Stay in the Wow Until You’ve Got Something Good To Say

One doesn’t need to be a genius, or a psychic or have come from the future to know that the warm ups for the Black Humor Olympics are officially over: If your neighborhood isn’t on fire or under water, you’re on fire or under water.

And yet, I’m sticking to my story that this is a beautiful, magical, stunningly surprising, terribly bananas time to be “alive and awake to being alive and awake” as my guest, Dianne m. Connelly would say.

In this, my 12th podcast, I return to the seemingly infinite well of wisdom that is the author of Medicine Words: Language of Love for the Treatment Room of Life, for the third time.  In her world, it’s all about designing a daily mood of holy awe no matter what and without knowing what will be asked of her.

With our national conversation waist deep in water, wind, fools, and bullets, in Dr. Dianne m. Connelly’s world, everything and everyone is an occasion to wake up. “None of us is getting out of here alive,” as she is fond of saying, so, without knowing what will be asked of us, without knowing what comes first – “our death or tomorrow,” how do we wake up every day, and transform those “kick the dog moments” into: “AND, WHAT ELSE?” There is just nobody better than the author of Medicine Words: Language of Love for the Treatment Room of Life to remind us that life is not a pathology or a parking lot, and every day is a chance to design a way of being big enough to cradle everything we have to bear and still language a world that chooses to presence joy, gratitude, love, and laughter over misery, worry, fault-finding, and complaint.

She coaches me through my #firstworldproblems (clueless yoga neighbor) and reminds us why it’s so not ok to say just any old thing.

She who speaks doesn’t know and she who knows doesn’t speak…that’s the tricky part of trying to describe the unspeakable divine. 

In a way, there’s nothing to say but: WOW,” according to Dianne.

The practice is…When we wake up, one more day, I can say anything about that, so what do I design, what do I say that will serve the next generation?

 

The Heisenberg principle says that we as observers EFFECT that which we are observing. Dianne says, In speaking, we are making meaning out of what we’re witnessing in these times.

We can wake up and “Kick the dog,” and be all but but but….fight fight fight or we CAN CHOOSE to be a protagonist…Yes and yes and, agree and build agree and build. 

Just who is my guest?

“Dianne M. Connelly, PhD, MaC (UK), co-founder and chancellor of Tai Sophia Institute, an accredited graduate school in the fields of health and wellness, holds a doctorate in the philosophy of medicine. She teaches in the Institute’s Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, and Transformative Leadership and Social Change master’s degree programs. A practitioner of acupuncture since 1973, she is the author of Traditional Acupuncture: The Law of the Five Elements, All Sickness Is Homesickness, and co-author of Alive and Awake: Wisdom for Kids, and Medicine Words: Language of Love for the Treatment Room of Life.  Dianne’s abiding joy is being the mother of Blaize, Jade, and Caeli, and the grandmother of Tamar, Lennox, a Rianna, Roman and Maxim.” from “Medicine Words” by Dianne Connelly.

You can find her books on Amazon, and here’s a link to the kindle addition of Medicine Words which YES YES YES is coming soon to Audible.com

https://www.amazon.com/Medicine-Words-Dianne-Connelly-ebook/dp/B0082RGA3Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1495118710&sr=8-1&keywords=medicine+words%3A+language+of+love

The Future is Behind Us_Call Your Dragons

If you feel like you’ve been dumped out of the boat into some class 3 rapids, you are not alone. The practice is to put yourself into position to enjoy the ride. In this class 3 rapid of a conversation, Shamanic therapist Shonagh Home shows you how to manifest your own badass protection against those who are threatened by your light, and manifests for me – my very own fabulous spiritual manager, Lance, who loves to shop, pack, and get me free upgrades on airlines. Sarah wonders if – in the same way we couldn’t have imagined how the eclipse would make us feel, could a coup just feel like an oozing normalization?

The Earth has joined in the class action crazy, and there’s never been a worse time to be all aw shucks about your gifts. This is IT. It’s time to Go Big AND Go Home.

Is it a piece of cake? Ha hahahah, not for me.  Every day is its own eco system.  Even yesterday, as I was preparing this podcast, both Shonagh and I were abuzz with possibility, and by the end of the day, the Universe had thrown in a pinch here and a takedown there, and it took an end of the day phone call to remind each other to shed those stories and call up those inner resources to shore up our spiritual entourage.  Rinse and Repeat.  A good nights sleep and 20 minutes of meditation, and I’ve given myself a chance to magnetize a day that’s better than I can imagine.  A bad night’s sleep and a harried start, and I’ll be playing catch up all day.  But that’s just it.  There’s no victim in this scenario.  I own my choices, and I’ll reap the rewards and suffer the consequences, and then try again the next day.  It’s seriously beautiful math.

We’re all being offered the opportunity to level up, to rise above the bait.  As far as the national crazy, clearly Trump is being set up to spontaneously combust.  He is who he is.  Russia or no Russia, like a bloated smart phone, he was built with the seeds of his own obsolescence/destruction already planted, but that’s just a side-show to keep you scared and in line, so what is the practice?  

I don’t know about you, but what I’m noticing is that in the moments where somebody says something or something happens that would have set the old me off (my game or just off:) Now, I’m taking a flier on the faith that I wrote this script, and it’s an opportunity to pause and say: “Hmmm, I wonder what this means…oh aha! I always used to do that and now I’m over it!” And in that instant, I grow. Somehow, I’m bigger and more at peace, more impervious to those who would like to see us stay small, more sure than ever that there is something far greater than us at play here.  And it has the added benefit that I didn’t incinerate a bridge or have to walk back an email.  I’m just good.

So, whether you choose to whip up some dragons, invoke some bears or do like I did and give Lance the keys to my life, this is the  FALL WHERE WE ARE ALL going to get it done.  The future is behind us and we are truly, finally only limited by the power of our imagination. 

Even from the tiny sample size I have of the people who are tuning in from all over the world, I know enough to bow to the genius, the rebel, the loner, the artist, the advanced seeker old soul in you. Uncork that light, or just remember that thing you do that is so easy for you that it doesn’t even register as a gift….What if it’s greatness?

IF IT FEELS GOOD, DO THAT. IF IT FEELS WEIRD OR BAD: PAUSE, CENTER, AND SHIFT. 

This IS the new normal, and it’s awesome! So get your Dragons on, and start limbering up for the black humor Olympics. You know that last scene in the last episode of Game of Thrones…? Yerp, Winter’s coming, so grab onto a branch, pull yourself out of the water, get warm, meet some new friends, and love your life up

A note about the DIY Audio Quality.  Ok, I think I’ve proven I can record sound and upload it.  Now, in honor of GET IT DONE, I’m admitting that some things – like pedicures – should really only be done by professionals, so while I don’t exactly know what that looks like yet, I’m calling in some help to upgrade your listening experience. Stay tuned and thanks for your patience!

Also, for those who have been wondering where Dianne Connelly is when you need her to put some Medicine words to this dance of absurd and holy moments…I have good news…She’ll be back in Episode 12 to talk about “Everything is on the way not in the way.”

Links:

www.shonaghhome.com

www.thepowerpath.com

More bananas more Better.

Love ya mean it.

heysarah@packingforcrazytown.com 

 

 

This is NO JOKE, but We’re Laughing Anyway: Get your Eclipse On, Your Mind Right, and your Go Bag Packed

Nothing about this podcast or my intentions around the run up to this MASSIVELY ANTICIPATED, and yes PROPHESIED event happened the way I thought it would, which in itself is very 2017.  My plans for a 3 day detox went out the door the moment I spoke these words to a barista: “Ummm, maybe I’ll have a shot in the dark with cream and one sugar.”  

I get the distinct sense that the Universe is very forgiving, but gives extra credit for those of us who are CLEAR about that which we want to let go of in our lives, and that which we want to manifest and amplify during the eclipse.

it’s a mystery why I thought I could engage Shonagh Home on the subject of preparing for a massively supported Reset or an epic, inspired Clown Car Pileup, and get out without a certain amount of head scratching, deep insight into the dark heart of that which binds us. Maxims of Law?  Seriously? Rats, I thought we could talk about sage, Salem, or meditation.

Nope – the real party is going to start when we become aware of and impervious to the narrative meth lab in the sky and their badly produced, fear inducing story lines.

Last week it was goose stepping North Koreans.  This week, it’s clueless baby Nazis and a budding race war!  Next week I’m still hoping Aliens are going to land on the White House lawn.

Come on people, these are prophesied times, up your game!

Talking to Shonagh Home, Shamanic Therapist, Author, and Poet about anything is like capturing water from a fire hose into a dixie cup: It’s not for sissies or people who just want to check into a motel on the River Denial. You’ve got to be thirsty for the truth.

Tomorrow, we know it’s going to be Bananas every which way (split, torched, dehydrated…) and as Robert Phoenix pointed out, the “totality” is painting a stripe of Coup Energy through Trump Country.

It’s totally fine to check out, and I’ve certainly flirted with that, but yesterday I snapped to.  Got some overdue paperwork out the door, cleaned the garage, and resisted the temptation to take it easy, because it’s increasingly obvious that the days of running and hiding are over, and the dishes are going to be there in the sink where you left them when you return. It’s about ancient Maxims of Law, and the education that the Status Quo does not want you to have. It’s way better to rule over traumatized sheep than free thinking folk. Der.

Practice Radical Vulnerability.

Practice Normalizing Manifesting Experiences That Are Better than you can Imagine. 

MO BANANAS MO BETTER 

Find me here: heysarah@packingforcrazytown.com

Find Shonagh here: www.shonaghhome.com

Maxims of Law: http://www.lawfulpath.com/ref/bouvier/maxims.shtml

Aesop’s Fables: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8DGHTvkkTA

Trivium: http://www.triviumeducation.com/

In Episode 9 of Packing for Crazy Town, Robert Phoenix, the “Anthony Bourdain of Astrology,” sets up the dominos that may be falling a week from Today, August 21st, during the much-anticipated Solar Eclipse.

While nobody really knows what will happen, if any of the closely watched mass events of the past year are any indication (Election, Oscars, Super Bowl,) set up your lawn chair at the intersection of WTF?!, Fu#$ing Bananas, What If…? and Ha-He-Ha, and take a deep breath, and give yourself a chance to slingshot out of old behaviors and into something better than you can imagine.

Personally, I’m HOPING Aliens will Land on the White House Lawn a Week from MONDAY_but if not, at least the ECLIPSE is going to shine some dark light on some Major players, and provide those with the intention to use it as a big reset button, with a moment to remember.  Robert Phoenix is a real deal Astrologer, and as Shonagh Home says, someone who also understands THE GAME.  He also says things like: “McMaster’s Uranus is right on Trump’s ascendant,” so there’s that.  I pose the question: WHAT’S UP WITH AUGUST 21st (?) to somebody who has done the Math, and he in turn wonders if the real lesson is to remember to have fun with it. I hope you’re packing that Go Bag, or at least wrapping up rehearsals, and preparing to take your places. The Eclipse is headed for Trump Country, and something needs to give. Don’t forget your laminate to the back stage pass that is the clown car pileup era of America.

Mo Bananas Mo Better

Sarah

Just who is Robert Phoenix?

If you’re looking for a good touchstone during these times, and Astrology is something that resonates, I highly recommend booking a session with Robert. It’s something I do once or twice a year.  It’s always reassuring to get another perspective and validation that my intuition is in tune.  You can find him here:

 rpm1122@zoho.com

http://www.robertphoenix.com
https://www.spreaker.com/user/robertphoenix
Twitter:robertphoenixdudemax

https://www.youtube.com/user/FreeAssociationRadio

Continue reading “The Eclipse that Shakespeare Would have Loved”

Not your Mother’s Synchronicity

 

The Mayans, Native Americans, Aborigines and of course many tribes before and since, understood that an internal readiness to act combined with an external sign (dubbed synchronicity by Jung,) resulted in a breakthrough in consciousness.

This explosion of deep meaning infused their lives with direction and made their days more meaningfulricher, and freer.

Yes, please. A rich inner life is a gift that never stops giving. 

As the national smoke and mirrors show swings into cartoon-head-shaking form😅🤡 (RIP Moochie between the time I wrote this this morning and now,) more than ever, we need tools that enable us to pause, center, and shift.

In this IV drip of relevant wisdom with Sarah and Shonagh, we explore the power of paying attention to the signs that will help us navigate, like a spaceship through an asteroid field, our paths in this new paradigm of anything is possible. 

July is in the rear view mirror.  Whether you went for it, or it went for you –  today we reset for August and remember how to unhook from broken things, from the narrative meth lab in the sky, and your own tattered stories that no longer serve anyone most especially the you that is alive and awake.

As I wait for the PowerPath.com forecast for August to show up, I dare imagine an August, like in the olden days, where time barely moves, and there’s good friends, and good food, and the sun is gentle and warm.

Let’s  fill ourselves up to the brim with as much good food, good friends, laughter, and the beauty of late summer as possible in preparation for a Fall to remember.

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Make Beauty.  

Set Clear Intentions.

Disconnect from constructs.

Below is Shonagh’s altar 

shonagh alter_edited

Mo Bananas Mo Better

 

BeeTox and Ancient Ways to Offset the National Crazy with Shonagh Home

You: “How’d you spend your Sunday?”

 

Me: “Stinging my Shaman Bff with 8 bees while she talked about the profound healing and beauty properties of bee venom.  

Or, as we like to say: “Just another day in the suburbs.” 

We had a lot of fun last weekend, so in the spirit of the Powerpath.com’s shout out to July, we’re “JUST DOING IT BEFORE IT DOES US,” and are running with the idea to a launch a spin off to Packing for Crazy Town called:  “The Shaman’s Tech Support.” It will feature a cup of Ancient Wisdom a week that you can throw into your nutribullet with some spinach, coconut oil, and tumeric and just feel better without exactly knowing why.  Today’s episode of Packing or Crazy Town was kind of a conceptual pilot for it.  A quick drip of Shamanic Wisdom.

Fair warning, just as 2017 is not for sissies, neither is this video companion to the Pod a walk in the park, but it is fantastically prescriptive.  RIP bee sisters.  

 

You can find Shonagh’s Book here:Honeybee Wisdom http://www.shonaghhome.com/store

The Bible of Bee Venom Therapy https://smile.amazon.com/Bible-Bee-Venom-Therapy-Rheumatoid/dp/1890708003/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1500266812&sr=8-1&keywords=the+bible+of+bee+venom+therapy

 

 

 

Your mind is a magic wand, breaking spells, just loving your parents, and why you might consider going the extra mile for your water: A mini pod IV drip of wisdom from Shonagh Home

Enjoy this 20 minute spontaneously acquired IV drip on breaking spells, remembering that your MIND is the ORIGINAL MAGIC WAND, that your prayer can just be: “Surprise me baby,”and how to not curl into a fetal position at the thought of dinner with your parents with Shonagh Home.

 

Here’s a video of Shamanic Therapist, Author, Poet Shonagh Home.  Think Martha Stewart if Martha had apprenticed with a Mushroom Shaman in Mexico instead of going to Prison –  getting some off the grid pure spring water near Mt. Rainier for her GO BAG for CRAZY TOWN.  www.shonaghhome.com

July: Just do it before it does you.

Practice Radical Vulnerability.

xoxo Sarah

http://www.findaspring.com/  

 

Middle School Samadhi, Guns and Gold in Palo Alto, and Putting his Spirit Animals to Work: My Conversation with the Willie Wonka of Table Top Gaming

In the 4th and 5th Episode of Packing for Crazy Town, I find Andy “Roo” Forrest, my first boss out of college, vocalist for the underground Bay Area improv band, “Chained Down Cheese,” and co-founder of the hottest board game design company on the planet.

Continue reading “Middle School Samadhi, Guns and Gold in Palo Alto, and Putting his Spirit Animals to Work: My Conversation with the Willie Wonka of Table Top Gaming”

Go for the Gift with Dianne Connelly is LIVE

 

 

There’s nothing clever about not being happy. Each of us in charge of our joy, and especially now that the SHIFT IS ON, we’re all being asked to start each day without knowing exactly what will be asked of us, without knowing what’s first, our death or tomorrow. What we do know is that, if you’re reading this, you’re here now, and if we can stay in that place of deep unknowing, aware of the ancient, immutable, quantum reality that – we are, no kidding, all in this together, and that what we each bring to the table will influence and infect those around us, how can we practice being the light, the gratitude, the holy awe that is our choice to presence? If I show up in misery and complaint and fault finding, you’re going to have to deal with that too, and then we’ll be in unnecessary suffering together. The wondrous Dianne m. Connelly (co-founder of one of the first integrated health clinics in the country, author  of many books, and the first person to coin the phrase bodymind, asks: What if, instead, I look for “what’s the gift here, what’s the offering, what’s the opening, what’s the possibility?” The answer: We can be here together – not in a fight, not in opposition, but in gratitude, grace, and laughter – all of which cut right through pain and suffering, at least for a moment.

If you put your arms out and you ask people in your life, “

what do you know when you’re with me?  What do you know about life and what do you know about yourself?

…the exact things that you would expect to hear at your funeral…They’re going to think you’re asking for a description of you, but it’s not that.  It’s this: What will it take for the people you love to know themselves as good and beautiful because you’re in the world?  Dianne m. Connelly intends that, in her presence, we will all know ourselves as a loving, glorious, hot-shit possibility.  And that’s without us lifting a finger. The map is definitely not the territory in this deep dive of a conversation with Dianne m. Connelly, Author of Medicine Words: Language of Love for the Treatment Room of Life as she reminds us how to “Leap into the unknown and make it our home.”

Dianne Connelly is….one of the most influential teachers I’ve ever had.  For now, I’m just popping in her basic ol’ bio, which, coupled with the sound of her voice, should enlighten you as to the brilliance of how she is standing in her truth in this world.

“Dianne M. Connelly, PhD, MaC (UK), co-founder and chancellor of Tai Sophia Institute, an accredited graduate school in the fields of health and wellness, holds a doctorate in the philosophy of medicine. She teaches in the Institute’s Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, and Transformative Leadership and Social Change master’s degree programs. A practitioner of acupuncture since 1973, she is the author of Traditional Acupuncture: The Law of the Five Elements, All Sickness Is Homesickness, and co-author of Alive and Awake: Wisdom for Kids, and Medicine Words: Language of Love for the Treatment Room of Life.  Dianne’s abiding joy is being the mother of Blaize, Jade, and Caeli, and the grandmother of Tamar, Lennox, a Rianna, Roman and Maxim.” from “Medicine Words” by Dianne Connelly.

This is the link to Thomas Tallis’s 40 part Motet that Dianne mentions listening to every morning https://youtu.be/Z3FJxDsa-5k

You can find her books on Amazon, and here’s a link to the kindle addition of Medicine Words which YES YES YES is coming soon to Audible.com

https://www.amazon.com/Medicine-Words-Dianne-Connelly-ebook/dp/B0082RGA3Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1495118710&sr=8-1&keywords=medicine+words%3A+language+of+love

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