All Things Alchemical: Finding Treasure and Inspiration in Your Life
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MAY 2015

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, 

The month of May deepens my awareness of the renewal process Mother Earth gifts us by the ever-changing and shifting of her presence in our daily lives - the blossoming of dormant nature into the divine. 
This winter I had the privilege of participating in ceremony for a week with don Oscar Miro-Quesada and my beautiful fellow Pachakuti Mesa Carriers, my beloved tribe. Each day was filled with celebration and honor as we participated in an integrative flow of the ancestral creation story, myth, legend, ceremonial reverence, and cross-cultural shamanic self-awakening. This particular year of study was guaranteed to sustainably empower an evolutionary ‘Shift’ on both personal and planetary levels of Being. It was to be a co-creative process to re-Member.
After 10 plus years of dedicating my life to ancient rituals and wisdom teachings as a shaman, I once again found myself having an experience of being profoundly and prophetically shifted. Indeed my experience that week continues to be an awakening like nature in springtime. What remained dormant for many seasons of my life is blossoming, and I am becoming aware of yet a deeper sense of my truth. We never cease to be invited into discovering what lies in the deeper crevices of our soul that yearns to sprout life.
The teachings of shamanism are ancient wisdom principals and traditions handed down by our ancestors that I love to share with people. The Universal Shaman, taught by don Oscar, is an evolutionary path of healing Grace for the world - a most beautiful way to honor our shared Mother Earth. If you are curious and want to learn more about this path read more

May you never cease to discover your truth!

Peace and love to you!


Mother (Matriarch, Mother Nature, Parent)

The Mother is the life-giver, the source of nurturing and nourishment, unconditional fountain of love, patience, devotion, caring, and unselfish acts. This archetype is the keeper and protector of life, from children to the family to (in the greater Mother Nature archetype) the earth and all life. Mother Nature, also known as Gaia, is the Goddess of Life, the caretaker of the living environment of this planet. She is recognized as powerful, and when storms leave death and destruction in their wake, she may be referred to as wrathful. The power of compassion and the endless capacity to forgive her children and put them before herself are essential to the Good Mother.  The Devouring, Abusive, Abandoning, and Working Mother each represent different aspects of this primal archetype within the entire human community.
Although Mothers have always worked, the contemporary archetype of the Career or Working Mother reflects the crises experience by many women who seek also to be Devoted Mothers. Measured against the impossible mythic ideal of the Perfect Mother, the Career Mom is sometimes assumed unfairly to be a mother who puts her own needs before those of the children. This is an archetypal crisis for many women.
The Devouring Mother “consumes” her children psychologically and emotionally and often instills in them feelings of guilt at leaving her or becoming independent. The Abusive and Abandoning Mothers violate natural law by harming their own young.
Connections to the Mother archetype are not to be measured only by whether a woman is a biological mother. If you are intimately connected to nurturing and protecting the environment, including gardening or farming or supporting any life form, you should strongly consider whether your bond to Mother Nature is part of a lifelong devotion that defines you. You may also recognize a strong bond to the Mother archetype in the form of one or all her shadows. While it is difficult to admit, some women may have to face the fact that their children see them through the shadow aspects of the Mother, including the Abusive or Abandoning Mother.
Just as women can have a real connection to the Father archetype when they take on the paternal role in the household, so some men may relate to being “Mr Mom”  yet another contemporary sculpting of the Mother archetype. The qualities that are associated with this archetype can be expressed in other than biological ways, such as giving birth to books or ideas or by nurturing others.
Films: Irene Dunne in I Remember Mama; Myrna Loy in Cheaper by the Dozen and Belles on Their Toes; Sophie Loren in Two Women; Sally Field in Places in the Heart; Anne Bancroft in The Pumpkin Eater; Rosalind Russell in Gypsy (devouring); Katherine Hepburn in Suddenly Last Summer (shadow); Faye Dunaway in Mommie Dearest (shadow); Angela Lansbury in The Manchurian Candidate (shadow); Gladys Cooper in Now Voyager (shadow); Alberta Watson in Spanking the Monkey (incestuous).
Dramas: Mother Courage by Bertolt Brecht; Medea by Euripides; The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams.
Religion/Myths: As with Gods, Goddesses, and Mystics, the Mother appears in all religious traditions and myth, usually as the Divine Mother, These are just a few examples: Lakshmi, Durga, and Kali (Hinduism); Mary/Miryam (Christianity/Islam); Sarai and Naomi (Judaism); Cybele (fertility goddess of ancient Antolia, also known as the Great Mother); Demeter (Greek myth); Isis (Egyptian myth); Tellus (Roman Mother Earth goddess); Cihuacoatl (Aztec Mother Earth goddess, also patron of birth and of women who die in childbirth).
Fairy Tales: Mother Goose, Mother Hubbard

Myss, Caroline.  Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential.  New York: Three Rivers
Press, 2002, 2003. 366. Print.


What Is Your Body Language Telling People?
Contributed by Anne Barton

We can't ignore the interconnectedness of our body, mind and spirit.  Each contributes to the whole of our existence. We often are aware of our emotions in a particular part of our body.  A nervous stomach, anxious tightness in the chest, fear in the throat, choking our ability to speak. And science is proving what many have 'known' for centuries, that our mind and thoughts affect our physical health (in negative and positive ways), and our connection to spirit can heal us.
Here's an interesting and popular TED Talk about how body language affects how others see us. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy suggests that body language can even affect how we see ourselves.  She shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.

Find the link here.

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9 Reasons To Eat Chaga Mushrooms

Chaga mushrooms? What are they? Indeed I have read about them for a long time, but because I never came across them in the co-op or any other store, they have been off my radar until I came in contact with a trusted organic harvester of this food gem. It is truly a magical mushroom that is worth every penny for its weight. I drink it as a brewed tea. Click here to read 9 health benefits of this mushroom and to read “The Healing Powers of Wild Chaga: An Interview with Cass Ingram, MD.” You also are provided a link to order direct from the harvester.

9 health benefits of the Chaga Mushroom
1. Chaga mushrooms, when consumed on a regular basis in the form of tea or powder, can slow aging, improve health, and provide anti-aging benefits. It helps to boost the immune system, promote longevity, preserve youth, and it may be regarded as that elusive fountain of youth.
2. Various studies and research have found that consumption of Chaga mushrooms offers protection against damage of an oxidative kind to the human lymphocytes DNA.
3. Because of immuno stimulation and betulinic acid and cells, Chaga mushrooms also fight against cancerous growths and cancer cells.
4. It can help to heal injuries and rashes when applied on skin.
5. Since the 16th century, ancient eastern Europeans have been using Chaga mushrooms to treat gastritis, tuberculosis, ulcers, and cancers of different kinds and to promote general health.
6. It can repair damaged DNA by producing interferons, and it can also inhibit oxidation caused by free radicals. It can decrease hypoxia in organisms and maximize the stability of the body. The metabolic functions of the cell are rectified as well through consumption of Chaga mushrooms.
7. Chaga mushrooms provide an anti-inflammatory effect, stimulate metabolism in brain tissues, and boost life energy or chi.
8. It can effectively help rid of kidney stones.
9. It also helps to combat hormonal imbalance, HIV, diabetes, and immune deficiencies.

For more information and to place an order, contact Greg Souther by email at

Read the  interview here. 


Mother Nature
by Emily Dickinson

Nature, the gentlest mother,
Impatient of no child,
The feeblest or the waywardest, —
Her admonition mild
In forest and the hill
By traveller is heard,
Restraining rampant squirrel
Or too impetuous bird.
How fair her conversation,
A summer afternoon, —
Her household, her assembly;
And when the sun goes down
Her voice among the aisles
Incites the timid prayer
Of the minutest cricket,
The most unworthy flower.
When all the children sleep
She turns as long away
As will suffice to light her lamps;
Then, bending from the sky
With infinite affection
And infiniter care,
Her golden finger on her lip,
Wills silence everywhere.

My Favorites

Take a peek into a few of my current favorite places, reads, and workouts. 

A Place To Frequent 
Spring is an exciting time to get back in the routine of checking out your local Farmers Market. I enjoy the flowers, spring produce and the yummy jams and honey that seem to of been tended to with loving care over the winter. Click here to find your local market. Or for my fellow Minnesotans, click here

Good Read
One of my favorite books that sits on my end table to read each day is written by my beautiful mentor, guide, and teacher Sonia Choquette. I have sent it to many people as a gift and recently I received a couple emails from people saying that it remains to be a cherished go to each morning.  Click here to order.

Body Shaping
When I was introduced to this form of movement, I fell in love with the ease and gentlenss of it. I remember doing something very similar this over 25 years ago called Callenetics, a small movement that feels like you are not doing a thing, but you feel whatever you did, literally kicks your butt 2 days later. It is, in my opinion a great option to yoga. NPR has featured it for a very long time in their listing. You can look in your local listing for the time it may be viewable for you or to learn more click here.
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