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  • Saturday, January 19, 2013 2:16 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    MESSAGE FROM VISION REIKI

    Creating Your Personal Vision for 2013
    by Catherine Bastedo

     
    I am honoured to be asked to write a monthly column and do so with the hope that my words will reach you at the right time, in the right place, and bring you whatever is in your highest good in that moment.  This first message, focusses on beginning the year 2013.

    If you have not yet done so, please take a moment, close your eyes, and picture what you would like to create in your life this yearundefinedhealth or abundance or a new/better relationship, closer ties with family, deeper connection to the universal energy around us, peace and harmony…  And what would you like to let go ofundefinedgrief? anger? old wounds? worry? fear?...

    To start with, picture energy pouring into you through your Crown and streaming down through your body to your root, right down to the soles of your feet.  Let this energy, like a river, wash through you, cleansing, carrying away debris, taking with it anything that no longer serves you.  Let those old feelings of hurt/ insecurity/ lack of confidence be borne away.

    Next, draw up energy from your feet.  Picture the soles of your feet on the ground, on Mother Earth, and extend roots from your feet into the earth, downwards, outwards, strengthening your ties with Nature, with your friends and colleagues, with your extended family, even with your ancestors.

    This is part of who you are, whether these roots please you or not.  Be grateful for your roots, as they have brought you to where you are today.  And yes, you are where you are meant to be.  

    You may want to picture your roots wrapping themselves around a beautiful crystal in the earth, amplifying the energy.  It is important to acknowledge your roots, to feel them and strengthen them, because without roots we can be blow over by the least storm that comes our way.

    As you feel your roots, at the same time welcome the light pouring in through your Crown.  The two flows of energy meet in your Heart, and spread through your whole body.  No matter what your state of health, on the physical, mental, emotional or spiritual plane, this little visualization will help.

    And now, in a more clear state, go back to your thoughts and feelings about 2013.  I suggest you form a positive message to yourself, and phrase it in the present, as if it is already happening, as in, “This year I use my talents to create…. This year I have a loving relationship with a wonderful partner.  This year I practice gratitude every day.  Repeat your affirmation during your meditation, or in those moments in bed just before getting up or falling asleep.  Picture yourself doing what you would love to do.

    My 101-year old aunt lives by herself in her two-story house and enjoys life to the fullest, driving her car, quilting and entertaining family and friends. The local museum just held a show of her art.  I said to her on a recent visit, “What is your secret?” and she immediately laughed and replied, “Get a good night’s sleep, eat three good meals a day, and do what you enjoy doing!”

    So remember, Energy follows Intention.  Let your intention for 2013 be positive, fulfilling and wonderful.

    I wish you joy in the journey, and look forward to connecting with you again soon!




    Catherine Bastedo
    teaches Usui-Holographic Reiki at all levels, facilitates healing through energy sessions, and holds spiritual nature workshops and retreats. She also offers Reiki at the Maplesoft Survivorship Centre.

    She is the author of Bird Vibes , a meditation deck based on the chakras and our spiritual connections to birds and the French adaptation in book format, Les oiseaux, nos guides spirituels. This deck helps to understand daily life situations and deepen our connection with the universal energy in us and around us.

    Catherine is a Reiki Master and has a M.A. in Canadian Studies (Carleton University). She held leadership roles as an executive in the Canadian Public Service and then as the Executive Director of the International Council for Canadian Studies for a number of years.

    Catherine is also a Director of the Board of the DIVA Foundation, which supports advances and rewards excellence in women’s health and well-being.

    Catherine Bastedo uses archetypes, myth and nature totems to help people reduce stress, release and transmute old patterns, restore balance on the physical, mental, and emotional levels and develop new ways of looking at life and the patterns in their lives.

    Her clients and students appreciate the wisdom, experience and love of nature she brings to her work.

    Study with Catherine Online at the Wise Woman University

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    This online class will help you learn the location of your seven major chakras and their attributes, as well as the state of health of your own chakras and how they affect your emotional and physical health. You will learn how to sense your chakras, connect with them and techniques for clearing and aligning them, through quick exercises and assignments.
  • Friday, January 18, 2013 8:09 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Womb Wonders and Baby Blessings

    Window to the Womb
    by Dr Jill Diana Chasse
     

    There’s no window in your belly. No way to look inside and see what’s going on within your womb. You know your child is growing, developing and changing, but you may feel detached, or anxious to see your child’ s little hands and those chubby legs that are kicking your side.  Creating your own window into the womb, a window into your baby’s world and brand new life is a significant activity for early bonding and one that can help unwind and relax both of you.

    Connecting with your child through visualization strengthens development and builds lasting bonds of love.  Seeing is something we do not only do with our eyes. We see with our heart, with our power of touch, and with our mind.  Pregnancy is a time when the amazing ability of human visualization can be utilized.

    Did you ever see a commercial about breakfast and suddenly smell the coffee and taste the bacon?  How about when you’re driving to work and the radio announcer is talking about a trip to sunny Florida. Can’t you just feel the sun and hear the ocean? The human mind has absolutely amazing capabilities when it comes to visualization and imagination. Creating a mental picture of your child within your womb allows a stronger sense of connection and bonding.

    Parenthood is a new stage of life and every change we make adds both challenge and excitement. Becoming more acquainted with a change allows emotional regulation and strength and coping mechanisms to assist. Developing a relationship with your baby before birth gives a mother more time to emotionally and psychologically adjust to that change of becoming a parent. Even with subsequent children, developing the relationship with each individual child and preparing for the change of an additional family member is vital.

    This preparation is best done prenatally.  It is also best to use your senses when meeting your baby. Sing and talk to her, rub his back with your hands across your belly, and picture her little toes, tiny nose, and sweet tender head cradled soothingly within your womb. When using active visualization, meeting your child becomes a process, initiated early and gently.  In this introduction process, both mother and child grow together.

    Designing your own window to your womb creates an opportunity to gently flow into parenthood with increased strength, understanding, harmony and of course, vision.

    Jill Diana Chasse


    Dr. Jill Diana Chasse is maternal/child public health practitioner, an author and a counselor. Jill has been working with the mother-baby dyad in birth and psychology for over 20 years.

    She has studied midwifery at both Ancient Arts Midwifery Institute and Institute of Holistic Midwifery, holds Master's degrees in Psychology and Public Administration, and a Doctorate in Health Administration.  

    Personally, she loves the ocean, skiing, horseback riding, and cuddling up with her kids, hot coffee and a good book in front of a fireplace on a snowy evening.

    Currently, she works in public health for the federal government and teaches classes for the Childbearing Year at Wise Woman University, online, including the childbirth education method she founded, BEBE- Baby-Empowered Birthing Education.


    Listen to a 30 minute radio interview with Jill Diana Chasse


     
    Study with Jill Diana Chasse Online

    ~ Pregnancy and Postpartum Mental Health Support ~
      ( link to detailed description of Pregnancy and Postpartum Mental Health Support )

    Manage pregnancy and postpartum emotional challenges including baby blues and PPD symptoms to help reduce the risk of depression and keep yourself and your baby mentally and emotionally strong.  REGISTER HERE


    ~ BEBE - Baby Empowered Birth Education ~
    ( link to detailed description of BEBE )

    Baby-Empowered Birth Education is a Complimentary Natural Childbirth method for use with or without medications, at home, birth center, or in a hospital with key concepts of “Experiencing, Understanding and Enjoying” your labor and delivery through emotional support, empowering yourself, and empowering your baby. REGISTER HERE


    ~ BEBE Childbirth Educator Certification Program ~
      ( link to detailed description of BEBE for Educators )

    Become a “Baby-Empowered Birthing Education” Certified Childbirth Educator offering women and babies an empowering, magical, enlightening, and passionate natural choice for childbirth education, encouraging them to “experience, understand and enjoy” the Magic of Motherhood! REGISTER HERE
     

    This is an online workshop intended for parents who have lost a baby during pregnancy or after birth. It is a self paced, guided tour through the healing process to work through grief and bereavement issues. Working through these issues in this format is especially helpful in the early stages of grief when the shock and pain is still raw.
    REGISTER HERE



    Baby Magic for your Magic Baby
    By Jill Diana Chasse




    Baby Magic is a Spiritual Guide to Motherhood. Beginning before conception, Baby Magic guides a woman on her magical journey of becoming a mother.

    ~ORDER HERE~

  • Tuesday, January 01, 2013 7:16 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Sara Deutsch, M.S.,(PhD abd) is a college teacher, Creative Arts Therapist and multimedia artist who explores creativity as a healing force. Sara’s journey led her into many worlds. She trekked alone in the Himalayas, and lived in virgin jungles of Hawaiian Islands, eating only fruit and wild vegetables.

    She draws from doctoral study in Psychobiology and East/West Psychology, years in a contemplative order, 26 years of private practice and teaching, and multimedia explorations. She started telling writing her autobiography to connect and integrate her many life experiences.

    Sara is a visionary artist with thousands of original paintings. Her art portfolio includes Life Portraits, Memory Art, and interactive mandalas done for herself and her clients.

    She also creates Life Movies incorporating the subject’s photographic stills, voice overs, and favorite artwork and symbols. Her Ebook, CREATIVE AUTOBIOGRAPHYundefinedTelling Your Story summarizes 26 years of teaching with visual and written examples of whole brain writing processes, inspirations and an extensive booklist.
  • Tuesday, January 01, 2013 7:14 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    JoAnne Dodgson is a healer, author and teacher of Ka Ta See, a unique Peruvian tradition from the Eastern Andes.

    JoAnne has a doctorate in counseling psychology and has pursued an extensive twelve-year shamanic apprenticeship to live and learn the Ka Ta See tradition and share the ancient teachings and ceremonial ways.
  • Tuesday, January 01, 2013 7:13 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Thea Summer Deer, Ph.D. is a clinical herbalist, educator, author and singer-songwriter. She began practicing midwifery in 1978 and was a founding mother of the South Florida School of Midwifery.

    Her involvement in Alternative Medicine spans 35 years as owner of Mindbody Press and Evolutionary Press, and as the executive director of Resources for World Health. She is a graduate of the Botanologos School for Herbal Studies and received her doctorate from Venus Rising University.

    Mother, Grandmother, avid cook and gardener, Thea is also an award winning songwriter performing in the acoustic duo, Thea & The GreenMan.
  • Tuesday, January 01, 2013 7:12 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Dr. Jill Diana Chasse is maternal/child public health practitioner, an author and a counselor. Jill has been working with the mother-baby dyad in birth and psychology for over 20 years.

    She has studied midwifery at both Ancient Arts Midwifery Institute and Institute of Holistic Midwifery, holds Master's degrees in Psychology and Public Administration, and a Doctorate in Health Administration.  

    Personally, she loves the ocean, skiing, horseback riding, and cuddling up with her kids, hot coffee and a good book in front of a fireplace on a snowy evening.

    Currently, she works in public health for the federal government and teaches classes for the Childbearing Year at Wise Woman University, online, including the childbirth education method she founded, BEBE- Baby-Empowered Birthing Education.
  • Tuesday, January 01, 2013 7:10 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Ann began her career working as a free-lance makeup artist/esthetician working with such names as Schwarzkopf, Christian Dior, and CBC Television. Knowing that her life was destined to encompass a spiritual theme, an opportunity presented itself to obtain her Reiki Level II through a well-known Reiki Master of the Usui tradition.

    Using her gift of intuitive ability, she continues to enlighten many people using methods such as Angel Card Readings, Psychometry, Reiki, Past Life Regression Therapy and Chakra Balancing. Ann believes in the empowerment of women, and the expression of individuality through love, understanding and enlightenment. She shares her living space with 3 children, a life partner, and many furried and feathered outdoor friends.
  • Tuesday, January 01, 2013 7:09 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Catherine Bastedo teaches Usui-Holographic Reiki at all levels, facilitates healing through energy sessions, and holds spiritual nature workshops and retreats.  

    She is the author of Bird Vibes, a meditation deck based on the chakras and our spiritual connections to birds and the French adaptation in book format, Les oiseaux, nos guides spirituels. This deck helps to understand daily life situations and deepen our connection with the universal energy in us and around us.

    Catherine is a Reiki Master and has a M.A. in Canadian Studies (Carleton University). She held leadership roles as an executive in the Canadian Public Service and then as the Executive Director of the International Council for Canadian Studies for a number of years.

    Catherine Bastedo uses archetypes, myth and nature totems to help people reduce stress, release and transmute old patterns, restore balance on the physical, mental, and emotional levels and develop new ways of looking at life and the patterns in their lives.

    Her clients and students appreciate the wisdom, experience and love of nature she brings to her work.
  • Tuesday, January 01, 2013 7:08 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Susun Weed, author of the Wise Woman Herbal series, is an extraordinary teacher with a joyous spirit, a powerful presence, and an extensive knowledge of herbs and health.

    Ms. Weed is the voice of the Wise Woman Tradition, empowering women worldwide to reclaim their health and wellbeing through knowledge, simply and safely. Susun Weed is the founder of the Wise Woman University.
  • Tuesday, January 01, 2013 7:06 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    My workshops flow from my quest for the Sacred Feminine blended with my experience practicing and teaching yoga.

    I've been a Kripalu Yoga instructor since 1979. I've also trained as a yoga and bodywork therapist.

    From 1981 to 1988, I served on staff at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Lenox, MA. During this time, I led yoga classes for thousands of guests, conducted a practice in bodywork therapy, designed workshops on many aspects of holistic health, and trained yoga teachers and bodyworkers.

    In the course of my continuing yoga studies, I learned how cultures around the world have valued the body's center as sacred. Delving deeper into this subject revealed connections between the body's center and qualities of the soul, the extent of women's power in family and society, and the degree of a culture's reverence for Sacred Feminine.
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