healing harmony · planners

And now…a Fauxdori!

Yep, I recently jumped on that bandwagon, and found a fauxdori at Michael’s near Thanksgiving last year. It’s a pretty blue, and it’s the traditional tall and narrow size. I had a 50% off coupon, and figured this would be a great, inexpensive (for once!!) way to test out a new planner. 🙂

It came with 2 “books” (each bound insert is called a book) and a craft-holder book that I immediately took out as it tore when I tried to use it. I purchased two more books and now it’s holding 4.

The covers are basic tan cardboard, unadorned.

There’s a blank book…

One with grids…obviously I decided not to include these here. 😉

And an undated calendar. I like the blank page to the right for notes!

I don’t remember who, but someone mentioned covering the staples in each book with washi tape, so I used heart stickers that I had, and it made it pretty. 🙂 I decided to split each book into two, using each half for a different purpose until I figured out exactly how I wanted to use a faudori. This is my healing work section.

This is the front book, which is basically a notepad.

In the calendar section I decided to pull a Sacred Rebels Oracle card once a week and keep track of it to the right of the daily planner. That ended quickly and now it’s notes for the day, as mentioned above.

I’ve been carrying it with me daily, and to be honest, it’s pretty much turning into just another notebook. I’m using the calendar to note appointments and things, but the rest of the books are filling with notes about different things, and none will end up being important enough to keep long-term, I suspect. I even started one section as a BOS (Book of Shadows), but one, I’m really just now starting to see if witchcraft is a direction I want to go in, and two, it just didn’t feel right. I call myself a patchwork pagan, and I don’t really have a lot of rules for what I do. So instead I bought a 5-subject notebook and it’s become my journal-BOS-of-sorts-important-tarot-spreads-(like for the year, not daily ones)-and-other-things-I-will-actually-want-to-keep-long-term book.

I know many LOVE the flexibility of a ‘dori, and I totally get that. I guess I still haven’t found my “perfect planner”, and I’m beginning to suspect that there isn’t one out there for me. I’ve come to the conclusion that planning isn’t my thing…I’m more of a go-with-the-flow kind of person, and I end up with lots of blank pages in any planner I purchase.

I’m keeping and using the Fauxdori, and when the calendar ends at the end of June, I’ll purchase another to get through the year, but next year, honestly?, I may just buy one of those little thin date books for my purse. 5 years of buying planners and inserts has shown me, without a doubt, that all I really need it one of those and a journal.

I’m keeping my Malden, though. 🙂

©Pip Miller – January 2018

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2018 Word for the Year

I try to choose a word as my guide, my affirmation, my mantra each year, and this year I didn’t have to think twice because it popped into my head as soon as I thought about next year’s.

It’s thrive. I want to thrive. Not just monetarily, which is the first thing that comes to mind, but in all ways. In my health, my relationships, my day job, my healing work, my writing, my creativity (which has been sadly neglected for way, way too long)…everything. Every single aspect of my life.

I am acting as if today, Yule/Winter Solstice, is New Year’s Day (would make sense, wouldn’t it, as today the days begin to grow longer again here in the Northern Hemisphere) and made one big step towards improving my health. It’s a big step, a hard step, and something that I haven’t been to sustain in the past, so I’m not really going to get into it until around my birthday in March. 🙂

Akhilandeshvari by Tim Foley from Llewellyn’s 2018 Witches’ Companion.

~ I love that image, and the article by Stephanie Woodfield that talks about her. Her name means, “never not broken.” ~

I’m diving back into Leonie Dawson’s world, simply because she has been so wildly successful, and it’s really all been based on the fact that she never pretends to be someone she’s not. I tend to try to fit a persona that I think others expect, and that never goes well for me…hence the revisiting of her website. I can be me quite easily in my locked social media account, but not so well elsewhere. My goal is to change that.

I plan to move my healing website here, simply because of WordPress’s community aspect, which, sadly, Weebly does not have. I’ll be creating a static front page, then migrating the healing the content over here into individual subpages.

There’s more, but you get the jist. Do you choose a word for the year to guide you? What’s your word? Comment below!!

©Pip Miller – December 2017

healing harmony · Journal · nature · planners

Revisiting the Bullet Journal

A year or so ago, I tried out bullet journaling (bujo for short), but it was too chaotic, disorganized and repetitive, so I went back to my Filofax. And, in the manner of many planner users, that hasn’t quite fit the bill, either. The rings are in the way, I carry around a ton of stuff that I never use or look at…I love, love, love my Malden, but…I need to try something else.

I don’t remember what led me to bujo videos on youtube the other day, but I was quickly caught up in them and decided to give the system another try.

I had a nice hardcover notebook on hand, which I wouldn’t normally use except that this one lays flat when open. I wrote my key (which is still undergoing changes) and a little “if you find this” note and taped them inside the front cover.

My last bujo’s index was a mess. I wrote dang near everything there, because if I want to find something, I want to be able to find it NOW. As a result, it was insane, and part of why I decided to drop this system. This time it will be a bit more general, but in a way, hopefully, that I’ll still have a sense of where to look for a particular entry.

I’m too lazy to write little calendars for the year-at-a-glance, and I just happened to have one of those little calendars that insurance companies will give you, and I cut the tiny ‘month before and after’ ones and taped them in. Easy-peasy. 🙂

I found the weekly set-up in a video (sorry, I don’t remember which one), and as I prefer a weekly view, gave it a shot. I already know that it’s not big enough, so next week will be a week-on-two-pages setup. Otherwise I’ll end up with tons of notes elsewhere, and I really don’t want that.  I’m also trying out trackers, but I don’t know if I’ll stick with them. I’ve also made some mistakes, as you can see, and the perfectionist in me has managed not to freak out and start all over…go, me!

After the weekly page I have a sort of daily setup, where I’m writing notes. When I go to the 2-page setup, I may drop that. Or do more of a brain dump section. I’m not sure yet.

I just started using a bujo over the weekend, so I’m curious to see how I tweak it and how it ends up working for me. Fingers crossed!

©Pip Miller – August 2017

PS: update on the marmot. All 4 of her paws were burnt. 😦 It seems that when people go camping in northern NM and CO, marmots crawl up under the hood and when the vehicle is started, they are too scared to move and end up riding under there til the car stops. Ouch! They healed her paws and drove her to northern NM and released her into a family of marmots. It’s not hers, but at least she’ll have an easy time fitting in; if she was male, territory issues would cause problems. So she’s ok!!! #happydance

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Wildlife and Energy Healing

This occurred in July, 2017, and I thought it would be a great read for the new direction I’m going in!

A woman brought a wounded crow with her to her therapy session (next to my work), and when she went in, she left it in a box on the porch. Our reader for the day, Christina, saw the bird, told us, then she and my coworker went out to look at it, and when I followed, he said it had died. I love crows and ravens, and have never seen one up close, so I had to go look anyway. It wasn’t dead, it was alive!

Mark carried the box into the shop, we gave it water that had a pastille of Rescue Remedy in it, and he moved her to a larger box. He discovered that it had an injury to its chest and was breathing with difficulty. Stephanie, the rescuer, walked in and said she was on her way to deliver it to the Wildlife Rescue Center on Candelaria. Before she left, Mark asked if I wanted to “do my magic”, and put the box on the counter.

 *we were so invested in the experience that none of us thought to take a picture. This image is from hdnicewallpapers.com.

crow

​The bird was calm through all of this, and I wasn’t worried as I put my left hand on her chest and the other on her back. Very quickly she began leaning into my hand, and after a few minutes, she turned her head, tucked it up against my hand and her “shoulder” (for lack of a better description)…and FELL ASLEEP! In my hands! I asked the others how to tell if a bird is asleep, because I wanted to be sure that what I thought was happening really was happening, and they verified that she was sleeping. I was floored. And the moment she fell asleep, the heat in my right hand intensified exponentially: healing always seems to do its best work when the recipient is sleeping. 🙂

My guy and I drove down to the center Wednesday morning to check up on the bird, but sadly she had died the night before. I was, and still am, crushed. But, as everyone keeps telling me, I gave her some moments of peace in the midst of all her pain, so there’s that to hold on to.

Then….two nights later I discovered that what all the neighbors thought was someone’s squeaky swamp cooler belt was actually a trapped woodchuck! It was stuck in a 4″ wide space between our neighbor’s shed and our cinder-block wall. It had been there and under the shed for about a week, sad to say. I’d gone outside Monday morning when the noise started again, and I discovered it was his shed, not a cooler, but thought it was a ventilation fan or something, and didn’t see him to mention it til Wednesday night. After we discovered the animal, one of our dogs must have knocked a loose top stone brick off the wall and it trapped it even more. My guy and another neighbor used long clamps to lift the brick, but they couldn’t move the other items in the way and we had to leave it there, unsure if it would make it through another night.

I sent it light for over half and hour (and boy, it sucked that energy in!), hoping that it would help. In the morning it was chirping away as we tried to move the rest of the items, but it needed to be done from our neighbor’s yard. When he returned home, he and his wife pulled out some of the items, then he physically lifted large brick that was stuck about 4′ down. Finally all obstacles were removed, but the critter still wouldn’t move, and kept looking at us, chirping away.

My guy, the incredibly inventive man that he is, made a catch-pole like Animal Control uses and our neighbor managed to pull the critter up and dropped it into a humane cage that he had.

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We drove it down to the same rescue center (which we hadn’t known existed til the crow) and they said no one had ever brought one in before! The workers all came into the reception area to see what was making that incredibly loud, high-pitched chirp – many thought it was a bird – and one wanted to take pictures. They weren’t sure if they took in woodchucks and attempted to call others to find out, and if not, to where it should be taken. We had to leave it there without any answers, but I can call in a couple days to find out where it is and how it is doing. Hopefully it will be relocated to somewhere lovely!

And that, my dears, has been my week! Animal Planet live and energy healer to wildlife. #relishlife

©Pip Miller – July 2017
Update 8/3/2017: technically she is a yellow-bellied marmot! And she’s doing well, being cared for by a vet because all 4 paws were burned.
Update Feb 2022: the Center felt that someone must have gone camping in northern New Mexico, the marmot crawled up under the hood, and then was stuck til they got to Albuquerque. They relocated her to another group in norther NM, and because she was a female, they were confident she would be accepted. Her chirps were calls, looking for other marmots.
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Energetic Healing As Part Of Your Self-Care Routine

Self-care is the buzzword of the year, it seems, and there are a multitude of websites with tips on how to go about it, but not a lot mention energetic healing. I think that in many ways we are so conditioned to wanting results right now, that something as subtle as energy work can get pushed to the side in favor of a calming bath or a soothing song…or chocolate. 😉

Energy work can clear blocks and chakras, boost healing, bring about some relief from stress and anxiety, help with headaches, give you an oasis of calm in a busy day…there are so many applications for it that I couldn’t begin to list them!

Photo by Madison Inouye on Pexels.com

The lovely thing about this type of healing is that since it can be so subtle, the results are gentle…yet very powerful at the same time. You may not even realize til a month or so later that a change has taken place, and yet it definitely has in its quiet way. On the other hand, many notice an immediate shift…each session is completely different and every person inwardly works with the healing energy differently.

A one-time session can do a lot of work for you, but when it comes to self-care, which should, by all rights, be an on-going routine for all of us, more than one session can really boost your inner healing. It can be once a week, bi-weekly, monthly…whatever feels best for you.

To help get you started, I’m offering a limited-time package of three 30-minute sessions for almost 1/2 off the price of three separate sessions: $50. This price is good until midnight MST, March 31st.

Let’s get that boost going! Self-care FTW!!!

©Pip Miller – March 2017

PS: Don’t forget to include your email address in the notes of your payment!!

healing harmony · Journal · nature · random

Spring Forward is a Misnomer

Yes, we turn the clocks forward an hour, so technically it is a true moniker, but in reality, it’s far from it.

Example: you’re in a nice routine, hitting the sack at 10pm ST (Standard Time) and rising at 6. Almost to the point where you don’t need an alarm. It’s winter, so it gets dark early, as it has since the world began, and once the winter solstice hit, you started to notice the normal, slow lengthening of the days. Spring is on its way!

Then, earlier this year than ever before, Daylight Savings comes along. Many, like me, grumble and rail against the change; others love the “hour more of sunlight!”

Let me explain that “hour more”. It’s not. What DST is, in reality, is a setting back of our body clocks* one hour, plain and simple. In exchange for what Mother Nature was gradually bringing us anyway. Yes, you get home from work at 7 DST and there’s still a bit of sunlight left, but at what cost?

At night your comfortable 10pm bedtime is now, thanks to DST, actually 9pm body clock time. So you’re not getting an extra hour of light, you’re losing an hour of time before bed! If you stay up until you get actually sleepy, the clock reads 11, which isn’t enough sleep time. And in the morning your 6 am is now 7 DST, so you have to wake up (body clock) at 5. Everything is back an hour. And I don’t know about you, but having to go to bed when I’m NOT tired in order to get up an hour earlier when I AM tired to fit the clock is a really, really grumbly, completely ridiculous change.

If everyone would just be patient and let things roll in their own time, we’d have gained that “extra hour of sunlight” soon enough, without the stress to our bodies. Doesn’t that make more sense in the long run?

©Pip Miller – March 2017

*Standard Time (aka ST) and body-clock time are interchangeable terms.

PS: Stress takes quite the toll on our bodies, in both obvious ways and ones we don’t know about until something major happens to us. Energy healing can help soothe and relieve some of that stress, no matter where you are in the world.

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Guest Post by Jen of Cavemoms

Photo by Wilson Vitorino on Pexels.com

Recently I did a healing session for Jen, and she wrote this guest post about the experience. 🙂

Hi, my name is Jenni & I am a mess. Ok, but seriously this is true. If it isn’t one thing it is
another, mainly it’s depression and anxiety though. I have moments where I don’t know which direction to turn because of my anxiety, or if I can even make myself go to the bathroom due to depression.
I am a believer in light healing. Yep, I believe your mind is a powerful thing and a place where you can do amazing things. To send energy to another soul to heal their mind is a crazy but amazing thought. After hearing about this, and not wanting to go on to a prescription medication I thought I would give this a try.

I have depression all year long but seasonally it gets much worse. I hate being trapped inside and I dislike that there is so much cold and no sun for most of the season. Green has to be one of my favorite colors because as soon as there is a little life in the trees it goes down significantly. I ended up posting on social media about being depressed and this is when Pip reached out to me. I was grateful that she did, sometimes I get a little too much in my head. She told me about her sessions and I said what the heck why not.
The experience I had with light healing is a good one. The day we scheduled to do it probably was one of my worse days at the time. I was just stuck inside my head and I wasn’t feeling anything. I didn’t want to be at my job, I was seriously thinking about quitting and I was trying to figure out what would be my next steps. Then she messaged me and reminded me it was my appointment time. I was like whatever. I am at work trying not to just walk out and quit. I had told her to go through with it, and she did. At first I didn’t notice anything, I was still grumpy ol’ me…then it was like a switch… not as subtle as a flip one more like a dimmer switch being turned up, I felt like smiling a little more and more. That day was one of my best sales days, as well as the next few days. I was happily greeting customers and glad to be at work.
Then depression found it’s way back to my brain. I think in order for this to continue to work, I would need to do this more frequently at least once a week, to bi-weekly. Yes, I am saying that I loved the feeling but like any light it fades, it’s not a permanent solution, so like any appointments follow up appointments are needed to maintain the happiness.
My last two cents, Try it… if you are struggling, doesn’t matter what it is.. could be a bad toothache, could be mental or physical, could be emotional or grieving. Book a session or see if you can do a session pack at the time*. I think that follow up is key to success!
Jenni, Owner & Blogger www.thecavemoms.com

*Yes, we can set up a package deal if you’re interested. 🙂

Much love,

Pip 🙂

©Pip Miller – March 2017

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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

healing harmony · Journal · oasis of calm

What Happens During an Energy Session?

This question, oh, it’s a tough one.

Why? you ask. Well, because it’s specific to each and every person. Overwhelmingly, the feeling most mentioned is peace; sometimes in a wave, sometimes later, but almost always peace. As one client said, “I feel light-hearted and calm. I felt the light she sent and in an instant was overwhelmed with a joy (not to mention the tingles).”

As for the basics, I’m often asked, “What do I need to do?”, and the answer is, “Whatever you would like!” There’s no specific way to receive healing light, and you can go on with your normal day, you can do yoga, nap, get a massage, watch tv…it’s up to you. I do mention that it’s possible that you may fall asleep (it seems to happen when there is a lot of stress, exhaustion, or pain involved), so you can schedule your session with that in mind. During one particularly deep hour-long session (I used to call it the Dare Session), a client once fell asleep for 12 hours!

You don’t need to wear anything in particular, don’t need to remove your jewelry, don’t need to be somewhere quiet; all you need to do is be willing to receive.

A session is not done by phone, Skype, or email, either. You purchase a session for $30, I receive an email confirmation, and then we exchange a few emails wherein I ask what the session is for, if there’s a particular ailment or part of the body you want the light focused on, we set up a time, and off we go!

Before the session, I will email that I’m about to start, and will do the same once I’ve completed the work. I tend to say something like, “Let me know if it helps!” or, “I hope it helps”, because the way the healing manifests within you may be completely different from what you expected. For instance, one in-person client was having a bit of back pain and as I worked on her, she stated that it felt like, “little dwarves working on my back, then light jumped from my back, over my head and straight to my heart chakra”. The light knows where it needs to go and what needs to be done. Oh, and yes, her back felt better, too. 🙂

I have found that clients may not always associate later shifts and healing with a session, and I admit, sometimes I want to say, “Hey! Remember the work we did??”, but that’s my ego talking, and it really needs to learn to chill. 😉

Of all the clients I’ve helped, only two had unpleasant memories rise to the surface after a particularly intense Dare Session – whose purpose was to specifically unblock the energies in the lower 5 chakras. It’s never happened since, but I would be remiss if I didn’t give a heads-up. Read Amanda Donnelly’s post about her experiences to get a feel for what could happen, or check out this for a recent session’s feedback. 🙂 Send me an email and let me know you want the Dare Session, and we’ll set it up!

Hopefully this post gives you a little insight into what goes on during a session, and if you have any questions, again, shoot me an email! I’m more than happy to answer questions!

©Pip Miller – August 2016
One last thing: I am not a medical intuitive. This means that no, I can not tell you what is causing this or that pain, nor will I be able to sense anything going on in your body: I am a conduit and the gift I have does not include that ability. The light flows through me and into you; I can tell where there are a lot of stuck emotions and/or pain by the way my hands feel, and occasionally, very occasionally, I may see something in my environment that seems to be a little sign meant for you, and I will let you know what I saw and what it seemed to mean to me. Beyond that, no, I cannot tell you more.
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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