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1. Fairy Magic Monday: The last song of the season

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models: Big ass hot pink rose, Candi Rose (rosa mundi)

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2. Subscriber Early Bird Rate extended! Woot!

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So, you missed the free class offer, but the Subscriber Early Bird Rates still apply until the 19th, because I am feeling generous and I have gotten so many new, fabulous students in the past week. Enjoy! Sign up by heading to the catalog to pick your classes.


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3. The Real Stages of Grief and Spirit Contact

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I just lost another family member, this time very unexpectedly and in a strange, almost “was meant to happen because it makes no sense” kind of experience. There were too many bizarre variables in this loss equation. I am in the What the Heck? stage. All this loss has me looking at the different stages of grief and realizing I need to rewrite them for myself. This will also help me explain to my friends when they ask how I am doing. If you ever lost an animal or person, you will relate. (And yes, this pretty much applies to all kinds of losses). Here it goes.

STAGE ONE.

Shock or “I am half in and half out.” “Half in and half out” is a really nice place to be. If you are able, you can communicate with the departed loved one. You can hear your Guides, helpers, God as if they are next to you, because you are half in. It’s not a good stage to be driving or using heavy equipment, or even utensils. It feels really good to be numb, but someone needs to remind you to eat and bathe.

STAGE TWO.

Shock starts to wear off. It’s the “remembering.” You realize your animal or loved one is not here and you are searching. I hate that feeling. It feels like LOSS in capital letters. It’s a loss you can’t fix, change or do something about. You can’t put them back into their bodies, but if you could, you sure would.

This is also the “WTF?” stage. Why? Why? Why? You think about what you should have done or could have done. There’s a lot of pissed off-ness to this stage. You could probably kill an army if you weren’t so tired all the time. Hearing “it was their time” makes you want to pull heads off Barbie dolls (sorry, Barbie). The spirit of the loved one is hanging around and you may have dream or physical spirit contact, but the spirit is probably too afraid to approach seeing your incredible pissed off-ness from the Other Side. They aren’t stupid. There’s a lot of crying in this stage that comes and goes and makes you look either crazed, menopausal or unmedicated. It’s difficult to resume your every day life. Plus, gotta admit, there’s a bitterness there sometimes too–how can life around you continue when your life pretty much just stopped?

STAGE THREE. 

When stage three comes it’s usually good to find some kind of communication with the departed in order to get over the “the sadness” and still feel connection. You are swimming around in the grief. The healthy thing to do is just dive into it and FEEL so later on you don’t experience a loss and then all the losses you have ever had come crashing into your face at once and you feel bulldozed and catatonic. Keeping really busy helps not feel “the sadness.” Any kind of distraction helps avoid feeling “the sadness.” I’ve been there many times and there’s no way around but through it. Sadness comes along with spontaneous bursting out crying at the weirdest things like walking down the frozen aisle of Walmart, or seeing a dog bed in a commercial, or for me yesterday, realizing I don’t have  to buy red lettuce anymore while shopping in the supermarket. It feels like a giant hole in your tummy–something is definitely missing, hopefully not a major organ in there. Oh by the way, this is an excellent time to watch every past episode of the Ghost Whisperer. That show is so darn comforting.

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STAGE FOUR.

Stage Four isn’t so much a stage, but a mix-up of stages. Like after realizing I didn’t have to buy red lettuce anymore I was catapulted into the “pissed off stage” and I could visit there for awhile. Then I bounced into “the sadness.” Then back into the “pissed off-ness.” Having a creative outlet to express all the stages is also good. For example, like writing a blog post. :)

STAGE FIVE.

Acceptance. Like I read in a post on FB the other day, you just learn to adapt to living without the physical soul there. You might have peace. When Bun Bun my parakeet passed in February, I knew she really wanted to be with my other parakeet in spirit. She missed him so bad after he crossed over. He would pop over and visit in spirit a lot and taunt her with his freedom and wild birdness, so how could she not want to hang out in the light too? So I understood. The loss I am having now I am not there yet. When I do hit acceptance, I will have a greater understanding, I suppose. In this stage you might have even established a constant, clear connection with your departed. (I think how now when I go through big stuff it feels like Grand Central Station of spirits visiting, all checking on me. There’s lots of lights, ear ringing, messages, and thoughts. It’s kinda cool if I wasn’t so pissed and didn’t have Giant Hole Feeling.) Acceptance just means you are able to put away the dog bed or blanket, clean out the cage, put away the belongings. You have to move on with them in spirit, and you in body, but you are ready for a different kind of connection now.

I am positive in the way in the future I will experience loss again and I can look over this post and be reminded of the stages so I will get through it. The crappy part of life is loss, but if we remember that there is no true death, that we can still connect, even see them again, it helps us get through the process in one piece and with meaning. In the meantime, I am off to watch season four of Ghost Whisperer where even Melinda experiences great loss, and I will definitely avoid the frozen and leafy green aisles in Walmart, for now.

Fairy blessings,

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If you want to explore communication together, I am offering Animal Mediumship starting September 26th, a Friday. Enrollment is open now over HERE


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4. A big shout out and thank you

A big shout-out and thank you to Facebook Page The Pagan Coalition for sharing my Are you Part Fairy Quiz and the over 3000 shares! Must be a lot of us out there.

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Coming from over there? Check out the Fairy Online School classes starting September 26th.


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5. Tomorrow last day for sale

Are you a subscriber to my blog/website or newsletter? Last day for Sale of Reward of free class ends tomorrow.

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6. Preorders Open on Fairy Deck!

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Pre-orders have begun! Before I even announced it, I sold 10 decks. Gratitude! This is a limited run. Reserve your deck!

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Messages from the Forest and Nature

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10 Bonus cards — Fairy Dresses

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Many years in the making. Carefully picked lessons and varied whimsical designs. Deck estimated arrival: October. Totally original, nothing like it.

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Click on the image above to buy and reserve your deck.

(Check and CCard payments also available. Email me at ronniannhall @ yahoo.com.)

The deck can also be found on my Art Studio Site STORE with other artwork to buy. It’s HERE.


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7. Thoughts from a Sensitive #3

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Do you relate?


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8. Thoughts from a Sensitive #2

More from my notebooks…

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9. Thoughts from a Sensitive #1

We need to hear our tribe.

I receive a great deal of notes from readers saying that my book or a blog post I wrote helped them feel more self-acceptance and less alone. That got me thinking. We just need to hear our tribe. When we gather and share, we do feel less alone. We feel belonging. And then realize we have many of the same thoughts and feelings. We aren’t folks with two heads. So, here’s my first share from one of my re-tooled classes, Care of the Sensitive Workshop (starts September 26th). Have you felt this way? (feel free to share)

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10. Reading energy and the movies

Continuing with the Preview Week and Open House at Fairy & Empath Online School, the following is from THE EMPATH SKILLS CLASS, which starts September 26th. This week only, Subscribers sign up for class and get Care of the Sensitive Workshop 1 FREE or Better Boundaries of the Sensitive audio class.

Reading Energy and the Movies

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We read the energy of the animal or spirit we communicate with. But, do you realize that whenever you pick up a magazine, you are bombarded with subliminal messages and energies? What a great gift it is that you have the ability to read energy and pick it up before it reaches you.

For instance, picking up the latest fashion women’s magazine, GLAMOUR, I notice there are lots of articles and photos thrown at me that are expecting me to look a certain way. There’s Do’s and Don’ts for dressing, ads with skinny and tall models, and clothing outfits they want me to buy and wear. If I walk away from reading it feeling awful and insecure, it was because I didn’t recognize the subtle energies coming at me, and that the radio dial or frequency was set to “Perfected Appearance.” On the other hand, if I pick up OPRAH magazine, I feel uplifted and hopeful, even educated. This magazine is set to HOPE or EMPOWERMENT, so I walk away positively influenced.

Naming it is a great way to separate out what is sent at you before it becomes yours.

I love movies and belong to Netflix. I can’t wait to run out to the mailbox each day and receive my little red envelope with my movie. I’ve watched a great deal of movies and television series in the last year, fine-tuning my ability to discern what shows are best for me and what ones bring me down.

I recently rented a compilation DVD of ghost-hunting movies and shows. I like Ghost Hunters which is a show where a team of ghost hunters go into homes to help solve their ghost mysteries. Their intent is to help, and although spooky things happen, the show doesn’t usually upset me. I felt awful watching the collection though. I could feel a little nauseous, anxious and uncomfortable. That night, I didn’t want to turn the lights out to go to sleep! The show’s radio dial was set to FEAR, which in my body, registered as anxiety. When my dial went to fear, all of my fears were nudged up to the surface. Not something I wanted or was helpful to me.

Now it’s your turn to go to the movies.

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Go sign up today here.

Subscribers, look for special coupon in the mail today!


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11. Open House Week at Fairy & Empath School

Get your crayons, and sharpen your pencils. It’s Open House week. Each day I will be showcasing a different class.

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Follow me down the fairy trail.

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To adventure, magic and healing.

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Let’s learn about plants and how they can heal us.

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Let’s play and make cool stuff while we learn, bringing the forest to us.

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Let’s make some new friends and talk to Fairies.

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It’s time to enroll! Next Fairy Online School Classes start September 26th.

(Special Subscriber Early Bird Rates!) Head to the CATALOG to reserve your space.


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12. What Fairy Classes do you want to see added for the Fall?

I’d love to hear from you. I am developing the October/November line-up and want to see what kind of classes you would like to take. Please take the poll below and you will be rewarded with virtual fairy dust.

Take Our Poll

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13. End of Summer

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from my WORD SWIRLS book.


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14. Butterflies and Changes

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Lots of changes happening. I was greeted twice by a Monarch butterfly and I knew this was a sign of big changes were coming as I had just completed the X is for Crossings card in the Healing Fairy Deck. Right after Labor Day weekend, I will be announcing Preorders on the limited edition run on the deck (so exciting!), and relaunching the Fairy & Empath School with some changes and new additions. In the meantime, you might want to download this Sample Empath class from the Empath Skills class to whet your appetite, which starts September 26th and you can sign up here after you’ve seen the sample class and are totally excited about it (special blog/newsletter subscriber rate too!)


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15. New Sensitive Documentary

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Elaine Aron, Ph.d., psychologist and author, is making a documentary on what it means to be highly sensitive, and needs our support for her Kickstarter program to raise funds so the project can off the ground. I love her work and especially like that she approaches sensitivity from a more scientist perspective. She work supports that sensitive people are wired differently and has conducted research that shows our brains actually process differently. Check it out here.


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16. Fairy Research

I have been busy creating the Fairy Deck which involves frequent trips to Nature. Oh the horrors! Ha ha. It’s starting to get buggy out there in the aftermath of Arizona monsoon season, but all part fairies are drawn to Nature and need it to survive.

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There’s the gentle signs that Fall is just around the corner. Why must Summer go by so quickly?

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Often the kind of healing magic of plants that you need surrounds you and is right in your backyard. ROSEMARY is really great for grounding and focus and just happens to be growing like crazy in my yard right now. The bush is almost as big as the tree! I know I need this essence for sure, especially while finishing this deck.

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The Snapdragon was very quiet in the middle summer heat but has bounced back with all the rains.  This is another great plant with healing qualities that include helping with headaches and tension. I wonder if it will help me with Hayfever.

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One of the new cards has been revealed. Can you guess what letter it is?

Where is your favorite place in Nature to visit? Is it your own backyard? Or a park or forest? 


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17. August’s Healing Fairy Alphabet Card

This month’s card from the Healing Fairy Alphabet:

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C is for Cocoon.

This the card of waiting, rest, planning ahead, dreaming. It might look like there is nothing happening on the surface, but much is unfolding.


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18. Vacation?

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Since August is rather quiet for me, I am taking some time to work on my fairy deck. With my active brain, want to say relax and rest, but I have no idea what those concepts mean. :) I’ve posted a bunch of September classes that now have open registration. Head to EMPATH SCHOOL or FAIRY SCHOOL to see and sign up.


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19. HUGE Flower Essence Sale Plus New Ones!

July Sale July 10th to the July 13th: All Essences $7.00

Spotlight Essences include:

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SQUASH for courage, CALENDULA for empathic boundaries (ahhh, finally), NEW! ECHINACEA for balancing all over and putting the pieces back together and more! All gentle and made with apple cider vinegar (really healing in itself). Great for Sensitive folks. Sale ends on Sunday when I order a ton of bottles! Head on over NOW to order and have nature support. Go HERE.


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20. How to overload a sensitive

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Sensitive folks overload easily. The cause is not because we are delicate or weak. We are just wired to pick up all the layers of information at once. This means we pick up the subtle nuances most miss, like the sound of the doves singing outside the window, or that a friend is cranky even though she hasn’t said or showed any indication. On the flip side of this is we can take in all that information and fry our brains and emotions when it gets way too much (picture the heads exploding like in that old horror movie, Scanners. Yup, not a pretty picture and of course, not literal.) You can be pretty sure a sensitive has gone into overload when they show signs of shutdown which include a blank look, anxiety/nervousness, spaced-out feeling, or signs of insecurity. Symptoms look different in each sensitive. And what every sensitive wants is to be understood and known. So non-sensitives, LEARN THESE. And sensitives, share this list with your non-sensitives.

The Top 10 Ways to Overload a Sensitive

(and to be loving and kind to your sensitive AVOID these):

1. Push.

This warning label (“do not push”) should come with every sensitive born into this world. Pushing does not motivate a sensitive. It forces the automatic shut down valve to go off. Pushing only speeds up the “take in-sort through-digest” process making overwhelm happen faster because there’s no time to digest. It also just really pisses us off.

2. Load a ton of responsibility on our shoulders, be sure to not acknowledge or appreciate what we are already doing, and then add more. 

That one speaks for itself, but I must say, as a tribe, sensitive folk are usually over-responsible and will take on a great deal as it is.

3. Increase sensory input.

Add very loud music we can’t control, or let in a swarm of flies in the room that can’t be caught. I am a tolerant person but when my neighbor plays country music on full throttle until 2 a.m., I’m going to get a little out of balance.

4. Expect a day of constant stimulation out of us.

Start the day early by taking us out for the day shopping, then stop at a crowded restaurant, go sight-seeing, and then dancing all night with a ton of noise and people. Just see what happens. Observe. Be sure to not include any breaks or alone time.

5. Add any illness to the day and then introduce either 1/, 2/, or 3/. Heck, even 4/.

Add llness or even a woman’s “time of the month,” and we are down for the count. Then all the sensory input and noise just swoops right in because our thin walls are way down. It’s a little like having the radio on several channels at once.

6. Add a crowd. 

I still write about the Willie Nelson concert I went to that had a line wrapped around the casino to get into, then I was surrounded by a huge stadium-filled crowd screaming. Thank goodness it was outside because a crowd packed into a room with no walls? Oh fun.

7. Increase time pressure.

This one goes along with the “pushing” category. Sensitive folk like to flow in the zone moving to their own rhythms. We are great with deadlines but we need to control how we get there. I watch Project Runway and each episode when the designers get closer to presenting their creations, we can feel their tension through the screen. Let us control our rhythm.

8. Layer on the emotional sad stories. 

We can sometimes overload from reading the Facebook feed of sad stories everyone is feeling. We feel compassion when our friends are going through rough times. Our hearts can jump out of our chests and MERGE. Our empathy is our superpower and it can be unbalanced at times when it’s multiplied.

9. Give us too much change at once. 

We like our change in smaller steps; a little like slowly entering the pool rather then diving right in. We get in there, it just takes a little longer.

10. Add too many little technical things that don’t work.

I am sure this one matches everyone not just sensitive folk. Have a day where the bank screws up your account, or your computer doesn’t respond, or there’s a glitch in Photoshop and you lost all your data, and we will get rather testy. THEN add any two from the above list and we frazzle up quite good.

So, be kind to a sensitive today. Understand what creates overload and what makes life work swimmingly well for your sensitive friend. And for goodness sake, never ever say, “You need to toughen up instead!” That’s like being short and being told to be tall! Say that and you will see a different kind of overload.

Fairy blessings,

designingfairysig


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21. Dude! It’s Forest Camp!

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Forest Online Camp starts this Friday! OMG! Since I can’t take all of you to the forest, I can bring the forest to you. Let’s have a campfire and roast marshmallows, and find ladybugs to talk to, while counting the new seeds in the trees. We will discover and play with our different “clairs” while nurturing our bodies with the sensual treasures found in Nature. I made a movie about the class and registration is open, so head on over to see and sign up HERE.


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22. LESSONS FROM THE FOREST starts Friday

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Explore your senses…

FULL DETAILS AND REGISTRATION OPENS TOMORROW.


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23. It’s coming along

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I’ve been diligently working away at my FAIRY DECK for its September release. You can see my process on Instagram or Tumblr.


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24. Empath Skills Class

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Here’s the LINK.


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25. Deck-making magic in the studio

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Working diligently on the Healing Fairy Alphabet Deck for its September launch.


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