October 03, 2013

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The Beauty of a Broken Bead

The ones that didn' make it...  

    
 
Broken Beads
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Some just don't make it.
 
Beads
Projects
Friendships
Partnerships
 
Some just don't make it...
 ...into the form that we had planned for them that is.
 
But what if, in the greater scheme of things, 
the way it's seemingly broken, 
is in fact perfect.
 
I have saved thousands of broken beads over the years,
beads that didn't make it 
into the form I had planned for them.
 
I have always had a desire 
to turn them into a fabulous art project.
 
A beautiful reminder
That everything that is seemingly broken,
 is really just open to another form of being.
 
With SO much love,
The Door is Open
xo
 
September 26, 2013

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Happiness is...A Free Bead

  

 
Namibian Pietersite
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 Upper Limit problem.
Happiness set point.
Zone of comfort.
 
Have you every achieved what you set out to do, then looked around you at your life and asked "is this it?"
 
I am not talking about being ungrateful.
You are over flowing with gratitude.
Every day "drop on your knees" grateful,
 with how abundant and beautiful life is... 
but...
there is a deep desire to be on fire, 
on purpose, 
making a contribution that accesses you to your core 
and calls you out of your comfort zone.
The desire to make a difference.
 
What do you care so strongly about, that it will get you out of bed at 5:30 in the morning?
What animal, or part of nature needs your protection?
What friend is struggling with health or finances, where a little contribution can make a huge difference?
 
Start there.
Exercise the muscle of giving.
 
There have been so many tests that show, 
when we give of ourselves...
our money, time, expertise, labor, love....
It changes our relationship to abundance.
It raises the level of happiness we can sustain.
It expands our comfort zones. 
Where the things that used to feel uncomfortable,
 or maybe even frightening, 
can be just another access point to joy.
   
 Start there, 
your heart will lead you on. 
 
SO, 
I will be giving away beads today!
 
Come into the studio,
Receive a bead.
and a hug,
and a cup of tea,
and whatever else the universe has up her sleeve.
 
I plan on being super happy tonight!
 
With SO much love,
The Door is Open
xo
September 19, 2013

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Harvest Moon

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Australian Boulder Opal
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Aloha, 
 
Watching the setting of the huge yellow harvest moon this morning, has left me speechless.
Often nature leaves me with this feeling that words just clutter everything up.
 
So this morning, 
I would love to transmit this deep sense of wonder 
and awe at witnessing the moon, 
 and wishing you a bountiful harvest. 
 
with much love,
The Door is Open
xo
 
September 12, 2013

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Rocky Mountain High...

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Chrysoprase in Bougainvillea with friend
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Aloha today will be my first day at  Denver Gem Show!
Excited to see old friends and to discover new, both within the mineral kingdom and the mankind who steward them.
 
I have spent a few days immersed in the stunning nature around the Aspen area of Colorado, connecting with visionaries, meditating al fresco and allowing the nervous system to unwind. 
 
There is still time to let me know if there are certain stones you are desiring in your life that I can source here in Denver.
 
Meanwhile enjoy a cup of tea with Sarah in the studio and wish me happy hunting.
with much love,
The Door is Open
xo
 
September 05, 2013

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Cooling the Projections...

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Carnelian at Sunrise
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It has been hot in the studio! 
So hot, wearing clothes is challenging... 
but not stones!
I found myself experimenting.
Feeling subtle and profound shifts in body sensation as I put on different stones... and simply noticed. 
There are those stones I had preconceived ideas of sensations based on color. 
Carnelian by example, because of it's deep orange/red, I have an association with heat and passion.
And Chrysocolla, with its blue/green swirl I associate with water and therefor perceive as cooling.
But, when I allowed myself to suspend, even for a moment, 
what was, (what I think I know) 
in order to experience what  
is 
 (direct experience)
I noticed SO much more!
Delightful, surprising and welcomed sensations. A whole new world to be experienced directly. 
It was a great reminder, to get conscious of what preconceptions, beliefs, and attitudes we are bringing to to the party and projecting onto this moment of life.
 
Delicious new experiences, deep insights, and profound new ways of being in the world await when we allow ourselves to experience this moment directly from this moment. 
The Door is Open 
xo
 
August 29, 2013

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Mermaid Dreams...

Celebration necklace and Chrysoprase Pendant  

    
 
Me on the Beach of Kauai
 In a Celebration Lariat and Chrysoprase Pendant
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This week has been filled with excitement about The Mermaid Retreat!
As my Evolutionary sisters Christabel ZamorJuna Mustad and I heartstorm (like brainstorming, but more embodied) about the flow and content of this delicious annual offering, I can feel my body remembering immersion in this transformative field of women, on the magical island of Kauai, and every cell leans forward with yearning.
There is movement alive on our planet. 
Women all over the world are accessing their authentic power, 
power with... rather than power over, 
and stepping into roles of Inspired Leadership. 
In this week long retreat in one of the most physically feminine and magical locations on the earth, my beloved Island of Kauai, we are co-creating a container of support, connection, growth and play that allows each woman to drop the masculine masks we have learned to operate behind and find the rhythm, beauty and wisdom of her empowered feminine.
It is so exciting!
I will be offering all new playshops and explorations with the stones!
I am so grateful for the opportunity to give my gifts in this way, and
I would love for YOU to join us.
Today,
I am in the studio 
and 
The door is open
xo
 
August 22, 2013

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Disconnect to Reconnect...

Maury Mountain Moss Agate  
Maury Mountain Moss Agate
 
Steady burning fire of passion...
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Off grid in Central Oregon.
The pace of the nervous system, 
when it has the chance to be free of electricity and all the electro magnetic frequencies that our access to electricity offers, 
is... exquisite. 
There was, at first, the incessant need to check the phone. 
In this case, it meant walking to a particular place in the meadow where the signal was strong enough to retrieve email, voicemail and texts (but still lacking the power to access FaceBook). 
But after the first long sessions of standing in the spot in the meadow, in the full blaze of the central oregon sun returning calls and writing signal finger emails on the phone, It dawned on me the world really didn't need me in order to keep turning.
 
My friends and clients would forgive this disconnection.
I ignored the phone and its unending deluge of information, 
and spent hours watching the river. 
The movement of the water flowing past, the colors of the willows along its banks, turning more golden each day and the passing of summer.   
The birds, insects, the breeze in the trees, the afternoon clouds, the occasional sighting of momma deer with her three babies fresh out of spots, the river otters, the beaver, and the absolute profusion of stars, all of nature informed me with its own symphony of information, and the body unwound.
There were also hours and hours of sorting through stones, of which you will see the fruits soon I am sure.
Thank you for this disconnection in order to reconnect to the steady heartbeat of mother earth.
The door is open
xo
 
 
August 15, 2013

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Obsidian Dreams

    Peanut Wood   
Peanutwood Australia
 
Adventurous grounding...
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Little Deschutes River 
Greetings from Oregon!
Camping on the Little Deschutes River, 
going through two tons of obsidian and other beautiful stones.
There is nothing like getting close to nature and listening to the earth.
I promise to bring home the beauties.
The door is open
xo
 
August 08, 2013

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Inspired Inspiration

    Rose Quartz   
Star Rose Quartz- Madagascar
 
Tender and Compassionate heart Healing.
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Last week I was in Mexico at a wonderful Spa destination called 
I was fabulously inspired by two women I was introduced to there. 
One is Deborah Sezkely.
She along with her husband founded The Ranch in 1940, advocating healthy food and lifestyle choices, and at 91 is still actively making a difference in the world through a multitude of foundations she created and in which she is still very active.
 
The other is her phenomenal daughter.Sarah Livia Szekely Brightwood is the president of Rancho La Puerta today, she co-creates with nature designing buildings and the landscapes of The Ranch with with organic and sustainable practices all with her quiet, strong and calming presence.
 
These women have, and continue to, influence thousands and thousands of people toward more healthy sustainable lives.
 
I get so excited when I experience the ways in which ordinary people are impacting the world in extraordinary ways.
And so many of you inspire me daily. 
 
When we are living inside of what inspires us, we are an inspiration.
 
The door is open
xo
 
P.S. if you would like to visit The Ranch I have a little discount for you...
August 01, 2013

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Summer Ahhh...

    Orange Chalcedony   
Orange Chalcedony - Namibia Africa
 
Tap into your creative bliss.
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Greetings from Mexico!
The door is open
xo