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20 Things You Might Not Know About Me

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Hello Hobbits!

I had some free time last night so I came up with this little list in my quest to let some of you in on who I am a bit more. Now, I will NEVER tell you everything, but I always think it’s good to let people in once in a while, to give you a glimpse on how this Boho Hobbit ticks…Enjoy and feel free to do this yourself!

1.        I am left-handed.

2.        My name was originally supposed to be Brigid.  But the Catholic Nuns changed my birth certificate to represent the Christian version, Bridget  (I was born in a Catholic hospital).  My mom says it was just a simple misunderstanding, but I think it was something bigger.

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3.        My Mom calls me Bird and Bridie.  The rest of my family calls me Bridge.  My dearest friends call me Bee.

4.        I am partially deaf in my left ear.  I found this out about 5 years ago during an audio test.  It’s one of the reasons why I talk so loud.

5.        I have my own online store that is federally regulated.  It is called The Spiral Willow, Inc. It sells mostly metaphysical and spiritual items, as well as online Oracle and Tarot readings by yours truly.

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6.        As many soulmates that I have in this world, including my best friend, sister and husband, I have two kindred souls that I have been blessed with in my life. Kindred Souls are beings who are part of your spiritual circle in the heavenly realms that usually come down during your lifetime to help you with your journey, or you are helping them. These two souls that are truly mirror images of me, and my bond with them is as solid as pure gold.  They are my son, Timmy, and my Godson/Nephew, Brandon.

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7.        I dream about some form of water almost every night.

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8.        Dark Celtic, Gothic, Renaissance and New Age music is the only music that truly soothes my soul.

9.        I believe my Heaven is going to look like Hobbiton of The Shire.

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10.        I am currently obsessed with Indian food.

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11.        I feel my happiest when I am dressing up for Celtic and Renaissance Festivals.

12.      As an Herbalist and a Celtic Shaman, I continuously educate myself on Alternative forms of healing, and am proficient in Aromatherapy, Herbology, and I’ve become rather awesome in making teas, tinctures, oils, salves and lotions to help someone feel better. 

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13.        I have several sacred spaces throughout my house.  We utilize each one almost every day.

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14.        I suffer from the following silent diseases:  Hashimoto’s Disease, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). The symptoms I face on a daily basis are restlessness, anxiety, insomnia, claustrophobia, severe migraines, chronic muscle and joint pain, and occasional depression.  It can be hurtful when people make assumptions about me, and there is nothing I can really do, because I don’t PHYSICALLY show my diseases.  The people that know me best always tell me they can actually see the pain I might be having at the moment by looking into my eyes.

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15.        My cubicle at works looks like an urban jungle.  I have 6 plants and a small tree housed there.  I get a LOT of visitors during the day.

16.        I can get happily lost when playing Lord of the Rings Online.

17.        I would get actually depressed when PBS wasn’t showing their weekly Saturday Night Britcoms that I went out and bought a couple series worth of shows in case we need something to watch Saturday nights when they aren’t running.  

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18.        Scott and I are seriously considering moving to Scotland, Ireland or Florida when we retire.  This is not a fleeting thought.  We are seriously considering it.

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19.        May and November are my two favorite months out of the year.  May because life is blooming and the joy I feel with all the smells and sights.  November because everything has passed on and there is an eerie stillness to the Earth that is incredibly comforting to me.

20.        I prefer the beach during the off season rather during the summer months.

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50 Things I LOVE!

Hi everyone!

Well, we didn’t get the house.  So, we are still searching.  But in the meantime, here’s a little fun reading of 50 things I love.  It wasn’t enough, but it would have become obnoxious if I allowed it to go past 50!  Thank you to my friend Melissa/Raven who brought this over on Facebook!  Here it goes!

50 Things I Love

  1. Gardening – I love getting my hands dirty and digging into the dirt and planting things.
  2. New Age/World/Earth Spirituality Music – Spiral Dancing, Native American Healing Music, Enya, Lisa Thiel, SJ Tucker, Dead Can Dance, Clannad, Blackmore’s Night just to name a few…
  3. Kratom – This little miracle tree has basically saved my life.
  4. The smell of Springtime in the air
  5. Campfires
  6. Chocolate Fudge
  7. Sitting on the Beach in the late Autumn
  8. Early December sunsets
  9. Celebrating the Seasons
  10. Impressionstic Artists – Edgar Degas, Vincent Van Gogh, Monet, just to name a few
  11. Everything Jane Austen ever wrote
  12. Every Jane Austen book that was put into a movie
  13. Everything that is Tolkien. Like everything.
  14. Going to sleep with my window fan on a coolish evening.
  15. Anything of a Celtic nature
  16. Anything of a Native American nature
  17. Crystals
  18. Oracle/Tarot decks.
  19. The Rosary. And everything that is the Virgin Mary.
  20. Strong and empowered women like Brighid, Hecate, Persephone, Diana, and Mary Magdelene.
  21. Jesus
  22. Moscato Wine
  23. Willow Trees
  24. Dream Catchers
  25. Playing Video games with my friends online (you know who you are!)
  26. Painting
  27. Early Autumn Days that are filled with rain and cloudy skies, so I can light candles and watch holiday movies.
  28. Halloween/Samhain
  29. Being a Wild Woman and empowering my Divine Feminine Self
  30. Yoni Eggs
  31. Being Healthy and learning about things to keep me healthy
  32. NOT being on medicine!
  33. British Comedies on PBS
  34. Collecting Tea Kettles
  35. Chocolate Fudge
  36. I love ALL animals.
  37. The feeling of getting off the parkway on the exit to the beach. It’s like all my worries go away
  38. Dreaming of making my life better
  39. Making my own incense
  40. Fuzzy socks on a cold night
  41. Folk Music
  42. Fairy, Celtic, Music and Renaissance Festivals
  43. Going to the Spa for the day
  44. Twinkle lights everywhere I can put them
  45. Lemonade Iced Tea
  46. Hammocks
  47. Thanksgiving
  48. Wearing dreadlocks in my hair.
  49. Pickles
  50. Putting my feet into the grass

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Keep On Keeping On….

wayne_dyer_peace_quote-251358About 20 minutes ago I wrote up a 1000 word blog on what’s going on with me.  Yeah, I won’t be posting that.  As many of you know, I take an herbal supplement along with my Juice Plus called Kratom.  A native relative of the coffee plant, Kratom comes from the jungles of Southeast Asia and has medicinal properties like no other.  For anyone with an addictive personality (like myself), I have found Kratom to be a lifesaver.  This winter has me battling a depression far worse than previous years.  What is does to my body on a physical level is so bad, I wonder how I get out of bed each day.  My entire body is cracked and dry, no matter how much oil, lotion, you name it, that I put on it.  It doesn’t work.  I have been dealing with a headache for 3 months straight now.  Signs point to my thyroid and gluten allergy, but hey, it’s not that I didn’t know this. Kratom helps me with depression, and Juice Plus helps out everywhere else.  However, since this cold weather really kicked us in the face this season, it seems NOTHING is working, no matter how much I take.  I was in the middle of taking my Kratom when I wrote the post that no one will ever see, dear God it was so depressing!  That’s how bad it has been recently.  Sigh….

But, the Kratom HAS kicked in and I am feeling slightly better.  It makes me so happy to see more people trying this miracle plant.  It has helped people off so many prescription and street drugs. And it almost has become a vocation for me to reach out to those who need it.  Quite a few people now order it at work, and my fiance’s best friend will be trying it this week.  It makes getting through this winter so much more worthwhile.  And I need to keep it in my head, that in 30 days, this weather will most likely be gone.  Crocuses will be blossoming, and tiny buds from hyacinths, daffodils and tulips will be making their way to the surface.  Mother Earth is waking up, and I know it is so important to remember that right now, instead of complaining of what’s happening right now.  My sweet friends up North, Lisa, Stephanie, Pixie, Bren, and Heather are all dealing with the continuous bad weather those states have been getting the last couple weeks.  My heart goes out to you all, and know I am holding you close to my heart that Spring will be coming sooner than later.

Today also marks our official 60 day mark until our wedding!  For those who haven’t seen our website, please check it out!

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My sweet friends have decided to throw me a bridal shower on Saturday, March 14, and I look forward to being able to spend it with my family and friends. (sad to know my one sister cannot attend, but life is crazy these days, so I hope she knows I will miss her there.)

Needless to say, as I continue typing, the general happiness is coming back into my body.  Thank you Kratom for helping me with this.  Please let me know if anyone wants to know more about this plant.

I have decided to give up the good fight on the rumors that were circulating around a couple weeks ago that I don’t believe in Jesus.  It’s been a rough couple weeks but I am truly hanging in there. I will continue to pray for those people and just continue to live on.  Yesterday I was at Earthspeak in Kimberton, and bought these beautiful pictures of Jesus and St. Germain, my two teachers.  Jesus is out in the living room and St. Germain is in my bedroom.  Maybe this week I will post pictures of my sacred spaces throughout my home.  I hope they bring you the kind of peace they bring me.

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Also, I have been lax on the 44 days of Spirit.  Forgive me.  I know many of you have emailed me asking if I forgot about it, and my answer is this:  No, I promise I will continue, just got thrown off the ramp a bit from that rumor.  It’s hard to keep a smile on your face when your name is being spoken in a negative manner.  But I promise, I will continue that series.  So much I want to share with you all.

In the end, I just wanted to thank you guys for sticking by me these last couple weeks while I sort my emotions out.  I see a bright light at the end of the tunnel, so I am looking forward to continuing my journey.

And as my amazing and wonderful Super-Aunt Kathy told me, “Be 100% there.”  Well, that’s a promise I know I will keep.

Love, Light and Ooey-Gooey Happiness,

Bridget

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And the Drama Continues…

Earlier today I got some disturbing news that was so insulting I ended up spewing it over to Facebook. I usually don’t like doing that, but I had to, because it is where the majority of my followers are, and there is a great possibility that the person creating the drama is on there.

Let me be clear, because this is going to be a short post: We are not the same people we were ten years ago, twenty years ago, and thirty years ago. I am NOT the same person I was when I was little. I am NOT the same person I was five years ago.

But there is one thing that has NEVER changed: My love for God. Don’t involve my family who have tried in such earnest to accept my beliefs and understand and respect me. Don’t change my family’s dynamic because you have a problem with me. It’s unnecessary. And it’s hurtful.

And sorry to say it, but Jesus is very disappointed right now in the hate in this world. I, for one, am not going to take part in that hate, and follow the very teachings Jesus taught me as a child. I believe in the magic of life – and that DOES include Jesus.  One doesn’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand that. It’s called having a conscience. And the person who decided to use my blog as a means to promote this falsehood is going to be in for a serious wake-up call.

I honestly don’t know where you are trying to prove that I don’t believe in Jesus.  Please, peruse my blog.  I can assure you, nothing says that I don’t believe in Him.

It’s times like this I wish I wasn’t so sensitive and could block this out.  But then again, I was made like this, and I am proud of how God created me.

Continuing to pray for the absent-minded.  Be blessed and Be well. ❤

Day 4 of Spirit: Thoughts On The Afterlife?

heaven2I am actually skipping around the 44 questions, and somewhat making them into my own…But I really love this subject and I couldn’t wait to talk about it. 

What many people don’t know is that I am a writer.  I have been writing since I was an early teenager, giving my respect to my 8th Grade English teacher, Mr. Richard Halsey, for starting me on journaling.  He is the very one that got me interested in writing, and I haven’t stopped.  That was almost 30 years ago. 

Looking back on my old work, like any writer, I have had “eras”.  2004 was the beginning of my Afterlife Era.  From poetry that discussed angels, fairies, God, Creation, the Earth, Heaven…I have been fascinated with the Afterlife and the Universe within the very Universe we are living in.  What say you?  Did I just say Heaven is really here on Earth, but we just can’t see it because it’s within a parallel universe?  Hahaha well you are correct.  It’s been a vision of mine since I was a little girl.  Actually, this is the first time I’m am ever going to discuss this.  I have written my experiences in my journal and currently taking my personal visions and putting them into a novel I have been working on the last 3 years. 

When I was little, probably around 7 years old, I had a dream, or vision.  Quite honestly, it was so long ago I can’t remember, but I do remember how REAL it felt.  I was in this magical looking place.  There was a waterfall in front of me; the water itself was so iridescent it shimmered.  I was standing on a patch of land with the greenest of green grass, so lush and soft, like a furry blanket.  I took a seat over by a tree, when all of a sudden, this beautiful white being came to me.  It looked like a horse, but the horse was so white I originally thought it was an angel.  But this horse had something I had never seen before.  It had a beautiful horn pointed out of its head, glistening so bright I thought it was some sort of light bulb.  It came over to me, knelt down and sat down beside me.  That’s all I remember.  But I do know that was when I became obsessed with Unicorns.  As a child, I had to have everything with a Unicorn.  In fact, I still have a ring my Godmother gave me, a silver ring of a Unicorn, with pure turquoise on the body of it.  I had a Unicorn blanket, and a Unicorn puzzle, a movie, and a necklace.  To this day, I am still fascinated with this beautiful being.  Looking back, I question whether or not I drifted into the afterlife.  Some people would call this “Astral Traveling”. 

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After years of research, studying and practice, I have learned to Astral Travel.  Granted, I really can’t get past my own living room, but I’m getting better each day.  Going back to my thoughts on the Afterlife, I get glimpses through dreams, visions, pictures, and overall signs showing me that the Afterlife is closer than we really think.  So, I started writing a novel about my experiences, and put them into a Fictional story of a woman’s journey through the Afterlife.  Maybe one day I will have it published. 

So, what do I believe?  Is there a Heaven?  Yes.  There is a Heaven.  In fact, there are many Heavens.  Based on the how we are here on this Earth, during this life, will determine which Heaven we will go to.  Some people are more “experienced” in their past lives, and therefore get a little closer to our Creator each time.  Some of us our young souls, starting out in physical bodies.  And each life we live on this Planet, or let’s face it, whatever Planet we choose (we’ll discuss that on another blog), our goals are to learn the lessons our souls are meant to learn.  We make this conscious decisions before coming into a new life, with the guidance of our Guardian Angels.  Our Guardian Angels are not just here for our physical lives.  Our Guardian Angels are here for us from the beginning of our souls’ journey.  And I believe we have more than 1 Guardian Angel.  Since I was younger up to present day, I close my eyes every night and picture myself running to a bench under a tree to meet Jesus to talk about my day.  And every time I get there, he is already sitting there, and we go through the same old joke that I could never beat him there. 

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A couple months ago, I watched a Brazilian movie called “Nosso Lar”, or in English, “Astral City: A Spiritual Journey”.   It is an amazing telling story of Andre Luiz, a doctor who passes away from Earth and journals his experiences in the Afterlife.  This movie is based on the actual events that Andre Luis channeled through famed Spiritualist, Francisco Cândido Xavier.  If you are interested in seeing the movie, please send me an email and I will send you a link.

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So, the next question is…Do I believe in Hell?  Well, here’s the thing:  When I was younger, I believed in it because I was told to believe in it.  As an adult, I refused to believe in Hell, because I couldn’t imagine this loving God to create us, only to punish us for not doing the right things on Earth.  But then I watched this movie, and read up on Dr. Luiz.  And even now, I really don’t think there is a “Hell”, per se, but I do believe there is a place for those who are not ready to come home to Heaven, whose prideful egos passed along with their souls, and cannot find their way to the Summerlands.  I believe it is a desolate place, where our souls have been, and it is the true and final test of our love and faith in our Creator.  Some people could be there for eons.  Some people only minutes.  But I don’t believe God puts up this gate showing we cannot come home.  I think it is our souls’ doing to make that happen.  It is our choice to continue to feel sorry for our losses, ergo not giving us the opportunity to finally heal and go home.   

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In the end, I believe there are magical places that we cannot see, but our hearts and souls can certainly feel.  And God gives us this beautiful planet to live on to at least give us some opportunity to have a Heaven on Earth.  I believe Heaven is much like Earth.  But brighter, calmer, and more beautiful.  And it is certainly where our dreams come true. 

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We are given every opportunity to live like the souls do in Heaven.  But our physical bodies, along with our minds, keep many of us from this existence.  That’s why I post so many inspirational messages.  Because my heart hurts for many things, but I also know my pride is never that important than my love for my life, and the people who are in it.  And all I want to do is go home one day, and live my happily ever after in Heaven.

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Day 3 of Spirit – The Elements: What is your favorite picture of WATER?

earth-air-fire-water-spirit-wheelWell, I have to be honest, this was a tough question.  These types of questions really can be answered by reflecting on the mood I am currently in.  So, although I have about a dozen amazing water pictures, my current state of mind is this one:

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Maybe it’s because it’s 9 degrees outside, with 4 inches of snow on the ground.  And my body, mind and soul is longing for warm sunshine, the smell of the ocean breeze, the feel of the spray on my face, and the sound of the quiet waves rolling in on the tide.  But as I sit here typing this while looking at this beauty of a scene, I know that right now I am unable to have that except in my mind.  And I guess that’s going to have to do at the moment.  Maybe it has something to do with my current emotions.  I found out that my spiritual path is still the topic of discussion among people and quite frankly, I don’t understand what the fuss is all about.  Why is it so wrong to have my own personal relationship with God without all the rules and regulations?  Why can’t I just have a loving and reciprocating relationship with my Creator without having to bow down to the earthly beings that want to put fear into my relationship with God?  Why is my life such a focus for other people’s gossip?  So, maybe the ocean would be the perfect water picture for me right now.  Rolling on the ebb and tide of the emotional waves, trying to figure out why I am being constantly pulled back and forth.  Sooner or later, you pull too much, and a tidal wave will ensue.  The disastrous effects tidal waves have are astounding.  People’s emotions are just like that.  When you try to make someone do something that isn’t in their best interest, sooner or later, that person will eventually break. 

I look upon this picture as a reflection of WHO I want to be right now.  Soft, quieter, sparkling, and most of all…pure.  I look to my relationship with God like the shore looks out onto the sun on the horizon.  The bright light at the end of the tunnel where we all want to be.  Tidal waves are to be feared.  Powerful waves, like tidal waves are looked upon in fear.  And so many people live their lives like that.  And in the end, eventually, you will break.  You will snap, and reap a disastrous amount of death and chaos on everyone in your path.  That is who I DON’T want to be.  So, if it means peacefully moving those very people out of the way so I can calmly continue to be the soft and quiet wave each day, then I guess right now at this moment, this picture is the very essence of me, and who I strive to be each day. 

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~ Bridget

Web Series – Day 2 of Spirit – What is your favorite myth/story/folklore?

Fantasy__038816_Well, this is quite an easy question.  The story told by J. R. R. Tolkien, the one so many of us know from the movies, is my favorite by far.  The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings is by far my most favorite story of all time.  For me, it represents life itself.  We have the good people, broken down into many facets:  The prideful ones, the hard working ones, the peaceful ones, etc….We have the bad people, the ones bred with no conscious, the ones manipulated by the seduction of power.  And then, my personal favorite, the innocent ones.  These are the ones that live their life by LIVING their life:  Through working hard, and enjoying the benefits of their hard work.  The Hobbits are my favorite beings in the world.  The live in an eternal spring, surrounded by lush forests, flowers, farms, animals, lakes and rivers, with beautiful skies by day, and partying under the skies at night.  They eat, drink, and overall just be HAPPY.  Sure, could they be called gluttons?  Yes. But I would never see it that way.  The Hobbits clearly love who they are and enjoy every moment of their day.  They live to celebrate.  And that is why so many people feel the Hobbits are the most enduring creatures of the fictional world. 

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But really, are they fictional?  Do they HAVE to be fictional?  I look upon the bohemians of today, the hippies of the new world, and see they don’t live far too from the way the Hobbits live.  Bare feet, comfy clothes, relaxing and taking in the beauty of the world, instead of fighting against those who want to see it barren. 

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I believe we are all on a journey.  When we signed up for this life, we had purposes we have to fulfil.  Whether it is to help to fight in taking down the powerful, or protecting the innocent, to those who inspire and become muses for others by showing how we CAN live in a peaceful place.  I found that is where I belong.  I decorate my house with colorful and spiritual décor, having no qualms whatsoever on what matches.  Honestly I don’t care.  So what if I have a beautiful winter picture hanging up next to my Spring flowers?  Or displaying candle holders without candles in them!  The truth is, I was raised to fight for what I want.  And yes, I will continue to do so.  But that is not what my life is fully about.  My life is about celebration, about being quiet when no one is around, about cooking and baking and sharing in my happiness.  My poor soles of my feet are so worn from how tough they are from walking barefoot most of my life.  I wear peasant skirts and scarves, funky hats and jewelry.  I love creating things for people and planting food I will eat at the table.  I love to be surrounded by wildflowers and unmanicured gardens that don’t have a care in the world.  I learned about this lifestyle from the very story that Professor Tolkien told.

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It’s who I am and I look forward to growing old being merry and eating 2nd breakfasts and having tea time.  I am the Bohemian Hobbit and I thank J. R. R. Tolkien’s story for helping me find the life I want to lead.