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A picking Sage we go!

Reserve graves
Reserve graves

This past summer I visited the cousins, Donna and Sandra east of the city. Ladies my age that are really in the know about anything you would want to know about:

  • Sweat Lodges
  • Traditional Healing
  • Elder Teachings
  • Medicine Walk- identifying herbs in the community and what they are used for.

Always good to have someone like that in your corner but I digress. I was driving in there corner of the country taking pictures and then spending time with one or the other. I had been wanting to attend a Sweat but it just wasn’t coming my way in the city. All I did was mention it and VOILA! I was in a Sweat by noon that day with an elder and some summer students from the reserve. After gaining more clarity for the soul I went on the hunt for sage which was on this high hill.

It was a very hot day and I popped my cowboy hat and boots and proceeded to climb with a big bag and first make a tobacco offering to thank Mother Earth for her gifts. I was told not to pull out the sage roots but to break stem off gently. What a sweet perfume!  As I sat on the hill after picking my share I looked up and seen 2 hawks circling above us. How peaceful and spiritual it was.

We were not finished for that day because I was to learn how to pick sweet grass as well. It was the same with an offering and a prayer to Mother Earth and then told how to pick the grass. There was so much and it was beautiful where we were picking near some ceremonial lodges.

I can hardly wait for the summer to come again and make my journey east of our city and do the visit which I dearly need.

Blessings All~



Walking in the kitchen this morning the time 5:55 glowed from the kitchen stove. I had also noticed that time last night. So I popped into Doreen Virtue’s site and looked it up and whoa baby it looks like I am due!!

 555Buckle your seat belts. A major life change is upon you. This change should not be viewed as being “positiveor “negativesince all change is a natural part of life’s flow. Perhaps this change is an answer to your prayers, so continue seeing and feeling yourself at peace.

This is a great way to start my day or anyone’s for that matter. Change is good. It is time for renewal and I welcome a change. In the past reading this would have made me fearful because no one likes the negative but loves the positive but now I accept whatever may come because it will happen and all for the greater good.

So when you see numbers that POP out at you check your numbers out. This is my go to site  ©Doreen Virtue.

Blessings All




My way of thinking is that everyone needs purpose and for me I start the day with a visit to the gym @ 5:15 and home by 6:30, breakfast and then a hot tea and I sage. Using wood matches as I have been taught by my elders I light the sage & then proceed to move the smoke all over my body and then bringing the smoke to my face touch my forehead and asking Creator to let me “see” what I need to, my mouth that I may speak the truth, my ears that I may hear what I need, and lastly my heart to fill it with compassion and love, to be open and to thank Creator for this day, for me and end with our Cree amen “hiy hiy”. Then I settle down to a guided meditation, “Angel Contact” for about 30-40 minutes. For me it helps to “ground and keep me open” I then get on with my day, what ever may come.

Whenever I am out and about taking pictures I find it is another form of meditating and grounding ones self. I am present & so in the moment and loving what I am doing and that is usually being out in nature. This day I was in Devonian Gardens and talking to the bee and asking him for a pretty shot. I have to laugh at myself in these moments but they work for me. Time seems to stretch when I am out in the back woods, so timeless it seems, breathing in the air from the trees, the flowers. Maybe I should title this shot “Smile!” Hahahahahahaveryverybusy