Alive again , the clay reveals a history embedded in its structure.
The Grass is growing. I planted Moss, Creeping Thyme , Russian Sage , Bird's Nest Spruce and have been tending them everyday for the last month. It has been very warm and dry . It looks like they are going to make it.
Next year I will look into more Alpine plants . For now I am just trying to get a sense of how does it want to look like.
Since my last post it took a lot of will power and discipline to get through my work.
The day I replaced the rotten plate in my wall I was alone , with no one to ask for HELP and rain was approaching.
My hands were tired and the stress to close up the wall was high. I thought of what a loving community means in someone’s life . Nourishment is not just food but also helping each other , caring for each other. Except for my immediate family I have none of that in the village I live in.
The Termite medicine was showing me in reverse their wisdom.
Being a seed trusted to a foreign land I made friends with Nature and its wild creatures but not with my fellow humans. A lot to ponder here.
I find it so interesting how my home nudges me to expand and evolve my heart and consciousness through the practical experiences at hand.
My days are pretty much chop wood, carry water and send prayers into the wind.
My Garden is enfolding into its magic and if I could have more day light in a day to work , I would.
Are you surrounded by a loving , supporting community?
In the lack of, I made my version of the prayer flags to remind me support and love is everywhere in the Universe and the same elements scattered around me are within me .
Hence I am one with All .
Hope this post will inspire you to be kind to everyone including yourself.
Feeling pressed by winter blues ? Too cold to open the windows for few moments of refreshment ? Well, you are not alone . I woke up this morning and temperatures dropped in their teens. Only the sun shining brightly on the cerulean sky encouraged me dare going downstairs to make a fire . While sipping some tea I made a brief list of things to do and then I realized I could use some uplift in my home . My eyes rolled to the oranges on my table.
It is well known in Feng Shui and aromatherapy oranges are energizers . Of course you can toss few drops of orange essential oil in a bowl of fresh water or even pinch the peels so they release it in the air .
But why not considering a small ceremony ? So I started to prepare . I peeled one orange being grateful for its sweetness and for having it in my kitchen .
Then I picked up my cookie cutters and selected some hearts and stars . I use a wooden spoon to press them down into the zesty flesh . While doing this gather your thoughts and reflect what the shapes you choose mean to you . To me hearts connect me to the energy of Love and Gratitude while stars bring me closer to Heaven .
Now take the cuttings and hold them in your hands walking around your home (you can take it one step further and visit each Gua ) sensing where the uplift is needed . Place them in a bowl ( do not put them directly on the surface of your furniture) along with your intentions and smell the aroma . Do you sense the shift ?
When they dry toss them in the compost or on hot charcoal for more aromatic delight .
You can also string them while fresh or mix them with rose petals and frankincense nuggets for a long lasting potpourri .
Enjoy Your Day .
One of my greatest gifts is to see the highest potential in people and places.
When I walk through a space the first five minutes gives me a vision of what the place dreams to become.
Same thing has happened with our home. In despite of the sad appearance I saw a loving and beautiful space, embraced by the Nature surrounding .
We moved in and contrary to our plans we had to start with the roof . It gave me an opportunity to adjust the energy using the geometry of the arch by creating an oversized eyebrow over a tiny dormer.
I built the wall in three parts like a puzzle, laminating 3/4”plywood and using the framing of the old dormer.
Why an arch?
Well, for two reasons.
One is Nature has no sharp turns. Rivers meander,valleys and mountains and free form Honey Bee combs are almost parabolic .
Second is an arch elevates the energy and brings in spiritual qualities to harmonize and balance. The eyebrow generated vaulted ceilings inside giving a new height and frequency to a space meant for rest and dreaming. More about it perhaps in another post.
Interestingly enough on one of my garden walks, few years later after we moved in , I did an automatic drawing inquiring about the patterns of the existing energies.
I think the picture speaks for itself.
The land holds an energetic pattern which in its pure form is like a map to wholeness. Often times these patterns are disturbed or distorted by Electro Magnetic Fields, corrupted Lay Lines , our actions and our emotions.
Hence our adventure in renovating our home became a journey through thresholds of awareness :
We are called to places where lessons unfold so we can grow and heal.
We think we arrived to heal the place to humbly realize the place heals us. Only then we can hear its voice and bring its creative energy in manifestation.
We start remembering who we are as we peel the layers of the place and ours towards the One and Only Light.
Healing of the land comes two fold.
Ancestral Karma is being released off the land and also in our personal story. We learn from a point of observance to read the fine print of the story by releasing judgement.
“it brought the best of us “ my husband said. And it is so indeed because we forgave.
We fall apart and we come together in oneness. We are one with ALL.
Living in a home during construction work is challenging .We survive the chaos through contemplation and connecting to the Earth. Our example is the mountain behind our property.It taught us patience, being present, strength, perseverance.
Finding delight and appreciation in every little thing or circumstance opened our hearts and minds to infinite possibilities.
6. Co creating with the Divine
Learning how to step aside from our ego and draw the creative impulses while holding space for “This or something Greater” with the future in our hearts.
7. Transcending old patterns
This is our seventh year into creating Sanctuary.
It has been a summer of less doing and more reflecting on our achievements integration and releasing.
We are transcending the old patterns of irritation and the land mirrors us showing is ready to embrace the new Light geometries.
.All is well .
My inspiration came from an incredible burning desire to create a sustainable living off the grid. So I started to search different ways to integrate natural building into an existing 1932 ’s structure.
In parallel the pear trees we found as remnants of an old fungus contaminated orchard prompted us to look into Biodynamic farming and Permaculture.
Healing started to unfold . My drawing board was not limited to the structure anymore.It simply bloomed into the garden, naturally .
When the Bees arrived was an exuberant moment and a true demonstration of the word “COEXIST”.
Since that day what others consider weeds (Thistles, Burdock, and Motherwort just as few examples) became an oasis of feeding frenzy not just for the Honey Bees but all the other pollinators.
I measure the health of the land by the number of insects and creatures finding shelter and food on it.
As I am writing this I reflect back into the last seven years and all the lessons . Today we honor the old Pear trees making room for a healthier small orchard in the future. Letting go of the old brings in opportunity for renewal.
Also we are almost half way with the renovations.
It felt as if our home wanted to secure the future (upper level) first, consolidated its core (we lined the chimney and created the space for an wood stove which pushed us to consolidate few beams in the basement and rebuild the stairs.
We closed the porch and build a new foundation underneath it.The arch theme reverberates into the present opening harmoniously our Career Gua (in Feng Shui the dwelling divides in nine zones called Gua) and symbolically the work we Love to do.
A beautiful new door (by Adirondack Naturals www.adknaturals.com) adorns and guards our home blessing equally inhabitants, visitors and passers by.
It is a tiny home and the idea was from the very beginning not to extend its footing but improve the space within . We are living in times when we must ponder what we should take from Nature for our dwellings considering how fragile life is.
Our footprint here is about partnership with the land, beautification as an act of reverence and pouring love in a place we call home hoping it will reverberate out into the world.
What is your footprint?
If there is light in the soul, there will be beauty in the person. If there is beauty in the person, there will be harmony in the house. If there is harmony in the house, there will be order in the nation. If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.
- Chinese Proverb
On the threshold of a New Moon in Cancer I was strolling along the path in my garden when my eyes stopped at the ninety degree turn of our fence. A baby Garter Snake was gazing at me bringing out some messages of transformation, creativity, and shedding limitations.
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As I was gazing back at him I realised I was standing in the creativity area of the garden .
A few minutes later I was looking on the internet to identify the snake when I got an email about my website being born into the world . www.ethericdesigns.com
The joy of synchronicity made my heart smile . So I was to expect a ninety degree turn in my creativity through transformation .
I have been dreaming for my website Etheric Designs for a very long time. And today is manifesting into reality creating new opportunities to express and joyfully share my work.
When we first moved into our home seven years ago all we wanted was to spend time in the garden and the more we have been in the garden we wanted the garden inside .
Nature opened my designer heart into a whole new world: Natural Building/Cob Houses ,Beekeeping, Biodynamic Gardening, Permaculture. It taught me that every place has a creative force waiting to be manifested. And one of our tasks here on Earth is to bring that into the world .
After all , the lessons I have learned from the Bees were sinking deep on my drawing board and paired with my Feng Shui studies turned the page of my imagination into a new passion : Creating a Sanctuary for our Soul .
I wanted to create something that would allow me to walk my talk and inspire others in the process .
A house becomes a home when it is aligned with our dreams and becomes a source of physical, emotional and spiritual strength and support .
In many cultures the home is built as the point of intersection between heaven and earth. Not only did the ancient builders consider both orientation and geomantic placement but they did so with reverence for the Earth and the next generations .
We turned away from the seemingly practical, fast paced methods into a slower process and we took time to evaluate how we communicate with the space, what materials we use and the overall theme .
We replaced the old blown in insulation with the more environmentally friendly denim and mineral batts . On the outside, Natural Lime is slowly replacing the vinyl siding.
In the interior, I could only build some areas with cob but I extended the benefit of clay onto the other walls by applying clay plasters and clay paint made by me from scratch.
The floors were replaced by wide boards of pine treated with a natural vegetal oil .
When the oil-fueled furnace broke down, we replaced it with a wise wood stove which enables us to cook, bake and gaze into the fire while we are working on a hydraulic heating system powered by the sun .
We have been on this journey for a very long time completing the design as our Home nudges us in the right direction .
In the meantime the garden keeps teaching us, reinforcing our view and desire to step fully into a sustainable way of living .
Stop by from time to time and see the progress, get insights and dream with us .
My true happiness lies in the knowing that something I create, discover or learn could open a new perception and courage for someone else to seek different ways to co create with Nature .