Spiritual Experience #1 Enveloped (Long post but hopefully interesting)
People often ask me what experiences I’ve had that led me to the work I do. I decided to start blogging these events in a chronological order. I do this because: 1. People say they want to know. 2. Maybe you’ve had similar experiences and you can relate and/or feel validated. 3. Hopefully these stories will be interesting enough for you to read and get to know more about my work and what it’s based in. 4. Maybe they’ll provide fodder for conversations, jokes or deep thought (perhaps I humor myself here). Feel free to share.
I was nine years old when I was lying on a bench at the University of California in Santa Cruz. My mother was visiting with my brother at the Whole Earth restaurant on campus, he had just been hired there. As I lay on the bench waiting for her, I noticed the color of the grass which had reminded me of the Kelly-Green crayon I had used to color in the picture of a four leaf clover at school. Above, a tree leaned over me as though it were tucking me into bed, its leaves shimmered like a fishing lure. A large set of chimes hung from one of the branches, tinkling in the wind. I breathed in the warm summer air, smelling the scent of the redwood trees as the light bounced off the fluttering green leaves. At one point, I felt as though I was being lifted into a white light which engulfed me entirely. I laid in this light in complete peace. I detected four forms around me, barely visible, speaking words of encouragement and affection. Their essence was instilled in me so that I would recognize it later in my life. Without that recognition, I may have missed the call to engage in divine energy. It may have slipped past, unnoticed, but because their tone resonated so strongly in me, when I came across it again, I recognized it as such and woke up to my soul’s purpose.
During my time in that light, a ball of intense white light entered my heart and I knew it as love. Eventually the light faded and I was back on the bench. The chimes reverberated in the wind and I was left with deep serenity. I remember thinking then that the feeling reminded me of being held in my mom’s arms. I forgot about that day until years later when I heard chimes vibrating with the same lower key notes. That experience came rushing back to me, the tranquility and love of that moment there at UCSC.
I talk to Earth and she talks to me. I hear her voice, she hears mine and we have long conversations. I am a 53-year-old woman and am married with two kids. I have a house mortgage and I’m a working professional. Just like many of you. If you were to see me walking down the street, I would not stand out. I look and act like most people, except I can hear Earth. I literally hear her words. She talks to me and she has something to say.
I wrote this text on the heels of Hurricane Harvey. Within a matter of days, Hurricane Harvey caused over 150 billion dollars’ worth of damage to the state of Texas. Hurricane Irma and Maria annihilated the Caribbean Islands and Puerto Rico. In the same week an 8.1 earthquake shook Mexico and the temperatures hit a record high for the area I live in and broke all the historic weather records by a long shot. Yes, I think Earth has something to say and she just might be trying to get our attention. She got mine.
Throughout my life I have felt deeply connected to the earth. As a child, my parents would load me and my six older siblings into their station wagon every summer and take us camping. It seemed like we backpacked, car camped and skied nearly every mountain on the western slope of the Sierras. Often, my father would wake me up at dawn to go fishing with him. Invariably he’d snag his line on either a log or a branch beneath the water and I gleefully offered to jump in the river or lake, no matter how cold it was, to detangle his line- something he appreciated and I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved waking up to the day this way; feeling my hair float on the surface of the water, weightless, the smell of water on my skin and the cold air giving me life. Mostly I felt clean, not just literally but clean down to my bones. Clean in my blood, like I was baptized and everyone’s energy was washed from me. As an Empath, I feel the emotions of those near me. I feel their moods in my body. Jumping in the water on those summer days washed me clean of everyone. The only thing I felt was Earth itself.
Like so many of you, I have strong intuitive abilities. These intuitive traits manifested when I was a child but I didn’t yet have words or a language for them. I saw energy around everything, like the clock, my parents and siblings, my dog, my school desk, and so on. My father was a Lutheran minister and during his sermons, every now and then, I’d see my grandfather who’d passed on, sitting in a chair with his head bent forward, listening to my dad. Growing up, I thought everyone was like me. I’m sure many of you can relate. Everyone is intuitive; however, some are born more open and sensitive than others.
Words like psychic and channel were not discussed in my house and if they had been, they would have been met with little respect or regard. I kept my mouth shut, and honestly, I never thought of myself as psychic or intuitive. I was raised with a healthy dose of skepticism and I confused cynicism with intelligence and thought of metaphysics as hogwash. What I didn’t realize was how much I limited myself by not taking any metaphysical idea seriously. As my mother once said, ‘It’s silly crap.’ Even though, as she disclosed to me a few years before her death, she saw energy, auras and the spirit of loved ones leaving their bodies as they passed on. I think she, like so many people, felt shame and/or fear in admitting their ability or their curiosity around the spiritual and intuitive arts. It wasn’t that long ago, those who openly expressed their intuitive ability or anything remotely related to the spirit world would have been deemed a witch or heretic and suffered torture and death. Our collective conscience holds fear of being called out and blamed, but instead of being burned at the stake, now there might be character assassination and humiliation. I was certainly afraid of not being perceived as someone with integrity or intelligence if I said I was psychic. Fortunately, times are changing and more people are opening their minds to the possibility of what the cosmos has to offer.
Over the years I’ve had many metaphysical experiences. What I’ve learned is that when I’m present with my surroundings, whether it be through meditation, mindfulness, being outside or participating in travel or sports, my psychic ability and mystical experiences increase. I believe this is due to being connected to Earth’s energy as well as being more present in the moment, such as when you are traveling or engaged in a sport where the consequences can be harmful if you aren’t paying attention. I think we become highly aware of our surroundings and the energy of those near us. Such experiences and or lifestyle increases wakefulness.
In the following posts I’m going to write about the spiritual experiences I’ve had over my life. People often ask what led me to this path and work. It’s difficult to put into a soundbite as there’s never just been one mind blowing experience, but rather a culmination of both subtle and extraordinary. These experiences provided a textured landscape of a life to peruse through and learn from. Maybe some of you have had similar events or spiritual exchanges in which you can relate and feel validated. I hope you enjoy the reading.
The Importance of Connecting to Earth
Earth's energy is highly accelerative, which means she raises your frequency and helps you to decrease your fear, especially around impermanence. Her energy will help you cultivate more peace in your life. When you connect to Earth, you may feel and/or hear or see her spirit in a way you may never have experienced before. You will realize she's alive in the same way you are. She has feelings and thoughts, just like you. She desires to connect to each and everyone of you. When you learn to connect to Earth on this deep level, you will understand her loving nature and why it is such a gift to be here, living on Earth. She will feel like a best friend, and an honest one at that. Cultivating a relationship with Earth will give you a new and meaningful perspective on life. Plus we have to in order to survive here. She needs seven million of us to connect to her in order for her to swing back toward balance. She states, 'Your fearful energy is what causes so much of my imbalance and chaos. In order for me to retain balance, I need to feel your love and respect. I need you to connect to me and know who I am. We need to have a relationship. You and me.'
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
And amidst the chaos
Keep Peace within your soul-Max Ehrman
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