By the Glow of a Salt Lamp

This morning I read a newsletter from Amanda Mays, and in it she included a writing prompt:

“What was the practice or ritual that sustained you through difficult times?”

What an excellent question! I love her newsletters. And her Insta account is calming and filled with what she calls “celebrating dailiness“. Check it out!

This year has been…well, there aren’t even words. To paraphrase a line from Buffy, “It sucks beyond the telling.”. SO much.

But there’s still good things, like the roadrunner who perched on a chair on the porch, staring at the screen door with look as if it was thinking, “Excuse me? Is the the drive-thru window closed??”

From Dec last year

Or my cat, who disappears all summer long, every summer, except to eat; when the weather is changing she’s back to cruising the house, asking to be pet and paid attention to. Sometimes a bit too often, actually. It’s as if she needs to make up for all she missed in during the hot weather.

As for what practice that has sustained me? I had to think about it. There are a few things I do on a regular basis, but they don’t necessarily help me through this tumultuous time. They just are.

Then it hit me. Every evening my other half heads to bed at least 3 hours before I do. He’s the morning person, I’m the night owl. Somewhere along the way this year, I started to lightly massage his back while reading a book (I’ve been on an Elizabeth Hunter kick since I discovered her Elemental Mysteries series) by the light of a large Himalayan salt lamp. The orange glow is bright enough to read my old keyboard Kindle by, yet soothing enough that it doesn’t wake him. This has been the routine every night for months. So much so that when I get in bed, he automatically turns over, even if he’s not fully awake.

The massage helps him sleep, the books calm my frantic mind, and the light winds down the evening…it’s a ritual that we would both miss if it ended.

Have you come across a writing prompt lately that made you think? Comment, please!! 🙂

Much love,
Pip

©Pip Miller – September 2020

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Hygge and This Hobbit

A while ago I came across a post by Dominee about Hygge, and I loved the concept. I didn’t know there was a name for something so comforting (isn’t there one for everything, though), and the idea has been stuck in my head ever since.

Yesterday at the library I came across “The Hygge Holiday” by Rosie Blake, and as with some other words, ‘hygge’ jumped out at me, and I brought it home. Devoured it in a few hours – it’s a cute romance, just what I needed after some heavy reading lately.

Now I won’t tell you what happens in the book, but there is an idea the main character has that must have burrowed its way into my head, because I couldn’t sleep last night and that idea blossomed into something pertaining to what I do, and I was so excited I don’t think I fell asleep til the wee hours of the morning.

You all know me; how I bounce from one thing to another, not in search of the perfect something, just in search of…

I found it. 🙂 As the month goes on, you’ll see little changes in my website and social media accounts. I’m so excited! This feels so very, very right!

With excitement,

Pip 🙂

©Pip Miller – December 2018

 

 

A Month of Prompts

Amanda, of MagnoliaYogaBr , sent out her first newsletter with monthly prompts in quite a few years. I’m so excited!!!

Yesterday the prompt was “Perfect Day”. And it was! Mornings have taken on a routine, starting with feeding the cat, then then dogs, and now the crows and the birds. The crows came back to the neighborhood on the 30th (timing), and they call out when they come in the mornings, waking me and starting my day.

Usually we babysit on Thursday, but didn’t yesterday, so I was able to sit outside and read…something I haven’t done almost all summer because of the heat. I’m just beginning “Shadow of Night” by Deborah Harkness, and I’m loving this series!! History, witches, vampires, daemons…it’s got it all.

Today’s prompt is “Take Steps”. Doing these prompts here is a big step. I’ve fallen out of the habit of writing, and my domain name needs to be renewed sometime this month, so responses (and clients) will give me a reading and tell me whether to keep it all or let it go.

Do you want to join along? The link to sign up for the newsletter is in Amanda’s bio!

With hope,

Pip

©Pip Miller – November 2018

ETS: I forgot to add the hashtags she uses! #cultivatewellness #writewellness

Calgon Isn’t Helping Anymore

Found this on Instagram:

And yeah…

So much has been going on since my last post, and every time I sit down to write, you know what stops me? SEO. Thinking that I need to write the perfect subject line for SEO. I don’t know about y’all, but it is, as she says, exhausting.

Also, really? Doctor branding?? Just help me feel better, gorramit!!

So simple things first:

Twitter. Still using it, but a bit less because the news is so overwhelming and I’m in complete despair about the direction our country is taking. It was mentioned by a coworker that every single healer he knew has been sick since last year in one way or another. I hear that. Bronchitis twice, abscessed tooth that caused my face to swell up like a grapefruit, and the kicker…I have fibromyalgia.

Yep. I’m a spoonie. And let me tell you: finding out that I have fibro explained SO much that I thought was simply attributed to stress, age, and other things. It’s both a relief and well, it’s fibro. Not much to do about it. Add in my tremors, and medication isn’t really an option. When your mom, who has been sick for 30 years, tells you, “Wow, you’re really fucked up!”, you know shit has done hit the fan. 😉

As a result of being sick so often, I was let go from my job the day before my birthday. *heavy sigh* It was a relief on one hand, because I was causing so much annoyance and disruption by missing days, and on the other hand, well, there went my income. Unemployment is…we won’t even talk about it. I do enjoy being able to pace myself as the day goes on, and I take a lot more “reading breaks”…aka sitting in the sun for hours with a good book…than I was able to before. It’s helping.

It also means I have more time to do lightwork, so that makes me happy. BTW, did you notice that I changed the look of the blog? I think it’s a bit more device-friendly now.

Tumblr. Giving it another whirl, and so far, I like it. The cool thing about Tumblr is that it seems to be a creative space, lots of authors and artists (and witches…oh my goodness, the number of witches!), and three of my favorite authors are there –  Neil Gaiman, N. K. Jemisin, and Claudia Wair (you haven’t heard of my dear friend Claudia? You will!). I’m sure there are more, but I haven’t come across them yet.

—oh, wait, I just went to copy Claudia’s link, and she’s not on Tumblr now. Here’s her website. Keep your eye on her! You can follow her on Twitter, and Instagram, and sign up for her newsletter!

All in all, I think that’s everything since last I wrote. I hope everyone is well – I’ve been bad about checking in to WP and reading blogs of late.

Much love!

©Pip Miller – March 2018

The Filofax Itch

…and other non-Filofax thoughts.

At the end of last year I wasn’t in the position to purchase new Filofax inserts, so I picked up a planner at Walgreens. It’s about 5×7, has big pages and print…and the pages fit perfectly in my A5 Filofax Chameleon.

Every time I open the planner, I have the urge to tear all the pages out and put them in the Chameleon, but the thought of punching holes, one by one because I don’t have a hole punch that does this configuration, is exhausting. But boy, that Chameleon is calling to me! The pages are too big for my Personal Malden (unless I also cut the pages down to size), but the definitely call out to be out of their binder. Pretty as it is.

What is a body to do?? Lol

In other news, a friend sent me a link to this great post by Starhawk, which is all committing to regeneration in the face of what is going on in the US. This friend is also the only person I know who is actually sanguine about the situation, as she sees the need for the dissolution of so much that is wrong so that we can build newer and better. I see her point, but I’ll be honest, I’m still terrified.

I just watched Arwen’s Tarotscope for this week, and the affirmation she came up with, “Today I create peace” is a really wonderful one. With so much fear and stress, doing what little bit we can to create peace is very important. What ways can you do that in your world? I’m trying not to RT as many tweets about what’s going on, not to ignore it, but to honor those in my timelines who are triggered terribly by all of this. I was a bit crazy with the RTs for a while (I could, and still can NOT fathom all of this), and I had to slow down, even for me. I was giving myself anxiety, and that’s not helpful at all.

I began doing more energy healing on myself, alleviating those feelings and doing my best to bring calm and peace into my head and body. It was the only other thing I could think of! 🙂 I am happy to help anyone else who could use some of that in their life, too.

I’m trying to spend a bit less time online, and took out some great books from the library. I just finished The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman, and next up is The Marriage of Opposites. The Dovekeepers was amazing, and I’ll be on the lookout for it at my favorite bookstore.

How are you coping with the non-stop barrage?

Oh! Almost forgot! My friend Ronda, she of the fantastic malas, responded to a tweet of mine about trading a session for a Pussy Hat. Yes, the ones worn at the Women’s March. I received it last week and it’s so cool! It’s multiple colors for #solidarityindiversity, which is fantastic! Sadly, it’s been too warm to wear it so far. But I will!

pussyhat2

Take care all, and be kind to yourselves.

Much love,

Pip 🙂

©Pip Miller – February 2017

Comfortcrafter

Say what?

I’ll tell you! Early January I came across a cozy mystery called, “Some Like It Witchy” by Heather Blake. It’s a series about sisters who discover that they are witches – aka “Crafters” – and move to a sort of suburb of Salem, Mass, where many other Crafters live. A magical village, literally. The sisters are “wishcrafters”, meaning they can grant people’s wishes (if they are wished honestly and in a specific way), and Darcy has discovered that she has a knack for solving mysteries. In the village there are Floracrafters (good with flowers), Terracrafters (good with all plants), Ilumicrafters (bring light, both literally and figuratively), Bakecrafters, and Curecrafters (healers), etc.

©Heather Blake

©Heather Blake

At first I was all, “Hey, cool, I’m a Curecrafter!”, but then as I read along and thought about what people have told me over the years, another phrase came to mind, and I DM’d Heather on Twitter to ask if it was ok if I used the one that I thought of (don’t want to step on an author’s toes!), and she said yes. 🙂

Comfortcrafter was the phrase (you caught that, did you?), because I’ve been told that I always seem to find the right thing to say or way to help someone to feel better…I bring comfort to them. Add in the energy healing, and it just seemed to fit!

What do you think? And what type of Crafter do you think you are?

You can find me again on Instagram and Twitter, so look for the hashtag #Comfortcrafter!

©Pip Miller – February 2017

Dear Diary…

Did you catch the subheading change on my title page? I’ve been introspective this week, and reading day-to-day life blogs have been my interest. Real life, no selling, more communication. And as this is my favorite blog of the 3 I have, I’m going to write that way here. More like LiveJournal, but more public.

The reason I’ve had this time is that on Friday I had foot surgery, and I have to keep my foot elevated, so there’s been a lot of downtime. And there will be more to come. I probably can’t wear a shoe for another 5 weeks or so.

my view

My view

I hateses crutches

My nemesis

Hobbitstyle

#HobbitStyle

waiting

Waiting

I had the bandages changed today, but still don’t have a real boot because my Dr. had an emergency out of state and isn’t back yet. Next week. I must say, I suck at crutches BIG TIME thanks to the tremors, and so Himself bought me a walker off Craigslist and that’s been so much easier. Not on my hands, but still, more balance. Plus, still can’t put any weight on it, so skipping along on my right foot. My right knee is very, very unhappy about this. If I ever have to do this again, I’m getting one of those scooter/trike things.

I’m sleeping a lot, which is nice, but the meds make me twitch when I am, which is weird. The first night Himself thought I was boxing in my dreams. Lol!

Oh, I’m rereading Dave Turner’s “How to Be Dead” books on my Kindle…funny stuff. And speaking of Amazon, we were, weren’t we? …I just put a bunch of Funko Pops on my wishlist. No, I don’t need them, but, again, life is short, and they’re fun, and I want them. They really need to make more girl ones, and also to finish sets; Firefly is missing Inara, Book, and Simon. Why??

So, dear diary, that’s it for today. 🙂

©Pip Miller – September 2016

Rereading “Second Sight”

A few years ago I read Judith Orloff’s book, Second Sight, and I recently borrowed it from the library again. This is one of those books that, when I start doubting myself, brings me right back to knowing that I’m doing what I do exactly the way that it is supposed to be done. That I need to remember to trust the universe, and let it lead the way.

She mentions a healer named Jack, “I never saw Jack reverse cancer or perform any such miraculous cures, but his patients did improve. Naively, I had hoped he could relieve them of all their symptoms, but I soon discovered that healing didn’t work that way. What Jack gave his patients was a second wind, a jump-start of powerful energy.”

I know that my work isn’t of the miraculous sort, and yet I also know that it definitely makes a difference in the client’s life.

She then later mentions a woman named Rosalyn, “She’d been treating me for stomach problems the past few months.” (italics mine) “My physical symptoms markedly improved during these treatments. Not only did Rosalyn rid me of the annoying tight knot in the pit of my stomach, but her sessions left me with a sense of extreme well-being that would last for hours.”

That passage reminds me that while most clients request a single session, some issues are not as simple as a headache or a quick release of stuck emotions, and may take more than one treatment. And that I need to step up and let those particular potential clients know this and not be afraid to sound pushy doing so. I have to trust my instincts and stop keeping myself small when it is in the client’s best interest for me to stand tall in my inner knowing.

When Orloff began doing energy healing herself, she noted, “I simply sat on the couch, hands steady on her body, allowing myself to be a vehicle through which love could flow. To be successful, healing requires a transparency, a passive receptivity, rather than any purposeful effort.”

I find that if I let my ego get in the way, wondering “if, if, if”, as I’m doing a session, then the flow of light and love is lessened, whereas when I let my mind wander to the show I’m watching or the birds around the feeder, even the clouds floating across the sky, then Spirit has an uninterrupted conduit through me and can do the work that needs to be done. The love flows to where it needs to be, and in the amount the client’s soul is ready for.

As a practitioner of a not-always-obvious way of helping people, it’s easy to get lost in the worries of “am I good enough, am I doing enough, did I help them, will they notice…and on and on.” Rereading this book reminds me that none of this is about me, and that the universe chose me to do this work, and the universe knows what it’s doing.

I really need to just buy this book. 😉

©Pip Miller – August 2016

 

 

What is Distance Healing?

Good question.

A few years ago, while reading Sea of Miracles by Amy Oscar, I came upon mention of “Indra’s Net” and the concept really struck home:

In the realm of the god Indra is a vast net that stretches infinitely in all directions. In each “eye” of the net is a single brilliant, perfect jewel. Each jewel also reflects every other jewel, infinite in number, and each of the reflected images of the jewels bears the image of all the other jewels — infinity to infinity. Whatever effects (sic) one jewel effects (sic) them all.” 

“Whatever affects one jewel affects them all.” The way I look at it, we all are jewels in this infinite net, and when I sit outside with my teddy bear, sending light to someone across the globe, that healing light is winging its way along the web, heading right towards that exact jewel that is in need of help. Along the way, it also affects those around that jewel, not in such a strong manner – maybe even just fleetingly – but all are affected.

So when you’re wondering if signing up for a distance session when you live in, oh, Norway or Australia, would have any affect on you…it does. I have the feedback that lets me know it does. I know it may be difficult to understand just how it works, and I don’t honestly know, either (but the web/net metaphor helps me bring some sense to it), but somehow, some way it does.

The benefit of having a distance session is that you are in your own comfortable space, you don’t have to get dressed up, and if you fall asleep (which does happen at times), you’re already home! And, most of all, you’re receiving the help you asked for. Win-win!

©Pip Miller – March 2016

A New Challenge

Hello, again!

I’ve been busy with work, managing the social media for the Menaul Book Exchange, and dealing with normal life. And, I have another respiratory infection. After April’s bout with pneumonia, I managed to get an early dr’s appt today and was given some antibiotics to keep it from getting that bad again.

Stress, my dears, manifests in many ways.

I managed to work about 1/2 a day yesterday, and we got in a shipment from Hay House, and one of the books was “You Can Heal Your Life” by Louise Hay. I have had the “gift” version at home for quite a few years.

©Pip Miller

I haven’t actually read it in a long time, either. The premise of the book is that our thoughts create our lives, and also our illnesses*. Our beliefs and patterns get stuck within us, and manifest in unexpected ways. I tend to think I’m pretty good at going with the flow, but I know I internalize a lot. The items I looked up had me floored with their accuracy, and let me tell you, stress presents itself in many ways. Wait, did I already say that? 😉

Isn't it pretty?

Isn’t it pretty?

When I got home, I went into my office, and lo!, there was my copy in plain view, as if to say, “Now.” I took the hint and took it to bed with me, along with some hot tea.

“I find that resentment, criticism, guilt, and fear cause more problems than anything else.”

“Resentment that is long held can eat away at the body and become the dis-ease we call cancer. Criticism as a permanent habit can often lead to arthritis in the body. Guilt always looks for punishment, and punishment creates pain. Fear, and the tension it produces, can create things like baldness, ulcers, and even sore feet.”

denial

Not even through the first chapter and already much to think about, especially my fondness for Calvin’s way of thinking. She recommends reading the entire book, then working with each chapter for 2 or 3 days. I’m going to finish the run-through, then work each chapter, but for a week, and then I’ll write about it. Not sure how in-depth I will get, as this is about reaching deep within and changing long held patterns and beliefs, but I will share what I’m comfortable with.

Interested in doing the same? I may consider started a private G+ group for those who want to; there are 14 chapters before her list of ailments and their thought/emotional causes, so it would be a 3-4 month long journey. Let me know if you’re interested, and if there are more than, oh, 5 people, I’ll start a group.

©Pip Miller – November 2015

*Please, no comments on how this can’t possibly be true, especially for children. I’m working to make changes in my life after a year of inexplicable illnesses, and this is how I choose to do so. YMMV.  🙂

PS: The time of free healing sessions is over. Did you take advantage of it? I hope so because it’s back to business for me, and y’all gotsta pay now. 😉 You can purchase a session on my website, Gypsy Sage Healing.

Annnd…have you checked out Dew Drop Essentials? They’re coming up with new blends every day! Arwen Lynch did a youtube review of their products, too! (link is on the website)