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Quorra

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  • Birthday 04/30/1982

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  1. Hello Apollo! I can't wait to see where this path takes you! I also believe that everyone has the capacity to awaken and is totally possible in this lifetime. Welcome to the rebellion!
  2. I have had lucid dreams for as long as I can remember and until recently it wasn't too often. Now it happens all the time. I have been studying Reiki and hypnotherapy for a while and have been using those concepts to dig deeper into the universe - one of the coolest things I have started to delve into so far is accessing the Akashic Records. Seriously, Google it if you're unfamiliar. My lucid dreams are usually driven by my intuition and kinda look like a more upbeat Twin Peaks crime solving vision (no creepy guy speaking backwards). Lucid dreams are also a means for your Higher Self/the Universe/your spirit guides to communicate with your subconscious on the physical plane when they need to; i.e. you've been slacking with meditation practice and playing Overwatch instead. Some things to consider; Dream journals are a great idea...if you use them. Using your phone as a recorder would be better, seeing as how your phone is undoubtedly your alarm clock too. Use your druidy-ness and meditation/self hypnosis/yoga/Reiki practices to examine and fully receive any messages your unconscious mind is telling you. Even if you have perceived control of said dream while having it - your ego is fooling you into thinking you have control in that space - it's best to just go with the flow and observe. There are symbols and metaphors galore that revisiting in trance will clarify. Consulting a professional for advice, training or insight can lead you to new heights of being. If nothing else, go to the library for illumination.
  3. Fellow Druids! So, I have been mulling the idea for a thread about Reiki for a while and think it's time to share. What is Reiki? “It's an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together.” - Obi-Wan Kenobi I was asked by my mentor how to describe Reiki energy if I were speaking to someone on the street. Knowing that unless I were vacationing on Tatooine, The Force is the perfect reference. A more literal translation of Reiki is "Universal Life Force" after all. But, in the study of Reiki and practice of healing with that energy relates a little better to "Spiritual Life Force". And a Reiki student/practitioner/Master uses a "laying on of hands" to act as a conduit to channel "The Force" into the recipient for the purposes of holistic healing. Physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. The Physical Level (any pain or illness): Your body's ability to heal itself kicks into lightspeed. Usually alleviating pain and flushing toxins from your system. Your body energy harmonizes and promotes a balanced state of well being which can lead to better eating habits and exercise routines. The Emotional Level (what you are feeling and experiencing): Reiki inspires you to examine how you handle emotions. Encouraging you to let go of anger, resentment and worry, thus promoting the qualities of loving, caring, sharing, trusting and goodwill. It can also help to channel emotional energy into creativity. The Mental Level (your thoughts and attitudes): Reiki practice involves meditation and energy work. By focusing yourself and allowing the energy to flow through you brings deep relaxation, reduction of stress and tension. It allows you to let go of negative thoughts, attitudes, perceptions and replace them with thoughts of peace, love and serenity. It can enhance your intuitive abilities and pushes you pursue your personal potential through Self-awareness. The Spiritual Level (your capacity to love yourself and others unconditionally): Love and acceptance of your whole Self. Being less judgemental of others and seeing each person as a pure and beautiful soul energy as well as a human, or wookie. Love, compassion, gratitude and understanding all drive you to follow your own path of personal growth and spiritual development. Levels of Attunement "The Force is strong with this one." - Vader Now, much like the Jedi, the student has the ability to hone and develop their use of the force for the greater good. Unlike the Jedi, however, in order to channel the energy you must receive an "attunement". It doesn't rely on medichlorian count or lineage, (well kind of, but that's deeper stuff that is taught in a class), and can be given to anyone who would like to receive it. The attunement opens the student's energy gates to allow for an open flow of Reiki from the Universe through their pathways and out. I wish this meant I could grab a glass of wine from the other room while watching TV, or control the minds of others for fun and profit. But, not so much. There are four levels of Reiki training along with four levels of attunement. Each compounding your ability to channel the Force through you. Reiki 1, 2 (Padawan): At level one the emphasis at this level is on self healing, learning basic hand positions and performing a full self treatment. But, you're also taught how to perform treatments on friends or family. Plus, history and origins of reiki, how to use the force on animals and plants. Level two you learn three sacred symbols and their mantras (sacred names), and some special ways of using them. You're also taught a form of "distant" healing which enables you to "send" Reiki treatment to anyone, with the same effectiveness as if that person were having a hands on treatment. Reiki 3 (Knight): This is the level of Reiki Master. And as such it means that your dedication to your personal development and self mastery. An additional sacred symbol and mantra is learned as well as the ability to carry out the attunement processes for each level. Definitely not to be taken lightly. Reiki 4 (Master): There are many different ways Reiki is taught all over the world and the levels vary, like level three is broken into two for instance. But, the learning and development never stops. Additional attunements, symbols and healing techniques open you to greater wisdom and understanding of Reiki. Use The Force "Close your eyes. Feel it. The Light...it has always been there. It will guide you." - Maz Kanata My main goal with this is to teach others that are interested in the practice of Reiki and be a resource for those other practicing Jedi out there. I do have my company page listed on Facebook now @QStyling23, and my blog Quantum Life Styling. May the Force be with You.
  4. Back in May I started my own image and life coaching business. The website has fallen by the wayside, sadly. But I need to get that going not only for myself, but advertising too.
  5. So I am just now putting together the lasagna on the fly. The recipe is as it should be, but this is also an experiment with what we have on hand. This is based on an award winning recipe that was developed in my kitchen. The only difference is using squash instead of noodles. Cooking time and temp are a little different. Quorra's Primal Lasagna INGREDIENTS: 2 large squash sliced into rounds (I'm using these crazy pattypan we grew in our garden that got freakishly huge) 1 lb. ground meat (I ran out of the elk, so this is beef this time) 1 lb. mild Italian sausage (I do have another couple pounds of elk mild Italian sausage left, YAY!) 1 large yellow onion, diced (there's what's left of a huge purple one, so we'll see) 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced (out of this) 3 stalks celery, washed and diced (check) 4 cloves garlic, minced (double check) 1 14oz. can diced Italian style tomatoes (check) 1 8oz. can tomato sauce (check) 1 6oz. can tomato paste (check) 1 T dried oregano 1 T dried parsley 1/2 t dried marjoram (this is a cousin of oregano and brings out the sausage, but use sparingly) Salt and Pepper to season (DON'T BE AFRAID OF SEASONING! Do it as you go and it is to taste, but very important) 2 cups good red wine (for deglazing pan, can use water or beef broth to substitute) 3 T olive oil 16 oz. Ricotta (out) 16 oz. shredded mozzarella (out) Extra parmesan (out) Bechamel sauce (Forgoing this one, but SO worth it) 5 T butter 4 T flour 4 cups milk, heated 1/2 t ground nutmeg 8 oz. parmesan S&P STEPS: Preheat oven to 350 degrees In large skillet brown meat and sausage over medium high heat Remove browned meat from skillet and set aside on paper towels to drain If the pan looks like it needs it add a little olive oil Add onion, carrot, celery to pan. Once translucent add garlic and saute mixture until onions begin to brown Add red wine to deglaze, scraping up any of the nummy bits off the bottom Add back meat along with diced tomatoes, sauce and paste Stir to combine, drop heat to medium low, cover and let simmer (sauce will reduce by about a third) Make bechamel sauce (again not necessary, but it's awesome) In a medium saucepan, heat the butter over medium-low heat until melted. Add the flour and stir until smooth. Over medium heat, cook until the mixture turns a light, golden sandy color, about 6 to 7 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the milk in a separate pan until just about to boil. Add the hot milk to the butter mixture 1 cup at a time, whisking continuously until very smooth. Bring to a boil. Cook 10 minutes, add parmesan while stirring constantly, then remove from heat. Season with salt and nutmeg, and set aside until ready to use. Coat bottom of 9x13 baking dish with olive oil Starting with ladle of sauce spread on bottom alternate squash, meat sauce, ricotta, bechamel or mozz, squash until all ingredients are used, topping with mozzarella amd parmesan (I use mozz in other layers as well, but reserve the most for the top) Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 1 hour Remove foil and bake until cheese is melted, brown and delicious Remove from oven and let rest 10-15 minutes (it is truly molten at this point and needs to cool so it doesn't fall apart when serving) So, with the experience I've had with this squash it takes an eternity to cook. I'm going to try 375 for an hour to see where things go. It may take longer. If you use eggplant instead of squash, ground lamb or goat and change the spices up to oregano, mint and rosemary it's a nice moussaka. I might even try using feta in one sometime.
  6. Checking in for my first couple days of challenge: Yesterday went pretty okay. Had dinner done by 7:30 (had to do dishes before cooking ), so behind for sure, but it got done. Also, did decided on my two books. Picture of Dorian Gray and King Solomon's Mines. Just need to get to the library tomorrow. Today...well...not so great. Couldn't will my body out of bed this morning and not much physical activity in general. Did practice some Reiki on myself, but not much more than that. Now, it's 9pm and still haven't even considered dinner. We do have pattypan squash from our garden...*sudden flash of brilliance* squash lasagna! I'm going to put it together tonight for tomorrow, but I'll give you guys the recipe once I've worked it out and let you know how it goes. Anyway, mustn't dwell on it. I will be on track come morning. And the recipes will be coming.
  7. Thanks! For some additional information on Ecstatic Dance here is this link: Ecstatic Dance SLC
  8. Thanks! For my fiction novels I'm thinking The Picture of Dorian Gray. I love Oscar Wilde, but have never read that one. Food not Bombs is a great program, but the experience is a trip. It is the epitome of a bread line. Complete with those zany anarchists pushing you around. People can go through as many times as necessary, stock permitting, and take one item from each box per pass. My gf's brother makes pick ups, so we get some of the better stuff before it's gone. Ecstatic dance is a bi-weekly event at a local Krishna Temple. There are DJs, a different style of yoga each time, vegan buffet that is catered with organizer's personal produce and more often than not a guided meditation. I tried it once last year, but really fell in love with it on New Year's Eve. It was held at a yoga studio near the ski resorts here in Salt Lake City. Totally incredible.
  9. So this time around I'll be continuing to build on the last challenge. Things had gone so well naturally that I didn't even realize what was happening. Though, there were minor missteps I'll admit, but nothing that completely blew it. Shit happens, don't dwell on it and especially don't flog yourself for it. Don’t need it. Challenge: Have dinner on the table no later than 7pm (Int +1, Wis +2) With our cooking much more regularly I found something that occurs TOO often and is much more difficult. Summer’s over, the kids are back in school and the days are shorter. Joy! So starting to cook at 9pm is an issue for all parties involved. However, armed with time maximizing tricks this will become less difficult; Setting a crockpot and letting it go all day Pre-prepped ingredients individually measured and packaged Number 2 is now more of a necessity. I am involved with a program called Food not Bombs. The deal is grocers and farmers have food that is nearing the sell by date. FnB has a deal with those suppliers where products can be picked up and given out to the public for free instead of thrown away. Thus, having food stuffs broken down and properly stored as quickly as possible is a must. Challenge: Complete the Beginner Body-weight workout 3x per week (Str+3, Con +2, Dex +2) So...now that I have gotten my body back into a relatively limber state it’s time to get serious. All of the playing outdoors, fresh air and sunshine was fantastic, but it was mostly movement and, well, play. It has been a while since I made any real attempts at a workout, so it’s a little daunting. Though, I don’t feel like I’m going to break anything now (I have that going for me). I do have future goals of multiclassing with the Rangers at some point, but I’ve gotta start somewhere. Challenge: Read two fiction books (Int +1, Wis +1) I read a LOT. I usually prefer reading to watching T.V. As Groucho Marx said, “I find television to be very educational. When someone turns it on I go into the other room and read a good book.” I tend to read non-fiction mainly. Things like metaphysics and self-improvement, but nothing in the way of fiction. I haven’t quite settled on what they will be, but I tend to read more slowly than average and want to be realistic. I am loving everything I am accomplishing with you guys and will definitely be checking in more frequently with progress reports. Self hypnosis/meditation is going amazingly, added Reiki to my repertoire of health and wellness abilities, ecstatic dance is still way too much fun to give up.
  10. So here is my first quest list I created last year. Things have been added or disappeared depending on circumstances since then. But this one won't change from here on out unless adding to it down the line. My Lifelong Epic Quests Physical Quests Completely quit smoking cigarettes by May 31st, 2017 (Side note: this one did happen as intended. However, shit hit the fan and I picked it right back up after about 6 weeks. Revisiting soon.) Rock climb in Yosemite Win a dance competition by 2020 Mental Quests Find feminine voice by Sept 1st, 2017 Spend an entire vacation speaking French in Paris Write a cookbook Produce a techno album Fun Quests Go to ComiCon in full costume that I construct Buy indie pressed dub/reggae 45 in Kingston, Jamaica Work Quests Build business website by November 1st 2017 This finally happened on November 22nd. I lost a very dear friend on October 22nd and it took some time to pick up the pieces. But, QStyling is up on Facebook. (https://www.facebook.com/QStyling23/pages_feed/) Create line of outdoor clothing for fall 2018 My focus has shifted as far as my business and future are concerned, so this one is going away to make room for other goals. Have 3 major manufacturing contacts by 2019 Same thing here. Have 5 consulting clients by Halloween 2017 Work with dad to learn family biz Receive my Reiki Master/Teacher attunement by April 30th, 2018 Have first hypnotherapy certification by 2019 Adventure Quests Deep sea fishing Big game hunt Party in Ibiza by 2020 Sail from U.S. to Caribbean without hired help Motorcycle tour along Pacific Coast Highway Courage Quests Begin hormone therapy by August 1st 2016 Speak at a TED talk (This almost happened this year. There was a TEDx event here in Salt Lake City that I applied for, but didn't make the cut.) Freedom Quests Finalize name/gender change by December 31st 2017 Food not bombs Declutter our home by September 1st Have new tenants in the house by September 15th Clear up debt/credit issues by Febuary 28th 2018 Own home with Andrea by July 31st 2018 Be living sustainably through private garden and animals April 30th 2019 Gratitude Quests Donate at least $10,000 to medical charities Donate at least $10,000 to art charities Volunteer image life coaching services to those that need a new start Master Quests Take the family to Disney World Experience zero gravity Get image consulting life coaching contract with the V.A. Get Olivia Wilde as a consulting client Legacy Quests Live a beautiful life with Andrea and the kids Positively touch the lives of as many people/beings as I possibly can Build consulting firm/fashion design house to become a recognized name in apparel and service
  11. I have found such variety in information on everything from astral projection to Zazen meditation. There are common threads throughout much of it, though finding material that has 1) applicable value, 2) freedom from dogma, 3) logical and coherent reasoning is insanely difficult! Here are a few things that I have been incorporating (successfully? VERY!) into my daily life for the last year. Professional help - I have a very dear friend that is a hypnotherapist and a Reiki Master/Teacher (I just got my first Reiki attunement from him this last Sunday and have been practicing using it like crazy since. If you are unfamiliar as to what it is go to http://www.reiki.org/faq/whatisreiki.html ). The work he has done with me over the course of the last 14 months has been truly life changing. Beginning with anxiety over being myself and how I appear to others. Now delving into Self actualization and mind expansion. I'm no guru...yet...but sincerely, truly, I would not be where I am today without him. I do have a free sample audio recording of his for anyone who is interested. Reading - I have favorites from all kinds of varied disciplines. Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind - Shunryu Suzuki I would give a synopsis, though Savejohn.com is much better suited to give additional clarification on the subject. Plus, I probably missed the point of something and might say something dumb. Traditional Reiki for our Times - Amy Rowland There is another book on the subject that is a little too preachy, not practical. Rowland talks about the origin of the discipline, practical/clinical application and moderate anecdotal stuff. But, for the nerd in me I like that it reads and flows more like a textbook. Not like the ones from high school, but in her natural progression from one topic to the next in a digestible way. 4 Hour 'Insert Subject Here' - Tim Ferris Truly a mad genius that I admire and hope to meet one day. Pretty much everything I have taken away from his books and utilized for myself works. Like WORKS works. Most of it is easily achievable so long as Your Will is driving. The Middle Pillar: The Balance Between Mind and Magick - Israel Regardie Okay. So here is where I go into the World of the Arcane to find enlightenment. Regardie was the star pupil of Aleister Crowley *gasp*. (more info here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleister_Crowley) Madman, drug fiend, but remarkable nonetheless. Regardie's main function was to translate into workable language what Crowley taught. Below is an exercise from the book, most if not all of which was adapted from rituals performed by The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. There is such an endless variety of great books, articles, classes, retreats, people in your life - that you can look anywhere and find something! Just be careful as to what you're pondering. Ask yourself, "Is this Truth, or will I wind up like any villain from Indiana Jones?" Practice, practice, practice - Never stop searching...wait...Better yet; Never stop learning/growing/evolving into Your true Self. If you keep searching forever you'll never find methods that work for you. It can be Yoga or Tai Chi, Zen meditation of any sort, ritual magick normally thought of by western society as nonsensical, "hippie drippy", New Age balderdash. I have always had a fondness for actual Druidry and shamanism, I am Irish after all and consider myself a Bard in the mystical sense, and it has been practiced for longer than recorded history. "Realize yourself and others will notice." - Unknown (maybe me ;-)
  12. This is a fantastic idea! I love to cook and have tons of tried and true recipes, as well as some off the wall ones. E.g. I made ground elk sloppy joes tonight. Yummy.
  13. Hey drewr! I am also interested in getting together for coffee, workouts...whatever really! I used to train with Assassins, but lately the Druid Path has been perfect for me. My schedule is open a lot of the time, even with my partner and her two kids. Anyway, I'd love to chat!
  14. So, for this challenge I totally killed it! Not only was I able to complete all goals (minor variance due to change in school plans), but I added some on top of them. Dinner by the hearth Thanks to the life of a starving student we've been cooking nearly every meal. And the foil dinners were butter garlic herb steak. Delish! Recipe for butter garlic herb steak packets: INGREDIENTS 1 pound small red potatoes, cut into fourths 2 carrots, sliced 1 red bell pepper, cubed 1 green bell pepper, cubed ½ red onion, cut into cubes salt and pepper 1 Tablespoon olive oil 1½ pound top sirloin steak, cut into one inch cubes* Garlic Herb Butter: ½ cup butter, room temperature ¼ cup freshly chopped parsley 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper Instructions In a medium sized bowl add the red potatoes, carrots, bell peppers, and red onion. Add salt and pepper and toss with olive oil. Place four 18x12-inch pieces of heavy aluminum foil on counter. Evenly place vegetable mixture on each piece of foil. Top vegetables with steak. To make the garlic herb butter: In a small bowl add the butter, parsley, garlic, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper. Divide evenly and place on top of the steak. Double fold top and ends of each piece of foil, leaving space for steam to gather. Place packets on the grill and coverl. Grill 15 minutes or until steak is cooked through and veggies are tender. Carefully open packets and serve. Totally worth it. There and back again Again, didn't miss a beat. Ecstatic dance, hiking, skating, swimming. Sadly no SCUBA. But, I am determined to get there. Path of the bard So, I did start playing more music. Only once per week and it was drums. Better than nothing I suppose. And I did accomplish finding my voice by the first! After coaching I was able to find a more appropriate pitch and tone. My last achievement was that I received my first Reiki attunement and am now practicing that. Being able to heal with life-force energy is incredible! Anyway, I can't wait for the next one.
  15. Lol! This is why I always come back. You guys are awesome!
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