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Mexico On My Mind

Mexico on My Mind

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In my mind I can hear James Taylor’s Mexico. “I’ve never really been but I’d sure like to go.”  My mind keeps coming back to our Mexico Retreat, I think about it often. Are you thinking about too? I’m so excited for it. 

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I think of all the sun and the fabulous fresh food and the sand between my toes, oh how I love the idea of laying out on that beach doing nothing. Then my mind wanders over to all the fun of big dinners together and laughter and celebrating each other. I love all of this. I’m finding myself giggling at the thought of it right now.  Of course, then comes the whole reason we’re doing this; Our Connection! Our connection with each other, our community and how our community is ever expanding. Especially our connection to Spirit, isn’t this what it’s all about?  I’m overwhelmed with excitement at the thought of spending an entire week in this energy.
Just think of it – waking each morning to like minded people with big smiles to great you, meeting for morning meditations together to start our days. Our days will be filled with adventures and art, mountain hikes and beach side siestas too. Our afternoons and evenings will be filled with SPIRIT! We’ll have Table Tipping, Metaphysical Playground workshops, Art Classes, Empath Support, Mediumship and whatever else we can conjure up. I know right… how exciting!
Last night these were the thoughts keeping me up. Now these are the thoughts putting a smile on my face for the day. 
If you haven’t signed up yet, there’s plenty of time. Also, don’t forget if you pay for the trip in full by October 31st, there’s a $100 discount! This is going to be an amazing week at the end of our winter, March 5th through the 12th.  Check out our Mexico Retreat page with more information. You can sign up directly with Casa De Los Artistas, that’s where we’ll be staying. They make it all so easy, they take care of everything. From the moment we step off the plane, we’re in their hands.  (They’re professionals, they’ve done this before. hahaa) The space is limited. I hope you make it!
I Wish You Light,
Andrea

Open Eyes

Open Eyes

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Sometimes what we do physically is related to what we are doing/need to do internally or spiritually. Today was one of those days for me. After taking the air conditioner out of my kitchen window, I was prompted to clean the glass inside and out so I could – you see where I’m going with this – see clearly. Over the past few weeks I have had a recurrent issue with waking up and having first one and then the other eye swollen nearly shut. After it happened a second time Andrea asked me “What aren’t you seeing?” I shrugged it off, not being able to think of anything off the top of my head that I had been avoiding, or turning away from. Now with the clean windows an old church hymn from my youth comes to mind “Open My Eyes” by Clara H. Scott. Written in 1895, it is as current today as when she wrote it over 100 years ago! Here are a few lines from it:

“Open my eyes that I may see   glimpses of truth thou hast for me  place in my hand that wonderful key that shall unclasp and set me free.”

” Open my eyes, ears and heart, illumine me, Spirit divine.”

I take this to mean not so much that I have been avoiding anything, just that I need to be even more aware and “looking out” for the truth and illumination of the Spirit and how I may use it to serve and connect with others. I will keep this in mind and endeavor to be a bearer of Light as I interact with people through my art, Reiki, Light Connection, and mediumship.

Have a wonderful, Light-filled weekend my friend!

Kristi

A New Service is Born

A new service is born

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All through my life when something is meant to be, it has literally dropped in my lap. Teaching art classes is a perfect example. I didn’t set out to teach, as a matter of fact I had many reasons why I couldn’t, but the persistence of some eager students convinced me and it has continued for the past 19 years.

Well, it has happened again!

I have come to understand over the past 2 years that I am an empath- aware of and even sometimes feeling acutely the emotions of other people. Now I have had 3 people request my advice in how to best manage their empathic gifts.Three is no coincidence and since I am always happy to share my knowledge, a new service has been born : Empath Support. I look forward to sharing what I have learned both individually and in small groups.  I love how this wonderful world works!

Wishing you Light,

Kristi

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Healer Heal Thyself

Healer, Heal Thyself

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Many of us have heard this phrase, but how often do we actually listen? In today’s world of “there is so much to do” how many of you actually take the time to sink down into your own body, into your own consciousness, and just listen? I bet it’s been a long time huh?  How many practitioners out there rave about meditation and connection and source and unplugging and yet run around in their day-to-day without taking a minute to feed their own soul or remember their own connections? Sometimes it’s difficult to practice what you preach.
Today I have a call to action for those of you who are looking to put yourself first, for those of you who are looking to recharge.  I’m putting together a challenge.  This challenge consists of taking one minute to yourself every single day, a single minute.  Yes, simply one.  Sometimes it’s hard to kick old habits [giving, giving, giving and never replenishing].  😉 The challenge is to take a minute for yourself every single day and then share in this community what exactly it is that you did for yourself.  Did you sit with your eyes closed and your heart open? Did you simply listen to your favorite song? Did you hit pause? What did you do to refocus and re-center just for a single minute.  Do we want you to take more time for yourself overall? Absolutely! But for now, let’s just try this. Give me a minute, and I’ll give you the charge that you’re looking for.

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As healers, much of your focus is on the outside, on the rest of the community, and you neglect yourself.  Today, I ask that you reclaim your own body and your own power and dedicate true self love for simply a minute.  Every minute will look different, but I promise you, at the end of 30 days (yes, 30), you will find more self-love than ever before AND you won’t feel guilty for taking a 30 minute “escape.”  Put away the guilt and start replenishing the soul.  It all starts with baby steps.  We will have a 30 minute celebration at the Center at the end of the month.  I look forward to seeing you all there! Stay tuned for details!
With light,
Amy
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Suprise Healing Assistance From Beyond

Surprise Healing Assistance from Beyond

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400wflame purple connected starsToday I had an amazing experience while doing Light Connection on Andrea. It began as a simple realignment of her back, which bothers her periodically. It ended up with me being one half of the Light Connection team and our dear friend and healer Cheryl being the other essential half. The most amazing part about this is that Cheryl passed away in January of this year and I never got to partner with her in a healing before she left the earth plane. I don’t usually feel a client’s physical pain or subsequent release, but today I not only felt Andrea’s physical sensations in my own body, I also felt her emotions quite intensely- and their release as well! What a gift to be able to work with Cheryl as a fellow healer. The last time I saw her Andrea and I were actually doing healing work on her! I am feeling very blessed and honored, and astounded at the magnitude of the power of Light Connection. #LightConnectionHeals
I wish you Light,
Kristi

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Rediscovering Joy

Rediscovered Joy

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This summer I rediscovered how much I enjoy painting and teaching outdoors, or “en plein air”. I had the pleasure of holding three outdoor classes- two on the cape and one at Beavertail Lighthouse in Jamestown,RI which is pictured above. Everyone had a great time and were unfazed by the environmental challenges like wind, sun and humidity. Mild fall weather makes it the perfect time for painting outside. Now that I have been reminded how much fun it is, I will definitely be planning more outdoor painting classes! Contact me here if this sounds like fun and you’d like to be on the email list for future classes. There will also be many opportunities for plein air painting when we’re in Mexico in March 2016. Read more about that here!

Wishing you Light,

Kristi

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Fish and Whales and Rocks, Oh My!

Fish and Whales and Rocks, Oh my!

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One of the coolest excursions during a trip to Casa de Los Artistas is a boat trip out into the Bay of Banderas. It is over 3000 feet deep with about 62 miles of coastline and is a nursery for Humpback whales from November through March. The moms and babies are easy to spot on boat trips around the bay, and while riding out to the National Marine Park called Los Arcos, we saw a frolicking mom and baby pair!

Humpback whales, mom and baby.
Humpback whales, mom and baby.

This area boasts billions of colorful fish, coral reefs and birds as well as interesting volcanic formations. I was so excited to snorkel here and see everything! I wasn’t prepared for all of the new sensations of being in deep (very deep) water, wearing a mask, hearing fish (didn’t know they made sounds) and being touched by them! It was initially a bit anxiety provoking, but after ditching the life jacket I got some great photos and really enjoyed the time amidst this school of fish.

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Fish from my snorkeling adventure.

I have been practicing with my mask and snorkel this summer so I’ll be ready for an extended time exploring in March! Only 195 more days until our Mexico Retreat for Connection, Creativity and Healing. If you want to join me and swim with the fish- visit:  ArtWorkshopVacations.com for more information and to book your trip! We are able to bring 20 people with us on this exciting journey of self-discovery.

I’ll be posting more fun experiences soon!

Wishing you Light,

Kristi

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197

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197 what you ask? 197 days until we head off for our adventure in Mexico! It may sound far away, but I can tell you the time goes by quickly! I went to the Casa de los Artistas this past January on a purely art workshop and once I made my reservations, the time flew by. Amy, Andrea and I leave March 5, 2016 ( I wasn’t going to make you figure that out ;-)) for a week of Connection, Creativity and Healing. It’s going to be a week-long immersion in positive, uplifting energy that will leave you re-charged, focused and Spiritually elevated! Are you joining us?

Read more and make your reservations at:   ArtWorkshopVacations.com

I wish you Light,

Kristi

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Today’s client brought to light a new Angel

Today’s client brought to light a new Angel.

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I met Trish at the front door. It was great to see her again. Trish is one of those people that is pure sweetness, you look forward to a hug from her every time. Today, she was nervous, not her usual self. So we talked for a while, I was trying to calm her by chatting and laughing. It didn’t work as well as I had hoped, she was nervous about what she may hear in our Mediumship Reading today.

First, she heard from someone she never expected to. He had been waiting for her, he sat down at the table with her. In my eyes, it was quite cute. She learned a lot from him and began to release all the nervous energy that she had come in with.

Now, it’s not my habit to tell anyone what has happened in a session with a client, that information is theirs and theirs alone. Usually, I don’t even remember it, it’s not for me, so I get to let it go as soon as I speak the words. It’s a truly wonderful part of the process. However, this time, the lesson I learned from Raymond was so important, that with permission from my client, I had to share it. I’m getting to the part of the session that I really want to share now…

Raymond

 

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Raymond and the men.

See this man here? That’s my father-in-law Raymond. I really loved him. I didn’t know him for long because his son and I married in 2004 and we lived on the West Coast until 2008 before coming back back to Southern New England. We lost him a few years ago to Alzheimer’s Disease. ALZHEIMER’S SUCKS!

Raymond came into our reading today. He floored me, he’s never done that before. He’s actually only talked to me a few times since his passing. Well, let me tell you, he made up for lost time today. He’s appointed himself my helper and a bit of an ambassador to all those who have loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and other diseases that steal away ones brain. He had so much to tell us both. I cried. I don’t usually, I’m not a crier, but I cried today. It’s not a great picture of him  I know (maybe I can update with a better pic tomorrow), but this is how I remember him, smiling and entertaining and down-right charming.

As time passes and I see more clients, I learn. I learn something new with each day. Today I not only learned more about the brain but I learned that I have a new angel who is here with me to help me in my work. Let me re-phrase that… My Angel Raymond is with me to help YOU to get through the internal suffering that comes from watching our loved ones fade away from us.

Love You Raymond

~Andrea

 

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Holy Fire

Holy Fire

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Last night I had the privilege of hosting 13 beautiful beings for an evening of Holy Fire Reiki. Let me begin by telling you a bit about Holy Fire and my journey through Reiki… In 1994 I took my first Reiki class. I worked with and got to know Reiki for two years. Then in 1996 I took Usui Reiki II. That’s when everything began to change for me. Like most Reiki practitioners I became more physic and generally aware of the wholeness of the universe.  It was an amazing time for me. Then in 1998 I became a Reiki Master. I thought that my education with Reiki was done then. Oh Boy was I wrong. In 2012, I was asked to teach it, I fought that for the longest time. But then as it often happens, the universe put me right where I needed to be in order to go back and take two more classes. It was then that I went into Shamballa Reiki Master/Teacher classes. Shamballa was the tool I needed to begin to teach Reiki. It served me well!  Then 2014 came and I found that this brand new Reiki was calling me, I felt instantly connected to it as soon as I heard the name spoken. HOLY FIRE REIKI  …what a beautiful sound.
Holy Fire has come to we mere mortals via a man named William Rand in January of 2014. He taught Jessica Miller, who taught my Holy Fire Master, Susan Kinney. By February of 2015 I was in my 3rd Master/Teacher class and oh so happy to be there. I confess, I was a bit of a haunt. I just couldn’t wait to be attuned to this amazing form of Reiki. In Susan I found the right teacher for this student. It was three days of pure high vibration learning and practice. I was on my way. 
Now, with Holy Fire Reiki there is a “temporary tattoo”. That is to say a temporary attunement. It is a fabulous way for people to experience receiving and giving Reiki without any prior experience. For those who have had other Reikis, it is a way for them to feel the difference. Let me tell you… I feel a big difference between this form and others. For me, I feel warmer, I feel a kind of wave too, almost ocean like. And I sway in almost a kind of figure eight motion. It’s also more gentle than most other forms and at the same time Much Stronger. That part is hard to explain, you’ll have to judge that for yourself.
What I do is this; Once a month I have what I call a Holy Fire Reiki Test Drive. I invite people in to feel this energy and receive their temporary tattoos. It’s 2 hours filled with playing with the energy. After receiving the attunement I encourage them to feel the energy in their hands, then to see how big it gets. After they are comfortable with the energy, they begin to use it, first by pairing up and healing each other, then I teach them how to use it on themselves and finally to send it to each other and out to the world. It’s an outstanding experience! 
Last night’s group was powerful. The energy was strong. That will happen when you have a crowd of 14 people all using the same energy. I invite you to imagine yourself in these groups. Come to the next one on August 15th. You can check out the event here. These events always fill up and the waiting list gets used. So please RSVP early and keep tabs on your availability. Don’t worry if you find you can’t make it on the last day, simply change your RSVP to a no and the next person on the waiting list will slip right up.
Thanks for taking the time to read this, I hope that Holy Fire calls to you too.
Namaste
I Wish You Light
~Andrea