sacred circle

Life as Medicine

Galia Alena Mixed Media Listen- Dream Express
The way home lies in your imagination,
In your dreams,
In the whisperings of the Winged Ones and the Ancestors
Hear the truths floating on the currents
And the breeze through the trees
Sing the stories you've forgotten.
Waiting in the unseen that enfolds,
Lies pure potentiality
and Magic
and all that is too precious to hold
I’ve been humbled these last few weeks.

Over the Solstice break, the shift of the polar energies, in that still point as the pendulum swings back, I got clear messages that it was time to make some changes in the work I do, to step forward and offer up my gifts. This is no easy feat for some of us who do work that is hard to define, that has no easy labels and doesn’t fit neatly into a category. I’m still not sure but what I do know is that I clearly understood that I needed to offer up my medicine. If you are on my winged love notes list then you would have received a video where I talk about this, about offering up what heals me, and allowing that to heal others. Even this was pushing my edges since  I am completely comfortable behind the camera and not in front of it- some of you who know me well will know how deeply that one runs.

There is this real sense of ease that comes with this work, not that its easy but that there is a natural flow to it- right livelihood as my friend would call it. So following that, and just listening to what was coming up for me I am still painting the paintings that are birthed in dialogue with the muses, spirit, dreamtime and myself, always a journey and always a conversation. I also stepped out bravely to create my first circle. I’ve sat in various circles for years, and I’ve taught and facilitated workshops both in person and online, but a circle is different. A circle meant not knowing, trusting and listening, a circle meant guiding not teaching, a circle meant holding space, a circle meant doing the work alongside and being vulnerable and open, a circle meant inviting in women who could do their own work but who would appreciate and grow from the power and strength of being held in circle.

And Kuan Yin... she came forward to work with this circle, and work with us she did. It was heart expansion good work where we were cracked open for such growth, such vulnerability and such strength. We cried powerful rivers, we connected our power centers to our heart centers, we acknowledged the softness and the strength as one, we touched our own divinity. We practiced compassion on ourselves and radiating out from the heart. It couldn’t have been more perfect. Through it all was life, front and center, offering me opportunity after opportunity to walk the walk and practice what I was preaching (not that there was any preaching but I’m sure you know what I mean), bringing me back again and again to that heart space, the infinite heart space that has no boundaries. Oh we put a shape, a design, symbol for our minds to hold it but can not be contained, it is endless and the practice is to stay connected to it, to be expanded by it. I believe in this work, I believe it is foundational to all the rest we do.

And the humbling, beyond the work I did myself in circle, was the women who showed up, the messages I received about the life changing experience they had (you can read a few here). I couldn’t even have imagined, I’m tearing up even thinking about it now. So humbled and grateful, I’m still integrating all that magical work, that circle which we will never be done with, that circle that will be circled back to again and again. And I’m still listening, and allowing the next one to step forward, the next goddess to whisper to me “its time to work with me, its time to explore my gifts”, and naturally, life is supporting this exploration.

Life as Medicine

We begin with the Full Moon in Scorpio- how perfect. Find out more here Xx

http://www.galiaalena.com/circling-with-the-goddesses/

♥ A Giveaway ♥- you shine with the light of a thousand suns...

http://www.galiaalena.com/circling-with-kuan-yin
I remind you that you shine with the light of a thousand suns. 
Kuan Yin 


 And the Winners...

Thank you to all the beautiful women who entered sister friends into the Circling with Kuan Yin Draw either here or on my FB page- it was so beautiful to read them all.
The names drawn to join us are Diva & Denise
And as a bonus thank you, anyone who entered who wishes to sign up will receive a free place for their sister friend to join us too. Big love to you all Xx




I hadn't planned on doing a give away/competition but she had other plans and I am listening to her. She wants you to share this with a beloved sister and that's seems perfect to me. So here's how its going to work:

To Enter:

♥♥♥ Tell me in the comments who you would l♥ve to sit in circle with Kuan Yin, who you would feel to gift this to. I will be drawing two winners in a week and both you and your sister friend will win a place in the circle ♥♥♥

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This year so far has felt slow and dreamy, like that still point of solstice is still holding on to me. Yet despite that gentle movement, I have painted three more paintings for my series (Celestial Grace & the Lovers), and they are both now in the shop.

Love is the bridge between you and everything. Rumi
This is the card you are never done with. Time through time, back to this one - always. After Tower, after Death, after the Devil and the Wheel of Fortune, after them all- always back to this card, to choice and of course, to practice.
Love is a practice & a choice, everyday, every moment, scary ego shattering, heart splitting, soul reminding, alone, with other, together, always this- a choice and a practice. Never done with. Always a new choice, always a new layer, whether you are marrying those parts within yourself, raising children, choosing partnership, showing up to humanity- always a choice and a practice.
Big love, little love, passionate poetry inspiring, ship sailing love, daily love, mundane love, unrequited love- all of it a practice, in the moment, to chose that reason you came, to remember why you came and to live who you really are.
There is so much more to say on this card- about dissolving boundaries between Other, about mirrors, about alchemy and sacred magic, sacred union, about the soul’s truest flight... Only I stand here, at the first corner of this dark and wondrous labyrinth, bare and naked, in fierce vulnerability I choose...

Medicine Sphere- mama earth


Galia Alena Medicine Wheel,  wheel of the year

Today I sat in circle. It was a warm Summer day and we took our Chai outside and sat on the soft grass in the shade of a tree to share. On returning home I walked through my garden alive with the vibrancy of summer and heady with the scent of Star Jasmine. Today is the day the family gathers to decorate our Christmas Tree. I walk in the front door and I’m engulfed by the smell of ripe mangoes, the smell of Christmas and I hear Christmas carols - “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas”. The house is shut up to the heat of the day and we drink champagne while I place a Christmas display upon the wood burner, we won’t be using that for awhile.


The days are getting longer as we head towards Summer Solstice. I walk in the cool of the evenings, and the children’s dinner is later and later as I’m drawn to watch the setting sun linger in its swan song before dropping behind the horizon and I finally head home. I tell clients in the Northern Hemisphere that its time for turning within, for shadow work and facing the Great Bear in this darkest time of the year as they move closer and closer to the longest night, Winter Solstice.

Galia Alena Medicine Wheel,  wheel of the year, Earth Medicine


Not long ago I celebrate both Beltane and Samhain.  Both with a strong presence around me, existing simultaneously in my world. One present in the physical world around me , in my garden, in the bush I walk, the seasonal food I take into my body, in the birdsong that is the soundtrack to my days. Mama nature holds this, the land around me. The other which is energetically just as true, in my bone wisdom, in the traditions of my ancestors handed down through rituals transmuted. The collective unconscious holds this, the psyche of my culture. I celebrate both- the thinning veil and the fertility. Roots digging down deep in the earth, wings soaring ever higher to spirit.

Galia Alena Medicine Wheel,  wheel of the year

You would think that these contradictions would throw me off kilter as I try to reconcile what is in front of me, what I live, with the traditions of our unconscious collective and I think for awhile it did while I tried to reason with it and find the logical solution. I felt a certain disconnect, and a longing. However as I've delved deeper into the study of the medicine wheel, the wheel of the year and the lunar cycles, I am able to hold these two dichotomies and contradictions at once. Polar opposites yet inextricably tied together.

I’m taught in a Medicine Wheel tradition that starts in the East and goes around clockwise South, West and North. East the time of new beginnings, of air, South the fiery time, of activity, West a watery time of emotions and North, of Earth and the ancestors. When I walk the medicine wheel in my garden I don’t even think about it twice, I instinctively start in the East and move to the North (fire) and then around to the West (water) and finally to the South (earth). I’m tracking the sun. The circle I sit in physically here moves in this direction as well, the direction of the land we sit on, land of the Gundungarra and Darug tribes, although the elements and energies are different (west is earth and north is water). Here  it is called the Dreaming Circle. I am of the moors in Scotland where my people were displaced and I am of this land I was born to that has be in the care of other tribes. I grow where I am planted, here, on mama earth, one earth whole.



Galia Alena, Wheel of Fortune


When I conceptualise the medicine wheel, draw it, think about or talk about the Medicine Wheel, I still do so clockwise, in the tradition of the Northern Hemisphere, this is my symbolic and mythical reality. Yet my body in this land knows that it is exactly how I hold it in my mind I just move through it physically differently, like walking through a mirror. There is this moment of unconscious outward and physical interpretation. There is also this part of me that understands that its not a circle at all but a sphere where polaric points hold each other in perfect balance, as they should. I am completely happy standing in the midst of contradictions and I understand that truth is always a plural. It has taken me awhile to integrate this, to step out of the head that wishes to make logical sense of it all. Impossible, we are talking about bone wisdom and spirit. So I hold these opposing energies gently and in balance with consideration to my ancestral lines that head back to pagan times and celtic traditions, to the people that walked this land for millennium with their dreamtime, to the many Native American tribes whose traditions have taught my teachers and my understanding of the medicine wheel and to all the ancestral traditions that have come down and influence the traditions of the culture I sit in such as the Siberian Shamans whose traditions inform how I understand Christmas. All of these many traditions, so different and so varied and yet so much the same, come to me to be practiced in my own way, with my own School of Wisdom to navigate and honour and what I see and honour is the interconnectedness of it all. And so it is…

Galia Alena Medicine Wheel,  wheel of the year, 13 Moon Readings, tarot

I am currently offering 13 Moon Tarot Readings for 2016. If you feel called to see how the cards would like to guide you through the year then have a look over here. Moving through the year with awareness of the moon cycles is a beautiful way to connect with divine feminine energy and honour your path. It also a beautiful way to connect in with the energy of each moon cycle and the seasons. These readings will look at each moon for the year, drawing two cards for each moon cycle to sit in dialogue with each other and with the energy around that moon. Together they will offer insight to guide you throughout that lunar cycle.

http://www.galiaalena.com/offerings/#/13-moons/

Sacred Marks- Personalised Art for you Altar

Galia Alena- Sacred Marks for your Altar
Your altar is a sacred and precious place in both your home and your life. It is both personal and steeped with meaning and sacredness, perhaps a feather or two, a gift from nature, a keepsake from your ancestors, embodiment of the stone people, plant people.
Perhaps you are working with an animal totem, perhaps a goddess or deity keeps watch over you.
Perhaps your altar is fluid and ongoing or maybe you set up a dedicated new altar for the new moon cycle or a particular thing you are working on, either way, altar art can embody and call forth, ask, declare your intentions or whisper messages to your soul.
Galia Alena- Sacred Marks for your Altar, word of the year

I will work with what you have, whether you know what you wish to call into your life or whether you want me to intuit some magic on your behalf.

Available here: ETSY

Perfect for:
Setting a new intention
Honouring something
Word of the Year
Manifestation
  Your piece will act as a touchstone, a talisman of sorts, for the magic you wish to surround yourself with, a visual reminder of your intentions, of your allies, of your work. A physical representation of your guides and the work you are doing, of your daily practice, of your bigger picture.


Whatever I intuit your piece will be customised and very particular to you at this time in your journey.

Galia Alena- Sacred Marks for your Altar
What you will receive:
Within 4 weeks (depending upon how the moon shines) I will pop your altar piece in the mail for you. It will be roughly 20x13 cm or 20x26cm (depending upon which option you select) on fabric and plaster (both organic and homage to the frescoes of altar paintings) and will be a mixed media piece using whatever the muses whisper to me while I consult your guides and listen to spirit. This could include collage, ephermera, acrylics, water colours, silver or gold leafing, inks, pastels, pencil, crayon, words, quotes, symbols, sacred marks and often encased in encaustics (bee medicine) to hold the magic for you. You may also receive a suggestion or two for your altar such as a crystal that might want to be on your altar or a piece of poetry or any other tidbit that comes to me in the process of creating your unique piece.

Please note that because of the nature of this work I will only be doing limited pieces at any one time and only while spirit wishes to play in this way.
This is an intuitive process where I will open and hold space for you and your intentions and allow spirit to guide me on your behalf. The result will be alchemical magic of one sort or another and most definitely the right magic for you at this time.

Galia Alena- Sacred Marks for your Altar, word of the year
 
Once you have decided that your altar needs some of this Sacred Mark magic to honour it and treat yourself in this way, I will send you some brief questions which will be up to you how much detail you wish to give or not i.e. if you have a particular intention or whether you are working with a particular guide or whether you feel to leave it to me to intuit on your behalf.

This will be a collaboration between you, me, spirit and both our guides, and as collaborations go, it will be truly transformational and magical.

Galia Alena- Sacred Marks for your Altar

Please note these pieces can take up to a month to complete as sometimes, depending upon your intentions, the cycles of the moon may be consulted in the creation of your piece.

I may also draw an oracle card or consult the tarot when tapping into your piece and you may receive some suggestions for which stone people may like to work with your altar.

Galia Alena- Sacred Marks for your Altar

Once you receive your piece you may like to create a symbolic ceremony around placing it on your altar, imbuing it with your own magic and intentions.


Available here: ETSY

Of Women made of Moonlight Magic and Macabre

Women know how to let things go
how to let a dying thing leave the body
how to become new, how to regenerate
how to wax and wan
Who's inspiring me right now? Dominque Ashaheed, whose work InSpirers in the true sense of catching my breathe, pausing my inhalation, "inflame; blow into".

Today I'm sharing this poem which cut right through me the other night as I stood in the kitchen serving dinner to waiting children listening with my body as I do with her words, tears flowing from my belly up through my eyes. I shared it on my facebook page and groups and watched it go viral amongst my friends as it spoke to their bones, souls and BLOOD. Her words speaking to all our truths and our wishes for our daughter's.


You can find another of her poems I love "i am learning how to become a flower" here  and visit her web site here


And in honouring this "necessary conversation" I am putting my "Of the Heart" on-line workshop, my daughter's menarche book, a mixed media love letter, on a 50% sale Details here .

BEAUTIFUL MESSES & PERFECT IMPERFECTIONS


CREATIVE PLAY * SELF EXPLORATION * EXPERIMENTATION
PERMISSION TO REVEL IN THE CREATIVE PROCESS
BEAUTIFUL MESSES & PERFECT IMPERFECTIONS
DIGGING DEEP * FULLY EXPRESSED

Finally I'm all settled into the beautiful Blue Mountains where a rainbow of winged ones visit my studio daily, the skinks scurry as I walk through the garden and the lorikeets spit gumnuts down from the top of the tees. Here in this beautiful setting, I'm excited to be able to begin my live art journaling classes and workshops, and surround myself with kindred spirits and creative souls. Are you called to express yourself between the pages.

Classes:
These are weekly, “how to” classes, covering a range of topics such as Overcoming the Blank Page, Backgrounds, Collage, the use of Text, Exploring mediums, mark making and so on. A great way to get started if you are new to art journaling or a wonderful way to pick up some new techniques if you are seasoned.

Circle:
This will be a group of women committed to coming together once a week to explore and support each other’s practice in a safe and sacred container. Together we will use our journals to explore such things as our chakras, moving around the medicine wheel and through the seasons and elements, exploring our personal symbology and other rich and delicious tools.

Workshops:
The workshops are day long intensives where we explore a particular themes, such as Nature Journal, Mapping the Interior, Collage Jumpstart, Fire & Water, Beneath my Feet.
Perfect if you are coming up to the Blue Mountains for a weekend or day trip. 

For more information on either the live workshops or online classes please subscribe to my newsletter in the sidebar (selecting which you are interested in) or email me.
There are more examples of art journaling on the Journal Page in the menu bar.

 Art Journaling in the beautiful Blue Mountains

Galia Alena Blue Mountains

LOVE- YES at Esalen

I've been away overseas for a month now, on an amazing adventure which I am still digesting- so so much good stuff. For now I am just going to work my way backwards through the trip week by week and share some images along the way.
Galia Alena Photography, Esalen, Big Sur, Passion Flower
 My last week was spent at Esalen on the Big Sur with Pixie Campbell's Shamanic Painting Retreat where much magic was had by all. Such an honour to spend time with so many incredible and divine women, I can't yet find the words to share with you so here are some photos:
Galia Alena Photography, Esalen, Big Sur,

 Spiraling in and out.

Galia Alena Photography, Esalen, Big Sur,

 Bridges

 Sacred circling with beautiful women in our sweat lodge.

Galia Alena Photography, Esalen, Big Sur, butterfly

 Transformation

Galia Alena Photography, Esalen, Big Sur, sweat lodge

 Rebirth

Galia Alena Photography, Esalen, Big Sur,

Just a quick reminder that Of the Heart starts in one week and there is still time to sign up- I hope you'll join us.