I have a new tradition. I suppose it became a tradition this year, because I started it last year. All great traditions have to start some where, some time! Every year, when my kids are on vacation with their Dad, I take myself on a week-long spiritual retreat. I’m just now starting to understand what that really means. It is often spent exploring my inner-self through silent meditation, where I can be alone and literally “retreat” into myself. It’s a precious uninterrupted time when I can simply be my most authentic self and connect deeply with who I am as a soul. A spiritual retreat is also about connecting to community, such as a group of like-minded individuals whom I may have never met before, or a community of nature: the trees, the ocean, the mountains, including all the animals that choose to present themselves to me. On this year’s retreat I experienced all three connections. I experienced a connection to myself, a connection to my human community, and a connection to the natural world. Each experience of connection provided me with something different, a unique way to heal my wounds, to cleanse my thoughts, to lift my heart, and to inspire and restore my mind, body and spirit. Although my week was filled with amazing people, places and creatures, one connection in particular stands out above the rest. It happened at a very unique place and involved an eye-to-eye connection with a bobcat.
I’ll start with the place… Sunburst Sanctuary. Founded in 1969 by the late Norman Paulsen, Sunburst Sanctuary is a utopia nestled in the hills north of Santa Barbara, California. A small community of people there farm the land and live in harmony together guided by the principles found in the spiritual teaching of Paramahansa Yogananda. Many of the same people who first started the community still live there today. Everyone was truly welcoming and kind to me. It was evident that members had been working together for many years. No one person was in charge. Some people who had special talents were focused in certain areas, but when it came to delivering the programming and teachings, it was like everyone took turns. Each individual had a time to shine. Continue reading
… (a.k.a. Gemini Moon & Solstice Perspective Quantum Shift)
Today is June 16th and the New Moon in Gemini is very present for me. I’m feeling a surge of energy propelling me to take action in the realm of communication. I feel intuitively that over these next few days (before the Summer Solstice is upon us) we are being presented with a unique opportunity to reflect, reassess, and put our intentions for the 2015 calendar year back on a productive course. I’m just going to throw this out at you all as it is happening to me, and if you are feeling something interesting stirring inside of you as you read, I invite you to join me in this simple creative exercise I’m calling the Gemini Moon & Solstice Perspective Quantum Shift or “The UNSEEN.”
Some transformations can occur over a great length of time, while others can take place within a matter of days, maybe even hours, minutes, or seconds! It’s all about suddenly recognizing what has been unseen before, and taking a leap and opening your eyes and really seeing, what has been right in front of you all along. This is an opportunity I see being presented right now, today, tomorrow, this week as we honor Continue reading
…or “How I ‘Smoothied’ My Way Back to Good Health”
I’m sure everyone has at some time in his or her life had at least a “strained” relationship with food. After all, our relationship with food is a life-long one and a pretty important one. Food is a basic necessity of life; one that is often taken for granted. So let’s hear it for, food, right? I mean, come on, food is amazing!
Food activates my senses in a way no other thing can. The smell of a favorite childhood food can send me plummeting back through time in a split second. There I am again, taking a huge cheesy mouthful of my Mom’s lasagna and feeling satisfied and loved beyond my wildest dreams. The sight of ice cream beginning to drip off a cone automatically propels me into forward motion as I go in for the lick! It’s irresistible to me. I don’t even care if it’s not mine. I’ve been accused of licking my kid’s cones many times and I freely admit I may have a problem, especially when it comes to ice cream.
Food is an integral part my daily life. I need to eat. I indulge in food choices several times each day. The moment I wake up and feel that first pang of hunger or the caffeine headache starts to kick in, my mind becomes focused on putting food in my body. Which foods I consciously choose to put in my body does matter. I am now very aware of that. It wasn’t always like this, though.
For the greater part of my life I have struggled with body image issues. Part of that I toss up to just being a female. Even when I had nothing to worry about, it seemed I worried anyway, because the girls and women around me were Continue reading
©Bonnie Kelso & Creating Your Experience
I am so pleased to be able to offer my “ACCESS! The ABCs of Conscious Creating” virtual course for 50% off the retail price through August 2015. This is not an automated program, I will be in personal contact with you periodically throughout the course. Let me take a moment to describe more about the course for you and a few of the many benefits you will receive from the program.
©Bonnie Kelso & Creating Your Experience
The course begins as soon as I receive confirmation of enrollment from you with my “5 Day Foundation” program. Through my easy to follow steps, learn to wrangle your own self-sabotaging thoughts and Continue reading
I am so pleased to be able to now offer Reiki Healing Treatments at a very low introductory rate. The reason for doing so at this time is to complete my Reiki II Certification. So, sign up quick while you still can at this great value price!
I am offering the in-person treatments for only $25 for the last two weekends in January (Friday – Sunday). Please contact me via email or telephone to schedule a time. After that time I will be raising my rates, so please take advantage of this special offer now. Perhaps you are curious about Reiki and want to experience it yourself for the first time. Perhaps you are already a lover of it and just feel the need to infuse yourself with some Reiki Love Energy. Perhaps you are a student of Reiki, too, and just need to enter a relaxed state of bliss, through the help of a Reiki sister.
What is Reiki?
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. The word Reiki is a combination of two Japanese words that means “spiritually guided life force energy.” A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing Continue reading
It’s January 2015. “It’s time,” my guides have told me, to reveal myself to the world. What better way than through the internet, right? Many of you reading this, are hearing this for the first time and may find it a little shocking. Let me assure you that in some ways I am still the person you’ve always known. In other, divinely magical ways, I will never be the same. I have always had a strong belief system, ruled by my gut instincts. Over the past few years, this instinct has transformed into powerful intuitive gifts. This means, to me, that I have always had the ability to do the things I am doing now. They have been in a dormant state and only revealed to me at certain points along my path. I have in the past experienced unexplainable events, things that make me cock my head and say, “Wow, that was weird.” Only now, after opening myself up fully to my intuition, I am experiencing this phenomenon on a regular (daily even) basis.
So there it is! I am a student of everything now. It is like having all the windows wide open and just taking the breezes as they come. Every day is a new discovery, a new adventure, a new experience. I am experiencing life again as if through the eyes of a child, with wonder, amazement, and Continue reading
It’s December and the holiday season often catapults us into a frenzy of “getting it all done!” I have a special invitation for you for this New Year of 2015. I want to give you the opportunity to discover something new about yourself this year. I am pleased to offer my introductory course which I have spent the last year designing for the explicit purpose of helping you to vitalize your creative power. This carefully designed program includes energetic awakenings, powerful visualization techniques, and free-flowing creating experiences to help you to obtain ACCESS to, BELIEVE in, and CONSCIOUSLY CREATE through the source of your unique creative power.
The course includes nine in-person sessions with me which will occur on Saturday mornings or afternoons. There are also some self-study components which you will be able to complete on your own time. Are you feeling the need to devote some well-deserved time to Continue reading