Do you ever have one of those days when you’re looking for meaning, for guidance, from somewhere, anywhere, in fact you don’t really know where to look you just hope it falls out of the sky and cascades like a gentle waterfall around your entire being? It’s like a spiritual scavenger hunt! I had one of those days recently. I needed regrouping, grounding and guidance which I can only get when I put my butt on the earth and open my crown to the sky.
I got in the car and drove west with no real destination in mind. While stopping for tea in Fairfax, a small brochure propped against the window waved to me. It was for a metaphysical shop called ‘Spirit Matters’ in Inverness, of course! I said yes to the invitation, acknowledging it as the first guidepost.
Upon arriving at ‘Spirit Matters’ its prayer flags waved me in as the outdoor sculpture garden filled with Quan Yins, mermaids and buddhas sat in high vibratory silence, creating a magical bubble around the grounds. I wandered into the small house painted periwinkle blue, studded with silver abalone shells with every cell in my body saying “Yes, you found it!”
Each nook was an altar filled with crystals, incense made of rosewood and copal, bundles of white sage and feather wands, deities of buddhist, celtic, egyptian and hindu goddesses all graced the interior. In one corner, mala beads of various stones and energies draped languidly over a tree branch. I chose a strand of Labradorite malas. Blue-green stones which offer protection, intuition and opens you to synchronicity. The moment I placed these around my neck, I was wrapped in a deep resonance, as if something had instantly repaired any energy leaking from my body and wrapped me in safe cloak.
So often in our busy lives we externalize ourselves to the point where we can’t hear our own voice. We become disempowered by reactivity. And when we feel empty, depleted, we fall into habit of filling that space with distraction rather than intentions. It’s at that time we need to ground, connect and become more intentional with our time, our energy our reality. Doing so increases our bandwidth in our busy lives, our relationships, our work. It helps us connect with our inner compass and follow our own true north. It helps us to say ‘yes’ to what is truly calling us and release ourselves from empty distractions.
I left the shop renewed and reconnected. But I still needed to sit on earth and absorb the energy from the Point Reyes peninsula. I was then guided to an open space spot with trails winding through pasture land and towards the distant coastline. I’d only gotten about 100 feet before I felt the need to sit by one of the many boulders dotting the land. As I walked up towards these rocks, I noticed stones the color of the sea which seemed to glow from the ground. As I knelt to pick one up, I discovered they were all over the land and coming from the boulders themselves. Serpentine, which has properties of protection, meditation, intuition. Serpentine is also the stone stimulating the heart chakra. It’s no wonder I was guided to sit on land embedded with this vibration. The land held me. Crows cawed overhead and two black calves came closer and sat 50 feet away from me. With my mala beads in hand I chanted om gam ganapataye namaha 108 times to beloved Ganesha to remove all obstacles and free my energy for its higher purpose. Everything around and within me became still. And as I settled deeper into the luxurious quiet, a small voice traveled from a not-so-distant place and through my right ear with the whisper, “Keep saying yes.”