Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Cracking Open My Heart

My mother’s brain cancer seems to be progressing rapidly since we returned from our trip to Washington State. I took her to Washington to see her oldest friend. They had a wonderful visit. I then picked her up and took her on a trip around the Olympic Peninsula for a few days. I hadn’t been on a vacation with my mother since I was 14 and we backpacked into Big Sur on the California Coast. We had a great time being in nature and seeing the incredible beauty of the mountains, lakes, rain forest, lavender farms and beaches there. My mom was in good spirits and enjoyed herself.

Since returning to Sedona she has begun to decline. She is less engaged with the world and rarely wants to leave her room. She has developed a great love for Coffee Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream and potato chips which she eats while listen to CDs of Ekhart Tolle and Adyashanti. She still has a good appetite and for the most part eats healthfully.

I find myself walking the line between giving her what she wants and encouraging her to do what I think is good for her. My good friend, Jim, mentioned to her a few days ago that he has an electric key board and that he could bring it over and teach her to play the piano. She was excited by the idea. So yesterday, we took her up to his place in Oak Creek Canyon and got the key board. Last night, she began her first lesson. It was great to see her interested in learning something new.

Lately, I have become aware of the amount of stress I am dealing with in this situation. Watching her life force energy stating to wane has been a challenge. This morning I was listening to Adyashanti talk about the difference between courage and fearlessness. Courage is doing something in the face of fear. I have been practicing courage and it is exhausting work. Now, I am ready to face my fear and surrender fully into each moment. Fearlessness is just allowing everything to be as it is without wanting or needing to change it.

I feel deep gratitude for this opportunity to be with my mother as she approaches her transformation from being in form to being formless. It is allowing me to see where I hold on, where I contract and where I resist. She is at peace and enjoying each moment. Watching her, caring for her and loving her is a wonderful gift that is cracking open my heart in a new way.
Copyright 2011 Crystal Dawn Morris

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Breathe America, Breathe Sedona, September 16

A FREE day of Shamanic Breathwork™ with Linda Star Wolf, Brad Collins and a host of other certified SBW facilitators including myself.

Sedona Creative Life Center
333 Schnebly Hill Road Sedona, AZ 86336-4227
Friday, September 16 ~ 9:45am – 6 pm

Shamanic Breathwork™ is safe, yet powerful tool that uses the
transformative power of the breath and trance music to:

• Awaken your PASSION
• Unleash your LIFE FORCE ENERGY
• Reclaim your POWER
• Get clarity about your SACRED PURPOSE

This free event is a full day of Shamanic Breathwork™ for the purpose of personal and global healing and transformation. The day will be facilitated by author Linda Star Wolf who developed the Shamanic BreathworkTM process- a synthesis of ancient shamanic healing modalities and modern psychological principles. Star Wolf has written several books, including Shamanic Breathwork – Journeying Beyond the Limits of the Self and her soon to be released book Visionary Shamanism: Activating the Imaginal Cells of Human Energy Field, which is being released December 2011. She and husband Brad Collins are the co-founders of the Venus Rising Association for Transformation, which is located in the mountains of western North Carolina at the Isis Cove Retreat Center. Here, a variety of workshops, trainings and healing services are offered.

The Breathe America, Breathe Sedona event is a unique opportunity to explore this unique breathwork process and experience a variety of healing practices offered by experienced shamanic practitioners. This event is open to the public. While free, donations to cover costs are appreciated. Those interested can pre-register by sending a request to You will receive a registration form and follow-up information on what to bring.

“I am really excited about offering Breathe America at the Sedona Creative Life Center. I have been a shamanic practitioner since 1995. The first time I experienced Shamanic Breathwork™, I was blown away by the power of this process to support deep transformation. I believe events like this can help people heal themselves and the world.”

Space is LIMITED. You MUST pre-register to attend.

To Register: email: or call 928-282-5483

Workshop hours: 9:45 am – 6 pm. You must commit to the full day.
Location: Sedona Creative Life Center, 333 Schnebly Hill Road Sedona, AZ 86336
Bring: a comforter, light blanket, pillow, lunch, snack and a bottle of water.

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