All Things Alchemical: Finding Treasure and Inspiration in Your Life
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SEPTEMBER 2016
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All Things Alchemical is the monthly E-newsletter of personal transformation for those seeking grace and clarity. Enjoy discoveries centered on health, spirit, purpose, archetypes, symbology and artistic expression that will guide you dancing through life.

Note From Kendra

 

Dear Friends,

Not long ago I received a phone call from a dear friend who just finished a book, Resisting Happiness and there was a chapter in the book that reminded him of me, so I was naturally curious because I feel happy. I ordered the book a few days later, read it and loved it and ordered 5 more copies to share. It also inspired me to finally name a project I have been working on for a while, The Millennial Happiness Project. The light bulb came on bright as ever.
 
The book is beautifully written by Matthew Kelly, an accomplished New York Times best-selling author and he nailed my perspective on life. I have worked with hundreds of people through the years and every now and then I come across someone who is so stoically resistant to being happy (I actually really believe this theory) that I let them have their unhappiness with a prayer and blessing that they will awaken to this notion at some point that they can choose differently for their lives. 
 
What’s the book about? Well, it’s about how and why we choose many times to resist being happy. How we overwhelm, procrastinate, ignore our dreams and pretend that all is ok when clearly it isn’t, and some day magically we will wake up and things are better.
 
Guess what? That is the fairytale Walt Disney created for us. The reality is we need to wake up every day and choose to break through resistance of not wanting to do something that we know is good for us.
 
We live moments where we can choose a thought, action or words to speak that can set our compass to lead to happiness. Why would you want to resist such a gift when life is so short? And for those who do invite in and choose happiness – thank you!

With love and blessings for you,

Archetype

Queen
(Empress) 

Besides having a rulership position in a court, the Queen represents power and authority in all women. Symbolically, her court can be anything from a corporation to her home. The image of the Dark or Evil Queen has been largely represented by male authors of fairy tales and folklore as a wicked force. She may also be depicted as prone to hysteria and dark powers, influences, or plots, as in the story of Snow White. Gulliver’s Travels presents a benevolent Queen who rules the Land of the Giants, but that is a rare exception.
 
The Queen archetype is also associated with arrogance and a defensive posture that is symbolic of a need to protect one’s personal and emotional power. Queens are rarely portrayed as having a trustworthy support system; instead, they are lonely figures surrounded by a court filled with potential traitors, rivals, and back-stabbers.  Women who have identified themselves as Queens in my workshops tend to have these qualities in common, suggesting that were it not for their aggressive personality characteristics, they would be vulnerable to others’ control.
 
Challenges related to control, personal authority, and leadership play a primary role in forming the lessons of personal development that are inherent to this archetype. The benevolent Queen uses her authority to protect those in her court and sees her own empowerment enhanced by her relationships and experience. The shadow Queen can slip into aggressive and destructive patterns of behavior, particularly when she perceives that her authority or capacity to maintain control over the court is being challenged. The Ice Queen rules with a cold indifference to the genuine needs of others-whether material or emotional. The Queen Bee is a mixed image-she has the astonishing ability to power the entire hive without leaving her “chamber,” yet at the cost of enslaving the rest of her community.
 
Films: Joan Crawford in Queen Bee; Marlene Dietrich as Catherine the Great in The Scarlet Empress; Geraldine Chaplin in The Three Musketeers; Greta Garbo in Queen Cristina; Judi Densch in Shakespeare in Love; Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth.
 
Drama: Antony and Cleopatra by Shakespeare.
 
Religion/Myth: Mary (Mother of Jesus; later elevated in Catholic tradition to Queen of Heaven); Mab (Queen of the faeries and often a trickster who steals babies, possibly derived from the Welsh Mabb or Gaelic Maeve); Anatu (Mesopotamian queen of the sky); Antiope (in Greek myth, the queen of the Amazons); Marisha-Ten (Japanese queen of Heaven); Guinevere (King Arthur’s Queen).
 
Fairy Tale: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (shadow). 

Myss, Caroline.  Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential.  New York: Three Rivers Press, 2002, 2003. 408. Print.

Symbology

ORIOLE
Contributed by Mary Guthrie.

I have always been intrigued by the Oriole because of its elusive nature.  It is rare and exciting to see that flash of orange flying by.  However, in the last year I have come to know the Oriole up close, watching it feed out of Kendra’s office window.  I am sure the Oriole’s attraction to Kendra’s is because of the fairies and elves that live with her!  That is just one of the many things I learned about this intriguing bird.
To learn more about the Oriole, continue reading excerpts from Animal Speak.
 
Keynote: The Weaving of New Sunshine
Cycle of Power: Summer
 
This beautiful yellow/orange and black bird is considered the first sign of summer in many northern areas. The name of this bird comes from the word aureolus which means “little golden one” in Latin. This reflects its keynote symbolism.
 
Whenever the oriole shows up, look for sunshine to show up within a two week period. This may occur in any area of your life. Doing prayers and meditations with the oriole in connection to any project will help it to work out or move forward wonderfully within a two week period.
 
Look for positive changes or even new sunshine in the area of relationships. It also reflects that the bird is a harbinger of positive energy, blessing unions.
 
As mentioned in conjunction with several other birds, the colors of orange/yellow and black are colors associated with nature spirits in traditional metaphysics. Specifically, they are colors of the archangel Auriel who oversees all nature spirit activity upon the planet. The oriole can open doorways to positive relationships with all members of the nature realm.
 
The presence of an oriole or its nest in your home environment often indicates that the fairies and elves have drawn close or even moved into your home.
 
The oriole is a weaver. Its nests are intricately woven, and it reflects an increasing ability to weave your life along new lines-ones that bring greater joy.
 
The oriole will help you to weave new sunshine into any area of life you desire. It will help you to rediscover your own inner child and a renewed sense of joy in life.


Animal Speak: The Spiritual and Magical Powers of Creatures Great and Small by Ted Andrews © 2002 Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. 2143 Wooddale Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125.  All rights reserved, used by permission.

Health

10 Tips for Healthy Restaurant Dinning
Written by Amy Myers, MD
  1. Read the menu beforehand. It pays to do some work in advance, especially if it’s a new restaurant and you’re going out to eat with friends who are not following a similar diet. I don’t like to call attention to myself, so I’ll look up the menu online ahead of time. If I can’t find something, I’ll call the restaurant, let them know what I can and can’t eat, and work with them to put together a meal. That way, I already know my options, and I don’t have to stress.
  2. Ask for a gluten-free menu. As more and more people adopt a gluten-free diet, special requests are becoming increasingly common. Many restaurants offer gluten-free menus. Don’t be embarrassed to ask the waiter about ingredients or food preparation—remember, you are a customer, and they’re there to serve you. Be straightforward—the staff need to know if you are avoiding a particular ingredient.
  3. Be polite. A please and thank you will go a long way. People are much more willing to accommodate you if you are patient, appreciative, and polite.
  4. Make your own salad dressing. Salads are a great option at restaurants, because it’s usually fairly easy to add or leave off ingredients. Salad dressing can be problematic, especially if it isn’t made in-house. It could contain ingredients you may be avoiding (like vinegar, sugar, or gluten). I make my own salad dressing out of olive oil and lemon juice, or a mashed up avocado. Most restaurants have lemon slices for water and tea and will happily give you some on the side.
  5. Ask for a vegetable side dish. Substitute steamed broccoli or other season vegetables for the potato- or grain-based side dish.
  6. Avoid all sauces. Sauces are where butter, flour, sugar, and soy sauce (which contains gluten) are often hidden, so you’re better off avoiding them all together. Some of my favorite options are plain broiled fish, chicken, or steak with olive oil instead of butter. Check out this list of 10 Unexpected Places Gluten Lurks, and the “Troublesome Twenty” ingredients that contain gluten.
  7. Ask how meats are marinated. Marinades often contain soy sauce, tomato-based ingredients, and spices like paprika and cayenne. Make sure the meat you’re ordering hasn’t been treated with a marinade prior to cooking.
  8. For sautéed foods, ask for olive oil in place of butter. Remind them that you are eating gluten-free, since some restaurants add flour to sautéed foods for texture.
  9. Avoid deep-fried food. Foods that are prepared in a deep-fryer can be cross-contaminated if they share the equipment with French fries or battered chicken. Occasionally, you might want to enjoy some sweet potato fries or fried brussels sprouts—just make sure that the restaurant doesn’t prepare gluten-containing ingredients in the same oil.
Be creative! Most restaurants are happy to accommodate a simple request for a plain, grilled piece of fish or chicken or a small steak with steamed, grilled, or sautéed veggies on the side.

Inspiration

From TUT- A Note From the Universe


Every single minute of every single day, they're there, .

They may be hidden behind circumstances, people, or light poles. Challenges, closed doors, or lost keys. Camouflaged, dovetailed, or whispering. Purring, kissing, or hissing. But more often than not they're lying about in the open, under a clear blue sky, in plain view. Absolutely. Guaranteed. You'd throttle me otherwise. 

10,000 reasons to be happy. 

Jumanji, baby-
      The Universe

My Favorites

Take a peek into my current products, movies, and music.

 
Skin Deep
Beauty Counter is a company that continues to lobby congress to remove all harmful chemicals from our skincare lines. They create products that have only natural and safe ingredients in them, so much so a baby can eat the products! They are EWG approved and for 6 weeks only, they are in Target stores as an end cap pop-up. Click here to see more.

Movie Night
Being a foodie, I found this docu-series that features chefs from all over the world a lot of fun to watch. It takes cooking to a level of artistic expression that is admirable. Click here to watch.

Easy Listening
After spending weekends with my Father over the summer listening to his favorite Pandora Radio station - Adele Radio, I thought you may enjoy a listen as well.

Upcoming Events

A Day With Your Destiny

It's back! I am opening up a few spots this fall for you to have this incredible experience. Details coming soon.

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