Wednesday, February 20, 2013

2/19/13 - Deep gratitude to Ojai and my new Ojai friends and connections who have graciously welcomed me, opening their homes and establishments, offering comfort, warmth and gracious hospitality ~

*** THANK YOU ***

Lyn, Ebn, Robert, Rose
Lynne & Helen
Dances of Universal Peace
Monday night meditation
Matilija Canyon & Hotsprings
Ojai Foundation
Rainbow Bridge
Bohemia Cafe
Relaxation Station
Bart's Books
Symphony of Light
Deb's John of God Crystal Healing Session
Joyce Huntington's amazing art
Full of Beans
Meditation Mount
Beatrice Wood Art Center
Sacred Space
Medicine Dance
Alpaca Farm
my fabulous new dental office 
Ventura Beach
              and oh so much more to be explored.....

I don't leave until tomorrow and already I'm looking forward to coming back this way.

 Blog readers: 
Photos from the last two days in Ojai
are posted on my facebook page.

Tomorrow I'm on the road again ~ heading north up the coast.
 Following the Dances of Universal Peace caravan to San Luis Obispo.
More dancing tomorrow night.. yes!

Sunday, February 17, 2013


Today marks my 6 month souljourn adventure of Renya On The Road.

Time for Celebration!

The day began  with an awesome Crystal Bed Healing Session.  
Thank you Rose & Lyn for the generous complimentary gift.  
       Thank you Deb for the most amazing experience!   
                Thank you 300 year old oak tree grove for the restful grounding after the session.

What is Crystal Bed Therapy?
The concept of the Crystal Bed, also called crystal bath therapy, was channeled to John of God who then had it developed for practical use and incorporated it as an important healing modality at his healing center affectionately known as "the Casa." For visitors to the Casa, the Crystal Healing Beds are available to all and are prescribed by the Entities (Healing Spirit Guides) of the Casa for rejuvenation, alignment and balancing of our energy fields, which in turn aids in the process of spiritual and physical healing. When you walk before John of God during his "incorporation" by the Entities for a healing, he prescribes: visible or invisible surgery, sitting in the Current Room, taking Herbs, receiving a Crystal Healing Bath, or receiving a cleansing under the sacred waterfall.

What is a Crystal Bed? 
A Crystal Bed has 7 extremely clear and highly polished Vogel cut quartz crystals suspended approximately 12 inches above the client lying on a massage table. Each of the quartz crystals has been cut to a specific frequency. Each crystal is aligned above one of the seven human energy centers or chakras. Colored lights, chosen to match the frequency of chakra colors, radiate light and energy through the crystals to each respective chakra, and shine on and off in certain rhythms to cleanse, balance, and align your energies. The individual receiving the session rests face up with eyes closed, bathing in the energy.

Who is John of God?
In a remote corner of Brazil, the man known as John of God is changing people's lives in astonishing ways. For 52 years and counting, miracles of this sort have been happening around this unassuming Brazilian, who takes no credit for them. "I have never healed anybody. It is God who heals," he often says.

Born poor in the state of Goiás, often hungry in his youth, João attended school only briefly and never learned to read or write, setting to work as a tailor at an early age. The first big glimpse of his gift occurred at age 9, when, as the story goes, he predicted that a sudden, savage storm would destroy houses in Nova Ponte, a nearby village. It was a lovely day at the time, and people dismissed his prophecy. When 50 houses were damaged by tornado-force winds, no one had a logical explanation. The extent of his ability became even more apparent at age 16 when João, tired, famished, and looking for a place to wash up, had an overwhelming vision of a beautiful woman down by a river. She gave him the address of a spiritual center and told him to go there. He went, and promptly fainted. When he awoke, several hours later, an astonished crowd had gathered. They told João he had performed healings all afternoon. He came to believe that the woman who'd guided him was Saint Rita of Cascia, and that while he was unconscious, the spirit of King Solomon had taken up residence in his body and done the healing work.
 For John of God—or as he is known in Abadiânia, Medium João— the realization of his gift was accompanied by years of persecution and lawsuits for practicing medicine without a license. That didn't stop him from his mission—to aid anyone who requested it, free of charge—and as time passed and he managed to help such high-profile politicians as the president of Peru and the mayors of assorted Brazilian towns, he was accepted and even protected, treated as a national treasure.

The question of how a malignant tumor disappears from someone's body, how a blind person ends up seeing again, how the lame suddenly walk—how darkness turns to light, in other words—is not a small one. Our rational minds search for analytical handholds, evidence. In Abadiânia, the currency is more ephemeral: To show up here to see John of God is an act of faith.

To find out more:

Later in the day
a trip to Trader Joe's 
  and then off to Ventura Beach with Lynn, Ebn and Robert
 who I'm staying with in Ojai's mystical Matilija Canyon. 

Ocean Playtime
didn't take my shoes off  ~silly me ~
now I have sea smellin sandals
and the mermaid in me doesn't mind.

Strolling along the beach and stirring up attention and visitations
with housepet snake Manawa 

Snakes sure do conjur up a concoction of emotions
from all kinds of folks.
 ~ Here are some words of wisdom to keep in mind when meeting a snake ~

Love is Letting Go of Fear

Be willing to be weird
and have a good time

What is the difference 
between a human body and  a snake?
There is none.
The same consciousness animates both.

It's been a good day
a blessed day
and now that's time to say goodnight.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

2/16/13 - I've been on the road 6 months today. WOOHOO!

My heart is happy
My mind is open
My spirit is high 

Travel excites me
Writing enriches me
Photography captures me
Praying keeps me aligned
Listening keeps me mindful
Presence keeps me centered
Playful keeps me youthful
Adventure keeps me passionate
Challenges keep me strong

Sacred kinship blesses me
Silence nourishes me
Visions and Dreams inspire me
Focus and discipline train me 

I bow before my Sacred Journey


in awe, gratitude and wonder.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Give Yourself to Love
May the blessings of God rest upon you
May his peace abide with you
May his presence illuminate your heart
Now and forever more.
May the Blessings of the Goddess rest upon you
May her peace abide with you
May her presence illuminate your heart
Now and forever more.   

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

2/12/13 -Sure did feel like i was movin' on up the coast to Santa Cruz,

but not yet, I'm still in Ojai!
This Shangri-La of a place has me in her nest.

After three attempts of projecting tomorrow
I am reminded to give it up
and surrender myself present.

"By George, I think I've got it!"

Visiting with Lyn and Ebn in Matilija Canyon Ojai.
Swapping stories, watching movies, sharing meals.
Enjoying the sun by day
and peep frogs by night.

Lyn and I visited El Paca Pastures at a working ranch in Ojai Valley
owned and operated by Eric & Laurie Kreis.
We had the pleasure of meeting:
Elaine the Llama
El Pacas ~
Elmer Fudd
Elton John
Eleanor Rigby
Eliza Doolittle
Ellie Mae Clampett
Elizabeth, Queen of Hearts
Samurai, the Stud

Luxurious South American beauties!

and then there's Dottie the Dalmatian
playing with her realistic stuffed dalmatian friend

Check out their website

and if you find yourself in Ojai
be sure to visit!


Sunday, February 3, 2013

Ojai has called me to return and here I sit in Bohemia Cafe sipping the best Chai Tea Latte I've ever had.  I've been here for at least an hour and just now have looked up from my writing focus  to see at eye level on the wall facing me pencil drawings of moth and butterfly. All i can do is laugh for it reflects the immensity of personal awareness, growth and synchronicity over the past several days. There is no doubt within me that I am living a new life... i have crossed over a threshold of some sort. I acknowledge a great harmony ~ a beautiful radiance dancing me.  Prominent waves of resonant consciousness are radiating.  I am being balance in harmony.  On the wings of Oneness, I am blowing this vibration of vitality unto all.

As I take another sip of luscious latte, I recall my last few days in Ojai.

On Sunday, 2/3 - I attended an event at the Ojai Foundation where Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of the original Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe of the Lakota, spoke in the Ceremonial Council House where 100+ of us gathered.   The aroma of kopal and white sage filled the air as did Chumash welcoming songs, flute and drum.  My bodymindspiritsoul was deeply cleansed and opened wide to this great honor.  To learn more about Chief Arvol's mission and works I invite you to visit ~

Chief Arvol spoke about American Indian life in South Dakota then and now, mentioning briefly colonialization, historical trauma, the massacre at Wounded Knee and Reservation life. He spoke much more about the present ~ the  signs of our time; the spiritual significance of the birth of the white animals, the red road prophecies, the major importance of listening to Spirit and the Power of Prayer.  Most significantly, asking us all to pray for the stoppage of the pipeline drilling which directly impacts earth's ozone layer.  With great love and strength he imparted that Mother Earth has shaken life off of her before and will do so again if need be.  When Chief Arvol was 9 years old, his grandmother told him that he would one day be the 19th generation pipe carrier and if the people of Earth didn't straighten up and listen to Spirit, he would be the last.  He spoke about the Way of Prayer and that many people pray from the heart and yet many hearts are filled with darkness/deception/hidden agendas/false gods, the mind can trick the heart.  He offered the wisdom that we pray from our bellies - our umbilical chord where spirit originates - where we are all connected as One.
His closing words:  We must NOW be better people, listen and respond to spirit all the time, create a better world, remembering that All energy we create on Mother Earth's behalf will help.  After two hours of amazing stories, spiritual wisdom and wonderful laughter, we bundled up all our unified prayers and walked to the kiva, where we offered our tobacco of prayers silently into the fire circle. 
This was a very powerful evening
 it was a take out event...
 take it out
shine it forth
 be it ~ live it~ share it ~ 

My Ojai sister*friend Randee and I have been sharing deeply resonant divine connectivity - such a joy ~ we are beautiful reflections of God's Light for one another. Everything we do together ~ sharing meals, praying, meditating, walking the land, laughing, singing, foot massage, synchronicities galore  and more .... being with you is one sacred feast of celebration and ceremony following another.  The power of our divine sisterhood is such a joy!

Randee, thank you again sister for welcoming me into your sacred abode and boundless heart!  I remain deeply grateful for the visitation of the Archangels, your awesome guided meditations, and the mutual support of our moth and butterfly medicine transformation.

Some memorable pics: (additional pics have been added to my Ojai facebook album)

The timely visitation of the 6" Hyalophora Cecropia moth
(The largest  moth in North America) just outside the door following our powerful group meditation. 
Moth's symbolism:  babes of the moon, highly intuitive, master of disguise, knows when to blend in when nessary, adjusting and adapting when the situation requires it.  Complete faith that all needs will be met, ease of movement, clarity, transformation. Firm foundation before lunar journeying.  Willing heart in a nurturing balance, grounding protection, listen to inner voice.

 2/5 - The Coronado Butterfly Preserve is a beautiful natural space open to the public every day of the year from sunrise to sunset. Monarch butterflies migrate to the adjacent Goleta Butterfly Grove for their over-wintering time, which is typically from November through February.
The Monarchs are most easily seen during the middle of the day. They usually hang from eucalyptus branches in amazing clusters when the weather is cool, then flutter around when directly warmed by the sun. Look up in the trees of the Goleta Butterfly Grove for unusual clumps of “leaves”. They just might be butterflies!

About the Monarch Butterfly 

Unlike most other insects, Monarch butterflies cannot survive a long, cold winter. Instead, they migrate south and spend the winter in roosting spots. In California, they fly to small groves along the California coast. The Monarchs can travel up to 3,000 miles and are the only butterfly to make such a long, round trip journey each year. Amazingly, they fly in masses to the same winter roosts.

The Monarchs roost in eucalyptus trees, Monterey pines and Monterey cypress. The butterflies need cool areas protected from winds and nearby water to drink, and the Coronado Butterfly Preserve is part of a perfect over-wintering site. As winter ends and days grow longer, the Monarchs become more active and return north to lay their eggs and continue the cycle. Protecting the important Monarch habitat found at the Preserve is critical to the survival of these beautiful and amazing creatures.

Evening sunset glory

2/6/13 - On today's outing, Randee introduced me to the art of Ojai Artist, Joyce Huntington and husband Gerry who own the Ojai Frame Shop.  Joyce, what an amazing visionary artist you are! Your work deeply inspires me!

Blog readers:  
Surely you'll be inspired to ~ 

I invite you to visit Joyce's Painting in the Light
by googling:  Joyce Huntington

 2/7/13 - The day began with meeting Randee and a new sister*friend "Sana" ~ beautiful woman, a childbirth postpartum doula. Together we communed with the morning sun and the sacred power in our bellies. A spontaneous morning ritual giving thanks for the power of healing and the joy of living. This gracious meeting gave way to an inspirational walk down a trail by and through orange groves.  Breathing in the citrus air was such a joyful experience.  Unfortunately these larger oranges are not ripe for eating until Spring, otherwise I would have helped myself to a feast. 

Moving on... I filled the afternoon with browsing about this oh, so charming town of Ojai.  Shared many Ojai stories with Mary Ann, volunteer at the Ojai Visitors Center and then trekked next door to the Ojai Museum to learn more about the Chumash Indians who once resided along the coast from Malibu to San Luis Obispo.  Their energy is still alive here and it is the power of this place that has me here still. Here's a pic in front of the museum... i couldn't pass up a special moment with this lovely bear.

Notice the yarn work decorating the doorway to the museum.  The town story is that there are a group of grandmothers (perhaps others as well) creating late night graffiti around town. Pretty!
Here's to the rising up of our grandmothers!!!

Late in the afternoon, I stopped by one of my favorite cafes Bohemia for a cup of hot drink.  There are many choices of lovely cafes in this small town for social visiting and social media enjoyment. Inside and out ~  chairs, tables, benches, umbrellas, cactus gardens, water fountains and wifi welcome you to stay as long as you wish.  Yesterday I met Frank, a published author of several books.  For several months now, Frank heads for Bohemia every morning, to write 6 hours a day. I know this because as I was checking my emails, my eyes drifted over to Frank's laptop and I saw what appeared to be a book chapter.  I opened a conversation and we sat there for 2 hours about philosophical perspectives on life, writing and publishing books and the importance of focus and discipline. I was gifted many useful tips.  Thank you Frank!  

Early evening I connected back up with Randee for dinnerOff to the Ojai Art Center we go.
Lots of wonderful creative events are hosted there. Every Thursday night is Dance Medicine Night.  Walking into this muse of a space with dimmed light, shoes and talking are left at the door.  With a big veggie burrito still digesting in my belly, I danced boundlessly.  It felt so good to let my body go into the wide variety of music played by the DJ.  There is such freedom and release in Free Spirit Dance! To quote Gabrielle Roth, "I sweat my prayers." 

Who's Gabrielle Roth? (February 4, 1941 – October 22, 2012) ~ an American dancer and musician in the world music and trance dance genres with a special interest in shamanism.  She created the 5Rhythms approach to movement in the 1960s; there are now hundreds of 5Rhythm teachers worldwide who use her approach in their work. Born in San Francisco, Roth was originally inspired to dance, aged seven, by seeing a ballerina through the window of a dance school, deciding that was her vocation. She found a book that showed the ballet positions and started to practice in her bedroom, eventually coming to have ballet lessons. She attended Roman Catholic schools and listened to the music of the local fundamentalist church.
Roth described being inspired by the dance of Spanish gypsy La Chunga and by seeing the Nigerian National Ballet. She trained in traditional dance methods, suffering from anorexia during her teenage years. Roth paid for college education by teaching movement in rehabilitation centers. Following college she lived and worked in Europe for three years, during the mid 1960s. During this time she visited the concentration camps memorials in Germany that she had studied during college.
She injured her knee in a skiing accident in Germany and later again in an African dance class. At 26, she was told that she needed surgery and wouldn't dance again and resigned herself to the prognosis. She entered a depression and later retreated to Big Sur in California, joining a group at the Esalen Institute. She became a masseuse there. She found that her body healed itself through dance, despite what the doctors had said. Gestalt psychiatrist Fritz Perls asked her to teach dance at the Esalen Institute and she set out to find a structure for dance as a transformative process. Out of her work at Esalen she designed the 'Wave' of the 5Rhythms approach.

2/8/13 - Today I visited the Krishnamurti Foundation. Krishnamurti (5/11/1895-2/17/1986) was an Indian born speaker and writer on philosophical and spiritual subjects, widely considered a World Teacher.  His teachings included psychological revolution, the nature of mind, meditation, inquiry, human relationships and bringing our radical change in society.
He was subsequently raised under the tutelage of Annie Besant and Leadbeater, leaders of the Theosophical Society at the time, who believed Krishnamurti to be a "vehicle" for an expected World Teacher.  As a young man, he disavowed this idea and claimed allegiance to no nationality, caste, religion or philosophy and spent the rest of his life traveling the world, speaking to large and small groups and individuals. He authored many books.  Many of his talks and discussions have been published.  In January 1986, his last public talk was at age 86 in Madras, India, a month before his death at his home in Ojai.

During Krishnamurti's 64 years in Ojai, he welcomed thousands of visitors from around the world who were challenged by his penetrating inquiries into the fundamental questions of life. These included such 20th century luminaries as Annie Besant, Aldous Huxley, John Barrymore, Greta Garbo, David Bohm, Dr. Jonas Salk, D.H. Lawrence, Jackson Pollack, Igor Stravinsky, the Beatles and many others.

Thirty-five years ago, I discovered a book of Krishnamurti's teachings which catapulted me from my religious upbringing onto a spiritual path. In essence, visiting the Ojai Foundation today brought me full circle through the memories of when my spiritual journey in this body, in this life, began.  I spent a lot of time in the library perusing through several archives. The now meditation room was once Krishnamurti's bedroom.  Strong energies permeated that room where he slept and died; it was there where I chose to sit in solitude invoking his spirit essence, offering my open heart to the art of inner listening.

"In yourself lies the whole world, and if you know how to look and learn,
then the door is there and he key is in your hand.  Nobody on earth can give you
either that key or the door to open except yourself.   - Krishnamurti

It was a pleasure meeting you today Michael. (Michael is one of the Foundations administrators who was Krishnamurti's chef for 30+ years.) Thank you for your gracious welcome to the Foundation and the generous gift of books. I would like to return again on a warm sunny day to visit the retreat house and sit under the Pepper Tree.  Today's 5 min. hail storm followed by downpour wasn't the day for meandering about the grounds.

Next stop:  Relaxation Station for a massage ~  Today's the day ~ YIPEE!  I can say that this massage was unlike any I've ever had before.  Absolutely awesome! Typically, massages run from the low end $60 on up... well.... i have to tell you.... you can get an authentic Chinese massage at Relaxation Station for $21 / 30 min... $26 / 40 min... $35 for one hour.  
Doesn't that just wanna make you come to Ojai!!!
I have a new body and it feels great!  Drawing on charades, I did my best to convey those words to the non-English Chinese body practitioners and they got it as we all smiled in mutual satisfaction along with a hefty tip of gratitude. 

I'm ready for a good night's purr'ing sleep ~ thanks to Lynne and Helen who have made available to me their guest room I get to dive into a warm, fluffy, cozy bed.  I'm most grateful to be able to come and go from Ojai because of the generosity of new friendships.  

2/9/13 - Today I attended a full day silent meditation at the renown Meditation Mount. MM promotes the building of an enlightened and compassionate world through the power of creative meditation, inspirational educational programs, and community-based events focused on the practical application of universal spiritual principles.

Dropping into stillness
a full day commitment to silence
every breath I AM that I AM
bathing in nature as nature
dropping deeper and deeper into tranquility.
My first words
upon speaking again ~
Breath of God
Breath of Freedom
Breath of Knowing
every moment

"I Am the face, heart and soul of God
I make a difference!
and so do you!"

Flowing from the silence of day into Dances of Universal Peace at night was the perfect closure of this day dedicated to emptying self, focused on silent being,  experiencing deep self-love and divine ecstasy.

2/10/13 - ahhhhh - hot tub morning...what a way to start the day! While eastern states are getting slammed with now, I'm picking grapefruit and avocados off  trees for breakfast, and believe it or not buying sweet plumpy local strawberries at today's Farmers Market.  I've been in Southern California since Christmas and very much still in awe of calling this weather winter! I enjoy snow, but when I think that just last year at this time I was wearing hat and gloves, scraping and shoveling, feeding 3 donkeys and walking a lab in frigid temps.... i am enjoying this winter's climate.
Today is my last day in Ojai, so it seems from this moment's vantage point. I remember saying that a few weeks ago and Ojai called me back. I have tucked into my pocket several generous invitations to come back again ~ and sense that I shall. 

In the meantime ~