Signs from above

July was packed full of adventure and learning as Em and I traveled to Peru to trek the 26 mile Inca trail to Machu Picchu.   At 9000 feet we began our trek and for four days and three nights we lived on the mountain. Hiking to the highest point of 14,000 feet, then descending to the SunGate at 9,000 feet, and finishing at Machu Picchu at 7,800 feet. It wasn’t just an up-down trail – but an up-down-up-up-up-down-down-up-down trail…     At times I found my knee hitting my nose as I climbed the steps that had been placed by the Inca’s hundreds of years ago.   We’d rise anywhere between 4:30 and 6 am and hike all day, making sure we’d make it to the next campsite before dark. It was a trek that tested our emotional and physical beings, but I’d do it again in a heartbeat !! Our adventure did not stop there, we did several other smaller treks; met and worked with Q’ero Shaman, made a few stops at the markets, and ended the trip with volunteer work in the hospitals in Cusco with Smile Network International.  For this volunteer work, we spent a day helping screen over 100 children for the possibility of surgery to correct cleft palate or cleft lip.  Over the rest of the week, the surgeons did over 50 surgeries . Em and I were blessed to have helped for three surgeries before we headed back to the US.

Julio was our second patient we followed that day. He was 17 and had traveled to the hospital two days earlier for the screening process. He was nervous and shook in the chair as we waited for the thumbs up for when they were ready for him in the operating room. This was going to be an hour long surgery to repair his cleft lip. The surgeon, physician’s assistant and anesthesiologist gave us the boundaries for sterile safety, yet encouraged us to watch and ask questions. If we felt any queasiness we were to back up to the wall and sit down.

Julio never knew his father, since he died when Julio was a baby, and Julio’s mother left him before he was a year old to go start another family – as was explained through our interpreter.  He was raised by his two uncles and aunt.     During Julio’s surgery and recovery, it was Emma and my job to communicate to the family his status. We were excited to tell his uncles when he was all done with his surgery. That the surgeon said Julio will be all ready to ‘kiss the girls now’. This removed the worried look from their faces and they laughed.  We waited with Julio in post-surgery as the anesthesia began to wear off.

We walked back out to the waiting area to tell his uncles he was now awake and we would soon be moving him to the recovery ward where he would stay overnight.   At this time we had a chance to sit down with his uncles and learn more about them.   We learned that Julio was very shy in school, and was made fun of most his life.    He loved soccer and math. Though he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do when he grew up, his uncles hoped he would become a truck driver.  He had step siblings but didn’t see them very often and his mother did not know he was at the hospital having the surgery. The uncles were quick to add they thought they would take him to see her and surprise her.   They thought Julio’s life would change now, and others would no longer stare at him. They thought this surgery would allow all doors to open for him and it would give him better chances in life.

We returned to the post op ward to help transport Julio to the recovery section of the hospital and we waited for his Uncles to join us there.   Em and I encouraged him to take deep breaths and drink juice.   The looks on his Uncles faces when they walked in to the room will forever be remembered by Em, I and the interpreter.   There was not a dry eye in the room !     To think his life changed in ONE hour.     Our 26 mile mountain trek suddenly felt insignificant to the miles this 17 year old had lived.

When we got home, I washed and dried the hospital scrubs we’d work in while at the hospital. From the dryer fell a dime. This dime had been in Em’s scrub pants pocket.   When we were preparing for Julio’s surgery, the surgeon  picked up a dime from the operating room floor and handed it to Em, saying ‘it must be your lucky day’.   Em and I locked eyes, and we both began to tear up.   I often talk about signs from heaven – like finding pennies and dimes and sometimes even feathers in odd places.   So here on this operating room floor in Cuzco Peru, as his son’s surgery was to begin Julio’s dad wanted our attention. He had a message. He was there with his son and wanted to thank everyone in the room for the love, support and all the work they were doing.   Em quickly put the dime in her pocket as we were asked to focus on the work ahead.

Later when it was time for us to leave the hospital for the airport, we made one last visit to say goodbye to Julio. He was more alert now.   We hugged, said our words of joy and blessings and left with full hearts.   To the seventeen year old boy who’s future is bright and full of promises and to his family that walked for hours to bring him to the hospital so he could have this surgery – we send our love.

Love and Light to you … Laurie

Full Moon – August 10,   A great time to release

New Moon – August 25, A great time to set intents

Mid-Year Review

We made it past the midyear point… What’s that mean ??   You may have heard me speak earlier in the year about the planetary grand cross.   Simply stated this is when planets align in a cross format, their opposition to each other influence in ways that push us for change and movement.

We were pushed hard over the last six months. You know you’re in a different place compared to where you were six months ago, yet you may be wondering whether you’re done with this energy that’s pushing you , or if you are any closer to your goals, and if you are done working through unresolved situations.  I’ve heard more than a few declare…. ‘I’m done’ !!   It might not be that simple.

If you followed the urge of the energies of the universe, you took inventory of your life and took action.   Acknowledge yourself if you did this, for it takes courage to look deeply at your life. Yet, if done with compassion and a sense of humor you’ll grow and learn from a life review.  You are now able to take what you’ve learned and pocket those lessons as a future asset. You took steps to release patterns or behaviors that weren’t for your highest good. It takes courage to change. To Let GO !   The unknown can be downright scary and sometimes a known feeling of being uncomfortable is easier than an unknown dream…. the universe isn’t going to allow that to happen forever.

When you call in Archangel Michael to help with your fears, he and the universe are going to support you, but they are also going to keep those fears front and center as a way to ensure you work through them. Our courage is being tested, and the warrior spirit of courage feels like it has a new meaning.  The courage to NOT DO battle, but to feel, embrace and let go by moving into an area of unknown, and for some, that may be an area of ‘nothing’.   Take inventory of your life and focus on change or healing of anything that’s unbalanced.    Ask for what you want, what you dream about and if it’s not there now – seek to understand why not. The universe provides…. .

These challenges of courage may have come in one or many domains of our lives; home, health, relationships, family, careers. What needed to go, left. What needed to be dealt with or changed either did so on its own or the universe brought focus to it so change could happen. Perhaps it was something that faded away.  How we moved through these changes became an opportunity in itself.   Did you move with ease, grace, elegance or were you kicking, screaming and fighting to hold on – staying in warrior mode ?     It takes courage to look at your life and REALLY look at all of you. The layers of your energy. Your physical presence, your emotional being and your etheric levels (levels of energy).

Remember, you really are quite an amazing being !   You glow, you shine and you vibrate with a buzz that can interrupt power enough to blow a few light bulbs and mess with technology.  You are extraordinary and July is going to be an electrically charged month with more light and love available to us than we’ve experienced in previous months. If you did the work, you are ready for this as this is what you’ve been working so hard to prepare for in the last 6 months.   Shine On !!!

Full Moon – July 12,  A great time to release

New Moon – July 26, A great time to set intents

Happy July !   Love and Light to you … Laurie

Ahhhhh Welcome Summer 2014 !

The first day of summer isn’t officially until June 21 but the feeling of summer is upon us and the memory of a long, cold, hard winter may now quickly fade. Most of us have been waiting for the summer heat and longer days of light since that first snowfall. We are now emerging from the planetary influences that left us feeling pummeled, but the memory of those feelings will also soon fade.  If we used the last few months wisely to clear old energy and conceive new dreams, we are now feeling the urge to move forward. This is transformation, evolution, shifting, growing and expanding our center of energy. The sunshine and warm weather help with this feeling of pending growth and change. That includes feeling the desire to soak up sunlight.

On a recent hike I noticed an abundance of butterflies, a reminder of transformation. Like metamorphosis, this is a time of new beginnings and shifts.   It is also a wonderful message to lighten up, welcome this change and stop taking everything so seriously.   ah-hem… laugh and smile more into the sun….

Butterfly medicine is wonderful for when a change is needed and you seek courage to break out of a self imposed cocoon. Let go !   Sometimes needing extra encouragement will help you to freely express the love and joy you feel.     There will always be times that life calls for us to be more serious, or focused, but this month I challenge you to laugh and smile more…

We continue to transform in our lives and move to a higher level of consciousness, that’s what the journey is all about. Much like the natural cycles of life and death/rebirth that occur within and around us it is often is a challenge.   That change comes first from within.

June 21 is the summer solstice and it is a time to celebrate the light of consciousness within ourselves and within those around us. It’s an excellent time to reflect upon the potential for yourself, raise your level of consciousness higher and take another step in your awakening to live in a higher consciousness. Trust that all things happen in their own time when our lives are prepared to receive the miracles in store for us.  Much like the butterfly, emerging in a new energy.   Struggle only happens when we resist.

Mercury goes retrograde June 7 to July 1.   Mercury is how we express ourselves (communication, speaking, writing).  Pay attention to details, and if contracts or details are needed pay additional attention.  Give additional care on interpretation of communication; how you perceive others and how others are perceiving you.

Happy June !   Love and Light to you … Laurie

Happy Energy Packed May 2014

Happy May Day ! Not May Day as in the call-out for help but happy May Day known for its tradition of dancing the Maypole dance.   After April’s Grand Cross planetary influences, some may have been tempted to issue an SOS but May means planting, new growth, and blossoming of flowers.  I love flowers and I love to dance. To my knowledge I’ve never done a Maypole dance, however I do encourage you plant flowers and to dance this month. Music, dance and movement in general keep our frequencies high and keeping higher frequencies ease these times of growth, and evolution. Last month’s planetary pushes were rough, but they were intended to encourage us to grow. They had rocket-like energy that could either launch you or have you feeling about to crash-and-burn.   Big lessons in letting go and trusting the void.

So I ask…. did you really let go, or are you continuing to do your spring cleaning ? Did you haul it out to the curb and then later sneak it back to the house?   Universal rule – where there is a new void energy quickly moves in. What did you fill your space with ? I’d suggest fill it with light, love, laughter, and perhaps something new you’ve wanted to learn. I’m sensing the angels are issuing a challenge !

The April 29th solar Eclipse new moon, is all about change and putting new practices in place. May would be an excellent time to learn something new. The universe is the teacher, and as such, delivers opportunities to learn. How you frame our mind creates the opportunity for this information to come to us. Do you avoid or not listen or do you seek with curiosity and a sense of adventure? What might you learn if you reframe how greet each day?

If you are open to all the information that is available, you turn off your filters and openly receive, allowing information to come to you without judgment or preconceived ideas of what it should be. Allow it to ‘just be’, and thus allow yourself to let go and learn.

Plant some seeds of new learning, and dance into your evolution.  Happy May !!



Spring Cleaning 2014

Spring is upon us and that may mean spring cleaning !!   Between the end of March and the end of April our planets are in a configuration called a Grand Cross. These planets are pushing us to clear away, heal, remove ‘stuff’ that doesn’t fit with who we truly are or who we are becoming. This is energy may be bogging you down.    You may be feeling a push to make changes in your friends, relationships, or even within yourself. This is part of these energies that are pushing and in some cases forces us to change.   Look for the opportunity in these feeling that may be stirring within, as they are pushing you to make internal or external changes.  Look for what is to be learned.   Look for what is to be let go or released.     Releasing allows you to be in, or move to a higher vibrational frequency.

A known characteristic of energy is its vibratory pattern. Gas molecules vibrate more rapidly than molecules of liquids, which in turn vibrate more rapidly than molecules of solids. If our bodies are comprised of 60-70% water, when hydrated, we have the ability to carry a relatively high frequency. Love is a high vibrational energy, the highest and most pure energy.   Compassion and gratitude are also higher frequency energies. At its highest vibration, love, compassion and gratitude, possess wisdom, awareness and healing components. These higher frequencies are easier to ‘be’ in. We find it is easier to make decisions and process information.   Lower frequency energies cloud our energy field, leaving us often feeling confused, tired and drained.

There are more energy fields that exist beyond our physical body, and this allows space for a higher frequency of energy to be present beyond our physical bodies.   Physicists in their laboratories measure the energies that healers emit beyond their physical body.  I believe these energies are a component of love coming from within.   Love is such a high frequency it has the ability to connect us as ONE.   It is this connection with our internal frequencies, and our ability to expand beyond our physical being, plus a connection with external frequencies that allow us to become a conduit for healing.    For us to develop this, we must continue to clear ‘old’ energy away and keep our frequency high. Stay hydrated and Happy Spring Cleaning!

On my drive home recently I spotted three turkeys feeding alongside the freeway.   Mother nature is a good reminder of many things. Turkey, in the animal spirit world represents transcending the focus of your own needs to consider the greater needs of the whole. Turkey energy represents abundance and blessings, it also means to honor the earth, whether a sacred ceremony or simply picking up trash. On a recent hike on my birthday, I was picking up a littered trail as my gift to mother nature. I found a remnant of a card with the words ‘ I LOVE YOU’ vibrantly displayed, no doubt a gift to me.  Remember what mother earth gives us and  plan to give back to the planet or to send love to a higher consciousness.

The ‘Manifestation’ of a New Team Member

I think I’m adding to my team this year !!! Ok, I KNOW I’m adding to my team this year !! In the last few days I’ve had the joy of working with people in AZ, MT, CA, FL, TX and of course MN. Archangel Jophiel has been ever present so a few moments ago I took time and asked her to connect and explain what’s happening and why over this last week she’s been here.

Jophiel’s name means ‘beauty of God.’ This archangel is known as ‘the Patron of Artist.’ I understand why she would come to my home, but what are her messages and why so prevalent now? I guess when I have a new team member(s), I want to know more about them ! First of all she helps us think beautiful thoughts and to see and appreciate beauty around us; and to, therefore, create, manifest, and attract more beauty into our lives. After all, beautiful thoughts lead to beautiful outcomes. There’s that word again – manifest.

Given her artistic connection, she helps us with artistic projects and adds fuel to our creative energies. She helps with our ideas and the energy to carry out those dreamy, inspirational, creative ideas. Johpiel helps us create beauty at home, at work, and in our relationships. She helps us slow from the ‘doing’ and focus on the presents in ‘being’. Yes being is a PRESENT (gift).

She has an uplifting energy that’s fun and pleasant to be around. Perhaps she’s been the one dancing in my kitchen over the holidays or filling my house with music when no radios or stereos are on. I like having her on my team, not that Archangel Michael or Archangel Raphael don’t bring fun, they all do quite well in bringing lightness to situations in my life and pointing out the humor in some of my ‘too serious’ human moments. Laughter and love are some of the best methods to elevate our energy fields to a higher frequency.

So of course Archangel Jophiel would be joining the team given we are in this incredibly creative time and those things we dream about, write about, focus on, set intents about, move us along the path of our manifestations.

Manifestation Mantra
Where your focus goes… energy flows.
Where energy flows…intent is set.
The universe manifests on our intents ….
Focus wisely….. and never under estimate the power of your energy

Holiday Lefse

The holiday season is usually my busiest time of year when I do intuitive parties. People hire me to do group readings at their holiday parties, or they hire me to do individual intuitive readings for the guests at their parties. I’ve been doing this for years, and this winter it was busier than normal. My calendar was fully booked into the new year already in late October. The energies are shifting and more people are wanting to reach out to their loved ones.

Steph had hired me last year for a holiday gathering with friends. When she emailed me this year requesting to book me for another holiday party this year, my calendar was already booked full. I felt bad about not fitting her in on my calendar but offered to put her on a waiting list. A few days later I had a cancellation of a party on a Friday evening. I immediately emailed Steph and provided the Friday evening date and time and asked if she were interested. Within five minutes I received an email from her. “YES !!! I’ll take it ! ” read her email.

The day of the party came and I was working at my home office when Steph’s mom joined me. Steph’s mom had passed a number of years ago and I’d first met her spirit form at the party that Steph had hosted nearly a year ago. I’d gone to the home and when the hostess answered, I immediately felt the presence of a woman behind the hostess Steph. I asked her, “Who is the woman that is standing behind you ? She’s been baking cookies in my office all afternoon.” I proceeded to ask Steph, ” What are this oddly shaped things? She is showing me that she is putting dough over a stick or something that looks like a stick.” Steph looked at me with tears rolling down her face. “That’s my mom. She used to make special holiday cookies that way”.

Today this same woman was once again showing me her cookie technique. I gently asked her to leave so I could get the rest of my work done before I needed to leave for her daughters party. I felt the excitement of her energy so I acknowledged that I would see her that evening and tried to refocus on my work. Her energy was not going away, now I saw her directly in front of me holding a big mixing bowl. It was resting on her hip and secured with her arm. She was stirring something with a big wooden spoon. She was intense in her stirring, which made me curious. What was she stirring ? To me it looked like potato salad. I asked her if she was making potato salad. She said, “No”. I then asked her, “Is this German potato salad?” She abruptly responded, “Absolutely not!” I committed to asking Steph later about the bowl and the mixture within the bowl. For now I needed to get back to work, and once again gently asked the woman to so kindly wait until later.

That evening when I arrived at Steph’s home, she greeted me with a hug. She reminded me that last year when I came to the door, I’d asked her about the woman standing behind her. Tonight she wanted to know if that woman was there. I laughed, “Steph, she’s been in my office most the afternoon. First she showed me the funny cookies, but then she began to stir something.” I explained to Steph what I had seen. “Steph, WHAT is she stirring, it looks like potato salad, and she got irritated when I suggested it might be German potato salad. What is it ?”

Steph began to laugh. “Laurie, she is making lefse. She always demanded that we continue the tradition of making lefse on Christmas. Her response of ‘ABSOLUTELY not’ would have been exactly how she would have said that. Laurie I can hear her saying – ABSOLUTELY NOT.”

I’m of German heritage and have never eaten or even seen lefse. I would have no reference to what she was making, but certainly knew she didn’t like when I suggested potato salad.
Steph told me that her sister was coming to the party that night and she asked me to tell her sister this story when she arrived. Last year, Steph’s sister avoided the party because she was afraid and the pain of losing her mother too fierce. This year she could only come to the party if it was on a FRIDAY night… THE FRIDAY night that had so conveniently opened up on my calendar so Steph could have the party. There were other forces that were aligning this evening, and though I was not surprised at all, the sisters were in awe on how that particular evening had fallen in to place.

As the party guests arrived, so did Steph’s sister. I shared my potato salad story with her and she laughed then cried as she reminded all of us that their mom insisted that the tradition of these special cookies and lefse be served over the holidays.

Steph showed me to the room that I would be doing private readings for everyone during the party, and I settled in for all an evening of doing one-on-one readings with her party guests. At the end of the evening I returned to the main area of the home and they were all chattering excitedly. Steph said, “Laurie you have to sit down, we have to tell you about the wooden spoon that flew across the floor! We were all sitting in the dining area when we heard a LOUD smack. There laying in the middle of the kitchen floor was a wooden spoon. It hadn’t fallen from any of the food as it was clean, dry and there were no serving spoons missing from the dishes. We can’t explain where that spoon came from but we all believe it was the spoon mom was using to stir her lefse”.

I agree with Steph, it most likely was her mom contributing to celebration that evening !

May you be very blessed this holiday season. Remember to tell those around you that you love them, but also remember to tell those that have passed you also love and hold them close in your heart. Love and Light.

The Christmas Table Cloth

We are coming in to a new Holiday Season again. It’s the time of year we perhaps gather more frequently with family and friends.   It’s also a time of year we are most often reminiscent of our loved ones that have passed on.   The holiday season was a big part of my childhood. Family gatherings, festive décor, and a table that hosted traditional holiday food.

I am blessed to work with so many lovely souls from this plane and beyond.  I am reminded again today that they are very much near us, especially during times of great joy, laughter, happiness and moments of tradition.   I had one of those moments this morning as I was pulling out all my holiday  table clothes to prepare for the holiday season.   My mom LOVED Christmas.  This was a time when all her family gathered at home on Christmas eve and celebrate the traditions she’d been raised with.  Food, singing, food, gifts, food, and lots of hugs and laughter.  She would prepare for weeks and even with nearly 50 of us, siblings, grandchildren and great grand children, she remembered us all.    After she could no longer host all of us, I would open my home to Christmas celebrations. She loved having us all together.  Today my siblings and their children are scattered across the states, and like many families that get busy with life,  we gather when we  can.


Knowing my mom’s  love of Christmas and entertaining,  as I traveled the world I would bring her things from around the world.  Rocks yes… but also other items.    On one such trip to Italy I purchased a Christmas linen set, and tucked it away to give to her for Christmas.  However, somewhere between unpacking my luggage and Christmas the Italian linen set was misplaced.   That was nine or ten  years ago, and there’s been a house move and the dining room furniture has since been replaced.  Today, as I was pulling out my linens from the bureau – there it was, in its original package.      I can’t explain where it’s been and why it is there today, but here it is and it is now in my possession and will be used each holiday season in acknowledgement of the family  members we have here and beyond.   Remember they are very much part of our lives…..       Love to all.

Spring Planting – Planting Seeds for growth !

It is that time of year again, where we find ourselves wanting to celebrate mother earth’s vibrancy with the colors she produces. We plant bright flowers in pots and set them as an entry point to our homes. We feel happy, as do our visitors when they enter our homes. Magnificent colors welcome all.

Here in Minnesota there is still snow on the ground, but we have begun to plant seeds or seedlings indoors, and when the weather warms we move the plants outdoors. We like to write our intents or those things we want to manifest in our lives on a piece of paper and put that paper in the bottom of the planters. Cover the paper with dirt and then add seeds or seedlings. It is symbolic of planting your intents or your dreams and is a reminder of these intents each day as you watch the seeds grow.

You may also rainbow-colored tumbled or rough stones over the tops of your flower pots, an arrangement of rocks, or bowl of rocks, creates a sense of peace, harmony, and joy around your entrance, and sets up a symbolic rainbow bridge of protection between your home and the spirit world. The color of the crystals – red, orange, yellow, green, turquoise blue, indigo, and violet – also links to the chakras, your spiritual energy centers, so you will benefit from an energy boost every time you enter your home.

For 2 flower pots – choose two of the same tumbled stone from each rainbow color, one for each flower pot.

Red : Garnet, red jasper, ruby
Orange: Carnelian, orange calcite
Yellow : amber, golden beryl, topaz, citrine
Green: aventurine, chrysoprase, malachite
Turquoise, blue, blue/green : aquamarine, celestite, turquoise
Indigo : lapis lazuli, sapphire, sodalite
Violet: amethyst, lavender (purple) jade, sugilite

Properties of stones : using a selection of these crystals protects your home and brings purifying energy, joy and happiness, love and devotion, creativity and vitality, trust and peace, compassion, success positive health and wellbeing good fortune inside your home.

Crystal Energizing
To be done prior to planting : Choose your rainbow stones, place in a bowl, and leave them to energize in the sun for 24 hours. Wait for a showery, sunny day and the crystal will be exposed to the powerful energy of a rainbow. Now hold the stones in yours hands individually and ask each stone to prevent any unwanted intrusions in your home,. Ask them to surround you with their unique love an compassion. As you touch and gaze at each on, let their rainbow colors inspire you and your family with creativity and success at school and at work, continued prosperity and health, and ask that they instill in you peace and hope for the future. Now scatter your seven stones over the top of each pot and leave them to do their work


A Blue Jay Message

For two days now I have been hearing and seeing two very large Blue Jays around my neighborhood. They’ve called to me when I’ve pulled in the empty garbage containers, and again when I went to the mail box. I’ve acknowledged them and the wisp of blue I see in their flight as they fly over the white snow. Today as I was making tea, I looked out my kitchen window to see one of the Blue Jays looking back at me. I laughed and told myself he was only looking at himself in the reflection of the glass of the window. As I walked past my patio door I noticed the second Blue Jay sitting on the lid of my sage pot that was on my deck. I’d moved its the small table is usually sat on, and had placed the pot directly on the deck over night. The water on its base froze, securing it tightly to the deck. The Blue Jay was sitting on the lid of my sage pot, and the contrast of the red pot, the white snow and the Blue Jay stopped me. He turned his head looked at me and I made direct eye contact with him. He then very loudly squawked at me and took flight.

I decide to look up Blue Jay in the animal sprit book and it says.

Rather than dabbling in the spiritual / metaphysical realm, choose a path to explore and go as far as you can with it Asses s your main gifts and talents, develop a plan as to how you can best use them, and then take clear and purposeful action Choose one or two of the projects you’ve started and finish them. Pay close attention to nonverbal clues that tell you when someone is trying to deceive you. Whatever the situation that has triggered some fear, attack it boldly and courageously.

I don’t believe the message is about the two last sentences, though the last few days – weeks may have put some sadness, wondering and worry in our minds. I feel the message is more about change. It’s a calling or a SQUAWKING to all of us to wake to our gifts , our knowing and action them with our heart. It’s about choosing this newness we feel as the ignition to something greater that is on its way. Move into action and belief that our souls knows what it is that we are to be doing. For those that know me closely you know I always work on many projects. I welcome creative energy and creative ideas that manifest into greatness.   I ask you to share in a goal with me, in taking your creative gifts and manifesting them to greatness.

Love and Light