Why it’s important to support a small business: Massive Big business layoffs happening in 2023

What do you think of this list of big businesses?

Do you read The Epoch Times?

I gathered information from a recent Epoch Times article and put the information in alphabetical order, abbreviated the percentages/headcount and created this cheat list of companies to limit the amount of money I spend with them.

Amazon.com Inc.

Plans to layoff more than 18,000 of their workforce.

AMC Networks Inc.

Plans to layoff 20 percent of its U.S. workforce. Chief Executive Officer Christina Spade stepped down after only three months in the role.

Arrival SA

Plans to rightsize and layoff approximately 30% of their UK workforce.

Beyond Meat Inc.

Plans to layoff 200 jobs this year to save about $39M.

Blue Apron Holdings Inc.

Plans to layoff  approximately 10 percent of its corporate workforce to reduce costs.

Buzzfeed Inc.

Plans to layoff  approximately 12% of its workforce.

Chime Financial Inc.

Plans to layoff  approximately 12% of its workforce.

Cisco Systems Inc.

Plans to layoff  approximately 5% of its workforce.

Citigroup Inc.

Has already cut dozens from its workforce.

Coinbase Global

Plans to layoff 60 people from its workforce.

CNN

Plans to layoff many from its workforce.

DoorDash Inc.

Plans to layoff approximately 1,250 people from its workforce.

HP Inc.

Plans to layoff approximately 6,000 people from its workforce by the end of their 2025 fiscal year.

Johnson & Johnson

Is considering layoffs to rightsize.

Kraken

Plans to layoff approximately 30% or 1,100 people from its workforce. 

Lyft Inc.

Plans to layoff approximately 13% or 683 people from its workforce.

Meta Platforms Inc.

Plans to layoff 13% or 11,000 people from its workforce. There you go “fact checkers”!

Micron Technology Inc.

Plans to layoff 10% of its workforce.

Morgan Stanley

Plans to make cost reductions by $3 billion in 2023.

Opendoor Technologies Inc.

Plans to layoff approximately 550 employees.

Phillips 66

Plans to layoff 1,100 people from its workforce.

Roku Inc.

Plans to layoff approximately 5% or 200 people from its workforce.

Salesforce Inc.

Plans to layoff 10% of its workforce.

Seagate Technology Holdings Plc.

Plans to layoff 8% or 3,000 people from its workforce. 

Stripe Inc.

Plans to layoff 14% or 7,000 people from its workforce. 

TuSimple Holdings Inc.

Plans to layoff 25% or 350 people from its workforce. 

Twitter Inc.

Laid off half of its workforce. 

Walt Disney Co.

Plans to layoff some of its workforce. 

Wolverine World Wide Inc.

Plans to layoff some of its workforce.

No one should be worked to death so billionaires, bankers, insurance companies, lawyers, shareholders and government can profit. Those institutions are the real pyramid schemes, not the MLMs, Direct sales, network marketing and party plan businesses.

It feels hypocritical of me to promote my books on Amazon after reading this list but I didn’t know this about them or how badly some of their workers are treated until recently. My son and his girlfriend quit working at an Amazon distribution center when she was made to do heavy repetitive tasks that injured her because she couldn’t see well enough to do the tasks she had been originally hired to perform that wouldn’t have involved heavy lifting.

She told me, “Don’t buy anything that weighs over 10 pounds from Amazon. You have no idea the way it impacts the workers.”

I support small businesses. I am the change that needs to occur to shift the balance of power back to the PEOPLE. I support businesses that are co-operatives (co-ops), employee-owned, etc. and quit supporting anything (or giving to charities) where CEOs were outrageously profiting. ❤️🦋🌀〰️🔥🙏☯️

A bit about me, your Spiral Sister

I would love to speak at your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural fair or festival. I support healthy lifestyle businesses. For information on me and my books see my author’s page — Click here. However, my holistic health book that details how I naturally reversed asthma, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is available with other resellers for only $5.99. Find it here

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2022: Review of a Tumultuous, Spiral Year

2022 Topsy Turvy Year in Review

God bless it! Omniscience bless this year whenever I look back upon it. We have lost family members and dealt with serious health challenges (when my husband suffered a stroke), but we are still here! And grateful.

2022 has been more turbulent than 2021 was for me. But I’m still standing as Elton would say!

At the very start of the year, I challenged myself to work through A Course in Miracles again. I have worked through it for about four years, but this time, I put thoughts down in Facebook, as each days ACIM lesson prompted. I stuck with the postings all year, even while on vacation. That was a big accomplishment for me!

Physically, at least we didn’t have to move this year, though I continue to look for a nice place for us in north Florida (for when our lease ends here Aug. 31, 2023).

The fear porn over an unseen virus still has some of our friends limiting their outings, most still haven’t visited us, but we get it. Everyone must take care of themselves. And after my husband, Richard, suffered an ischemic brain stem stroke Oct. 6, 2022, we know the importance of taking care of our selves even more! Richard completed a song he had begun writing prior to the stroke, Blame it on the Hurricane (it’s the first song in the short list here):

https://sheilamurrey.net/murrey-creations/

Lightening up

After 11 years in our RV and 17 months off grid, we sold our 5th wheel this year, since it had sat empty for most of the year and we knew it really needed to go to new owners who could and would enjoy it. And it did. And I made a new friend in the process, for which I am very grateful.

I have continued to give clothes, coats, dishes, plants, books, and other things away while living in the Bradenton 1/1 condo too, so there will be less to move next year. And I am happy about living a minimalist lifestyle. After all, I am a woman of simple needs, wants, and desires.

Live and Learn

I continue to work on myself—now having gained two levels of Reiki certification on my way to the Masters level. Plus, I have been rewriting my Integrated Spiral™ DE-program, completing my fourth book, and take a weekend Western Herbalism 101 course (which I had wanted to do for years)! I also got a call to volunteer to assist a well known author whom I admire–and that’s super exciting! Ah, life is for learning and doing what gives us joy!

I had signed up to complete my Reiki certifications before my husband had the stroke because I had felt I needed paper credentials in order to offer healing services. As well, I obtained ordination so I could work with people to heal plus perform marriages and funerals.

Why do we feel worthless?

I know I have been called to do these works of service. I have felt the call my whole life, but had never felt worthy. Somehow the piece of paper credentials prove me worthy to others, though within myself I know I am only an empty vessel.

Everything is Energy. And whatever healing modalities I offer are ALL Omniscience God working through me. I am not healing anyone through the little ego me. When I talk about such things and people call me arrogant, in actuality they are calling God arrogant (probably because they haven’t stepped up to their responsibilities of acknowledging God IN them)!

Knowing my place helps me stay neutral and grounded in my reality. I am to be in the world not of it, as Jesus said, and this is my mission. I am here to Connect Heaven to Earth.

Thus, I have made time to:

  • Work 8-5 M-F
  • Take care of myself and my husband (caregiver and getting him to/from rehab)
  • Drive everywhere since Richard isn’t very confident driving still
  • Grocery shop, gas up the car, clean the house, wash the dishes (though Richard has been helping some), do our laundry, etc.
  • Managing our money and paying the bills, since Richard used to do all that prior to the stroke
  • Talk or text with my daughter and son and watch their Facebook Live videos and YouTube videos, etc. when I can
  • Video chat with my oldest granddaughter, who graciously includes the twins in the calls sometimes too (and I miss them all sooo much)
  • Talk with and visit a few family members and friends (occasionally)
  • Cook all of our meals (no more dinners out) since Richard is on a strict low sodium, low sugar, no leafy greens/no vitamin K diet (due to the stroke and certain medicine interactions)
  • Reading (multiple books in progress)
  • Promote Richard’s original music—we’ve had several new songs produced in Nashville TN this year (3 were in the works when Richard had the stroke)

I was thrilled to meet author/podcaster, Gloria Grace Rand in person this year and bump into two longtime friends at Dr. Bruce Lipton’s event in West Palm Beach, Florida! My friends looked great after doing WildFit for a year, which prompted me to work the nutritive program this year too!

I have been in Dr. Bruce’s online group for nearly a year and have spoken with him and his nephew, Alex on the live monthly calls, so meeting Dr. Bruce in person was a huge treat and honor! I had hoped to meet Gregg Braden too, but at the last minute he couldn’t attend in person.

A few months later, Gloria invited me to her first retreat also and it was a wonderful event where we could share more and I made two new soulie sister friends! All three heart-centered ladies offered to read my fourth book too, which is due out very soon.

Speaking of my new book, pushed back its release due to Richard’s stroke (and my caregiver duties), and I benched the marketing of my DE-Program, Integrated Spiral™—yet these are exactly the times when I know people need the relief and open awareness it brings! At least I continue to use Integrated Spiral™ daily (which includes a Gratitude F-L-O-W), and its freeing framework to help me integrate other new things into my life—that expands time for me!

Flow state. A spiritual inquiry using the spiral pattern.

Our travel

Thankfully, we finally got to take our road trip to my home state, though unfortunately it wasn’t only to lay my parents’ remains to rest, but also to attend one of my cousins’ memorial service.

Laying my parents to rest: https://youtu.be/gzUoa4LJ2Gc

And: https://youtu.be/mdslfWikPS0

We were very blessed to stay nine days with my bestie (since 4th grade) and her “Miracle Man” husband while visiting my hometown. They were sooo incredibly gracious, cooked us the best meals, and we always said grace! I wish I hadn’t had to work while we were there (and had planned to take some days off, but one of the government contract opportunities that had been on again off again opened back up thus, I had more work)!

Thankfully, my best friend and I did get to see a few of our longtime friends, and go see some of the new things in town with our husbands, such as see this memorial near their home:

Richard and Sheila at war memorial, Vienna WV

Richard and I really had to make a conscious effort to find the silver linings during our trip because it was an emotional week for me—though less triggered these days, going home, especially after what happened with Greg and Josh, was a lot.

I’m glad we went to Josh’s memorial so I could hug two of his sisters and his wife, and spend time with Susan (Greg’s wife and a sister of another one of my high school friends too), as I had not been able to attend Greg’s memorial.

Losing both Greg and Josh only a few months apart was hard on our family, of course especially more difficult for their wives, sisters, and Josh’s children. I still catch myself in moments of disbelief, especially since Josh’s murderer was let out of jail on $8500 bond!!! We were all stupified as to how THAT could happen as it was supposed to have been an open and shut case with video! No one shoots eight times at someone driving away without intending to kill! Ugh. I can’t let my mind go there… it’s still emotionally painful when I dwell on it, so I calm myself with meditation as much as I can. And that’s a continuing practice.

Beware of Fake Light Workers

I am still angry at the lack of justice in the courts of Myrtle Beach, SC and continuing to work through this, considering various perspectives, even the darkest parts, I believe helps me clear the pain and allow more light and healing. And just as no one knows how long the grieving process takes, no one knows how long it takes to do one’s shadow work. This is why I include my feelings here, to acknowledge and give space for healing and clearing. I know it also helps others heal.

Links to both of my first cousins tributes:

Greg’s story

Joshua’s story

Before we left town, we got to have dinner with my cousin, Laurie (sister to both Greg and Josh), and Greg’s wife, Susan. And I got to see the small Fenton gift shop too where Susan works, which is only about a mile from where I lived while growing up.

During our time there, I was also so blessed to spend a few hours on a couple of different days with my uncle Jim and aunt Janice, and dear second mom, Liz. It was a jam packed nine days, but time I will hold dear to my heart forever.

And here’s a bit of an update on Josh’s story from my hometown news: https://www.wtap.com/2022/12/16/family-josh-wilson-honor-his-memory-ahead-holiday-season/

Family comes to Florida

We were over the moon thrilled to see my daughter, son-in-law, and three cutie pie granddaughters this summer when they drove to Florida from New Hampshire for a week! I hadn’t seen them in nearly 3 years and it had been even longer since my husband had seen them (he had not met the twins in person until this visit)!

We were happy to get to see my husband’s sister, Rose, and her husband this year again, as they enjoy (yes, IN Joy), driving around the country towing their 5th wheel behind their pickup truck. And I am glad they like traveling like that, (as I can relate—I towed a travel trailer years ago and didn’t like the towing experience).

I was especially grateful Rose and Alan could make another trip down in October to help us when Richard had the stroke because he needed an advocate with him and unfortunately I got ill from spending each day with him in the hospital. I really felt my husband needed someone to be with him and be his advocate (because of all the incidents while he was in there, and lack of communication between the doctors and nurses, which really annoyed me). The last three days of Richard’s nine day stay, I was too sick to go in there. Thank God for family!

Hair Growth

My hair has grown quite a lot in a year. But I am looking forward to getting a pixie cut in the spring of 2023.

I’ve combed through my hair completely (with my head upside down) and cut several inches off it this year and I do believe I’d like to have bangs. So that decision has been made. It’s simply a question of timing and figuring out who will cut it. I had wanted my daughter to cut it when she was here, but we had so little time together.

Dental work

I’m still missing my front tooth. But I have tried several new diets and supplements this year to see if I might be able to regenerate or improve the few real teeth I still have and now, I am at a point where I either get implants or dentures. And I am leaning towards dentures since I don’t feel I can handle anything being implanted into my body. I’m sensitive chemically and emotionally.

I’m also still fighting a tooth infection from the last dentist who put three crowns on molars last year, and I guess now I am going to have at least one of those pulled as the infection is less but hasn’t completely cleared yet and I doubt that’s healthy to keep a bad tooth in my mouth. I got it pulled Dec. 12th, 2022 and I did exceptionally well throughout the process! More on that here: https://sheilamurrey.net/2022/12/17/dental-high-jinks/

It just sucks that I spent all that money on the crown and it has bothered me for more than a year (plus, though numb during that work, it hurt very badly and I told them but they continued working on it). Lesson learned. I should have got up and walked out. Plus, they still owe me $1,150 that’s a credit on my account! (And yes, I have exhausted all of the various means of trying to force them to pay me but nothing has worked yet!)

Honoring the Sacred Past

I feel the Winter Solstice that didn’t shine sunbeams into the Newgrange chamber in Ireland December 2019, was meant to warn me of the tumultuous years ahead. And that I would continue to integrate my shadow self this year as I began this task last year. An ongoing practice.

The huge Banyan tree in our 55+ community. I have a few more months here to enjoy it:

Banyan tree, Bradenton FL

Classes and groups

Because we are limiting our time out of the house, I’ve had more time to participate in online groups and programs. I’ll share a few next:

Bruce Lipton’s online community

Bestselling author, podcaster, and now a soulie sister of mine, Gloria Grace Rand, whom I’d followed on social media for years but hadn’t met in person (until we chose to meet at the Bruce Lipton conference), invited me to a retreat in September she created. And I am sooo glad I went! We ALL had the best time: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2022/09/12/review-unplug-to-recharge-retreat-i-attended-yesterday-thank-you-gloria-grace-rand/

Plus, I am so fortunate to have met my Reiki Master, Victoria Stitzer and participate with her in weekly in-person Reiki circles as well as, certify in level I and II again and progress in my training and practice next year to the Masters level.

Check out Spiritual Mastermind Reiki Meditation Group SWFL on Meetup https://meetu.ps/c/50XXn/11mRY/a

Link to Victoria’s website: https://transformvegas.com/

And near the end of the year I was finally able to take a weekend herb class I had desired to take for several years! I took Western Herbalism 101 from Traditions School of Herbal Studies, in St. Petersburg, Florida. I learned sooo much! I loved the classes and will probably go again for more medicine making classes in the future.

Think in terms of degrees, doses, and layers and Truths will emerge.

Weight loss

In the early part of the year, I was still making shakes for breakfast and lunch with protein powder from The Green Smoothie Girl. If you like smoothies I highly recommend Robyn’s products as a way to get more protein.

If you’d like to give this plan a try, here’s the link: https://shop.greensmoothiegirl.com/pages/food-supplements?affiliate=895

March 2022, I had a consult with Dan McDonald, the Life Regenerator from YouTube fame, and did only citrus fruit for more than a month. You can read about that here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2022/03/13/mindset-shift-citrus-diet/

Then I tried the Bone Broth diet with very limited success. I didn’t even last two weeks on it.

I also tried the Carnivore diet:

https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2022/06/29/how-i-lost-5-pounds-in-5-days/

A friend invited me to try WildFit and it was a game changer for me! I am continuing to lose weight, which is so amazing and thrilling! I highly recommend checking out WildFit if you have tried everything else and haven’t yet lost the weight you desire to lose.

I am simply stunned that it helped me release over 20 pounds (and keep it off through some highly stressful times that always put weight back on my body before), because I focus on consuming whole foods, breathwork, and stress reduction with standing up and doing qigong and yoga movements throughout my workday, and getting enough sleep. There’s a lot of research to support these practices and how they help with healthy weight loss.

I had been eating very close to the foods WildFit recommends before, but perhaps it was the “seasons” approach and mindset stuff which finally reset my fat burning switch, I’m not sure.

Whatever formula WildFit has come up with is working for me though and that’s a huge win for me after 25 years of struggling to release excess weight and keep it off even through two hurricanes, power out for 8 days, hubby having the stroke, family visits, and holidays! Incredible!

I summarized my WildFit experience here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2022/08/14/wildfit/

New Music

Hubby and I continue to work on showcasing his original new music—getting it out to more musicians who play Live. Here’s the new page I have setup: https://sheilamurrey.net/murrey-creations/

And here’s the link to our songs on Apple:

https://music.apple.com/us/artist/richard-murrey/1487330877

We write music for new artists too, so please share this post or our links! ❤️🦋🌀🎼

This is Richard’s website where the songs are listed by genre: http://Listen4music.com

Can you dig it?!?

It’s ALL Energy

Let’s let go of 2022 with ease and thanksgiving and celebrate the New Year ahead!

Imagine ALL the things you can’t see, and we’ll see how we grow next year!

https://youtu.be/NmS6h_fkPgk

A bit about me, your Spiral Sister

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, both available on Amazon.

I would love to speak at your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural fair or festival. I support healthy lifestyle businesses. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

After 13 years of research and work, my health book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is available at: https://read.barnesandnoble.com/book/take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Off Grid, Living off the land, and the Tanka

Off Grid Living is tough

After 17 months in the woods of northeast Florida my husband and I called it quits, granted we were older when we attempted to give it a go. Perhaps younger people do better with all the Off Grid living. But it’s tough, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

After moving to a condo with electricity and all the conveniences, I don’t care to go back to Off Grid living. We still have our battery backups and needed them during two hurricanes while our power was off, but I was not a happy camper! Ugh.

It comes down to sustainability. Our mental and physical sustainability.

Living off the land

My grandparents (both sets) raised my parents while “living off the land.” Both sets of grandparents lived on farms, my mom was raised on a smaller city farm and my dad on 200+ acres, but both definitely understood what it meant and how hard it could be to live off the land and only get flour, sugar, and few other items from a small grocer. My mom and dad sure had fortitude from being raised with so little though! Here’s some thoughts I have about how living off the land strengthened them:

  • Each knew a LOT about trees.
  • Each walked a LOT, everyday. Miles and miles of country roads. It kept them grounded. Literally.
  • Each became quite in tune with nature.
  • Each learned how to survive with next to nothing.
  • Each stayed humble throughout their entire lives (though eventually gaining some success and money).
  • They loved stargazing and looking at the moon on clear nights.
  • They enjoyed cooking outside.
  • They enjoyed the sights and sounds of wildlife.
  • Mom adored squirrels, frogs, and deer.
  • Dad hunted. Later in life dad couldn’t kill a deer, after discovering their elegance and beauty.
  • My paternal grandfather swore by the Farmer’s Almanac to plant his garden.
  • Mom and her sister raised ducks. They often ate duck eggs instead of chicken eggs.
  • Mom wouldn’t name any of the farm animals as she never knew when one would become dinner.
  • My maternal grandmother would ring the chicken’s neck to kill it.
  • One of mom and dad’s first dates was at a lake.

1883

My husband and I just found this series on Paramount Plus (link below) and have been bleary-eyed watching every episode. Life as not easy at all for the pioneers! I sit in amazement often as to how my grandparents raised their children (three on mom’s side and six on dad’s side of the family) when they had sooo very little means!

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt13991232/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Tanka

Here’s some bit of history for you and how the Native American tribes are working hard to bring back the buffalo.

Tanka video

Learning from the Tanka

As Roger Miller famously sings, “You can’t roller skate in a buffalo herd.” And apparently, we can’t get enough sun on solar panels in the woods.

Yet, I continue to meditate upon what I’ve learned from our Off Grid experience, though I am not ready to go camping anytime soon. Living without immediate access to electric power is for the birds! LOL

Life is good, and God is good—ALL the time.

You can read more here (and see pictures of our off grid living: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2020/12/02/full-time-rv-life-energy-hogs/

A bit about me, your Spiral Sister

I’m an open vessel of Spirit (Source | Omniscience | Energy) offering a 4-week, small group, self-coaching transformational program called, Integrated Spiral. Mindful daily practices to apply what we have and bring us back into balance: mind, body, spirit, and soul. Expanding our perspectives to diffuse tension (within ourselves) and empower (and improve) our relationships—even the ones we think we’ve lost.

I would love to speak at your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural fair or festival. I support healthy lifestyle businesses. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, available on Amazon.

Plus, my holistic health book that details how I naturally reversed asthma, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is available now. Buy it here

Buy it here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Eating a gift I received at: Unplug to Recharge retreat

At the Unplug to Recharge retreat, I was gifted this Pollock avocado.

Thank you, Sherinata Pollock (yes, it’s wild that the avocado shares her last name) for gifting me with this huge, Haas-like avocado. It’s sooo creamy and good tasting, I can hardly explain! I even put some of it in a couple freezer bags for use throughout this week in my green WildFit smoothies (they call them, Alkagizers). (I’m finishing week 6 of WildFit and down 8 pounds as of this morning, since beginning this program.)

I’m also sooo happy to have met Sherinata–a new “soulie sister”!

Here are pictures of this amazing avocado:

Ripe Pollock avocado
Checking ripeness by playing with the stem nub
Yes, the stem nub is coming off (always a sign of ripeness of an avocado)
Stem is off and I’m ready to cut and scoop out the avocado
The open Pollock avocado
Pollock seed in the cup of water (in the window), using toothpick method to let it sprout

I used the Pollock avocado in my green veggie smoothie, as well as, a topping to some cooked cabbage (I used to slather butter on my boiled cabbage–the only way I ever ate it before). So, yeah, it’s a game changer. Of course, flax seeds are great on the cooked cabbage too! And I’d never done THAT before in my life. I am so loving unleveling my diet, y’all. So lovin’ WildFit!

As an aside, but a very important one: Sherinata owns a company called, Karelia Creations. I’ve signed up to offer some of her products as well. You’ll see some on my Wholly Integrating the Spiral (WITS) store page here: https://sheilamurrey.net/store/
You can check out her lovely and health-affirming creations at: https://kareliacreations.com/?fbclid=IwAR1LWlNGnS3Swo6e6wnS0-vCkOEvc_L6HDI2S5tDbsRlxpcrylSyrkh3zSc

I’m continuing to make cabbage, adding cauliflower and asparagus to it as well, that I’d learned to make at the retreat. Stay tune to the next article about that!

I am sooo thankful to Gloria Grace Rand, for the Unplug to Recharge retreat, new recipes, and especially that this is becoming very sustainable for me. Perhaps, because I am integrating into my life by following the little framework I developed in 2020 called, Integrated Spiral. Haha!

A bit about me, your Spiral Sister

Fractal of Omniscience. “Spiral Sister”Observer & Perceiver of Energy & Wisdom from Nature. Empath|Author|Connector|Speaker|Singer. ❤️🦋🌀〰️🔥🙏☯️

I would love to speak at your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, natural health foods store, art fair, music or yoga festival. I support healthy lifestyle businesses. I’m an Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, available on Amazon. Visit my author’s page here.

Plus, I documented how I naturally reversed 30+ years of chronic asthma in my holistic health book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, that’s available on Barnes and Noble: here

Be the best version of who you want to be. As it really does affect us ALL. We Are All Connected.

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

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Review: Unplug to Recharge, retreat I attended. Thank you, Gloria Grace Rand!

After a 16 hour adventure of a day that included: almost 2 hours driving over to Davenport, Florida, 12 hours of delightful retreat workshop activities, clean eating, body treatment under crystal lights, chatting with enlightened souls and making new soul bonds, and a bit more than one hour and a half driving back home to Bradenton, Florida… I was pooped but highly Energized! I thoroughly enjoyed my day (blessed IN Joy)!

Here’s my review of Unplug to Recharge retreat.

First, the other kindred spirits at this weekend retreat became new “soulie sisters” of mine! That means, we each felt as if we’d made a soul friend within minutes of meeting. And that’s always very aWEsOMe!

We started the morning by taking turns introducing ourselves to each other while holding a beautiful Talking Stick that Gloria brought. Those familiar with Stephen Covey’s classes, or Native American ceremonies will know what this is. It helped each of us feel heard, while encouraging the listeners to practice Active Listening skills (instead of thinking about what they would say next). We had fun with this routine though, and sometimes when one of us would get excited and want to burst with some statement, another would say, “Touch the stick, touch the stick”! And we would all roar with laughter!

Then, we moved to the massive kitchen table to being making salt scrub (mine’s in the glass jar with black lid in the photo). I was thrilled to do this activity because I’d tried this before (years ago–on my own) and hadn’t been very successful, so this was a treat! And now I know how to make this for myself from here on out. (Wink!) I used lavender essential oil and vanilla. It works well and smells sooo good!

Later in the day, we worked on cards, similar to vision boards, but much more interesting! The cards are part of a process called, Soul Collage–and for me, it served as a sort of automatic writing class! I enjoyed this time immensely, especially the sharing about each of our cards after we completing creating the boards and writing about them.

Here’s one of my cards. I named it, Blue. I guess it’s very fitting I’d do that, since I just finished writing my new book, Blue Eyes (it’s off to the editor as of 9/9/2022).

Sheila’s soul collage, “Blue.”
Sheila’s interpretation (automatic writing) of “Blue.”

I can’t say enough about how this experience allowed each of us to learn more about each other and bond. I’d had an expectation that I may not engage that much with this project because I’d not Connected so strongly with vision board creation years ago–wow, was I wrong!

I loved exploring more about this way of automatic writing (I’d wanted to do automatic writing but had not previously taken the time). So it was really revealing and I enjoyed that.

Here’s a picture of me creating my boards (note the blue glass in the window):

Gloria snapped this picture of me while I was making my soul collage.

And this is my two second board, along with the page out of my journal (a gift from Gloria to each participant):

Sheila’s soul collage, “Sunlight.”
Sheila’s interpretation (automatic writing) of “Sunlight.”

Gloria cooked lunch and dinner for us, and totally exceeded my expectations of food that was gluten-free (and grain free). Plus, the food was so good, I asked for the recipes! (That almost never happens.)

Dinner – chicken cabbage squash and radishes

We also said a meditation prayer of thanks (and held hands) before each meal (that had lovingly been placed on the kitchen table by the host). This blessed our food and perhaps, added to all the lively flavors!

Meditation for Blessing our Food

Here’s the cabbage I made yesterday, after returning home from the retreat:

We had the opportunity to take in several holistic health treatments too, and I chose to lay under the healing crystal lights.

The crystal lights were on a stand beside a bed and had an array of colored lights that would turn and off in rhythm. And light music played for the 30 minutes I was under the healing lights.

Fully clothed, I had a sheet on me and pad over my eyes so I could relax and meditate. I probably would have fallen asleep but I could hear my soulie sisters talking in the next room, just a bit–enough to keep me more present. I enjoyed laying on the under those crystal lights.

After dinner, we surprised Gloria with a luscious Chantilly Lace birthday cake from Whole Foods, a card from ALL, and gifts. We enjoyed dinner very much and the cake was divine. (I chose to have a small slice because I’m now on week 6 of WildFit.)

Gloria’s birthday cake – Chantilly Lace from Whole Foods

We had plenty of time to talk about meaningful topics with one another, do a little shopping too (from one of the gals’ crystal offerings), and try vocalizing in Light Language.

Crystal bowls Gloria played a bit for us

Gloria Grace Rand sings and speaks Light Language and gave us a collective session. I had heard it a few times before but was hesitant to try it. With much encouragement though, I did give it a whirl and sang or hummed something that sounded Asian to me. I had never heard myself sing anything like what came out of my mouth this evening before. It was stunning and energizing! I think I will continue this practice at home. (Wink!)

If you’d like to hear Gloria’s podcast where she shares her Light Language, check it out here: https://gloriarand.com/receiving-gods-grace/#more-19380

Gloria snapped this picture of the light reflecting in multiple colors on the tile floor
Crystal bowls and card decks
All the blue

Toward evening time, we wrote on a piece of paper any of the things we wanted to “let go” or release. And then, we went into the backyard (which I noted had two twin Live Oak trees, and I felt that was uncanny since the next day was the 21st anniversary of the day the twin towers fell in New York City). We had a short full moon and fire ceremony and lit our papers on fire. I sang a bit and gave thanks for a day well spent.

Fire ceremony – burning our limiting beliefs
Another angle of the fire with blue flame

The retreat was located at a house called, Contemplation Castle, in Davenport, Florida.

When I see more photos on Facebook of the event, I’ll update this and add them, as I didn’t take any pictures during the event because I totally unplugged (and didn’t even take my phone out of my bag all day, except for one time to check messages from my husband). And that was the whole point of the day, for me. (My hubby always says I have my phone attached to my hip!) LOL

Additional pictures

Blue light showing up as we looked in from the outside
All of us
Love how the journal Gloria gave us matches my MacBook (noticed this when I got home)

A bit about me, your Spiral Sister

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RV Life: Changing furniture

There are lots of “gotchas” one finds when they start removing RV furniture.

After living in our Carriage Carri-Lite 5th wheel for 8 years, our chairs and couch were quite worn. The fake leather had rubbed off, and it wasn’t worth recovering them.

Trying to cover worn RV “leather” recliner.
RV couch with worn fake leather
RV couch worn “leather” closeup
How do you keep fake leather from wearing off?
RV worn fake leather recliner

On 7/6/2018 my husband, Richard, got the old chair out. And my son, Matt, got the couch out.

Getting the couch (which by the way, was supposed to be a fold out or jack-knife couch bed, but wasn’t), out of the slide—wasn’t an easy job.

Son removing RV couch
Getting to the bottom of the RV couch.

It feels so much larger in here now. Just waiting on the new la-z-boy chairs to arrive!

There was 8 years of dust/dirt/whatever on the carpet by the small window.

This is no fold out RV bed.
A queen size air mattress had came with the RV, but the manufacturer must have meant for it to go on the floor because this couch wasn’t big enough to put it on it in any way! We never made the dealer show us how it worked either (at time of walk through or delivery). Our fault. We had asked the salesman but he didn’t know how it worked (because it didn’t)!

Once the couch was out, I could see the light dusting of mold on one wall by the fridge! It had been impossible to clean between the couch and the fridge. I wiped the walls down. No more mold!

At first, we thought one of our doggies had thrown up or something, but to get it all the way under the couch?!? So bizzare! We tested it and found it was furniture STAIN! Apparently, our RV manufacturer spilled the stain and thought the couch would cover it up!

Cabinet stain on the carpet under where the couch was—manufacturer had covered it up and no one told us!
Floor plan of our RV

This is the floor plan of our RV, except ours has a king size bed in the bedroom. It had plenty of room for us and two small shih-tzu’s. Our doggies were older when we bought this and only lived in it with us for about 3 years, sadly. But we continued living in the RV for more than 11 years. The last 17 months of that time, we lived off grid. More about that experience here and here.

All I can say about buying an RV is, buyer beware. I have had buyers remorse for many years over this RV, though I had grown quite fond of it.

First, the refrigerator had a recall on it, then the automatic transfer switch melted down and could have killed us! Read about that here.

When you know more, you can make much better choices.

2021: Review of a CrAzY, Transformative, Aligning Year

2021 Year in Review: CrAzY, Transformative, and Aligning

Maybe I lost my mind this year, but they say you have to lose things sometimes, to FIND them. Right? (I’m hearing Eminem’s song, Lose Yourself, in my head as I write this!)

2021 has been ridiculous for me in many ways. But I’m still here! Dammit! Haha! No. Bless it!

God bless it! Omniscience bless it.

In fact, Omniscience blesses it ALL. Every single one of us. ALL the time. And in ALL ways! Even the shitty ways. Really.

Physically, we moved again. But it wasn’t planned.

I had planned to live in our beautiful $100k+ RV 5th wheel for the rest of my life! But the emotional rollercoaster we’d been living in the woods for 17 months, finally got the best of us.

So, hubby and I left for a month away, and during the course of that “vacation,” we rented a condo for a year! But more on that in a few minutes.

COVID-19 has continued to ravage many of us—if not physically, then socially, financially, psychologically, and emotionally—sadly.

If you haven’t had it, someone you know has, or thought they have, or been told they have… the fear, distrust, mass psychosis, misinformation, disinformation, judgmental attitudes, lockdowns, etc. all taking a toll on us, individually and collectively. Ugh!

It seems all too much now!

The fear porn over an unseen virus has heightened to fever pitch levels to the point of censorship, job loss, businesses going bankrupt, people falling into depression, losing their sanity, friendships ending, relationships suffering, divorce, and even death!

But we’re supposed to be saving people’s lives!

Mind-blowing shit emoji

We (as in everyone) were supposed to get a vaccine in 2021 that could end the COVID nightmare and get us all back to “normal.” Yeah, right. (I never expected a thoroughly tested vax that fast anyway, nor would I have been one to get it first. That’s totally what I’m NOT about, and NOT who I am. I am all about doing things the natural way.)

And NOW, I think for many of us, those vaccines coming out so quickly, only made things worse!

We now find ourselves in a fight for our #HealthFreedom – and we aren’t in the majority yet, which baffles me!

Minding My Energy became a cosmic joke—played on ME! (I created this design in 2019, way before I knew I would have to literally manage my energy when we moved “off grid” AND now, I really have to manage my energy to hold my shit together!)

Packing it up

We packed it up and moved out. Yes, after 11 years in our RV and 17 months off grid, I’ve let go of something else—my home.

Our 5th wheel home parked under the canopy of Live Oak trees, Hollister Florida. It’s now for sale—with or without to 11 solar panels, lithium batteries, inverter, and gas generators.

We took all our “prepper” know-how and stuff and moved back to town.

I feel defeated. Guilty. Sad. Like a failure. I also feel mad when I see how much money we threw away on trying to live off grid! (About $25k)

The RV, wood shed that stores the batteries, inverter and power supply, and 2 moveable solar panels (not shown are 9 more mounted solar panels.)
Solar Electronics, batteries are underneath.

Life’s for Learning

I continue to work on myself (and coach an elder friend, one-on-one, through my Integrated Spiral DE-program), but between job interviews, moving (as noted below), and ultimately changing roles with my employer, I have had to make time to:

  • Take care of myself and my husband
  • Clean mold off everything, pack, move it by the car load, reorganize it (5 car loads = 5 trips back and forth. 3 hours each way.)
  • Talk with my daughter and son
  • Video chat with my oldest granddaughter, who graciously includes the twins in the calls sometimes too (and I miss them all sooo much)
  • Catch up with much loved extended family (I have less of them now, as one of my aunts passed a few weeks ago)
  • Talk with / visit friends
  • Walk
  • Take online classes (both for work and for my personal growth & sanity)
  • Take Pilates classes (but had to quit after they changed their rules)
  • Read (5 books in progress)
  • Create courses (created one during 2 weeks off in August: Communing with Trees)
  • Market Richard Murrey original music
  • Continue writing my metaphysical novel

I have had no time to adequately market Integrated Spiral™—yet these are exactly the times when I know people need the relief and open awareness it brings!

Join me and 3 others in a small-group DE-program group that meets on Zoom each week (new groups form monthly!)

I barely have time to tweet about our original NEW music!

No travel plans

Travel that had been planned for 2020 has either been completely cancelled now, or indefinitely postponed:

  • Alania’s Gainesville retreat (prepaid)
  • Particular “soul type” retreat that I won’t name—Held in Oct 2021, rescheduled from 2020, but with such restrictions that I canceled. Unbeknownst to me, my cancellation and one post about it, stirred up a lot of angst and cost me “friendships.” Ugh! Huge waste of time.
  • 40th High School reunion (They had rescheduled it, but I chose not to go, as I would have had to drive myself)
  • Trip to my home state to lay my parent’s remains to rest (which was to occur the week I went home for my HS reunion—I guess there’s no rush. Ugh!)

Family comes to Florida

We were happy to get to see my husband’s sister, Rose, and her husband this year again, as they enjoy (yes, IN Joy), driving around the country towing their 5th wheel behind their pickup truck. And I am glad they like traveling like that, (as I can relate—I towed a travel trailer years ago and didn’t like the towing experience).

We also got to see one of hubby’s brothers, Bill! He stayed in my son’s tiny house and helped me take some drawers out of a cabinet in our RV. Bill is an expert woodworker. Actually, so is Alan, my sis-in-law’s hubby—he made us a beautiful trivet, out of wine corks and stained wood.

Hair Growth

My hair has grown quite a lot in a year.

So much so, that before we knew we would move, my son gave me an undercut:

My undercut (haircut/shave by my son).
Undercut side view. My hair is so thick and this cut helped me stay cool.

Dental work

I’m still missing my front tooth.

Insert song in your head here, All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth. LOL You can’t get it out of your head, can you? Haha! Pun intended.

I make a good pirate with my missing tooth though, right? Pic of me and my granddaughter using a fun pirate filter on Google Duo.

I won’t go into it all, but suffice to say after spending another $5k on my teeth in September/October and by December, experiencing a toothache from one of the three new crowns—dentures are in my near future!

If you know an excellent and thoroughly trustworthy holistic dentist, in the Bradenton Florida area, let me know!

Gulfport: Making new friends

When we reached our mental breaking point in the woods, hubby found an AirBnB in the Gulfport area of St. Petersburg Florida.

And since we had not been out much in 17 months, we really enjoyed walking to the Main Street area to the popular nearby restaurants.

Hubby Richard created several digital pieces of art while we were in Gulfport, FL. ❤️😉

One restaurant, I had previously loved when we used to live in Palmetto and would come here occasionally, let us down on our first day out! Not enough help. Too busy. Breakfast was cold when it showed up. And two loudmouth guys wouldn’t shut up the whole time we sat there.

I was beginning to think we had made a mistake coming to Gulfport.

But then, we tried the Irish pub one afternoon for dinner and it fast became our hangout! Live music everyday and friendly staff, musicians, and patrons!

Loved the fish and cucumber salad at the Irish pub!

Our early evenings at the pub almost made me forget about the plandemic for a minute!

I got to meet one of the gals whom I had met on Clubhouse (and was supposed to meet in person at a particular soul type retreat), and we had a great time!

Enjoying time with her really helped me heal the hurt I had felt over all that had transpired from me simply choosing not to attend the retreat (and posting that information on Facebook—without tagging, or directly naming the event and its organizers). I had sought only to inform my friends, but some took it personally anyway. (That’s on them.)

I chose not to play their game (I simply canceled my hotel reservation and said, “No”—but oh, some people can’t hear that word)!

Speaking of Clubhouse, I joined, got fairly involved, brought a few others in, learned a lot, and gave even more, and QUIT all within a year. (Mostly due to my own time management and because there seemed to be a lot of scammers showing up on there!)

And speaking, or rather writing, about small businesses, yes, I continue to support many holistic health and other small businesses—more on that here.

Hubby working at our computer while I worked on my laptop, in the AirBnB

As for our little efficiency duplex AirBnB rental unit in Gulfport, we would go back! It was quiet and clean. And very close to the Main Street area and marina. Though I worked 2 weeks, and only took 2 weeks off (to create the Communing with Trees course and clear out 200+ notes from my Notepad app), we enjoyed our time in Gulfport WITH hot water and ELECTRICITY very much!

Honoring the Sacred Past

I feel the Winter Solstice that didn’t shine sunbeams into the Newgrange chamber in Ireland December 2019, was meant to warn me of the tumultuous years ahead. And that I would continue to integrate my shadow self this year as I began this task last year. Apparently, it is ongoing work. ☯️

Somehow I feel the Live Oak trees in Hollister told the Banyan and Palm trees in Bradenton that I was coming, because after our current rental home (a one bedroom single story condo) fell into our proverbial laps, by way of a friend, I found myself surrounded by trees! And in the city?!? Go figure!

I discovered this amazing and huge Banyan tree in our 55+ community by getting out and walking everyday! You can’t possibly know how thrilled I was to find it!

Banyan tree, Bradenton FL

Celebrating Family

After 5 drives back to the woods to pack more belongings into our car, it was Thanksgiving, which I also call, Thanksliving time.

Aaron and Abby had us over for a grand Thanksgiving feast—even better than last year! Aaron’s turkey was the best!

We just brought two pies (from Fresh Market in Bradenton), as our easy contribution! And my son’s girlfriend, Rachael, arrived in time to spend the last hour of our visit with us (as she had spent Thanksgiving with her kids). Family. By blood or by choice—either way, find some. What else is life for?

Online classes

Because we are limiting our time out of the house, I’ve had more time to participate in online groups and programs. I’ll share a few next:

The Green Smoothie Girl

As well, I continued making shakes for breakfast and lunch with protein powder from The Green Smoothie Girl.

The first time around, I enjoyed doing this fasting type cleanse with my daughter, which helped me mentally, as I had felt down because we couldn’t visit in 2020-2021. Doing this detox together was emotionally supportive and a bit fun!

I highly recommend Robyn’s products.

I buy the protein powder in the big bag now. I also think the flax is amazing too.

If you’d like to give this plan a try, here’s the link: https://shop.greensmoothiegirl.com/pages/food-supplements?affiliate=895

The Sacred Science

I started the year with a course from The Sacred Science called, Inner Alchemy. It was very deep and healing.

Screen capture from the home page of the course: Inner Alchemy by The Sacred Science.

I spent several months watching the videos and doing the homework in this course, about the same time I signed up for Dr. Joe’s offering, so it took me awhile to complete. And I highly recommend both.

I learned new tips and gained insights into my Self that brought more peace and appreciation into each of my days. (And I can get “in a mood” with the best—or worst—of them, so to speak.)

In humility, I am always working on my Self.

Dr. Joe Dispenza

Screen capture of heading in Dr. Joe Dispenza’s app: The Formula.

I got through all Dr. Joe’s videos fairly fast, but then it came time to do the daily meditations. Hmm.

I love to meditate, but something in this course got me stuck. Was it Dr. Joe’s pace? His vocal tone (which differs from his speaking voice)? I don’t know. But I will return to the meditations at some point.

NES Infoceuticals

I abSOULutely resonate with so much of the information in Harry Massey’s book, Decoding the Human Body-Field: The New Science of Information as Medicine.

After 3 weeks of dealing with a cold/flu bug a few weeks ago, I called my NES Health practitioner and got some Infoceuticals. After the first dose I felt 50% better! They are amazing!

If you get through everything else and still feel poorly, or want to see what else you can do to improve your health energetically, then I highly recommend reaching out to a NES practitioner:

https://www.neshealth.com/en/infoceuticals/

New Music

Hubby and I continue to work on showcasing his original new music—getting it out to more musicians who play Live. And we’re working with a new distributor to get the songs on all the major music platforms:

  • Amazon Music
  • iTunes / Apple Music (link below)
  • Spotify
  • Deezer
  • N1M
  • YouTube

And Richard has created new visuals for each of his songs, to be played on a screen behind the musicians or online, etc.

Here’s the link to our new music for Apple listeners:

https://music.apple.com/us/artist/richard-murrey/1487330877

I know with his genius talent and experience, plus, my tenacity and perseverance (not to mention my co-creative and positive outlook), we can reach far and wide.

We write music for new artists! ❤️🦋🌀🎼

Can you dig it?!?

I setup a new website: MurreyCreations.com this year and a shopping site, so there are more ways to reach us.

Missing my girls

I am still missing seeing my girls… my daughter and granddaughters in New Hampshire. Dammit! No. Omniscience BLESS it! I know things can change!

I miss my girls sooo much! I look at the pictures and videos from our last time together, and have to quickly dry my tears when we Google Duo video chat because I see how much they’ve grown and how much time as passed! Oh, how much I have missed due to some unseen virus!

I work my DE-program though, and know that’s MY issue to clear and release. To heal. And perhaps as I heal myself, I heal others. I don’t know, but it’s a nice and very FREEING thought!

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A bit about me, your Spiral Sister

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, both available on Amazon.

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How woo-woo are you?

Are you woo-woo?

No, woo-woo isn’t about Halloween stuff, or things that go bump in the night. At least not necessarily.

Remember there’s no “dark switch,” as Abraham-Hicks says. The light is always there.

Most of us are simply living in the shadow (or observing shadows) because we’re blocking the light. Yes, our Ego (our self acknowledged human) is in our own way, blocking the Light.

Truth / Wisdom Seeker

One can spend their entire life truth seeking, yet still, with so many subjects (and rabbit holes), can Truth ever really be found?

I simply observe Nature. And I observe myself. Then, I observe myself in relationship with others.

I think Nature can answer most (if not all), of our important questions.

Here are just a few examples of things I have looked into:

Truth in Sacred texts

The Holy Bible says, “To everything turn, turn, turn.”

From an early age, I thought this meant to keep turning the pages of books, or of my life.

Now, I read it to understand that I am allowed and encouraged to TURN (and keep on turning) to what FEEDS my soul (FEELS good to me)!

The Bible states,

“Lean not unto your own understanding.”

And

“Study to show thyself approved.”

On the surface, these two statements seem to be contradictory teachings.

But to whom were the messages given to? At what time? And for what purpose?

This is why Context is so important. It is also why we are called not to judge (though we are called to be discerning, which is different than judging), because we can never truly know a person or what all they’ve been through.

Is there Truth in Life Experiences?

Look at Light as it comes though a rainbow to display different colors. Is the Light not coming from the same source?

I use the analogy of a mirror ball to illustrate how we can’t ever see the WHOLE from one perspective.

All points of view are included in the WHOLE.

When we disagree with someone, it’s usually because their perspective is 180 degrees different from ours!You just can’t understand their point of view when you’re not seeing things from their perspective.

I won’t ever nullify anyone’s personal life experience. Why would I?

“We don’t have a control language for totality. Command the image of totality.” Terence McKenna.

Truth in Archeology?

Perhaps if we look to the Earth, and hard sciences like Archeology, we can get at the truth.

I love watching shows like, Ancient Aliens.

Research Gobekli Tepe and you’ll learn its one of the oldest civilizations found to date. It even predates Stonehenge!

And to think, when I was growing up, I had been taught the world was only 6,000 years old! (People wonder why kids ask questions about religion.)

Truth in Politics?

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” John Adams, Founding Father and 2nd US President

If we aren’t moral and religious, then what?

I hear lies from ALL. There. I said it.

Hitler belonged to the political German Workers‘ Party, that later changed its name to the National Socialist German Workers’ Party, otherwise known as the Nazi party.

Just pointing out the obvious here: “Workers” and “Socialism.” We all know how Hitler’s story ended. Why does it seem we’re going down THAT road again?

I never thought I’d see a tyrannical government in America in my lifetime, but alas, here were are. I’ve said for years that we don’t really live in a FREE country, but damn, I didn’t think I would lose the freedom of speech!

Truth in Past Lives?

Maybe if we look backwards even further, we can gain some additional insights? This takes willingness, courage, and humility to look WITHIN.

Some say Saddam Hussein thought he had been Nebuchadnezzar and King Nimrod (tower of Babel builder) in former lives. He had his image put on a coin with Nebuchadnezzar’s face and had been building a new Tower of Babel!

The more things change, the more they stay the same. As the spiral expands though, I hope for more wisdom and compassion to accrue.

I continue to look within.

Deep Thinker

There’s sooo much to learn!

Obviously, I am a deep thinker. Are you?

Do you meditate? Star gaze? Day dream? Can’t sleep once a question enters your mind?

This is one of the reasons I have loved The Logical Song by Supertramp since I first heard it as a teen!

Lightworker

I witness the power of the divine flame to burn what isn’t necessary and clear another path forward.

Light isn’t just what is emitted from a bulb or candle. The human body emits light too!

When you walk into a dark room after having shut off a bright light, it takes a couple minutes for your eyes to adjust. Think about it.

Maybe that’s why that whole “count to 10” thing works (to help us regain emotional control) when we are mad?

I have always wanted to know where electricity comes from. Energy intrigues me.

Remember FAITH is a SUBSTANCE of what is hoped for. It’s real. Pray knowing that.

We’re off to see the wizard, as the song says!

❤️🦋🌀🎼〰️🔥🙏☯️

Witchy

Well, this is a deep subject, isn’t it?

Good or bad. Dark or light.

I have come to see the many ways, over the centuries, how this label has been misused. And innocent people have died because of it.

Sit down with someone who is knowledgeable on the subject of witchery and you may be quite surprised to learn the many mistruths we’ve been taught over the years.

I have learned and absorbed much from visiting sacred sites, such as Stonehenge, Newgrange, Knowth, the Yew tree at Rosslyn, Fairy Glen spiral, and the Witches Well (Edinburgh, Scotland). Certainly, I became aware and attuned to strong connections with Gaia from having had those experiences.

I don’t think observing, respecting, and working with nature, sitting or walking in nature, gazing at crystals, gazing at the moon and stars, enjoying a predawn walk, hugging trees, sitting in circle, pouring libations, praying, singing, chanting, drawing sacred geometry geometry, setting annual intentions, writing or speaking from Spirit, or making tinctures makes me a witch. But, eh, whatever! LOL

Perhaps we can broaden the definition of the label, or better yet, drop it altogether.

As I explained to my 10 year old granddaughter one night while discussing the difference between religions (including the dark arts), if anyone hurts someone, it doesn’t matter what label they have, that’s where I set my boundaries—no one can hurt another on my watch.

I have written on this previously too. Suffice now to say, any religion can have within it, those practicing dark arts.

Shaman

I see shamanic work as that of raising shadow into light, balancing the yin and yang, or getting back in touch with our earthly nature. I don’t think shamanism is woo woo at all.

And after living in an RV full-time for 11 years and Off Grid for 17 months, I got back to my roots.

I teach Integrated Spiral™ courses because they have grown me into WHOLENESS!

🌀 Energy Tuning

🔵 Mirror ball: Valuing ALL perspectives

🌱 Growing & F-L-O-W-I-N-G (Everything Resolves to Gratitude)

☯️ Kaleidoscope: Finding value in Everything, Interconnectedness (We Are All Connected)

Spiritual

If you are breathing, you’re Spiritual (in my book).

Yoke with. Breathe with. Spirit. Every day.

Spirit or Presence would simply love your acknowledgment. But Spirit will go on and be fine without your acknowledgement too.

Spirit doesn’t need you. As the glorious sunshine doesn’t need you. You’re nice and all, but remember your place and who’s been here longer.

The Presence of God IS Everywhere. ❤️🦋🌀〰️

Enlightened

I love to listen to Russell Brand, Sadhguru, Rev Michael Bernard Beckwith, Zach Bush, Brian Rose, Dr Joe Dispenza, Gregg Braden, Bruce Lipton, Maryanne Williamson, and those leaders who can look and value ALL perspectives.

Change your perspective and find meaning in joy in your current task.

Even monks go grocery shopping. Sweep floors. Wash laundry. And bathe. They just do all these tasks, prayerfully. Always aware of the Spirit that transcends.

When I was a child, I never could have imagined the number of mystical teachers I would have, or even have access to, in my life. And I am profoundly grateful.

I imagined having a picture phone, but never having an Internet. Thank Omniscience for these tools though, so I can stay Connected with my granddaughters, my daughter, son, and ALL of you (who have chosen to Connect with me).

I will always stand for Freedom and Free Will (Choice).

If you want to learn HOW we can change our perspectives to live in more Balance and harmony, check out my Integrated Spiral DE-program.

Amen. Namaste. OM

A bit about me, your Spiral Sister

I’m an open vessel of Spirit (Source | Omniscience | Energy) offering a 4-week, small group, self-coaching transformational program called, Integrated Spiral. Mindful daily practices to apply what we have and bring us back into balance: mind, body, spirit, and soul. Expanding our perspectives to diffuse tension (within ourselves) and empower (and improve) our relationships—even the ones we think we’ve lost.

I would love to speak at your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural fair or festival. I support healthy lifestyle businesses. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, available on Amazon.

Plus, my holistic health book that details how I naturally reversed asthma, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is available now. Buy it here

Buy it here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

Be the best version of who you want to be

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Off Grid RV: Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons of Off Grid RV Living

Why are we calling it quits after 17 months in the woods?

Read on. It really comes down to sustainability. Our mental and physical sustainability.

Compare and Contrast

Pros

Through sheer will, I’ve been able to turn most of the things that challenged me, into transformative processes! And there have been good times.

  • I walked barefoot in the beach sand of the country road. (This grounded me and eased lonely feelings.)
  • I developed and committed to a daily Gratitude process, that I codified into Integrated Spiral.
  • I loved communing with the grandmother tree on the property and gaining resilience from her.
  • I enjoyed stargazing and looking at the moon on clear nights and dancing outside.
  • We enjoyed hanging out with My son, his girlfriend, and our neighbors.
  • I loved grilling food outside on my son’s Cuisinart propane grill
  • I perfected pan frying frozen salmon and tuna on a gas stove!
  • I loved the sounds of nature.
  • I loved watching the birds, bats, dragonflies, and butterflies.
  • I loved planting herbs and trees. And putting in a garden. My herbs and trees grew well.
  • I enjoyed sitting in a 3 foot deep pool on a hot day with a cold adult beverage in hand.

Cons

  • Generating enough power. I could write a book on generators now. I’m not kidding! And even though we live innthe sunshine state, we didn’t get enough sun on our solar panels to meet our needs.
  • We did use less. We turned off our RV refrigerator and bought a dorm size fridge. Used our microwave for only 30 seconds at a time, eventually quit using it after my son tried using it for 6 minutes (after we had installed a new inverter and new lithium batteries and knocked out our power—it was never quite right after that).
  • We did without our electric fireplace, which we always loved. It used too much power. My son put in a small propane buddy heater to resolve our heating needs in the winter, and that worked well.
  • We couldn’t run our built in RV vacuum. It used too much power.
  • We tried living the first few months without air conditioning. I couldn’t work (with sweat running from my armpits), and do all I was doing without AC. We had to run one dedicated generator (turning it on/off several times a day) to maintain a comfortable temp and humidity. My son had to direct wire it.
  • Speaking of my son, we had to rely on him for any handy work that had to be done. No RV tech, electrician or such would come to the country or come out during COVID.
  • Speaking of humidity, we had to deal with mold inside the RV. We removed all the cabinet doors and ran two or three small fans and two dehumidifiers to establish proper air flow and ventilation.
  • Bugs. The county doesn’t spray for mosquitoes, which is also good (reduces our toxic load), provides food for lizards, bats, etc. But we can’t step out our door without something biting us. And even while taking a shower outside in the bathhouse, we swat a few bugs away—and duck when a mama bird chose to build a nest in there!
  • Speaking of critters, we only saw one snake, but thought we heard sasquatch one night! Though that inspired a song!
  • Falling tree limbs. Yes, falling trees and branches have killed people! Enough said.
  • Our vegetable garden failed. First year it was too hot or we planted too late. Second year it rained too much.
Why are we calling it quits?

Irony

I didn’t want to pay $500 a month for RV park lot rent (that included $100 worth of electricity per month), because the park had raised its monthly rent $50 a month each year we’d lived there, and we had no amenities.

YET, after moving to the country (to my son’s property), we spent $25k+ on solar setup to live rent free Off Grid. AND after 17 months of that (mentally and physically challenging time), we are now (about to be) paying $1000 a month, plus electricity, for a 1 bedroom apartment! Hahahaha!!!

The only difference is that we’ve never lived in a 55+ community before! Hope we’ll like it!

#owned3houses #livedRVlife #livedOffGrid #gettingOLDsucks #IhaveNOanswers #backtoapartmentlife #55pluscommunity

Green Acres

Get back to Nature they said. It will be fun they said! Life showed me what a bitch it could be!

Given all the Pros detailed above, here’s the thing: Life is unsustainable. All good things must come to an end. Bodies eventually get old and tired. And though this unique (yet old and basic) lifestyle seems like it would be fun, exciting, and glamorous—it takes W-O-R-K. A whole lotta work!

And after living on grid all our lives, we’re lazy and spoiled. And that’s okay!

March 2020, I wrote:
https://sheilamurrey.net/2020/03/31/were-livin-off-grid/

Learning from the trees

As Roger Miller famously sings, “You can’t roller skate in a buffalo herd.” And apparently, we can’t get enough sun on solar panels in the woods.

Yet, I continue to meditate upon what I’ve learned. This experience has bared me to my soul. I can stand strong in my power, determining with wisdom, what I can and cannot change.

Perhaps you noticed I had 11 Pros and 11 Cons to Off Grid RV living in my lists above. Choosing to stay or go really comes down to the deal breakers, and how much we are willing to put up with.

When an available apartment figuratively, fell into our laps, we felt it was the right move to make. After all, Everything in life is temporary, so why not rent?

Life is good, and God is good—ALL the time.

You can read more here (and see pictures of our off grid living: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2020/12/02/full-time-rv-life-energy-hogs/

A bit about me, your Spiral Sister

I’m an open vessel of Spirit (Source | Omniscience | Energy) offering a 4-week, small group, self-coaching transformational program called, Integrated Spiral. Mindful daily practices to apply what we have and bring us back into balance: mind, body, spirit, and soul. Expanding our perspectives to diffuse tension (within ourselves) and empower (and improve) our relationships—even the ones we think we’ve lost.

I would love to speak at your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural fair or festival. I support healthy lifestyle businesses. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, available on Amazon.

Plus, my holistic health book that details how I naturally reversed asthma, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is available now. Buy it here

Buy it here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

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Be the change: Support small businesses

Supporting small businesses

This is really the crux of it, No one should be worked to death so billionaires, bankers, insurance companies, lawyers, shareholders and government can profit from other people’s labour. Period.

That’s the real pyramid scheme.

I inherently believe things must change.

The arguments I always hear when discussing this topic, is that the billionaires deserve to reap rewards for the risk they took to start the business; investors deserve to receive usury on the investment capital they put in to get the business going; banks deserve to profit from the startup capital loans they risked; founders deserve to be rewarded for their creative ideas and vision, etc.

I want things to be fair and kind, but capitalism sure doesn’t seem setup that way.

What to do?

Vote with your dollars!

Support businesses that create, work, and live by the same principles you follow.

Here are some examples:

Where do you shop?

I love helping small businesses grow. I shop local and bank online with Aspiration because I like a bank with a conscious that doesn’t support big oil.

I vote with my dollars and support businesses that are co-operatives (co-ops), employee-owned, etc. I stopped knowingly buying anything (or giving to charities) where CEOs were getting offensively rich. ❤️🦋🌀🙏☯️