.
Love yourself through it! And remember:
The highest thought is always that thought which contains Joy.
The clearest words are those words which contain Truth.
The grandest feeling is that feeling which you call Love.
-Neale Donald Walsh, Conversations with God
Give yourself these gifts Joy, Truth and Love, you deserve it! And stop beating up my friend (that’s you)!
Love and joy, BakeR
For those of you who didn’t see my big announcement here it is again:
Once again Mamacita leads me down a new path!
I have been given an incredible opportunity to manage a new wellness center right here in Uptown Sedona along with the founders. They are beautiful, loving lights who are creating a gorgeous space, which will be dedicated to promoting emotional, physical, mental and spiritual wellness. We will open Labor Day weekend and I am thrilled to be starting this new adventure!
In the meantime,YES, I am still available for private sessions-readings, coaching and reiki here in Sedona, by phone, Skype or FaceTime.
Please contact me for your appointment:
I will continue to do my sessions at the new center when we open and will send details as we progress.
Coming Soon, I can’t wait for you to visit!by
Recently I realized that I still have insidious worms in my head. They writhe around, mushing my brain into slimy toxic waste! My fear based ego loves them, it feeds them regularly, giving them special treats so they can get bigger and fatter. GROSS!!!
For years, instead of knowing the Truth for myself, I have allowed the worms to eat away at who I really am. I allowed them to create my stories.
When I got lovingly honest with myself I came up with these insidious worms (stories) and the fodder the ego feeds them:
I am afraid of success. Yep, you should be, if you get really successful you won’t have any privacy, you’ll be gone all the time and your husband won’t love you anymore.
I am a procrastinator. Maybe, but you could miss something really important on Facebook.
I am afraid of failure. Damn straight, it hurts to fail!
I am not a good writer. Seriously have you read John O’Donohue? That’s a good writer, you are a hack with a couple of ideas.
Mamacita answers other peoples’ questions, but not mine. Mamacita has much more important issues to deal with than your whiny stuff. She’s not supposed to help you, just others.
With all the people I have taught these principles, why don’t I put them into action? No kidding, you must be unteachable.
The truth is these are all just stories I have been telling myself for eons. No matter what my “story” of the day is, I can change the ending. For instance, I used to have” victim consciousness” because my father sexually abused me for years. I lived from that “victim conscious” for a good part of my life, until I realized that I didn’t have to live there anymore. I healed that wound and changed my life. Now that I know I can heal something that big, I can surely heal being afraid of success or failure, or stop procrastinating, or listen to Mamacita, or practice what I teach.
It’s as simple as withholding the worms fodder and feeding my brain and psyche some new material, such as:
I am successful. I am in control of my time, my life is balanced
I choose to complete my marketing and then write or read.
I love failure, it’s one step closer to finding the correct way or the genius answer.
I practice, practice, practice my writing. I love sharing my ideas through my writing.
Mamacita and my other guides are always available for me, they love helping me.
As I teach others these principles I learn them myself. I am completely honest with myself.
All those stories we tell ourselves, they’re just worms! We can eradicate the worms, if we will just stop feeding them!
Let’s ask ourselves right now:
What are the stories I tell myself?
What do I need to release to change a particular story?
Changing my thinking and my perspective, how do I create my new story?
How can I put the new story into action?
If something is hard it’s because we are out of integrity. We must ask ourselves, “Where am I not being true to myself?”
I am going to be in integrity with myself, eradicate the worms and watch how easy it gets. No matter what the story, with a new perspective, I CAN change it – I can change the ending.
If you know someone who could benefit from reading this in any way please share it with them. In fact I’m going to be really BOLD here and ask you to please share this message with at least one person, Thank You!
Here’s my BIG announcement….drum roll please!
Once again Mamacita leads me down a new path!
I have been given an incredible opportunity to manage a new wellness center right here in Uptown Sedona along with the founders. They are beautiful, loving lights who are creating a gorgeous space, which will be dedicated to promoting emotional, physical, mental and spiritual wellness. We will open Labor Day weekend and I am thrilled to be starting this new adventure! Until then, YES, I am still available for private sessions-readings, coaching and reiki here in Sedona, by phone, Skype or FaceTime.
Please contact me for your appointment as my time is limited:
I will continue to do my sessions at the new center when we open and will send details as we progress.
Here’s my latest Red Rocker Chat video: Five Step Affirmative Prayer
And the print version if you prefer:
Affirmative prayer or treatment is the form of prayer I was taught. Instead of begging or beseeching God to help us we are stating our intention in a powerful and positive way. You can also use this form of prayer to express pure gratitude. Remember to connect with Spirit when everything is going good too, coming from that place of love and thanks.
When I used to teach children in Sunday School at New Vision Spiritual Growth Center how to do affirmative prayer, I would teach them with these words and actions:
God is all there is! -use your hands to make a large circle, like the whole world
I am all that God is. -Bring your hands into your chest.
I am happy or I am smart or I have a new friend etc. -Holding palms out flat to receive.
Thank you God! -Clapping
I let it go. And so it is! -Hands and arms opening into the air.
The adult version goes like this:
Five Step Affirmative Prayer/Treatment with short examples of each step.
Recognition – God is all there is. It is in the mountains, a drop of water and the ocean. Spirit is unlimited, creative genius.
Unification – I am all that Spirit is. I am the creative energy that Spirit is, I am the grace that Spirit is, I am that which It is.
Affirmation – I have completed my super spirit charged, psychic development book, which inspires and empowers people to use their gifts. Or Money is flowing to me in ever increasing amounts.
Gratitude – Thank you, thank you, thank you Spirit for the creativity and commitment you have so generously shared with me. I am so grateful for the inspiration all around me, the beauty of a spring day, the love of my friends, the power and majesty of the mountains.
Release – I release these words into the action of Universal law, knowing that it is complete – it is done. And so it is!
Suggestions for use:
Make it your’s, use words that resonate with you. Do write it positively and in the present tense.
I believe that the most important element is the feeling you bring to your treatment. If you are just repeating words by rote or out of obligation please rethink it. Make it meaningful to you!
Some people like to write their prayers, others choose not to. Again use what works for you. I personally have gone through phases of both. When I was first working with affirmative prayer or treatments as we call them in Religious Science, I wrote my prayers, it helped me to learn the steps and see when my treatments were lifeless.
When you release it, RELEASE IT! You don’t have to worry about how it will happen, how to do it is not our problem; the Universe knows how to make it happen. Get your ego out of the way and trust. Do you want to put your faith in Spirit or Fear? Right, Spirit! So let it go.
Practice, practice, practice. When you practice and see results, you will gain confidence and faith. Use those spiritual muscles!
Enjoy your divine connection with love and joy, BakeRby
Connect with Spirit
Several years ago when I first became a Reiki practitioner I went to my teacher, Laurelle Gaia, and asked her if she ever got bored doing Reiki. I had just done my first long session and found myself drifting away. Fortunately she didn’t smack me, she just answered with a resounding “NO”.
I walked away with my tail between my legs to think about it.
Usually the time flew by when I was working with a client, but occasionally I would find myself counting the minutes. The next time that I got bored, I checked in to find out what was going on. What I realized was that I was disconnected from Spirit, I wasn’t channeling Reiki energy; I was in ego and when I’m in ego I can’t channel anything. My ego self had to get out of the way and allow Spirit’s healing energy to channel through me. As soon as I remembered that Spirit does the work through me, I reconnected and I don’t get “bored” anymore. Just the other day I did back to back hour long Reiki sessions for six different people without any boredom. Six hours of Reiki and never a second of disconnection! In fact the only issue I have now is going over the allotted time, because my ego self is completely gone when Spirit takes over. The really cool thing is I don’t need a car to drive home anymore, I just float! LOL
This a perfect metaphor for my life. Whenever my ego self gets in the way I lose touch with Spirit and find it hard to get the Truth for myself. The disconnection also happens when I get too busy, I will find myself looking “out there” for answers instead of going within for the Truth. My fear based ego still believes it has all the answers and fights to keep me under control. Yet, the answers that will truly serve my highest and best good come from that quiet place within, where Spirit, my guides and my higher self reside. As long as I take the time and make the space to get connected the answers are there.
If you have issues with meditation or hearing your answers it’s likely that your ego gets in the way. Isn’t it your ego that thinks it has too much to do to be still and meditate? Isn’t it your ego that creates “monkey mind”, all those busy thoughts that spin around and around distracting you from your inner wisdom?
When do you get disconnected from the wisdom of your higher self, guides and Spirit? How can you connect today? To receive all the gifts Spirit has to offer carve out some time and space to truly connect with your inner wisdom. Give yourself the gift of connection, the gift of peace and the gift of wisdom.
Love and joy, BakeRby
Love Your Guides!
Have you ever gone to an enlightening and illuminating spiritual retreat where you felt completely connected to your guides, angels and animal totems? Where you experienced visions or intense feelings, heard voices or experienced Kundalini awakenings? But then you went home and you wondered why the angels, guides and totems deserted you. Where the heck did they go? Why were you so connected at the retreat but not at home?
At the retreat you opened up to the energies and played in the mystical realm. You rode the wave of expansion created by the synchronistic energy of a group of people coming together to learn, experience and practice new skills, creating an intense level of awareness. Your focus and energy were completely centered on learning these new skills; there were no distractions. But alas you had to go home, chop wood, carry water, pay bills, cook, clean and maybe even find time to work your day job.
Well that’s just great, but how can you create the same connection with your guides at home?
Practice, practice, practice. Yes, practice your connection. Create time to spend with your guides. Like a relationship with a good friend (which they are) you must nurture that relationship. The more you connect with them, the more you will learn from them and the easier it will be to connect. If you can carve out time for a Starbucks coffee, or to watch the latest series on Netflix you can make time to work with your guides. Find ten minutes (longer if possible) a day to sit in quiet and invite them in.
Create a sacred space – A small altar with a candle, crystals, rocks, feathers, icons, any items that help you create the mood to sit quietly and connect. It might be just a special chair in the corner by a sunny window. This is where you sit when your intention is to connect with spirits, guides, animal totems, fairies, or angels. It is your own private vortex, where the energy feels right.
When I’m doing private readings at home I sit in my red rocker instead of at my desk. I can connect with my guides when I’m sitting at my desk, but the rocker feels better. A bead and feather dance necklace from Peru decorates the wall, a brass Buddha that’s been with me for forty plus years sits amongst labradorite, spirit stone, clear quartz, selenite, rocks, shells and a crow wing that I found at West Fork trail head. My grandmothers yarn basket with a few small balls of yarn sits at my feet. These things move and are replaced at will but the space always feels just right. It’s my special place to talk with my earthly and spiritual friends. Some days I play music other days I don’t. There are no particular items you should or must include in your sacred space, use the items that help you feel a connection with spirit world. It can be completely barren white walls if that is what calls to you.
Your guides are friends; treat them as such. Call on them in good times and bad. Send gratitude for the light they bring to your life, ask them to intervene, to play the muse, to walk with you, to laugh with you, to create with you.
Like friends, the guides love to hear from you. When they know they are important to you they will share guidance and information. Don’t always expect big flashy fireworks, loud voices or a knock on the head. Their presence is usually more like a chill up your spine, hair raising goose bumps on your arms, a quiet whispering “why don’t you try that path”, knowing the correct street to turn on, that old song on the radio that speaks to you, or a friend calling at exactly the moment you thought of them.
Trust these subtle gifts, your guides are touching you, talking to you or maybe sending your human friend to help. Remember too that we all connect with different “clairs”, you may be clairaudient, clairvoyant, clairsentient, clairgustant, clairtangent, clairscent or a combination of some or all of these. Get quiet – remove all the distractions, silence or turn off the phone, close the computer screen and listen or feel. Be aware of the subtle ways they communicate and encourage them, let them know you hear/feel/see them
You will find that when your guides really want your attention they will demand it in not so subtle ways. Once I asked whether it was for my highest and best good to continue in a primary relationship. I said, “if the answer is yes I want to see two ravens fly over, if the answer is no, just one raven should fly over.” Standing on a mountain in southern Arizona where ravens are numerous, I knew this was possible. As I sat and meditated a lone raven flew over and did a spiral dance right over my head. In my infinite wisdom I decided that was a coincidence. Yeah right, a raven doing a spiral dance right over my head was a coincidence! I was really resisting this answer and my ego gave me a perfect rationalization.
The story gets better, as I drove home I saw a lone raven fly off a tree on the left side of the road; he landed in the middle of the road right in front of my car and strutted around like he was king of the road. Needless to say, I had to stop and watch this little parade or slaughter the king.
But my guides still weren’t done with me. Around a half mile later another raven flew from the right side of the road and again landed on the road in front of my car, looking right at me. Wow, really? Granted I was only going about 25 MPH on this long dirt road, but never in my life had a glossy black raven landed on the road in front of my car. It took me another year or so to end the relationship (back then I was a slow learner) but I’ve never forgotten those stunning ravens. By the way, I knew it was time to end the relationship, this was just a very strong confirmation that I needed to take the necessary steps. I stopped that day and gave thanks for the guidance, but as always I had free will to follow through or not.
Your guides are there for you always, in all ways. Do you want to spend time with them? Then just do it. Get quiet, go in and invite them to be with you. Thank them for their time and send love and light back to them.
May your days be filled with love, guidance and connection with your spiritual friends,
Please tell me how you love your guides in the comments below…many blessings!by
Many of you are empaths…because of this you are easily attacked by troubled spirits and even the negative energy of those you are in close contact with. If you work with someone who is negative and you go home tired and drained, if you go to the mall and it feels like an attack, if you work in an area where there are lots of spirits crossing over (hospitals, hospice, etc.) and you don’t know how to deal with the emotions, you are probably an empath. Empaths pick up others emotions, we can be deeply affected by others negativity. It’s very important that you learn how to protect yourself.
Here is a quick video that explains very simply how to do this for yourself. For empaths it’s best if you do this every morning.
Click here for the video Protect yourself from troubled spirits or troubled people
Crystals that are good for protection
Black tourmaline, jet, obsidian and smoky quartz are all good for keeping negative energies away. .Malachite draws the negative entities out of the system. Amber is excellent for healing and it’s gentle energy is perfect to use for teething babies. Cat’s Eye dispels negative energy. Pyrite protects the subtle and physical bodies. Jasper absorbs negative energy. Kunzite works on the individual and environment. Labradorite brings light which dispels the darkness of the negative energies. And my new personal favorite Tibetan Black Quartz.
According to Naisha Ahsian in “The Book of Stones”: Tibetan Black Quartz brings to the aura an energy like a flashlight in the dark. Their frequency acts as a psychic ‘window wash’, clearing debris from the energetic field and allowing more Light to fill the aura. As the Light permeates the energetic field, the aura expands and strengthens, creating a ‘non-force’ field of Light around one’s physical body. The ‘non-force’ field illuminates all that it touches, bringing Light and consciousness to any environment. In a sense, these stones make you a carrier of their energy, and you spread wherever you go.
And isn’t this what we all want a ‘non-force’ field of Light around our physical body?
Have a Light filled day! Namaste, BakeRby