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About Velda

Vibrational Medicine Practitioner, Certified Energy Therapist.


June 1st, 2020 | Posted by Velda in RETIRED FEATURE POSTS

 What Do W Need?

We need to feel more to understand others. We need to love more to be loved back.

We need to cry more to cleanse ourselves.

We need to laugh more to enjoy ourselves.

We need to establish the values

of honesty and fairness

when interacting with people.

We need to establish

 a strong ethical basis as a way of life.

What Do We Need?

We need to see more

other than our own little fantasies.

We need to hear more

and listen to the needs of others.

We need to give more

and take less.

We need to share more

and own less.

We need to realize

the importance of the family

as the backbone of stability.

We need to look more

and realize we are not so different

from one another.

We need to create a world where

 we can all peacefully live

the life we choose.

We need to create a world where

 we can trust each other.

~Susan Polis Schutz

What Do We Need?


May 1st, 2020 | Posted by Velda in RETIRED FEATURE POSTS



What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
Center down.

And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.

Promise this world your love–
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.

Lynn Ungar, Unitarian Universalist Minister, 3/11/20


Join me in sending Love, Healing & Blessings to all.




Clearing, Strengthening, & Balancing Your Chakras

When we are under stress, the chakras can get clogged with heavy, unwanted energies. When this happens we can feel stuck, tired, run down, mentally foggy, and overly emotional. Simply cleansing the chakras can help to clear out these stuffy, unwanted energies and allow the chakras to function optimally once more.

Clearing, Strengthening & Balancing Your Chakras

Clearing, Strengthening & Balancing Your Chakras

Lie on your back. You can do this yourself or have a friend perform the technique. First shake your hands to clear the energy. Then take your hands, open and palms down one on top of the other and place them over the first chakra and start to circle it counterclockwise about 3 to 4 inches above the chakra. To determine which is counterclockwise imagine a clock lying face up on your navel.

Make sure you or your friend use slow counterclockwise circles over the chakra, (starting from the Root Chakra). Do this for approximately one to two minutes. Then shake off your hands to clear the energy. Circle clockwise for half as long as the counterclockwise direction. Repeat this with each chakra.  *You can use one hand if you like. Use the left to clear and the right to sooth.

Clearing, Strengthening, & Balancing Your Chakras

The Benefits

When doing this process you will notice that the counterclockwise brings up toxic energies moving these out of the body. The clockwise portion is very important as it completes the process by soothing the chakra then stabilizing it.

Clearing, Strengthening & Balancing Your Chakras

Create Your Chakras’ Animal Totem

February 1st, 2020 | Posted by Velda in RETIRED FEATURE POSTS

Create Your Chakras' Animal Totem

Are You ready to have fun today? I am inviting you to use your imagination to create your own Chakras’ Animal Totem.  

Create Your Chakras' Animal Totem

Divide a blank piece of paper into three columns.  The center column is where I built my totem starting with the Earth Chakra located at the bottom (referred to as Earth Star) moving to the top chakra above the Crown (referred to as Soul Star).

Allow your intuition to select what animal you think best represents each of the nine chakras.  Sketch or paste pictures of the animals you choose for each chakra.  You will probably be moved to pick your favorite animals.

I was extremely fortunate that my dearest friend took my collage of animals stacked on top of each other and did a beautiful pencil etching (shown at the left).  It is one of my most cherished pieces of art.  I had fun hand sewing my Chakras’ Animal Totem.  This is where you get to be very creative.

In the left hand column of my paper, are my animals’ Totem Lessons. Right hand column shares the meanings of Dreamtime Messages received  from my totem  animals.  The below Chakras’ Animal Totem Chart, was an  informative Vision Board exercise.

Create Your Chakras' Animal Totem



‘Ring Out, Wild Bells’

January 1st, 2020 | Posted by Velda in POETRY FOR WOMEN | RETIRED FEATURE POSTS

'Ring Out, Wild Bells'

‘Ring Out, Wild Bells’  

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let it die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let it go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind
For those that here we see no more;
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all womankind.

Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes
But ring the fuller minstrel in.

Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

RING IN the valiant woman and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in 2020 that is to be.

by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-92)

(changes made in bold represent current times)

'Ring Out, Wild Bells'


Tips To Relieve Holiday Stress

December 1st, 2019 | Posted by Velda in RETIRED FEATURE POSTS

Tips to Relieve Holiday Stress

The American Psychological Association (APA) found nearly half of all women in the United States experience heightened stress during the holidays, which puts their health at risk. The APA also learned that during this time, 41 percent of women use food and 28 percent use alcohol.

Here are 7 Tips to Relieve Holiday Stress.

Tips to Relieve Holiday Stress

Take calm-down breaks. Soon after you awake, close your eyes, take several deep breaths and meditate or just relax. Imagine yourself in a beautiful place, think of a happy memory or visualize yourself succeeding at a cherished goal. “Quieting down your mind before you begin your day can help it get off to a great start and things will flow for you,” says Debra Berndt, an expert in creative visualization and hypnosis.

Tips to Relieve Holiday Stress

Put on rose-colored glasses. When people try to push their bad habits on you during this holiday season, tune into their motivations.   For instance, before you get annoyed step into their shoes. Then graciously thank them for their misguided attention. Rather than view your situation with annoyance, be grateful instead.

Tips to Relieve Holiday Stress

Get moving. Perhaps one of the best ways to overcome stress during the holidays or any other time is to exercise regularly. Research shows that physical activity not only boosts your fitness and energy levels but can also elevate your moods.   In addition, exercise has been found to reduce anger, tension, fatigue and confusion.

Tips to Relieve Holiday Stress

Go for real foods mostly. Inevitably, at this time of year, you’ll be tempted with sugary, empty-calorie “treats” just about wherever you go. But to be your most energetic, focused and happy self, it’s best to eat foods that grow on trees or on the ground (vegetables and fruits) and to choose healthy fats (such as olive oil and flax seeds), lean protein (such as fish and organic chicken) and legumes, nuts and seeds.

Tips to Relieve Holiday Stress

Take polite portions of “comfort” foods and drinks. During the holidays, it’s easy to “fall off the wagon” and use or over-use alcohol, sugar and caffeine.  It’s best to think before you treat your body like a trash can instead of a temple.

Tips to RElieve Holiday Stress

Prepare “Nice To Do For Me” and “Need To Do For You” lists.  Writing down all that you have to do during the holidays will help you realize how doable your tasks are. Be realistic as to what you put on your lists. Then start tackling one item from each list in turn.  By alternating between lists, you won’t feel deprived, because you’re being good to yourself. When you practice extreme self-care and put yourself first, you are then fully available to others without resentment or anger.

Tips to Relieve Holiday Stress

Be Generous. One of the best ways to stay calm, content and cheerful this time of year is to act generously with your loved ones, co-workers and friends. This doesn’t have to mean you’re spending a lot of money. You can be generous with your compliments. You can generously offer to do a loved one’s dreaded errand.  When you are creative with your gifts and thank you’s, people will appreciate your real, heartfelt sentiments.


Tips to Relieve Holiday Stress

November’s Morning Blessing

November 1st, 2019 | Posted by Velda in POETRY FOR WOMEN | RETIRED FEATURE POSTS

November's Morning Blessing

 Dear Great Spirit,

You are inside of me, within my very breath,

Within each bird, each mighty mountain,

Your Sweet touch reaches everything,

And I am well protected.

Thank you for this beautiful day before me.

May joy, love, peace,

And compassion be part of my life,

And all those around me on this day.

I am healing and I am healed.

~Ayurveda Morning Prayer

November's Morning Blessing

This lovely Ayurveda Morning Prayer

 Says everything there is to say

About what we wish for our loved ones,

 Our neighbors, all nations, our planet, and ourselves.

November's Morning Blessing

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October Accepting Change

October 1st, 2019 | Posted by Velda in RETIRED FEATURE POSTS

October Accepting Change

October, with the amazing transforming to fall colors, is an excellent time to consider Accepting Change.  Author Karen Frazier, in her book, CRYSTALS FOR HEALING, states “Many people find change difficult because they fear the unknown…However, change is a necessary and natural part of life”.  Following are Mind, Heart & Soul Crystal Remedies for Accepting Change found in chapter 4 of her book.


October Accepting Change

1.  Sit quietly in a comfortable position with your eyes closed.  Place both hands gently over your heart chakra.

2.  Breathe deeply and visualize pure white energy flowing from above, down through your crown chakra, through your arms and hands, and into your heart chakra.

3.  Repeat the mantra, sitting quietly for at least 10 minutes or until you feel at peace.


October Accepting Change

During periods of tumultuous change in your life, carry a piece of watermelon tourmaline in your pocket or wear watermelon tourmaline in a necklace.  It will help bring acceptance and clarity to your situation.  Watermelon tourmaline promotes all types of love, balances energies, inspires creativity, allows connection with nature, balances chakras, heals emotional pain, and brings one peace and calmness.


October Accepting Change

Set up a simple grid with a prehnite center stone and three clear quartz points arranged in a triangle around the center stone, with the points facing away from the center. The quartz points will amplify the power of the prehnite, which provides inner strength and acceptance of new circumstances.  The Direction of the quartz points moves the energy in the direction the point faces, in this case, sending it out into the surrounding area.  Prehnite also cleanses and detoxifies energy fields.


October Accepting Change


Art of Walking Exercise

September 1st, 2019 | Posted by Velda in FEATURE POSTS REVISITED

Art of Walking Exercise

My walks take on more meaning since I read  Free Your Breath, Free Your Life- How Conscious Breathing Can Relieve Stress, Increase Vitality, and Help You Live More Fully by Dennis Lewis.  He offer forth the following Conscious Walking Practice:

1. Learning the Art of Walking: First step is awareness or being mindful about yourself. How do you feel and what is your motive when walking? Are you in a hurry, anxious, or tense, which will bring on discomfort and quick exhaustion?  The art of conscious walking depends on the rhythmical and harmonious movement of all parts of your body without unnecessary tension.

Art of Waling Exercise

2. Opening and Closing the Joints of  Your Body:  Allow your pelvis to swing naturally to open & close the joints, support movement of blood, exercise all internal tendons, ligaments and muscles.  Conscious walking opens up your breathing spaces. Neuroscientist Candace Pert tells us “Let the opposite hand swing forward with each step…Somehow this sets left brain-right brain information flowing, breaking up old patterns of worry and rumination.”

3. Becoming Aware of Your Feet:  See if you can discover a gentle rolling motion, in conjunction with the swinging motion of your arms and pelvis?  This helps release tension in the feet, legs, pelvis, and relaxes the shoulders.  Bring your awareness to how grounded you feel.

4. Sense Your Breathing: Breathing reaches deeper down in the body when tension is released from the way we walk. As this occurs, the efficiency and capacity of your respiratory system increases.  You are able to walk longer with less fatigue and feel more energetic.

Art of Waling Exercise

5. Walking Inside the Energy Atmosphere of Your Breath: Visualize you are walking inside the atmosphere of your breath. This atmosphere surrounds and interacts with the body as you walk.  This breath energy is your life force.

6. Walking Exercise Begins with Awareness: Mindful walking supports our health and well-being.  Awareness Walking shares  the same benefits as practicing tai chi or qigong.

(This Post Originally Debuted September 16, 2013, in Categories Energy Healing).

Join me during the month of September Walking with Awareness!Art of Walking Exercise 

Your Birth Animal Totem

August 1st, 2019 | Posted by Velda in RETIRED FEATURE POSTS

Your Birth Zodiac Totem Animal

Do you know the animal totem or Birth Totem associated with your Moon Sign?  According to Native American beliefs, we are given totems by Mother Earth according to which of the Moons we were born under. Totems of distinct animals also include plants, minerals, colors, elements (fire, water, air, earth), and wind directions.  Following are the twelve animal totems and their meanings associated with each Moon:

Your Birth Zodiac Totem Animal

Goose Birth Totem – December 22 to January 19, sets goals for accomplishment, and always obtains them. The Goose is determined to succeed at all costs not for the approval of others. Driven is Goose Totem’s dominating personality trait. This Moon Sign also includes – Moon: Earth Renewal Plant: Birch Tree or Bramble Mineral: Quartz or Peridot Color: White Spirit Keeper: White Buffalo Power Direction: North Element: Earth Elemental Clan: Turtle.

Otter Birth Totem – January 20 to February 18, is a hard one to figure sometimes and not always chosen to get the job done. This is a big mistake.  Otter’s methods are usually quite effective because of their brilliant imagination and intelligence.   This Moon Sign also includes – Moon: Rest/Cleansing Plant: Quaking Aspen or Fern Mineral: Silver or Turquoise Color: Silver Spirit Keeper: White Buffalo Power Direction: North Element: Air Elemental Clan: Butterfly.

Wolf Birth Totem - February 19 to March 20, is the forerunner of new ideas, to teach and share with others what they have learned. Wolves have an enormous sense of family.  Baying at moon is Wolf’s desire to connect with new ideas just below the surface of consciousness, for the moon is a symbol for psychic energy. This Moon Sign also includes Moon: Big Winds - Plant: Plantain Mineral: Turquoise or Jade Color: Blue-Green Spirit Keeper: White Buffalo Direction: North Element: Water Elemental Clan: Frog.

Your Birth Zodiac Totem Animal

Falcon Birth Totem - March 21 to April 19, is always looked upon for clear judgment in sticky situations. Falcon never wastes time and take action in what must be done. Falcon is honored and respected for its keen eyesight, speed of flight, and precision of movement. This Moon Sign also includes Moon: Budding Trees or Awakening Plant: Dandelion Mineral: Fire Opal Color: Yellow or Yellow-Green Spirit Keeper: Golden Eagle Power Direction: East Element: Fire Elemental Clan: Thunderbird or Hawk.

Beaver Birth TotemApril 20 to May 20, is the builder and in building its home, you will find several entrances and exits.  Beaver’s lesson for us is ‘Not to paint ourselves in a corner’. In addition, Beaver is well equipped to protect its creationThis Moon Sign also includes Moon: Dream Builder,  Plant: Wild Clover Mineral: Jasper – Bloodstone Color: Blue or Yellow Spirit Keeper: Golden Eagle Power Direction: East Element: Earth Elemental Clan: Turtle.

Deer Birth Totem – May 21 to June 20, is lively, quick-witted and always aware of her surroundings. Ever alert for the subtlest of movements and the slightest sounds that warn her of impending danger. Yet, her own flightiness often leads her straight into the sights of the hunter. This Moon Sign also includes Moon: Flower Plant: Yarrow Mineral: Moss Agate Color: White and green Spirit Keeper: Golden Eagle Power Direction: North Element: Air Elemental Clan: Butterfly.

Your Birth Zodiac Totem Animal

Woodpecker Birth TotemJune 21 to July 21, is totally empathetic and understanding. The Woodpecker’s drumming symbolizes to us, that we need to gain emotional perspective, to learn detachment, and to use our head instead of recklessly following our heart.   This Moon Sign also includes  Moon: Strong Sun Plant: Wild Rose Mineral: Carnelian Agate Color: pink or rose Spirit Keeper: Coyote Power Direction: South Element: Water Elemental Clan: Frog.

Salmon Birth Totem – July 22 to Aug 21, tells us to trust our gut feelings and inner-knowing. Salmon teaches us to see every bend in the river as a new adventure, with a lesson we need to learn to grow.   Even when the flow of life seems to push us back, we can tap the hidden resources of our human spirit.  This Moon Sign also includes: Moon:  Ripe Berries or Ripening Plant: Raspberry Mineral: Garnet Color: Red Spirit Keeper: Coyote Power Direction: South Element: Fire Elemental Clan: Thunderbird or Hawk.

Brown Bear Birth Totem - August 22 to September 21, teaches us that to accomplish the goals and dreams we carry, we need to honor our silence within. If we choose to believe that there are many questions to life, we must also believe that the answers to these questions resides within us. This Moon Sign also includes Moon:  Harvest Plant: Violets Mineral: Amethyst Color: Purple Spirit Keeper: Coyote Power Direction: South Element: Earth Elemental Clan: Turtle.

Your Birth Zodiac Totem Animal

Raven Birth Totem – September 22 to October 22, knows the Unknowable Mysteries of Creation and is Keeper of All Sacred Law. Raven sees the physical and spiritual world and merges the light and darkness, seeing both inner and outer reality. This Moon Sign also includes Moon: Ducks Fly or Falling Leaves Plant: Mullein Mineral: Jasper Color: Brown or Blue Spirit Keeper: Grizzly Bear Power Direction: West  Element: Air Elemental Clan: Butterfly.

Snake Birth Totem – October 23 to November 22, is compelled toward evolution and transformation, driven to discard the past and emerge with new ‘flesh’. It is the energy of wholeness, cosmic consciousness and the ability to experience anything willingly and without resistance. This Moon Sign also includes Moon: Freeze Up or Frost Plant: Thistle Mineral: Copper Color: Orange or Violet Spirit Keeper: Grizzly Bear Power Direction: West Element: Water Elemental Clan: Frog.

Owl Birth Totem – November 23 to December 21, can see in the dark.  It can also accurately locate and recognize any sound.  Owl is a symbol for wisdom, because Owl can see what others cannot. No one can deceive the Owl about what they are doing, no matter how hard they try to disguise or hide it from the Owl. This Moon Sign also includes Moon: Long Snows  Plant: Black Spruce Mineral: Obsidian Color: Black or Gold Spirit Keeper: Grizzly Bear Power Direction: West Element: Fire.

Your Birt Animal Totem