Summertime is for healing…


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Hello Dear Ones

July has arrived with stormy weather here in Scotland. June felt a bit heavy with retrogrades and eclipses, so the rainy weather feels refreshing and rejuvenating.

July supports the energy of victory and expanding our personal horizons, think Julius Caesar and his triumphant statement Veni Vidi Vici!

I was reading the July Forecast from the School of Shamanism and Lena says that the main theme for July is “Two Steps Forward, One Step Back”. A Chameleon immediately came to mind and their message is ‘Watch and Wait’, the highway of life has more than just green lights.

So, whilst the energy of the month is vibrant, and we are amped to get going, we may feel like we are being reigned in. Just remember, this is exactly where we need to be right now because with every push forward, there is a need to look back and this may be necessary, for emotional clearing or a completion of a cycle… whatever the reason for looking back, remember this is necessary to ensure that our move forward is truly aligned with what we want.
Whilst out and about celebrating the radiant warmth of summer…. continue working on your goals, your personal growth and you will find yourself a victor!

Warm Summer love!

PS: We are running a Tarot / Oracle Reading Giveaway on Instagram, don’t forget to enter! You stand a chance of winning one of Fionn’s Shamanic Card Readings. The competition closes on Monday, 13 July 2021.

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You have been following Fionn’s blog about her journey with Mama Cacao during June. I was on a journey with her as well, but a very different one. Those of you that have sat in ceremony with us will know that I am not a great fan of the taste. I like what it stands for, I like the experience I get from it, but I dislike the taste. It is hard work drinking it. But I tried it, the first week it went well and I thought I can do this. And then life happened and I only occasionally took it. This experience does not mean that the last month has not been transformational, because it has. For a variety of reasons.

We finished the Goddess workshop a little while ago, but during the last month, we did some constellation work using the four archetypes we worked with. It was a powerful experience. There were some surprises for me, but deep down I knew how these four archetypes were out of alignment, who was feeling repressed, who was dominant and who had barged in to try and keep things calm. I had a coaching session at work this week and we talked about this work in relation to my work. I have a lot to work on. So now I am trying to let the mother rest and allowing the wild woman and the maiden a little playtime. The crone is there, but just keeping an eye on proceedings. That is easier said than done. This morning during a meditation I was reminded to look at my heart box and remember what was important to me. Have a look at my witchy tip below for more details on a heart box.
Anyway, I have been expecting change for a long time now and I think it has started.

And my final word: those that have signed up for the magical life workshop are in for a treat. Not only do we have an exciting 5 weeks lined up, but I love the witches starter kit I have put together.

Check out the unboxing of the Magical Life Workshop box here!

Have a lovely July.

With lots of love


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June felt epically long! I loved the time expansion, it felt like the world slowed down, allowing for much-needed downtime! As I mentioned last month, I took the month off to recalibrate my inner world and follow my intuition and aim my arrow in the direction of my heart’s desires!

I kicked off June by stepping further onto my path as a Reiki Teacher, which has thus far brought some fascinating ideas on how to weave my passion for archetypes and cacao into my practice.

The day dawned gorgeous and sunny, and I was excited to take my next steps on this path. Throughout the afternoon there were lots of messages from spirit and my guides, affirming I am on track.

First up was a beautiful reflexology session infused with Reiki. It was during reflexology I was guided into a mediation, and I found myself on a yellow brick road… Yup, much like the yellow brick road Dorothy was on in The Wizard of OZ, except I didn’t have red Dorothy shoes, my feet were bare! Also, I didn’t have the Tin Man, Lion or Scare Crow… I had my heart and my Animal Guides… and it felt like I was heading off on an adventure of the heart.

Afterwards, we headed into the garden to embark on Reiki Teacher training, and we discussed my vision for teaching and for my practice.  After receiving my attunement another affirmation that I am on an adventure of the heart, came through.

I am super excited about how this is all unfolding!

Simultaneously, I felt called to attune myself more deeply to the Master Plant Medicine Cacao as part of a 21-day challenge. Each day I created a sacred pause to sit in ritual to be fully present with myself and deepen my relationship with Cacao. Cacao helps us to listen and to feel, she encourages us to reflect on our life and where we can open our heart to our calling.

I have loved connecting with her over the last month and diving deep into her history, the challenge has grounded me, slowed me down and brought me back to my heart centre.

If you haven’t read about my journey thus far… check out our blog.

I am thinking about running a 21-day Cacao Challenge later this year, please do let me know if you are interested, it has truly been an expansive journey and I recommend it wholeheartedly!

Last month we closed off our Goddess Workshops with constellation work, recalibrating the Maiden, the Mother, the Wild Woman and Crone within us… It was the perfect way to end off our workshops, giving those who attended amazing insight on which archetypes need more nurturing from us. We have opened registration for the Goddess Archetype Workshops… do let us know if you would like to join!

Sending you all so much love and happy summer vibes 💗

The Owls Witchy Tip

Make a little keepsake box out of any sturdy box. Mine is a beautiful jewellery box that my Goddess necklace came in. In it, I have little things that make my heart sing. Some of it is a little something I have picked up because it is pretty and some of it represents the things I love most in life.

Try making one for yourself, open it when you are down or you doubt yourself and you will be reminded of what makes you happy and those things that should play a bigger part in your life. 

The Wolfs Wild Tip

Focus on your Heart. 

We are so busy hustling and trying to keep our lives afloat, we waste so much energy getting stuck in our heads trying to figure life out.

Instead, drop into your heart and allow yourself to fully feel what's going on inside of you.

Talk to it, listen to it, thank it, ask it to share its wisdom with you.  

Summertime is a good time to heal and let go of any emotional wounds from the past, giving us the space to open up our hearts to what's present for you now and what it's guiding you towards in the future.

Recommendations of the Month

Books

Weem Witch, by Leonard Low (for anyone interested in the Scottish Witch Trials)

Whats New?

Magical Life Workshop: Magic in the Mundane Some of you may have joined us on this magical journey last year, but this is a new revamped and super witchy version!  We will kick off this workshop, by exploring the history of witchcraft and looking at the recent history, as well as the Scottish Witch Trials.  The aim of the workshop will be to explore spell crafting and how to cast a successful spell.  There will be a magical box included!  If you feel a magical life calling you... more details here.  (There are only a few spaces left and bookings close on 9 July)  

Fire Ceremony (In-Person): Giving Thanks for Abundance (1 August 2021) We are preparing for our first In-Person Ceremony.  We invite you to join us in giving thanks to the Earth Mother for her abundance and blessings.  Details are still being finalised with the venue and a separate email with the final details will be sent out.  Numbers will be limited due to Covid restrictions, so it will be first come first booked.  If you would like to join us, reserve your space here.

Goddess Archetype Workshop (Begins, Sunday, 3 October 2021) We are opening registration for our next 6-Part Workshop, beginning 3 October 2021.  In these workshops, we will explore aspects of the Triple Goddess and deep-diving into each of the archetypes: The Maiden, The Mother, The Wildwoman and The Crone. We will also explore the shadow aspect of each of these archetypes. This workshop will enable you to develop the goddess within you and expand your sense of self.  The workshop will be hosted online via zoom.  If you feel a YES to join us..... More details here.

Reiki Treatments (Appointments Available on Sunday 18, July 2021 - 1 space left!) A Reiki Treatment is a wonderfully relaxing experience. It can help kick start your journey to connecting to your heart space and help you make the right decisions for you.  Reiki can also help with pain relief, anxiety, fatigue as well as improve your mood and enhance your overall well-being.  If you are interested in booking a session, see more details here.

Shamanic Power Retrieval (Appointments by request) A Shamanic Power Retrieval is a healing technique used for reclaiming your lost personal power. We have all experienced the loss of our personal power at some point in our lives. Through a Shamanic Power Retrieval, the idea is to retrieve your lost power and return it to you.  Fionn is preparing to take in-person bookings at Santosa, from 26 April 2021 onwards, if you are interested in booking a session, see more details here.

Intuitive Oracle / Tarot Card Readings (Readings by request) Fionn offers intuitive Tarot and Oracle Card Readings delivered straight to your inbox so you can read them again when you need to.  Prior to consulting the cards to answer any questions you have, I go on a short Shamanic Journey to gain insight into your question and then I connect to the cards for more intuitive guidance.  More details here.

Oracle Card of the Month

King of Swords – Prisma Vision Deck
This King is in his power. He rules with authority, a clear mind and intellect. If you encounter any challenging situations this month, tackle them with a clear mind and you may find that the answer is simpler than you expect.

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Wishing you happy Summer Vibes!

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21 Day Cacao Challenge – The Importance of Ceremonial Cacao (Day 13)


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Why ceremonial grade Cacao…?

As mentioned in my previous blog, the industrial revolution would change how cacao would be processed and eventually go mainstream.

It was in 1828, that the Dutch Chemist and chocolate maker, Coenraad Van Houten, discovered a way to treat Cacao beans with alkaline salts to remove the bitter taste and make Cacao easier to dissolve in water, thus creating the ‘Dutch Process’.  Later, Coenraad’s father then developed an inexpensive way to separate cocoa butter from the cacao liquor, producing a cake that could then be pulverised into fine cocoa powder. 

Today, Cocoa powder is processed at high heat, destroying much of the nutritional value of the cacao bean.   It is then milled into a powder and often alkalized during processing (Dutch-process) to reduce acidity, resulting in a less bitter and more palatable taste.

The way cocoa powder is manufactured, means it has lost most of its medicinal properties, by the time it reaches you in the form of a bar of chocolate or a cup of hot chocolate.  Over time this powerful superfruit and master plant teacher has been confined to the confectionary section of the supermarket having been commercialised and commoditised.

Ceremonial-Grade Cacao…

Ceremonial-grade cacao is made by fermenting and lightly toasting organic cacao beans.  The fermentation process is necessary for cultivating the flavour profile and activating certain natural compounds.  The beans are then cracked and peeled, (usually by hand), then stone ground by traditional methods to create a paste which is then set into a block.  Nothing is added, nothing is removed. The bean’s fat remains intact, helping to balance its stimulating properties and facilitate absorption over a longer period of time.

From tree to cup, ceremonial cacao is cultivated with intention, it is energetically pure and in alignment with the spirit of Cacao.

The hidden ingredient in your chocolate…

It is sad to say that the more cacao has become commoditised, exploitation has increased and the hidden ingredient in your chocolate is child slavery.

Big chocolate manufacturers signed up to a pledge to stop the extreme levels of child slave labour that was being seen in the chocolate industry.   In reality, they have broken their pledge and Mars, Nestlé and Hershey now face a child slavery lawsuit in the US.

Conscious Chocolate…

There has been a growing trend over the years for more ethical sourcing of cacao beans and creating sustainable relationships with suppliers. 

I was having a look for conscious artisan chocolatiers and came across Conscious Chocolate and I loved that their business model ensures the welfare and health of their workforce.  The founder has strong values concerning the environment and health benefits of less processed diet.  Check them out… I know that's where I will be purchasing my decandent delights from!

Cacao is an essential aspect of my life and has played a large role in facilitating deep change over the last two years.  Her heart opening and grounding medicine is what we need to reconnect with ourselves and find balance in these challenging times!

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Cacao is a space holder for what you’re meant to bring into the world – Erin Eber

Enjoy life… eat ethically sourced chocolate!

Daily Intention:

To be creative.

What am I Grateful for today?

I am grateful today for my editing skills, not only in Photoshop, but my newfound video editing and podcast editing skills!

One thing today that made me feel ‘I Love my life’:

The sunshine!  It was glorious to sit outside and soak up this life-giving source of energy,

How did I follow my intuition today (with what results?)

I decided to take a break from the slog of sitting at my laptop and head outside to lie in the sun.

What Physical Changes are taking place?

I have noticed my memory is much sharper and I feel more energised.

Daily check in questions:

What difference did this Challenge Make to my day?

I love the immediate sense of stillness and connection I feel when I start to prepare my cacao and then mindfully drinking my cacao with gratitude for the journey she has had to be here in her re-discovered form.

How is this challenge helping me achieve my goals?

I have stepped away from doing.  Whilst I still have things that need to be done, I believe she is teaching me not be distracted and to focus on the things that add value.

How is this challenge impacting my relationships with nature, myself and other relationships?

Whilst I still have moments of stress or stress being triggered by others, I am now able to shake it off quickly and refocus.

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21 Day Cacao Challenge – The History of Cacao (Day 12)


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Chocolate has a 4000-year history and has come a long way to reach you… intrigued?

Cacao is legendary.  It has a rich history in Mesoamerican native cultures and was seen as a gift from the gods.   Cacao was honoured as a sacred and powerful food and medicine for thousands of years.  It was used in ceremonies, rituals and offerings.  It was also used as a sacred drink to connect with the divine.

But where did it all start…?

The Olmec were one of the earliest civilisations (c1200-400BCE) to turn cacao into chocolate and consume this fermented bitter drink as part of ritual practice or as a medicine.

Later the Mayans praised Cacao as the drink of the gods.  Mayan ‘xocolatl’ (bitter water) was highly revered.  ‘Xocolatl’ was made from roasted and ground Cacao beans, then they added water and chillies.

During the 15th century the Aztecs used dried Cacao beans as a currency.  They also believed that cacao was a gift from the god Quetzalcoatl and drank Cacao as an aphrodisiac and even when preparing for war.  During this time, Cacao was only drunk by high-ranking officials, priests and great warriors.

In 1492, Columbus was one of the first Europeans to learn of Cacao and sent beans back to Spain, however, no-one paid much attention to the beans as they were thought to be only a currency… little did they know, they could also eat it!

It was later in 1519, when the Spanish explorer / Pirate, Hernán Cortés, was introduced to cacao, whilst visiting the formidable Aztec Emperor Moctezuma.  Moctezuma had such an insatiable love for Cacao he drank a gold pitcher of it daily, for energy and vitality.  It was during this meeting that Cortez discovered that Cacao was considered a potent stimulant and in some cases an aphrodisiac.

Chocolate reaches Spain…

It is said that it was the explorer Hernán Cortés who brought chocolate to his homeland, Spain, in 1528.

Cacao was still served as drink; however, they started preparing their Spanish Cocao with cane sugar, cinnamon and vanilla to make it more drinkable.  This chocolate elixir was heavily taxed, so only the wealthy can afford it.

Monks were appointed as the processors of the cacao beans, in order to keep chocolate a secret.  They were successful for almost a century.  The Monks even used cacao as part of their religious practices.

Chocolate-mania develops in Italy…

The more widespread appreciation of this chocolatey drink is credited to an Italian traveller named Antonio Carletti, who in 1606 fell in love with the divine elixir.  He then took it back to Italy, where Chocolate-mania develops, and it is from Italy that chocolate spreads to Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Europe is seduced by Chocolate…

The Spanish had managed to keep this divine elixir secret for almost a century before the treat reached neighbouring France, and then the rest of Europe.

When King Louis XIII of France married Anne of Austria, daughter of Spanish King Phillip III, in 1615, she brought decadent samples of chocolate to the royal courts of France to celebrate their union.

London’s hot chocolate craze began, in 1657, with the opening of one the first chocolate house.  Chocolate was still considered an exclusive beverage… following on from the Aztec Elitism of the 15th century.

In the meantime, Chocolate incites controversy…

By 1624, Cacao had become so popular that the Catholic Church had adopted it as beverage for fasting clergy, however, they did a 180, proclaiming cacao as an inflamer of passions and declaring it sinful to drink Cacao. 

After years of debate the Church finally agreed that if Cacao was consumed medicinally, it could be used as a substitute during fasting.

Cacao heads to America ….

Cacao arrived in the USA from Spain in 1641.  It is believed that one of the first American chocolate houses opened in 1682, in Boston.

By 1773, Cacao beans had become one of Americas major trade imports and chocolate was enjoyed by people of all classes.

During the Revolutionary War (1775 – 1783), soldiers were sometimes given chocolate as payment instead of money.  (Later in WWII, chocolate was provided as military rations)

The Chocolate Revolution…

Chocolate remained hugely popular among European aristocracy and was consumed for its health benefits, as well as its decadence.  However, chocolate was still produced by hand, which was a slow and laborious process.

The industrial revolution would change all that… with the innovative invention of the chocolate press.

In 1828, the Dutch Chemist and chocolate maker, Coenraad Van Houten, discovered a way to treat Cacao beans with alkaline salts to remove the bitter taste and making Cacao easier to dissolve in water, thus creating the ‘Dutch Process’.  Later, Coenraad’s father then developed an inexpensive way to separate cocoa butter from the cacao liquor, producing a cake that could then be pulverised into fine cocoa powder. 

This invention making it possible for cacao powder to be mixed with liquids and poured into moulds, where it would solidify into an edible bar of chocolate.


And just like that… the modern era of chocolate (as we know it today) was born.

Others went onto build on the success of Van Houtens invention, after his patent expired in 1838.

Chocolate goes Mainstream…

By the 19th century, European chocolatiers were finding ways to mass produce chocolate.  It is said that English Chocolatier J.S. Fry & Sons produced the first chocolate bar in 1847.  It was later that century when Daniel Peter introduced to the world, its first taste of milk chocolate, thanks to Henry Nestle’s condensed milk.  Rodolphe Lindt then invented the conch machine, turning cacao liquor into a silky-smooth velvety texture that has become synonymous with Lindt today.

And this is the story of how milk chocolate was brought to the masses and how Swiss Chocolate became famous.

It did not take long for cacao to become one of the most desired commodities in the world, with the real medicinal and nutritional value having been lost.

In Britain, we eat an estimated 660,900 tonnes of chocolate a year, which is an average of 11kg per person per year…. Equating to about 3 bars a week!


The revival of Cacao as Medicine…

After this powerful medicine has been hidden in plain sight as a confectionery, for over a hundred and fifty years, we are coming full circle as we start see the resurgence of Cacao in its original capacity of a Master Plant Medicine and a nourishing food source.

As we start to explore new ways of feeling happier and harmonious in our day to day lives, Cacao, in her form as a Master Plant Teacher, teaches us opens our hearts, calms our stress and anxiety.  When we drink Cacao as part of ceremony with others, creates a sense of oneness. She leaves us feeling loved up and awakens our consciousness.

I think it is truly beautiful that after all these years, we are beginning to seek the wisdom of Cacao and hold council for the wisdom of this powerful plant medicine, not only individually but as part of community gatherings.

What’s not to love… about feeling loved up?

#incacaowetrust

Today’s Ritual was to consume our Cacao a feel gratitude in our hearts for the Cacao spirit and the journey it she has had to get to us in this moment.  We are drinking the food of gods, a powerful plant medicine that has been revered and celebrated for thousands of years!

Daily Intention:

To let go of my frustrations and see the positives in my day.

What am I Grateful for today?

I am grateful for the spontaneous sacred time I created for myself to reconnect with my inner stillness today.

One thing today that made me  feel ‘I Love my life’:

I love that I am alive!

How did I follow my intuition today (with what results?)

Honouring my need for sacred space, gave me the much needed time to slow down and let go.

What Physical Changes are taking place?

I have noticed that I have more stamina on long walks and interestingly, I am less breathless when I have been walking at pace.

Daily check in questions:

What difference did this Challenge Make to my day?

Today the challenge grounded me and centred me, which is exactly what I needed.

How is this challenge helping me achieve my goals?

By creating this space to reconnect with myself, I was able to create some stillness that re-energised me and allowed me to let go of any frustrations I was feeling earlier in the day.

How is this challenge impacting my relationships with nature, myself and other relationships?

Over the course of this challenge my relationship with myself has deepened and I can feel myself slowing down and not always feeling the need to be doing!

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21 Day Cacao Challenge – Spiritual Goodness (Day 11)


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Today was a day for reflection on how I was feeling compared to when I started the challenge.

Rebekah Shaman mentioned in her email that if we are feeling a bit wobbly and emotional with lots of things coming up, then this is a GOOD SIGN that the challenge is working.

Today, I was definitely feeling wobbly.  Everything frustrated me and I felt energetically stuck.  Over the last few days, I have become more conscious of stuck emotions and old behaviour patterns.  Today, I let myself check-in fully and feel the feels.  I then began the process of going deeper and asking myself what is the root cause of these emotions.  I recognised that one of the behaviours was a repetitive behaviour, of feeling frustrated due to lack of action and movement in specific areas of my life.  This frustration stems from being restricted and controlled as a child and the current world wide pandemic situation is causing me A LOT of frustration (as I am sure it is causing many my readers!)

I have an opportunity to grow from this experience and I recognise that this situation is not within my span of influence and that this will be the case for the foreseeable future. By channelling my frustration into growth and re-routing myself down a different path for now, will stand me in good stead for the future as I use this time to sharpen and hone my skills.

It is only when we allow ourselves to truly feel, that we can let go. Releasing what no longer serves us makes space for more love and light to come in, leading to a happier and more fulfilling life.

Cacao is the perfect plant medicine to facilitate healing those wounds of the heart that we are unable to reach. 

Cacao softens us and gently opens the heart space, which is the gateway to our inner wisdom and once this portal is open, profound changes occur.  Cacao facilitates a deeper connection to ourselves and assists us in exploring what needs to be released lovingly.

Cacao is The Medicine of the Heart, it’s like a drop of pure love.  When Cacao reaches your heart, your whole body comes alive again.

My personal journey with working with this Master Plant Medicine has helped me to recognise and begin integrating my shadow aspect, enabling me to transform fear, anger and sadness into pure love.

Cacao is not only packed with nutritional goodness, but emotional and spiritual goodness too.  Cacao naturally reduces our stress and anxiety, which I have personally witnessed within myself during the course of this challenge.  This powerful plant medicine, not only grounds us, but brings us into a more relaxed and blissful state, that we can only reap the benefits from.

Cacao opens the door.  It’s up to you to walk through it.  Keith Wilson

Keith Wilson

Today’s Ritual was to bring attention into the heart space, whilst drinking our Cacao, and ask the spirit of Cacao for healing and using this opportunity to deepen our relationship with this loving plant medicine, to heal any aspect of our life that that needs to be healed.

After this mornings ritual, I was randomly searching for a podcast on Cacao and came accross The Cacao Codes, by Kyle Lazich, the Chocolate Wizard, so tuned into the wisdom he shares on his channel. Another great font of all things chocolatey is Keith Cacao aka the Chcolate Shaman. Do check them out!

#incacaowetrust

Daily Intention:

To see everything that happens to today, without judgment and feel the love and gratitude.

What am I Grateful for today?

I am grateful for the sunshine and packing up a picnic to enjoy the sunshine and earth myself after a frustrating day.

One thing today that made me  feel ‘I Love my life’:

The unconditional love of my boy Mayu the Cat, who is always by side (in fact he is sitting on my lap as I type this).

How did I follow my intuition today (with what results?)

I made dinner, packed it up and went out to enjoy the sunshine to earth myself.

What Physical Changes are taking place?

I have not got on a scale for a while, but it feels like I have lost some weight.

Daily check in questions:

What difference did this Challenge Make to my day?

It allowed me move through my challenging day without judgement and consider what actions I need to take to lift my vibration.

How is this challenge helping me achieve my goals?

I feel like I am in a holding zone at the moment, however, on reflection instead of getting frustrated with the lack of movement, to use the time for individual growth and honing my skills.

How is this challenge impacting my relationships with nature, myself and other relationships?

Recognising that nature heals and when stress and frustration hits, to head out to mother earth to earth myself, which then brings balance back to me.

With love

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21 Day Cacao Challenge – Emotional Goodness (Day 10)


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The river of life doesn’t always go our way, and suddenly you hit a rapid.  Now what?

You can’t avoid the rapid and struggling will only make the situation worse.

Back in 2009 I was in Namibia; a few of us had decided to go canoeing down the Orange River… it had sounded like a nice relaxing and idyllic way to spend a long weekend. Sleeping out under the star studded sky of the Richtersveld and enjoying a bit of rugged bush living, whilst canoeing down the Orange River.

We were up early on the first morning, had breakfast and packed up anything we needed to keep dry in waterproof barrels and headed down to the embankment to find our canoes and embark on our watery adventure.

Before we left base camp, we were given safety instructions and one of these instructions, which made us chuckle, was if we happened to come out in a rapid, we were to get ourselves into Cocktail and Cigar position… as if you were chilling next to the pool with your feet up, a cocktail in one hand and a cigar in the other.  The bottom line was to surrender to the rapid.

I don’t think any of us believed we would find ourselves in this position; but what a life lesson I was paddling into.

The sun was sparkling on the river as we slowly paddled our way down the Orange River on our adventure. Day one, was serenely uneventful.

Day two dawned and we packed up and headed to our canoes with our supplies. A group that had camped further back from us were slowing making their way past us, down the river.  We had been given a heads up that we would be heading down our first rapid that morning and that we would be taking the left of where the river splits into three channels. The group that passed us should have been well down the river by the time we reached the split in the river; but we caught up with them, which created congestion… our group trying to back paddle, to stop from being sucked into the fast-moving pace of the rushing water.

My Canoe buddy and I weren’t able to successfully hold the Canoe back and we seemed to shoot forward, hitting a rock which catapulted both of us out of the canoe into the middle estuary.

I panicked and tried to grab hold of the canoe.  I realised this was a bad decision.  Light Bulb moment.  Just relax.  Feet up.  Cigar and cocktail in either hand.

I also recognised that by struggling or panicking I might break a limb; worse I might die.

Relaxing, I let the rapid to take me where it would. 

In the middle of where the three turbulent confluences met, I landed up on a rock, water rushing past me wildly.  By this stage, I was fucking scared and seriously clinging to that rock for dear life. (another life lesson here!) In reality… I would need to let go and get back into the river, if I was to reach the safety of land. 

One of the guides tried to encourage me to let go and after a few of attempts he decided his only course of action was to paddle up the rapid and rescue me.  I still to this day don’t know how he did it and how he manged to get me into his canoe… but being my hero is simply an understatement.

The moral of this story and one I revisit when I am going through a turbulent time, life is much like a river and there are times we drift along and then when we hit a rapid, you just lean back in to cocktail and cigar position and surrender… the time for calmer waters will come again and life will be sweet again, till you hear the next roar of an upcoming rapid and you just lean into surrendering.

And on this trip, the wildest rapid was yet to come! Sjambok (heavy whip) Rapid.

During wild times, feet up, cocktail in one hand and a cigar in the other. Surrender to the flow.

So, whilst there was not much I could do, but physically surrender to being washed down the Orange river in a rapid, there are tools that can help us safely navigate the rough waters of life, until we find ourselves in calmer waters again.

Cacao is a wonderful plant medicine and ally to help us through challenging times, not only because it is filled with nutritional goodness, but because it has mood enhancing compounds that can boost our emotional well-being.

Cacao contains two mood enhancing compounds Anandamide and Tryptophan that can help uplift you when you are feeling blue.  Both are natural antidepressants, and the bliss molecule Anandamide is responsible for producing feelings of happiness.

Cacao is also bursting with essential flavonoids, amino acids and over 700 antioxidants that have shown to ease depression and create feelings of wellbeing and happiness.  It has also shown to improve heart and brain health, blood sugar and weight control.

Healing comes from taking responsibility: to realize that it is you - and no one else - that creates your thoughts, your feelings, and your actions.

Peter Shepherd

Mood Diary
Today’s ritual is to start a mood diary.  The aim of this is to become aware of when our stress and anxiety is triggered and to record our emotional and mental well-being daily.

During the day we experience a lot of thoughts and feelings and often we forget all the positive emotions we felt throughout the day.  Keeping a mood diary helps us to us to understand ourselves better.  When we tune into ourselves, we can become more aware of our state of mind.

Daily Intention:

To honour where I am at.

What am I Grateful for today?

For stillness and making the time to connect with myself.

One thing today that made me feel ‘I Love my life’:

Laughter.  My team meeting this morning was filled with happy banter.

How did I follow my intuition today (with what results?)

I let my happy morning vibes carry me through the day and on my evening walk I discovered a community garden I didn’t know existed and I spent time connecting with the bees.

What Physical Changes are taking place?

I have noticed that my eyes are a lot brighter, and I am feeling more energised.

Mood Diary: 

I felt quite cheeky and full of life this morning and then I felt lazy and snoozy towards the end of the day.

Daily check in questions:

What difference did this Challenge Make to my day?

By making time for sacred time, I am finding that I much happier and my cheeky side is starting to blossom.

How is this challenge helping me achieve my goals?

By becoming more playful, I am becoming more creative and relaxed.

How is this challenge impacting my relationships with nature, myself and other relationships?

By connecting into my true nature, I am finding more joy in my day-to-day activities and I am connecting in more with what my passions are.

With love

Wise and Untamed

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21 Day Cacao Challenge – Nutritional Goodness (Day 9)


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Cacao is known as the food the gods!  So, what is all the hype?

This divine elixir is not only legendary, but it’s also one of the healthiest foods in the world.  Cacao is native to the rainforests of Central and South America and the ancient tribes of Mesoamerica believed in the healing and medicinal properties of this plant.  They used Cacao as an energy booster and to treat a wide range of ailments, including soothing an upset stomach and to heal wounds faster.

Cacao is very different from the chocolate we know it today.  The Mayan word xocolatl which means ‘bitter water’, is where the word chocolate comes from.  Back then, xocolatl was consumed as a bitter beverage of roasted and ground cocoa beans, mixed with water and spices, rather than the sweet treat we know today. 

This drink is the healthiest thing, and the greatest sustenance of anything you could drink in the world, because he who drinks a cup of this liquid, no matter how far he walks, can go a whole day without eating anything else.

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Cacao is a fruit which grows on Theobroma Cacao tree.  The fruits are called Cacao pods, which contains the cacao bean, that are the basis of chocolate. Cacao is packed full of nutritional goodness that naturally boosts the immune system and gives an energetic lift to help us get through the day.  Here are some of the vitamins, minerals, important antioxidants and amino acids that are jam packed into Cacao.

Iron: Energises the body, boosts the immune system and helps with concentration.

Theobromine:  Energises the body, enhances mood and lowers blood pressure at the same time.

Magnesium:  Cacao has a high source of magnesium, which keeps the heart and brain healthy and gives you clarity and focus.

Zinc: Promotes a healthy nervous and immune system.

Phosphorus:  This mineral is perfect for healthy bones and teeth.

Antioxidants: Cacao ranks pretty high on the list of all foods in terms of antioxidant content. Antioxidants are vital for improving our overall general health as they improve blood flow and protect us from ageing as well as improving cognition and mental health.

And then there are the reason why we love chocolate!

Phenylethylamine:  The love chemical, found naturally in the body, which gives you the happy-excited feeling like you are falling in love.

Anandamide:  The bliss molecule that is responsible for producing feelings of happiness and it also works as a natural antidepressant.

Cacao is also said to aid weight loss as it helps to maintain and regulate glucose and sugar productions as well as improves digestion and makes the skin glow!

What’s not to love about this divine elixir of the gods?

Today's ritual and over the coming week, is to start to notice any physical changes. 

We are what we eat and the nutritional properties of Cacao really do makes us feel better and happier, I have already started to notice the tangible differences that drinking Cacao every day has made.

What Physical Changes are taking place?

Before today’s ritual suggestion, I had already started to notice that my skin was clearer and softer.  I have also noticed that I am more satisfied after eating and there is less of my foraging for snacks!

Daily Intention:

Today was the one year anniversary of my Dad passing into the Spirit world, and I wanted to spend time in gratitude and contemplation in nature and to celebrate life.

What am I Grateful for today?

Grateful for the guiding presence of my ancestors.

One thing today that made me feel ‘I Love my life’:

II am alive and I am carrying the baton forward for my ancestors.

How did I follow my intuition today (with what results?)

I decided to go exploring, into a newly discovered wooded area in Gorebridge.  I wanted some quiet and connection time with Mother Earth and the results brought me into a deeper sense of connection and stillness within myself.

Daily check in questions:

What difference did this Challenge Make to my day?

Making time to connect in with the spirit of Cacao and Mother nature in honour of my ancestors was a very expansive experience, as it got me thinking more deeply about my own existence and purpose.

How is this challenge helping me achieve my goals?

Each day I can feel myself becoming more heart centred and grounded.

How is this challenge impacting my relationships with nature, myself and other relationships?

I am becoming clearer each day on what lights me up and taking deliberate steps to do more of what brings me joy!

With love

Wise and Untamed

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21 Day Cacao Challenge – Welcome to Week 2 (Day 8)


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During week one, I created a sacred pause in my day to sit in ritual each morning, to be present with myself and to attune myself more deeply with the spirit of Cacao.

As a Cacao Practitioner, I have been working with this loving plant medicine for more than 2 years and this is the first challenge I have done.  I can honestly say, hand on my heart, that this challenge has been expansive, I am feeling more grounded, more connected to myself and my intuition.  I am looking forward to what week 2 will bring. 

As my relationship grows with the spirit of Cacao, I can feel her tenderly helping me see old conditioning and patterns that need to be released and opening my heart to guide me through the process.  Her presence supporting me as I lean into the uncomfortableness of change.

The smallest changes made over time can result in profound life altering change.

When we trust the unfolding of our path, even when we don’t know how to proceed, our deeper knowing helps us to surrender and we can step forward and welcome in a new beginning.

As an active participant in co-creating with life, I welcome in whatever changes I am guided to make over the course of the next 2 weeks; however, it is also important to take the time to find experiences that lights us up throughout the day, so we can begin to shine from the insideout.

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.

Robert Brault

It’s the little things in life that make the biggest impact.  Receiving unexpected, beautiful flowers can change the course of your day.  Here are a few things that can make a difference in your day:

  • Breakfast in bed.
  • A smile from a stranger
  • Your music
  • An opportunity to be creative
  • The moment after the rain stops
  • A new recipe that comes out perfectly.
  • The feeling of sand between your toes.
  • A small gesture of support.

Today, I decided to find a space in nature to enjoy my Cacao.  The sun was shining, and it was truly beautiful day here in Scotland. 

I got in the car and pointed it in a direction and drove, whilst I was enroute to wherever, I remembered a tiny little Community Orchard I used to visit, when I lived in Portobello.  The Orchard feels a bit like a secret off the map location, a place that you would only know existed if you were a local. 

And that’s where I landed up, the perfect secret place to drink my Cacao and get bare foot and dance in the dirt.

I drank my cacao, sitting amongst the butter cups, with the soul soothing sound of a trickling stream and bees buzzing. I felt so at peace and blissed out.  This is what I needed today.

Today’s ritual was to put on our favourite music and dance barefoot on the earth and that’s exactly what I did.  Took my shoes off and danced around feeling the soft grass under my bare feet, to the natures sweet music.

Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love to dance and to move.  Movement can help shift emotions we need to release, leaving us feeling re-energised and refreshed.  When we dance with mother earth beneath our bare feet, we can feel her support and love and we can release whatever we need to, directly into mother earth through our feet, for transmuation.

Dance is the purest expression of every emotion, earthly and spiritual.

Anna Pavlova

Daily Intention:

To move through my day with ease and grace as if I was dancing.

What am I Grateful for today?

I am grateful for sunshine and beautiful skies being able to be in this tiny little community orchard by myself near a ommunity orchard by myself near a trickling stream, listening to the birds twittering, the bees buzzing and the sound of the wind rustling through the trees.

One thing today that made me feel ‘I Love my life’:

I loved being able to sit, with my barefeet on the ground, in a magical space with no one else but me and the birds and loving this open-heart space amongst the wildness of the orchard and the buttercups.

How did I follow my intuition today (with what results?)

I followed my inner compass, to a beautiful Community Orchard in Portobello, which was the perfect place for me to rediscover and bring magic to my day.

Daily check in questions:

What difference did this Challenge Make to my day?

I remembered a beautiful space that used to bring joy to my heart and returned there to be re-enamoured.

How is this challenge helping me achieve my goals?

The slowing down is connecting my to my playful and creative side, which is helping me to think more creatively about how to achieve my goals.

How is this challenge impacting my relationships with nature, myself and other relationships?

I am remembering who I am and recognising where I need to nurture myself more.

With love

Wise and Untamed

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21 Day Cacao Challenge – End of Week 1 (Day 7)


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When I woke up this morning I was already in my head, I checked my phone for messages and checked Instagram then, I started thinking about all the things I needed to do today.

Then it hit me, yesterday, I had made a commitment to spend less time on my phone and here I was already responding to messages on my phone.  I firmly put my phone down.

My early morning walk didn’t seem to alleviate the mind chatter and all the to-dos.  It was a challenge to switch off and on and on it went.

I decided to take a little detour this morning and switch things up, so I could try and slow down my galloping head.  Instead of preparing for my morning ritual, I did a few practical to dos and by the time I reached the kitchen to make my morning cacao, I lit the incense, and I was in my heart space and ready to receive.  Once I had the Cacao on the cooker, I was singing away to ‘We are All Related’ by Nessi Gomez

With this love
We are all related
In love
Give me strength
In this love
We are all related
In love
Give me strength in this love
We are all related

When we force something, the outcome we want often alludes us.  The more we surrender instead of fighting, the more we will enjoy our journey.

The lesson for me today, was to surrender to the flow of the journey.  There are no have-tos or must dos.

By surrendering to my personal flow, I honoured where I was at and allowed my morning to unfold naturally.  When we are present to the here and the now, knowing that we are co-creating this moment with our infused intentions, we begin to feel more in harmony with life.

When I allow myself to surrender to the flow without judgment or resistance, everything starts to fall into place.

Awakened State

Whilst drinking yet another cup of Cayenne infused Cacao, I read Rebekah Shamans challenge email, and I really liked what she said about this challenge alchemizing our stress and anxiety into peace and harmony and that some days will be more challenging than others, but this challenge will give us an opportunity to recognise the deeper causes of our stress and anxiety.

I feel that this is so true, as I deepen into this journey, I have started to access my deeper wisdom and what holds me back.  As I continue to lean into the uncomfortableness of not doing and focussing on listening to my own innate wisdom, under the gentle tutelage of the cacao spirit, I feel my heart softening out of comfortable numbness.   I feel my passions being reactivated and this challenge is helping me to see that often inaction provides us the key to the right kind of action we need to take to follow our dreams.  I am being shown that the things I think I need to do does not serve my purpose and being shown what will reap the most rewards on my ever-unfolding path.

The key here is to lean into uncomfortableness, uncomfortableness of not knowing, uncomfortableness of silence - this is where the magic is.  See my recent Blog on Leaning into the uncomfortableness of not knowing.

Daily Intention:

To love every interaction, I have today.

Today I am Greatful for:

Today I am grateful for 4 day work weeks and that I escape the office early today for a picnic in the park!

Daily check in questions:

What difference did this Challenge Make to my day?

I loved the interaction with myself today, it got me thinking about how often I honour my feelings and how often I just push through tasks or even the things I love doing.

How is this challenge helping me achieve my goals?

This challenge is slowing me down and I feel more connected to myself, my needs and my intuition.  As I start to fine tune my internal listening skills, I am finding that what I believe I should be doing to follow my dreams is falling away into what actions I need to take that will reap us the most rewards.

  • What are the guilty pleasures we continue to choose, that stop us from achieving our dreams? 
  • How does repeating the same cycle of wasting time feeding the gaping black hole of social media, bring us closer to our dreams?
  • Does that endless to do list serve our purpose? 

How is this challenge impacting my relationships with nature, myself and other relationships?

Today I honoured where I was at and did not push through, this really brought home to me that I too often ignore my own needs.

With love

Wise and Untamed

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21 Day Cacao Challenge – Attitude of Gratitude (Day 6)


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Today is the Gemini New Moon, Solar Eclipse aka Ring of fire.  New Moons are a potent time for exploring gratitude and life’s rhythms, as well as planting new seeds of intent for the future.

What is the attitude of Gratitude?

An attitude of gratitude is a conscious habit of expressing appreciation for every part of our life.  It means that we live life from a place of abundance, even on the days that feels like nothing is going right.

When we actively bring more gratitude into our daily lives, the positive affect can decrease anxiety and burnout and increases levels of optimism and promotes better sleep!

Below are some simple ways to bring more abundance into you life:

  • Keep a gratitude diary
  • Express your gratitude
  • Celebrate the small things
  • Meditate on Gratitude

Inviting the ritual of gratitude into our lives, gives us access to the sacredness that surrounds us, giving us access to a larger perspective of the rhythms of life.

Gratitude turns what we have into enough.

Anonymous

I opened my jar of gratitude letters, letters that I had left each day for a year, and read these beautiful reminders, that whilst 2020 was a year most of us want to forget, there was still so much to be grateful for amidst the pandemic.

Today’s Intention:

To feel grateful for the natural rhythms of life.

Today, I am feeling so grounded, centred and peaceful.  As I stepped into the kitchen, I popped on some music, Higher Love, and lit some Rain Forest Incense (one of my favs!) and decided to fire up my Cacao with a pinch of Cayenne and for some extra yumminess, Cinnamon and Vanilla. 

It’s from here I took the next step with a deeper conscious intention to bring gratitude into my day.

I did a short meditation to allow the spirit of Cacao to open my heart.  Imagining her beautiful loving energy surrounding me and opening up my heart.

That cayenne in the Cacao hit the spot on my first sip, as I felt its fiery infusion mingling with the loving energy of the spirit of Cacao flowing through me as I sat in blissful silence.

My practice today, was to list people I am grateful for, then spend some time feeling the love and gratitude for each of them and then sending them love from my heart to theirs.

This morning’s reading, lead me here: 

The Only Gemini New Moon Of The Year Is Here and there was a great challenge to go on a two-week tech diet, where we take time to connect with another human being, each day… gadgetless.  We don’t need to answer every call or text immediately.  I tend to make time to respond to people, when I am fully engaged in my response. Why don't you try it and see how this sets up your day / week / minth /year?

Daily check in questions:

What difference did this Challenge Make to my day?

I loved writing down who I am grateful to have in my life.  Sometimes we take these special extended family members of ours for granted, so it was nice to feel the love I have for them and send out love to them.

How is this challenge helping me achieve my goals?

I feel more focussed and energised, as I give myself this sacred time to just be and connect with myself.

How is this challenge impacting my relationships with nature, myself and other relationships?

I am starting feel myself dropping from my head into my heart more often at work.

With love

Wise and Untamed

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21 Day Cacao Challenge – Listening to your Intuition (Day 5)


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What is intuition? 

Intuition is a profound sense of knowing.  You know something but not sure why.

It’s a gut feeling or a hunch.  It’s an innate knowing without any analytic reasoning.

How do we tap into our intuitive superpowers?

  • By tuning into our bodies. Shhh. Listen.
  • Trust your gut feeling and follow it.

I was listening to a Podcast by Cassandra Wilder this morning, Cultivating Intuition and she talks about intuition magnetising us to the things we love to do.  Each and everyone of us has as powerful sense of intuition, but that this is ground out of us at an early age.  As we get older, we get stuck in analysis paralysis and for some reason we seem to trust our logic over our powerful inner compass.

It is important to find time to be silent and still, so that we can hear soft whisper of our soul, come through loud and clear.  Finding time for solitude turns down the clamour of the outside world, affording you time to tune into our intuition.  When sitting in stillness let your mind wander and be open to what comes to you – feelings, thoughts or words.

Stay in your head, you're dead.

Tony Robins

When we start to cultivate our intuition, our personal inner power starts to blossom, we begin to feel more confidence, a sense of joy and connection and most importantly we start to live our life from an authentic heart centred space of curiosity and adventure!

Be clear, that you are ready to trust your intuition and then follow the breadcrumbs.  The invitation is to stop questioning, it doesn’t have to make sense, just follow.

Our intuition is like a muscle, the more we exercise it, the stronger it becomes.

Working with the spirit of Cacao involves deep listening and the challenge for the rest of the 21 days is for me to practice deep listening and most importantly trust my own powerful inner compass, my intuition.

My intention for today:

To infuse joy and magic into my day.

On my early morning walk, I found a baby Jackdaw half asleep, not even aware of my presence and had a wee chat with the sleepy baby, until his mommy and daddy arrived in a flutter of warning squawks.  As I continued my walk, I came across a pair of ravens having a domestic and I chuckled to myself, thinking they are just like us humans.  Later I found a Mallard Duck, minding his own business and gently muttering quacks under his breath, maybe had also had a domestic with the Missus.

The silence of the early morning, the hush before everyone wakes up – yes, I was up and out walking at 5:30, brought me to a deep sense of connection to myself and all the characters I meet on my morning walk.  I felt the joy and magic infusing into my very being.

I definitely feel more grounded on this heart opening journey.  I have not had coffee for 5 days and oddly have not missed it.  I feel that this journey will bring me back to the simple appreciation of coffee and not use it as my morning crutch.  I am starting to feel more patience, connection and aliveness.  My passion for what I love is growing stronger and my intuitive pull to be of service and support people on their spiritual journey is growing stronger each day.

Oracle card:  Thriving from the Sacred Destiny Deck by Denise Linn.  It is time to step into the primordial, powerful, wild part of myself

Daily check in questions:

What difference did this Challenge Make to my day?

The challenge is helping me to check in with myself during the day to see if I am still manifesting my intention.

How is this challenge helping me achieve my goals?

By slowing down and not worrying about things that are not I my control or so far in the distance and focussing on the now, I am starting to become more present to the now.

How is this challenge impacting my relationships with nature, myself and other relationships?

I am finding so much joy in nature, the aliveness of the animals and birds.  I feel like I am beginning to listen more deeply to people, before I respond. 

With love

Wise and Untamed

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