Category: spirit

GVK and Queen Bee, Jillian Kelly

gvk-final-01Jillian Kelly, co~owner of the Asheville Bee Charmer, is one of my heroes. Not only because she is one of my oldest and dearest friends, but, because she lives her life with conviction and honor. Every step in her professional and creative path is done with 100% of her soul and life force. And at each phase of her life, she has built upon the thing before to create a fuller experience moving forward.

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When I walked away from my 20 year pinpoint focus of acting to be an at home mother I thought, ‘all that time, all that training, all that love, done for nothing.’ Even though it was my choice to walk away, I still felt deep loss. But, the desire to create never left and that lead me to write and perform my own solo shows ~

Baby, Oh Baby and You CAN get there from here…

That in turn led me to a storytelling career that allowed me to be at home with my kids, yet pull from my acting training. And that led me to create the GVK podcast. Each aspect of my life building on the other. And with each new venture, my focus became less about what I wanted and more of how can I use my gifts and talents to serve.

abclogoAnd this is what my dear Soul Sister, Jillian has done. She has built upon her every experience to create a place that not only brings her joy and purpose, but, also serves. The Ashville Bee Charmer is a culmination of her artistry, healing work, business sense and love of the Earth. While caring for the bees, she teaches people about their importance. She is discovering new ways to integrate humans and bees with pollination for food. She is a truth sayer about the harm of pesticides to our world. She celebrates creativity with the bee themed products in her store. AND she sells some of the best tasting, humanly harvested honey on the planet. She finds a way to serve the greater good of all while making it sweet. Oh yeah, she is definitely one of my heroes…xoK

GVK, Judith Diana Winston & the sacred glyphs

gvk-final-01How could a little symbol change your life? Just ask Judith Diana Winston and she will tell you all about glyphs. Not only is Diana is a prolific author~

Meditative Magic;The Pleiadean Glyphs

The Keeper of the Diary

But she also received important transmissions and brought forth sacred geometry glyphs~ these glyphs hold energy to a particular aspect of consciousness. They are “ancient wisdom and knowing for the upliftment of Mankind and consciousness.” They bring your thought into alignment with the Divine. And we all know that we can’t change our behaviors until we change our thoughts.

When I was in training to be a channel for the LaHo~Chi energy, my teacher, Dan Watson, gave us two glyphs to add into our spiritual toolkit. For me, life is so much easier to flow with when I have tools to assist! I focused on the “Creativity” glyph, because, creativity is not only my livelihood, it is my life. I knew nothing about where this design had come from or what it truly held. However, I trusted that Dan would not steer us wrong. And so, I have worked with and received from the glyph for 8 years now. Whenever I am “blocked” that is to say, get in my own way, I get quiet and meditate on the glyph. I wrote my second solo show while using the assistance of the Creativity glyph.

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Reach out to Judith Diana Winston at www.thekeeperofthediarybook.com 

Meditative Magic is a glyph workbook and you can take the glyph cards out to use easily. I may have started with only one glyph, but, now that I have access to all of them, I am tuning in, turning on and Receiving…xoK

GVK and Madison Charap delve into the Tarot

When Madison Charap contacted me, wanting to talk about the Tarot, I was delighted! Madison has been an intuitive counselor using the Tarot for 20 years and is now teaching the Tarot, so, she’s quite an expert.

I first came into awareness of the Tarot during my spiritual awakening. Through the waking period, I searched out all different practices to see what I identified with most. My search lead me to the Wiccan world and thus, to the Tarot. While I did not ultimately stay with the Wiccan community, I did keep the practice of the Tarot. I use The Fifth Tarot deck and I LOVE it!

I love working with the Tarot because it is a powerful tool that connects us with the spiritual realm. We receive confirmation through the cards. The morning that Madison was coming onto the show I did a deep meditation. I wanted to pull a card for our conversation. I was thinking about how using the tarot actually uses the aspect of three ~ the cards themselves, the practitioner or the person reading the cards and the Divine. After my meditation, I was guided to pick the three/Empress, a major arcana card. empressBefore ever “choosing” a card, I’ve already done a deep meditation. I am already grounded and centered and my ego~Kristin~is out of the way. I’m tuned into my Divine Self and Source. From that place, I ask to be guided in picking a card that will best serve me with the particular issue at hand. Then I wait to hear a voice in my head that tells me whether to cut the deck or shuffle and then when to pick the top card. The deck is face down and I do not see the face cards, so the fact that I got the number three (which is what I had been thinking about) and the Empress (who I think represents Madison), is not an accident. It is confirmation! I know that the Divine is with me talking to me, working with me and guiding me. If you would like to learn about using the Tarot or deepen your already working knowledge, please reach out to Madison Charap on facebook…xoK

GVK & Shakti Sunfire tackle fear

gvk-final-01Whether you know her as Laura Blakeman or Shakti Sunfire, her message is the same~you need tools at the ready to deal with fear. On Laura’s incredible website ~ The Rhythm Way ~ you will find yourself exploring practical tools to help you on your path to freedom.

One of Laura’s tools is to connect with nature. I completely identified with her profound statement~

“As soon as I go out into Nature…I remember who I am. I remember that I belong to something much larger than this…”

The key concept for me is something larger than the issue that is bringing up the fear. Now look, I’m not talking about the kind of fear that one experiences during some kind of violence. I’m talking about old fears that have a grip on you and keep you from raising your human experience from the age old fight or flight syndrome.

I can boil down my fears to very specific events in my life that were emotionally and physically traumatic. I received very clear negative messages from this time period in my life. Because of the young age that I experienced this, the groove that the messages created is deep and repetitive.

So, when those fears come up, I must be aware and awake enough to use the tools that I have learned over the years to reroute my thinking. To change my perspective on the issue at hand. Sigh. And for me, it’s all about my thinking. Sometimes, I simply be~lie~ve the lies that I picked up in my teen years. Then I end up spiraling down into the abyss of depression. And that happens because I forget that I have a choice on what to believe.

And I forget that choice because I forget that there is a power greater than myself at work in my life. For me, having a deep spiritual practice brings me peace during the storms of human~ness. AND, sitting on the Earth, with her amazing creatures and creations all around me brings me back into remembering that I am a spiritual being having a human experience faster than any mantra I have ever chanted! xoK

GVK and Sunny Dawn Johnston open to intuition

gvk-final-01Sunny Dawn Johnston knows intuition! She regularly converses with Angels and is quite comfortable with spirit communications. She is practiced in this awareness. But, what about everyone else in the world? Do you think this kind of practice is available to you? Trust me, it is! All you need to do is open up.

Let’s start with the definition

the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning

But, how does that actually work in your everyday life? With signs. A song, a license plate, an animal showing up…the list is endless in regard to how our spirit guides reach out. The communication will be specific to you and how you relate to your world.

I was recently selected to tell a story for a New Jersey story telling event. I always reach out to my Dad in the spirit world and ask him to sit in when I perform. I love his support in that way because he never got to see me tell my stories live. My stories are about healing the heart, healing the past and transmuting the pain and before he died, we transmuted the sorrows of our father daughter relationship. We made a new path for our energy so that we would not have to carry that burden into another lifetime.

Now, as some of you know, the way that my Dad shows up is as a red-tailed Hawk. So! there I am, walking into the building where I will be performing, and right in front of me is a car with a metal hawk spanning the top of the license plate, with the word the Hawk on the plate ~ I knew my dad was there!

So, I am open. Being open means listening. Not with just our ears, but, with our heart. I highly recommend reaching out to Sunny for guidance in how to open yourself to the guidance that is all around you. She can give you active tools ~ Invoking The Archangels ~ and even give you messages from a loved one who is now in the spirit realm. The time is now to expand how you receive…xoK

GVK and Christy Funk explore radical self love

gvk-final-01Coming across Christy Funk, of Radical Self Love /Women Who Want More, was a gift. The power of her work made me stop and wonder about my own self work. Because even though I practice self-love, I wondered if I was practicing it in a radical way. In other words, was I really honoring myself.

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In my late 20’s, I started to address the brutality of my teen life. I was in a very destructive relationship and this man made me feel so worthless. Yet, I stayed. When my father told me that this man did not deserve me, I woke up. My dad and I weren’t super close at that time, and in fact I was still carrying the wounds of his disapproval in my heart. So, for him to bring in my worth, I knew it was time to shift.

So, I went into therapy because I had very little coping skills and what I did have was destructive. One of the first “assignments” my therapist gave me was to look in the mirror and say “I Love You”. Holy shit, I could not do it. Could Not. I was so uncomfortable. S-l-o-w-l-y…I was able to say it, and relearn to love myself. I started to see my part in the dysfunction of my life and I began to CHANGE IT.

Self-love for me is about setting clear boundaries for how I will allow people to behave toward me. It’s having emotionally healthy and supportive people in my inner circle. It is about speaking my truth in the most positive way that I can find. I rest when I need rest, say no when need be, eat well and stay physically fit. Most of all, it is about loving myself where I am today.

Christy has now developed her radical self-love work into Women Who Want More. She has taken her work deeper still, which has expanded it. I am certainly a woman who wants more. I want prosperity, abundance, peace and love to be the dominant vibrations that guide our humanity. I believe this to be a possible dream. I know that it starts with me. I know that I put out what I have on the inside and radical self-love is the fastest way to achieve that dream.

And so, the answer is yes, I honor myself and I practice radical self-love, but, I am always ready and willing to go deeper~join me and Christy with this podcast…xoK

GVK explores trusting yourself

gvk-final-01Jennifer Urezzio and I explored the topic of trusting one’s self. Trusting the self takes practice. We certainly came into the world trusting ourselves, but, life happens and we start to lose ground.

I’ve got a gabillion experiences around Not trusting myself and all the trouble I got into because of it. The inner voice is the Truth, but, sometimes it just does not make sense. OR, in my case when I was younger, I simply did not care about the consequences and moved forward anyway.

I have definitely explored the dark side of life to see what it held, even though my inner voice or my Self, was screaming NO!! Seriously, sometimes my life played out like a scary movie, sans the monsters. Although, I did meet some humans along the way that could have doubled for monsters. And it was those experiences that left me wondering how I could ever make a sane choice and trust it again.

The key is sane. Most of the time that I was meeting and having uncomfortable experiences, I was wasn’t grounded. I wasn’t caring for myself in a healthy way emotionally or physically. So, when the voice came in to move me in a different direction, I was too fuzzy to truly hear it. Now, on a few occasions, that voice Screamed at me to wake me up, which is how I met my husband, Jeff (hooray Voice!).

Regardless of where you are in your process, Know that your inner self wants your highest good. You are not being “tested” (a term that I despise) by some outside force! You are here to thrive, so take a deep breath. Get a meditation practice underway, and learn to pick up the signals that are all around you to guide you into well being and love. Unless of course, you still want to wander around in the murkiness of uncertainty and fear. Want is the operative word here.

Jennifer has created a language of the soul to help you know who you are at your core which helps you maneuver in this world a lot more easily! Who doesn’t want more ease? I pick up every tool available to me and try it on for a while to see if it helps me be in the world in a more profound way. I have found Jennifer’s tool to a worthwhile investment!

GVK soothes the inner child with Carolyn Riker

gvk-final-01The words of Carolyn Riker wash over me like a warm ocean wave. What she can do with words makes my soul sing. So! imagine my thrill when she came onto the show so that we could chat about the inner child.

Your inner child is a very active and vibrant part of your everyday life. And if you are not in touch with that inner child, that child will be running show and you won’t even know. Ever have an emotion well up that is so powerful that you can’t breathe? Yup, that’s your inner child needing to be heard. There is a saying “if it’s hysterical, then it is historical” ~ meaning that the issue that has brought you to your knees it is from your past.

The inner child ~ profound, unveiled, un~inhibited, free and shining ~ that’s how we come onto this earth. The child inside all of us has things to say; whether it’s joy and rainbows or sorrow from a pain that they did not understand. The first time I connected with my inner child, she reminded me that I that I love to lay on the grass and watch the clouds go by so,I brought that practice back into my life.

It is vastly important to begin the dialogue with that inner child because whether you know it or not that inner child drives your decisions, your feelings and your reactions. Unless you and that child are working together as a team and that child knows that it is loved and honored, you will find yourself reacting to things as if you were that child!

After my conversation with Carolyn, my husband called to discuss the school situation that we handled for my daughter just the day before. There’s still a great deal of emotion surrounding it and how she is experiencing her teen life. I stepped out of the car walked up to the door, and there, in my garden, were four goldfinches! My guardian angel shows up as the goldfinch. And because I am in communion with my inner child, she is always helping me to take pause and look around. And when I do, I see the wonder that only a child can see. I see that gift of reassurance from Mother Nature…xoK

Carolyn’s Poem
Nothing could take her from her daydreams
I saw her today.
We sat in a distant memory.
Quietly I watch her contemplate the universe; she held it in her eyes.
The cotton dress appeared sunny and her hair firmly tied until she could set it free.
She might have been about three. The apple of youth had fallen too soon from her favorite tree.
She sat closely with the stars and felt the earth move through her feet.
Nothing could take her from her daydreams.
Each blink we had was in rhythm; I felt her breath remove a pane of glass from my heart.
And in the softest voice I could find in my mind I told her how much I loved her.
She whispered back with eyelashes laced in morning dew, I love you too. I’m glad we made it this far.

To read more of Carolyn Riker’s profound work check out her blog 

Hold My Hand by Hootie and the Blowfish

GVK’s storytelling about beginnings

gvk-final-01The Phoenix is one of my totems in life and I completely identify with being reborn from the ashes of the past. It is fierce,  bursting into life with determination, grace, fire and beauty.  It is magical and knows the power of beginning.

When I was younger, my beginnings were sooooo messy! Mostly because I experienced some very scary changes that lead to some very long stretches of me not being safe physically or emotionally. So! I started to associate beginnings with fear and went into new things either kicking and screaming or diving in with out looking around to see if there was any water to dive into.  I dove into some deep empty wells in my younger years!  And with those experiences building a repertoire in my psyche, I found myself floundering; bouncing here and there and everywhere.  I always felt like I would just fly off into space.

What brought me back into my body was a natural fierceness that I had always held, but, had pushed way, way down. When I was younger, that fierceness of life startled and even frightened people. I didn’t know how to contain it and the energy bounded around aimlessly. Slowly, over time, I have come back to the Knowing that there is No containing the fierceness. But, there is a directing /harnessing of it that brings an easy rebirth. A focused and Knowing rebirth.

One of the ways I came into this understanding was listening to Carolyn Myss’s  Energy Anatomy. I know almost nothing of religion, have never read the bible and I knew only one version of Christ’s life story. Then I heard Carolyn’s interpretation of the resurrection and it made my heart sing. I saw where I experienced my own  crucifixion/resurrection in life. I instantly understood that I must choose which aspect of the Christ energy to focused on. I choose resurrection ~ Every Time.

Life is one continual rebirth/resurrection after another and I am grateful to have the gift of choice to celebrate the Rise…xoK

GVK storytelling on lost and found

It is my sincere belief that we cannot ever be truly lost. The Divine is everywhere just waiting for us to open and receive. So many times in my life I’ve thought ~ I’m Lost! I’ve taken the wrong road! I’ve gone the wrong way!

But, in reality, the road I was on was the one my soul needed to experience

the road

I look back on some of those experiences and I think ~ ‘those are some seriously painful events’. I used to lament those times and cry out WHY?  I seriously don’t have the answer for some of those things. What I have now is an understanding of where it eventually took me. There was so much information I gathered from an event or so much love that appeared after the pain.

If I hadn’t gone down the road of unhealthy relationships, I don’t know that I would have truly appreciated my magnificent husband. Some people don’t need that experience, that information, but, I did. My heart got trampled, and my husband’s love not only transmuted that pain, but expanded my understanding of love.

Have I been lost at times? Yup. But, I have always been found because as long as I open up and take one tiny step toward allowing, Divinity rushes to me, embraces me and lights my way…

artwork by Michael Whelan