How Melvin the Dog Got Unstuck

Melvin the CoonhoundMeet Melvin.

He’s our rescued Coonhound mix. We’ve had him for almost a year and a half now.

Melvin is SUCH a sweetheart. In fact, we got him because he is actually able to get along with my other dog, Jasmine, who is not too fond of other dogs (to put it mildly.)

But, he came to us as a dog with “issues.” I’ll tell you about them some day. But for now I just want to tell you about a little quirk Melvin developed.

You see, we didn’t understand him at first. We had no idea how traumatized he must have been in his former situation.

On the surface, he seemed pretty easy going in the shelter. But I’m pretty sure now he was really a major PTSD case. In fact, now that I understand him better I realize that it took him nearly a year to really start to relax and trust us.

Long story short, any correction to his behavior has to be done with incredible sensitivity, great love, and NO negative emotion at all. We’re talking, you can’t just not appear to be angry. You can’t even FEEL angry when you correct him. Or even just a little annoyed.

(Even when he’s chewing up your cell phone.)

But it took us a little while to figure that out. So in the meantime he developed a weird behavior in the kitchen.

You see, the kitchen was where he would get into the most mischief. We’re pretty sure he had been starved at one point, so it’s understandable, but annoying.

So, he’d get on the counter and someone would yell at him to get off.

And then escort him out the door.

Melvin REALLY doesn’t like to be excluded. (He’s a real love hound.) After a while, he’d start to hide in the corner whenever it was time to leave the kitchen – whether anyone was annoyed with him or not. So there he would be, cowering in his corner, and not even the juiciest treat could entice him out.

In his mind, he was STUCK! No way out. (Even though the way was not only clear, he was receiving all the encouragement most any dog could ask for!)

I did eventually figure out what worked. Put a leash on him, and he’d walk away without a fuss. I guess having the leash on made him feel secure, so he could trust that things would work out OK.

We know now that we need to radiate love to him 100% of the time, so don’t worry – Melvin is doing fine! (He still gets stuck in the corner once in a while, but it’s not too hard to get him out now. All you have to do is open your arms and invite him in for a hug. Singing a lullaby doesn’t hurt, either.)

But it struck me that we all do this to ourselves.

We get into these ways of thinking where we back ourselves into a corner.

We think we are stuck. No way out.

But in reality, the way is open. We just have to trust, and get out of our own way. Or more precisely, knock out the fear that is keeping us in the corner.

Keeping us from taking the actions we need to take in order to set ourselves free.

How?

First, you have to find the fear. You don’t necessarily even have to know what caused it, but you do have to figure out where it’s hiding out. Specifically, which chakras – energy centers in the body – are most affected by it.

I have found that Spirit Animals have an uncanny knack for tracking down fears and negative energies in the chakras- just like Melvin instinctively tracks anything that has ever crossed his path.

Just for fun, I’ve decided to open up my schedule and offer a few free Spirit Animal chakra readings next week to anyone who hasn’t yet had a free reading from me. If you’ve been feeling stuck in a corner lately and don’t know why, I encourage you to book a time here: https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=11463586&appointmentType=705316

I don’t know how long I’m going to keep this open, so if you are interested be sure to sign up right away! 🙂

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Affirmation for a New Year

“I am willing to create positive change in myself and in the world.”

"Wind Woman" illustration copyright Anne C (Christie) Michelsen
“Wind Woman” illustration copyright Anne C (Christie) Michelsen

As is the human body, so is the cosmic body
As is the human mind, so is the cosmic mind.
As is the microcosm, so is the macrocosm.
As is the atom, so is the universe.
– The Upanishads

As above, so below, as within, so without, as the universe, so the soul
– Hermes Trismegistus

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…
– Matthew 6:10
Just a thought for the first working day of this beautiful New Year:

We are Creators, you and I. We create our own reality. Piece by piece, step by step.

The little things we do? The little choices we make? They DO matter.

Yes, they do. A lot.

Each little choice (physical, emotional, spiritual, and financial) takes us that much closer to our own personal Hell…or to Heaven on earth.

Piece by piece. Step by step.

It’s up to us.

Which reality do you want to create?

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Thoughts on Paris

Angel of femininity and graceThe thing about attending conferences is that catching up with the real world can be a shock. I didn’t even know about what happened in Paris until someone mentioned it on the airport shuttle on the way home from my events this past weekend.

Needless to say it was sobering.

My very first reaction was to tune out the rest of the conversation, close my eyes, and send love and light to the people of that beautiful city.

And as I did so, I sensed that I was not the only one. I could feel a tremendous tidal wave of love directed towards Paris from all over the earth. The city glowed like a beacon – truly a City of Light.

Then a strange thought came to me. It was, that somehow, the Earth needed healing in that spot. Needed it strong, and fast, and now. That the acts of violence happened in order to call attention to that place.

I hope this does not sound disrespectful to the people who died in Paris last week, or their families. The way I understand it, these people are not victims, but spiritual heroes.

It pains me to hear people reacting to the violence with thoughts of hate and revenge. I know it’s a natural reaction for many people but as they say in Unity, “thoughts kept in mind produce after their kind.” Hate only feeds hate. Fear feeds fear.

The key to change is to think the opposite. Only Love can conquer fear and hate, not more fear and hate.

And Love IS stronger than fear.

Whenever you read this, please join me right now in sending Love to Paris, or to wherever in the world you sense is hurting. Your doing so will be felt, and it does make a difference. Let’s not let the lives of all who passed in Paris last week be lost in vain.

Love & blessings,

Christie

P.S.The angel above is another in my new Angel Prints series. She is another one of my Angel Art Readings that was created for a specific person but has universal relevance. Her name is Helena, and one of her messages is to embrace both the light and the darkness in the world with grace and love.

This week, I am donating all profits from my Etsy shop to relief efforts in Paris. My spirit animal and angel posters and prints were all created to raise the vibration of Love in your home and the world. If you would like to help me spread this message of love in this way, visit https://www.etsy.com/shop/BrightSpiritArt?ref=l2-shopheader-name

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Keep it moving to stay in the flow

Goshawk watercolor paintingQuick thought for the day:

Spirit is energy. When energy moves freely through things, it tends to make them vital and alive.

If something is not working in your life, you almost certainly have some stuck energy at some level.

Try to encourage flow in your life whenever and wherever possible.

Even the little things: changing your sheets, getting up and moving every hour or so, remembering to breathe. If you keep a little altar somewhere in your home, rearrange the items on it every couple of days. And don’t forget to dust! 😉

Yes, sometimes it’s the little things that count the most.

What little things do you do to keep your energy (or the energy in your home) moving in a positive direction?

 

 

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Banish insomnia now! Natural sleep aids for creative women

bear hawk and poppies spirit animal painting by Christie MichelsenEver have trouble sleeping?
It was never a problem for me when I was younger, but lately some nights it seems like I spend more time trying to sleep than actually sleeping.
Insomnia is actually a common problem for creative women. We have so much going on in our heads it’s hard to turn it all off long enough to go to sleep!
If you have trouble sleeping, too, try saying this affirmation to yourself starting about an hour or so before bedtime:  “I fall easily into deep, refreshing sleep.” It seems simplistic, but it really can help.
Besides affirmations, here are some natural sleep aids I’ve found helpful:
  • Melatonin – a safe, natural supplement that promotes restful sleep.
  • Extra magnesium, taken before bedtime.
  • Avoiding stimulants after noon. (This includes Vitamin B.)
  • Essential oils. I’ve been using Young Living’s Peace and Calming. Lavender is good for promoting sleep, too.
  • Staying off the computer before bedtime.
  • A nice warm bath.
  • Massage. Take turns with your partner. It’s relaxing for both of you!
  • Meditiation/journeying.
  • Breathing exercises. One I like is a 4/4 rhythm: breathe in for four counts, hold for four, out for four, hold out for four. Helps if you’re being kept up by a racing mind!
  • Energy work. Reiki and other energetic clearings can do wonders!
Here’s to sleeping well tonight! (And here’s to having awesome dreams!)
Oh, and if you have anything else you’d like to add to the list, I’m all ears! Share below.  🙂

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