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Julie graduated from Creighton University with a major in dance and Theology and taught for several years at an inner-city school in Milwaukee. With a desire to expand her knowledge of the arts and spirituality, she attended St. John’s University in Collegeville and completed a Masters in Theology and Liturgical Studies. Over the years, her quest to merge diverse religious beliefs and practices through the commonalities of love and peaceful living, led her to travel, live, and study with shaman practitioners, herbal healers, Native American medicine women, Buddhist priests and other earth-based spiritual teachers. Through these experiences and experiences with global metaphysical teachings, she learned to honor the eternal source of love in all people.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Stalking Fear

Rabbits and gardens are not a good combination. In many urban areas, where the predators are out of balance, there are problems between the humans and animals. Truly, I am not planting a garden as a delicious buffet for the rabbits and squirrels. If they'd share, I wouldn't mind their presence in the least, but the gluttony is a disaster. Hence, I've moved to stalking the rabbits.

However before I set my first trap, I'll be checking my copies of Animal Speak, by Ted Andrews, and Medicine Card book by Jamie Sams. I'll start by asking myself why rabbits are taking over my life. After all, I view my garden as a life giving force. Each seed was planted according to the needs of my body using the methods outlined by Anastasia in the Ringing Cedar series. So why are these rabbits sucking up my life force?

I'm opening my copy of the Medicine Cards. Hmmm. My brows have raised a bit. I'd like to hold back from you but I'm sure the suspense is overwhelming. Here is what Jamie Sims has to say in her last paragraph about rabbit totems.

"The story about Rabbit illustrates that Rabbit medicine people are so afraid of tragedy, illness, disaster, and being taken, that they call those very fears to them to teach them is the lesson...stop talking about horrible things happening and get rid of 'what if' in your vocabulary. This card may signal a time of worry about the future or of trying to exercise your control over that which is not yet in form-the future. Stop now! Write your fears down and be willing to feel them. Breathe into them, and feel them running through your body into Mother Earth as a give-away." (p.159)

Well then, all righty...I'll mull this over. I think I'll wait and and check in with Ted Andrews and Animal Speak tomorrow since Ms. Sims gave me a pretty hefty thought to ponder. Stay tuned...


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