Cottage Mavens, I was astounded and amazed when I saw that people from 16 countries had read my blog yesterday. (46 countries year- to- date )
At that moment, I was glad that the “translator” was on.
Finally, hitting the 3 year mark, I don’t think I started writing on the blog right away.
And once I did, I started out gingerly, tip-toeing in to the blog world, not sure what I would be writing about.
Things started to shift and evolve within me.
Thinking that I would write about decorating and all things related, my spirituality started showing up in a big way.
There were messages coming through that I needed to share with the world.
When I started to share these things, my heart began to fill up.
Even though I have just over 200 followers, I continue to blog. I’m not only inspiring myself, but hopefully others. 😉
Even if you don’t know what the Lion’s Gate portal is on 8-8-17 (8), the full moon eclipse, the global shift, etc. etc. etc. , you can prepare for this worldwide event by preparing your altar.
The full moon in Aquarius, the friendly sign, will most likely be bringing people together, and with the sun in Leo, there may be large gatherings, parties, and get- togethers done on a larger scale – or you may choose to spend the time with those closest to your heart.
Whichever way it plays out for you, there are several things you can do to prepare.
Create an Altar ~ this can be temporary or permanent.
Here are some suggestions for you to try…
Your altar can be simple or extravagant, it is entirely up to you.
create a central focal point, like in any good design!
You can start with a table, place a cloth on the table if desired.
add pictures of the Christed ones such as Jesus, Paramahansa Yogananda, Babaji, Lord Buddha, Amachi, your own personal guru, your ancestors, or a symbol that denotes peace, love, and world unity.
You can also use a large rock or crystal
Add something from each of the elements, ie. fire, earth, wood, air, water, using natural living things found in your environment.
Fire ~ Candles, Incense, Sage wand
Earth ~ Crystals, rocks, lava, dirt
Water~ a bowl of water, a mirror,
Wood ~ Herbs, Flowers, leaves – here I’m using leaves, Rosemary for longevity, faithfulness, and spiritual strength. Sage for clarity and guidance.
Air ~ feathers, bird nests
Look for things close to your home, or take a walk and see what finds you!
The idea is not to go out and buy a bunch of stuff or spend a lot of money on your altar.
Find things from Nature, the elements, or your kitchen!
As I’m sitting here with this altar, sacred space, with all of it’s beauty, softness, and grace, I feel deep emotion, blessings, and so much love in my heart.
The energy of the herbs, flowers, crystals, send forth their love, fragrance, and gratitude, making our job easier.
Our job of sending this love and gratitude worldwide.
Why wait until the full moon?
Get the family involved in this vigil, this ceremony.
Spend time meditating near your altar infusing it with your peace.
Then, on the full moon, collect the energy of your altar, rolling your hands over it and collecting it up into a great ball of light.
Give your energy ball a blessing and send it out into the Universe.
Every Sunday, in August there will be worldwide global unity prayer circles.
Keep your altar refreshed.
Create a group of your own .
Keep the Ball rolling!
Feel the peace in your heart and become a “smile millionaire”* giving your smiles away to all you come into contact with. ( smile millionaire first coined by Paramahansa Yogananda)
Eat more super foods and Raw foods to increase your own Life Force energy. You can find my recipes here.
With much love, Lorna
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When you bring superfoods into your body, your energy changes, and as a result your focus of attention will shift as well…it becomes easier to live in a state of appreciation, ( or gratitude). David Wolfe
I had a dream the other night, half in and out of sleep.
I’ve heard about getting “down loads” from the Universe.
As I was seeing clips of superfoods scroll across my mind, I realized the next morning, that I was getting what I thought must have been a download.
With only a general knowledge of “superfoods”, I started to notice more of them.
I was being urged or guided to eat more of them
…and to find ways to incorporate them into my diet.
I had already discovered the benefits of eating a more raw diet of living, whole foods, such as organic fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.
I had also been weaning myself away from breads, flour, grains, and dairy, and was noticing a difference in my body like ~
less bloating and inflammation
a feeling of inner stability
a brighter outlook
deeper sleep patterns
my skin is getting smoother, silkier
I was also noticing that I no longer had cravings for candy or chips, or anything unnatural like foods with preservatives.
And the best thing, was that my body knew when it had had enough and when to stop.
Rather than eating a whole bag of chips, a few flax crackers would satisfy me.
Ice cream tasted good at first, but then I noticed I felt heavy afterward and it made a pain in my back flair up.
Whereas, yogurt was half the calories ad made me feel calm and nurtured.
I was gently being guided through food to choose the higher vibration foods and my body was responding and I was able to hear what my body was saying to me.
So, I started listening.
The Life Force in the food had started bringing me home.
It may have cost a little more to buy organic fresh foods, but the dividends were paying off by the way that I felt.
I realized that this is what our Creator had intended for us, and how far we had gotten away from our true nourishment, and been seduced by advertising, beautiful packaging, and false labels of promises that weren’t being met, like non-fat, sugar free, natural, and cage free.
Why had I felt depressed after eating a steak, or sensed an ammonia after taste in the store bought eggs or noticed bruises on the chicken legs? Was I picking up on their distress?
I was beginning to think so…..
The big looming question in your mind at this point is probably….
How do I eat this stuff?
Where do I start?
I sincerely hope you will join me on this journey as I create new Superfood recipes to share with you.
Here are some facts about superfoods.
What is so special about a superfood?
Superfoods have over a dozen or more special properties in them like, more vitamins, minerals, enzymes, detoxifiers, and life force.
Think: Foods as medicine ` they increase your body’s immune system from the inside out. It’s like building your cells from the inside, to fight and protect you from illness and disease. *
“Get more nutrition with less eating”, superfoods are both a food and a medicine ~ David Wolfe
Here are a few examples:
deep red goji berries ~ ( moist berries) increase eye health and are considered the “Fountain of Youth“.
cacao ~ chocolate,” the food of the gods “, highest anti-oxidant, magnesium
Maca root ~ fertility, strength, stamina
Honey ~ Bee pollen
Coconuts ~ the tree that supplies all that is needed to live.
Just to name a few…..
Superfoods have the ability to tremendously increase the vital force and energy of one’s body, and are the optimal choice for improving overall health, boosting the immune system, elevating serotonin production, enhancing sexuality, and cleansing and alkalizing the body. ~ David Wolfe
Well, who wouldn’t want that????
Consuming superfoods makes it dramatically easier to achieve your ideal weight, diet, and food habits.” ~David Wolfe
This just keeps getting better all the time!!!!
Superfoods will ease you into detoxification and the transition to more healthy foods ~ all without willpower! ~ David Wolfe
When doing a cleanse it’s always a great idea to keep some healthy sweet alternatives at the ready so you don’t fall back on old habits.
Here are some of my favorites –
I like to have the maple flavored or honey flavored yogurts instead of ice cream.
sliced apples with chunky peanut butter
You can make ahead this recipe and get creative with it. I like to store it in a mason jar because it takes up less room in the fridge.
Chia Seed Pudding in a Mason Jar
2 1/2 cups almond or Coconut milk
3/4 cups chia seeds
2-3 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
Blend in a blender or stir all ingredients into a Mason jar and refrigerate overnight. If you make it directly into the mason jar, you will want to check it to make sure it is stirred about a half hour after you first make it.
I like to layer it with one of the yogurts mentioned above and some fresh fruit, like mango, shown in the picture.
For an extra treat, enjoy it outside on the patio or by the poolside.
Most of the above satisfies the “no dairy” protocol during your cleanse or anytime. Reducing dairy in your diet can reduce inflammation in your joints.
Even though there is some sugar and dairy in the yogurt choices, you cannot beat the healthy probiotics you’ll be getting.
Please share in the comments if you’ve found some healthy alternatives for your sweet tooth.
I’d love to hear from you. Mahalo
This post does not intend to offer medical advice. Only suggestions for healthier lifestyle choices based on my own personal experiences.
Whether you are wanting to lose weight, improve your chances of fighting off illness, shift to a higher vibration, and just “feel” better, this meal plan can be followed for one week, one month, one year, or a lifetime. It may just change your life! Please join me in this beautiful, healthful way of enjoying food. You may find that cravings that you once had may start to slip away. And as always, be gentle on yourself. This in not a diet, but a way of life.
water 16 oz.
one cup coffee ( no sugar) black or full fat half and half ( why full fat? see below)
Low fat has all kinds of extra ingredients. Would you rather put this in your body?
or this? Check out the ingredients. As close to pure with out being organic, which would be even better. Full fat also is more satisfying, and without all of the added chemicals and stabilizers, your chance of craving something more will be reduced.
If you haven’t already, start reading your ingredients. I was shocked to make this discovery. Weren’t you?
Breakfast – Green Smoothie
1 cup water
1 cup orange juice
1 mango or strawberries, blueberries, etc.
1 tbsp. fiber ( psyllium husk- dry blended and kept in an airtight container)
1 scoop green powder
1 tbsp. E-3 Live (optional) or local Bee pollen
( if you need to reduce the sugar, you can leave out the o.j., and if you don’t have green powder, you can add one handful of raw spinach leaves)
Make up your own recipes!
Lunch – Chopped salad – everything chopped up very small and mixed together . A variety of vegetables and fruits, and eat as much as you want!
For your dressing use the following:
Fresh minced garlic
olive or flax oil
fresh squeezed lemon juice
Add some fresh or dried herbs like sweet basil, one of my favorites.
Best to use fresh, organic, seasonal vegetables.
water 16 oz.
Pan Roasted Vegetables tossed in olive oil with salt and pepper
lean meat if desired.
16oz. water at the end of your meal
Dessert – Sweeet tooth alternatives in a future post
Glass of wine if desired ( but not every day)
Repeat for 7 days
For a snack try some freshly juiced carrot with a nub of fresh ginger.
Schedule a massage and a colonic for this week.
Do some gentle exercise like walking stretching, yoga or swimming every day. (As you detox, you will find that your body wants to move more).
Try detoxing from TV for one week.
Listen to music and spend some quiet time in Nature.
Take a nap if you feel like it.
Write down any changes in your appetite, body, mood, or sleeping habits.
If you are having trouble sleeping you might want to try one of these.
Drink 1 teaspoon of Celtic Sea salt dissolved in water before bed for a deep sleep
Try some ice water with some Tart Cherry Concentrate and a little Agave nectar to sweeten it. The melatonin in the cherry will give you a deep slumber.
Golden Milk recipe:
Prepare organic Turmeric paste by cooking the powder ( 1 jar) in filtered water until it forms a paste. Add 1/2 tsp. black pepper as it is cooking. Store in fridge.
Mix 1 teaspoon of Turmeric paste into a cup of coconut milk or almond milk and add cinnamon or nutmeg to taste.
Drink before bedtime and you’ll sleep like a baby.
Here are some before and after photos of me to give you some proof of what I am saying.
I know! I couldn’t believe it was me either! This picture was a big wake up call for me. Taken about 2 years ago.
This is what I look like today. Still a work in progress, but I feel soooo much better. A change in lifestyle is what it took.
Things I’ve noticed so far:
My mind is heightened and alert
My vision is clear
I feel great
I’m waking up earlier requiring less sleep., but still sleeping through the night.
My waistline is restructuring itself.
I’m not having cravings or strong hunger urges.
I feel happier and keep getting rushes of kundalini energy and tingling in my head, like my body is waking up and t he cells are regenerating themselves.
Update: This week I started doing 200 sit ups and 100 arm curls with a 10 lb. weight. Focusing on the waistline, and hoping the sit ups will firm my chin area. Still swimming almost every day.
We are here lovely lady. We are always present with you.
We hear your call –
We will provide a stepping stone for you each day as you walk the earth.
You are our beloved and we feel much joy in your progression.
Take time to heal yourself as this is part of your journey to wellness.
Do not neglect every day matters that you feel you have no control over.
Pray for a beneficial outcome
Trust that your prayers are heard
Expect a good outcome, in fact, more than you could ever imagine.
When we feel we need to intervene, we will. No matter is too small for you are loved and nothing can take that love from your heart. It is securely planted there just for you, for the wonderful being that you are.
Your blessings are great and they will multiply with these daily practices.
And So It Is! The Universe, God, Source hears you and is waiting for you to become partners with the Beingness of Love.