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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A spiritual windfall

Three red apples watercolor painting

“Wonderful things keep falling into my life!”
One of the nicest things about fall is…apples!

Where I live in Negaunee, MI, we have a lot of old abandoned apple trees within walking distance of our front door.
Some of them are not much to speak about, but some of the trees have amazingly good apples. And this time of year you can gather them by the bag full.
I really love those apples. Some are sweet, some are pretty tart, but they all have wonderfully complex flavors that you just don’t find in modern apples. And the trees are so generous in sharing their bounty! homemade pie from wild apples
Here is my daughter Aster and Hazuki, the Japanese student we hosted for 2 weeks, with Hazuki’s first apple pie. The girls made it from windfall apples they gathered from those old trees, and the pie was AMAZING!
I wish I could share the pie with you, but I’m afraid it disappeared too fast for that. Fortunately, though, I just stumbled on another windfall that I can share – and that is just as sweet as pie.
My friends, Rev. Anne Presuel & Sherry Bowers, are hosting an online giveaway of resources from dozens of top-level spiritual practitioners. These include how-to and informational videos, guidebooks, and even readings, all free and no strings attached.
The offerings rotate daily, but so far I’ve seen ones that address abundance, joy, chakra clearing, and lots of healing and self-healing trainings.
The giveaway is especially geared towards spiritual entrepreneurs, so there are a lot of business-building goodies in there, too. But honestly even if you have no intention of ever being in business you’ll find a ton of valuable stuff just for your own personal use.
This is thousands of dollars of information just lying there like so many sweet, juicy windfall apples.
Worth checking out at least? I think so! You can pick your windfalls here. (They’re good through the end of this month.)

Fall cleaning (Vulture spirit meaning)

turkey vulture feather Somebody handed me a feather the other day. A very long, dark brown flight feather. Neither of us knew what sort of bird had dropped it. But I took it home and looked it up on the Feather Atlas (one of the better things our taxpayer dollars have been spent on.)

Turns out it is from a turkey vulture. I had to chuckle, as for me it was a timely coincidence.

I’m in the midst of a big transition, and as part of the process I”m cleaning and organizing my entire house – closets, attic, the whole nine yards.

Vulture: Symbol of Purification

Despite Vulture’s sordid looks and its diet of decaying flesh, its symbolic meaning has to do with purification and transformation. One of the stories I love about Vulture came from the native people of Costa Rica, who believed that the Vulture is responsible for carrying the souls of the dead up to heaven.

Fall is nearly here – the season of decline and decay. But it is also a season of beauty when seeds are being sown for new growth and new life.

Cleaning house is lots of hard work – especially when you’re digging through 20 years of accumulated stuff. But I’m already feeling clearer and lighter, and look forward to renewed energy and time for exciting new projects once the process is complete.

Whatever is happening in your life right now, take some time today to give thanks for the cycle of life and honor the way it is manifesting for you right now. Give it time – whatever is happening, this too shall pass! 🙂

(I don’t think I’ve introduced my spirit animal affirmation posters here yet. I’ll do it more formally in the next post, but for now just have to include the Vulture one!):

Spirit Animal affirmation poster - vulture

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Your job: love it or hate it?

Horse spirit animal affirmation posterI love my work. It’s super creative, and I love that I can help people, too!

But I didn’t always feel that way about work.

Before I created this job that I love, I had my share of not-so-fun occupations.

The worst was working in a call center. Crushing micromanagement and often crabby customers made working there kind of an ordeal. Most of us representative spent our days watching the clock, waiting for the work day, and the work week, to end.

After a while I decided something had to change.

One of my dad’s favorite sayings kept coming back to me: “Never underestimate the power of prayer!”

So, I started something new: each morning before going in to work, I would sit in the parking lot for a moment and say a little prayer.

I would ask for protection from negative energy. And I would ask that the work I did be for the highest good, and to bring blessings to everyone whose life I touched that day.

Did it work?

Well, I can’t tell for sure how it may have affected others, but the job did become more tolerable after that. Customers seemed happier. I felt less stressed at the end of the day. And after a few months of this the opportunity came to leave for a better job.

I hope that you are working a job you love.

But if you’re not, try my little experiment and see how it works for you. 🙂
Love & blessings,

Christie

P.S. If you are not happy in your job, it may be due to experiences or beliefs that are blocking your emotional and/or spiritual energy. If you’d like a FREE 15-minute energy scan to help identify these blocks, just email me or visit my online calendar to schedule.

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