Paths of Spirit

Facing Grief (Repost from the Sonoma Gazette)

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An article originally published under "Letters" in the Sonoma Gazette, September 2016 edition. Facing Grief My heart goes out to all those affected by recent tragedies, notably the recent car accidents taking lives. It is the ultimate heart break when one of our loved ones dies. How can we be with all this sorrow? In our culture, grieving is challenging, as the tendency is to go unconscious, num...
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Feeling from the Depths of Our Hearts (Repost from Sonoma Gazette)

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Original article can be viewed at the Sonoma Gazette, August 2016 edition Feeling from the Depths of our Hearts by Mardi Storm  My heart goes out to all those suffering from tragedy right now. Its a lot to process and reactions are strong, including anger and hate. What can we do to truly help change the situation we all now face? Its closer than you might think. Violence is often...
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What the Law of Attraction doesn’t tell you, that you really need to know to make it work

A bluish-white spiral galaxy hangs delicately in the cold vacuum of space. Known as NGC 1376, this snowflake-shaped beauty was observed with the Hubble Space Telescope. Concentrated along the spiral arms of NGC 1376, bright blue knots of glowing gas highlight areas of active star formation. These regions show an excess of light at ultraviolet (UV) wavelengths because they contain brilliant clusters of hot, newborn stars that are emitting UV light. The less intense, red areas near the core and between the arms consist mainly of older stars. The reddish dust lanes delineate cooler, denser regions where interstellar clouds may collapse to form new stars. Visually intermingled between the spiral arms is a sprinkling of reddish background galaxies. NGC 1376 resides over 180 million light-years away from Earth in the constellation Eridanus. This galaxy belongs to a class of spirals that are seen nearly face on from our line of sight. Its orientation aids astronomers in studying details and features of the galaxy from a relatively unobscured vantage point. One such feature is represented by stars that vary in brightness over time. In 1990, NGC 1376 was home to a supernova explosion (SN 1990go) that rivaled the brightness of the entire nucleus (as seen from ground-based telescopes) for several weeks. The story of how this galaxy came to be photographed by Hubble is somewhat unique. During the November 2006 observations of a nearby dwarf galaxy with Hubble's Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) detector, careful planning allowed for NGC 1376 to be visible in the field of view of the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) at the same time. Thus, Hubble was able to get two galaxies for the price of one. Although the use of parallel instruments onboard Hubble is not uncommon, capturing two interesting targets is rather rare. Initial ground-based observations of NGC 1376 and its nearby dwarf companion implied that the two might be interacting with each other, b
The Law of Attraction has risen in popularity over the past couple decades, similar to the philosophy as I learned: Thoughts are Creative. This is a beautiful, powerful, direct way of working with energy. What you focus on, you attract. What you think about, you create. Sounds simple, right? It's true - partially. Having high anxiety? You are likely to co-create your fears, or live like they ar...
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How do we belong, and be different?

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The river doesn't need another river, the river needs a mountain to gently carve, over time, a deep path all its own. Without the mountain the river has nothing, it becomes a floodplain, or simply wet earth. With a mountain the river can find its own way. And the mountain needs the river, to help it shape itself into becoming, to provide colorful life on its edges, offering its strong stability wh...
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Primal Inheritances

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Friday eve- Sunday, September 11-13, 2015 With Mardi Storm & Travis Wernet Mamalanda Retreat Center, Sebastopol, CA Join us for the first workshop in the series where we start at the beginning - well, an arbitrary start point on the long timeline of our soul - the moment before conception. What were you thinking? In this weekend workshop we'll dive deeply into where we started, unc...
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Astral Experiences Discussion Group on Facebook

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The more attention we put to something, the more it grows. If you are interested in increasing your awareness of spiritual experiences with astral projection and out-of-body experiences, join our discussion group on Facebook! Anything related to traveling and interactions with the spirit realms is welcome here. No particular belief system is required. In fact I invite you to move beyond bel...
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Getting High Culture

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The other day, I was reflecting on some of my past experiences in two seemingly disparate communities I used to be a big part of, years ago. Then it hit me. They weren't so different afterall. Both communities were built around the prospect of creating the most high-vibration, loving, and intentional community each was capable of creating. Neither were sustainable. Why? Because both communities we...
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Getting Big

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Last week at Esalen was a powerful process for me. I love these intuitive painting workshops as there is no end to the self-discovery that can emerge while working with one's energy.  (note: these paintings are for process, not product, please do not judge or criticize artistically) For me, I got stuck getting super attached to something I painted, an egg. I know, it might look like just an egg to...
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Awake! Breathwork Personal Growth Program begins January, 2014

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I am pleased to announce the new Awake! Breathwork Program for 2014, with the first module beginning January 17th-19th, 2014: Opening to Greater Authenticity. This program is for personal growth and deepening of principles of how energy and conditioning work in the body, how to release and heal locked up energy and emotions, and shift into a new consciousness so we expand into our deeper core t...
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Don’t feed the vampires

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If we all did what felt right to us- instead of from a place of expectation - the world would be a better place. I might choose to cross an ocean for someone I hardly know and that would be a beautiful gift of kindness in the world. Its when we expect that person to do the same that we set ourselves up for disappointment. If we instead open to the trust the support is there for us - it comes in, s...
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