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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Of Rosary Beads And Spiders

My Ma crossed over in 1995 at the age of 80. I was greatly proud of how she took care of herself during her lifetime, especially in the classy way she dressed. In fact, 'classic' would be a term I'd use to describe her taste in clothes, shoes, etc. I have a vivid memory of how a classmate of mine in grade school was, for some reason, jealous of me and my Ma. On the playground, this classmate taunted that my Ma was ugly and didn't know how to dress. It was the first and only time I had ever gotten into a fist fight. I was so enraged, friends had to pull me off her as I was yanking HARD on that girl's hair. This was when I was in 4th grade or so. To say I was loyal to my family would be an understatement! LOL!

A favorite memory of mine was how Ma would let me 'play' in her jewelry drawer. We most definitely were anything but wealthy, but Ma had a drawer full of treasures. Hands-down, two of my favorite pieces of her jewelry are in the above picture: the spider pin (bottom) and the rosary bead bracelet (lower right corner). Also kept safe in Ma's drawer was her rosary (upper right corner). I wouldn't be surprised if drool was coming out of my mouth every time I looked at and handled these three pieces as a kid.

Now it's hard to say just how old Ma's pin, bracelet, and rosary are. They probably all go back to at least the 1930's-40's, if not earlier. It would not matter if an appraiser labeled them worthless, for they are priceless to me. There's a certain heft to holding each one of them and the beautiful energy they emit is hard to describe.

In the upper left corner of the pic is a rosary bead necklace. This would not have been found in Ma's drawer, for it was mine. In fact, I made it when I was in 5th grade in the after-school rosary making class. Yes, being in such a class was my idea of a good time. All year we learned how to make rosaries for the missions. Since we were going to be confirmed in the Catholic church that year, we were also allowed to make a necklace to wear on Confirmation. I was the only kid, if my memory serves me well, to choose clear beads. Everyone else picked pretty colored beads. I, of course, chose the clear beads because they reminded me of Ma's rosary and rosary bracelet. Somehow I felt closer to Ma for doing so.

Fast forward to recently... I wore Ma's spider pin and her rosary bracelet when I was ordained as an Associate Minister in the Spiritualist church. I also wore my rosary necklace. Please see past post: Expect The Unexpected.

When my my friend and teacher, Janice, saw from my pic that I had worn this jewelry at ordination, Janice wrote to me:

"When I envisioned you as a child admiring, hankering for your mom's rosary, it was almost as if this was a very crucial moment; a knowing; a goal you'd be heading towards, though at the time it was hidden. Kind of like a dream we remember upon waking and then suddenly it's gone. Though you didn't know it, you have been blindly following its trail. But to get to it we have to do our homework, find your signature so to speak....ha look at the necklace you made in school! And even the pin is symbolic. You've gone from spinning spider to spiritual spider and it too was worn on your graduation. Yup, I'd say that's pretty cool!"

Pretty cool, indeed.

Of note: As a spinner, I've been wearing spider pins for years and years. Often when I taught spinning I would have one pinned to my outfit. For more on spider and her gifts, please see the past post: Spiders.

Also, I've begun a little business making rosaries and prayer beads that honor various religions and spiritual paths. There will even be a line of 'good intention beads' for those who are squeamish with the word 'prayer.' I've not actually listed any rosaries/prayer beads for sale yet in my Etsy shop, which goes by the name...of course..."The Spiritual Spider"...for I've first been making prayer beads for friends, family, etc. But eventually there will be offerings for sale in the shop. Coming "Full Circle" seem to be a term that describes this journey to a T.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Adiemus - Songs Of Sanctuary


"Adiemus," by Karl Jenkins


"Hymn" by Karl Jenkins


"Amate Adea," by Karl Jenkins

Several years ago, sometime after we had arrived back in the States and after having lived in Toronto for three years, I was needing something to balance all the fiber work I was doing both at home and in my day job. In fact, I found myself aching for creative balance...looking for something decidedly tipped away from fibers. I joined the Brattleboro Women's Chorus and one of our productions was to sing the entirety of "Adiemus - Songs of Sanctuary." All songs are in non-lexical vocables...meaning the words have no standardized meaning, per se. It was challenging to learn and sing these musical pieces of art. Beautiful, beautiful tunes. I've never forgotten this amazing experience, nor this comforting, timeless music. Above are three of the wonderful songs for you to enjoy. It was hard to pick just three, as the whole original CD is incredible and so worth owning.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

More Recorded Dreams

Here are a few of the latest dreams that I recorded...

2/25/11
I was in a large house where Mick Jagger and I were packaging a tobacco product that apparently was superior to anything on the market. We had to mix and combine it with a sort of rock salt and other ingredients. I had no interest in the product regarding using it myself, although Mick was clearly excited about trying it, as well as selling it.

3/7/11
I had just begun working in a K-mart-like store in the woman's clothing department. A manager in that department was complaining about how one of her workers had put clothing in the back storage room that was on or about to go on sale. The manager was irritated and talked badly about the worker because of this. I made a mental not to myself not to do what the worker did but also how badly the manager, herself, had acted right at the beginning of beginning to know me and train me.

4/19/11
Chris and I were teaching and living at a school where it was a tradition to have faculty and students dress up in wacky costumes for graduation. In the dream I was looking at the graduation procession, as if I was a fly on the wall, and noted that it was outrageous!

4/22/11
Chris and I were in a HUGE, luxurious ship owned and run by George Harrison (...of the Beatles' fame...who was still alive on this earth plane in my dream). There was a lake-sized pool on the ship. Apparently the ship was still docked because it had a hole in it that was being repaired. There were all sorts of little shops on board...all of them selling candles. The color of the candle in each shop dictated the theme of what else was sold in that particular shop. I overheard a mother and daughter speaking with a heavy Cockney accent. In a rather sarcastic way (the mother worked in one of the shops) the mother said, "Well, if there's a bloody leak in this boat we're not heading out to sea with him. That's all there is to it!"

5/29/11
Dreams came and went all night but I only remembered this one... I was teaching a very large class as a substitute teacher. I was arranging the class in rows of chairs as to each student's astrological Sun sign. Two 'officials' came in from the school district to inspect me. One, not very nicely said, "Are you aware of the air quality in here? It's stifling and students may faint." I responded that I'd open a few windows.

6/16/11
I was at an amusement park and all the rides were there to advance my own and other people's spiritual development. I found myself on a roller coaster...not of my own choosing, I might add...and realized I did NOT need to go on this particular ride right now. The ride was being orchestrated by someone who chose the ride for himself, not for my highest and best. I asked to get off and found myself perched on metal walkways that were very narrow and hard to walk on. I knew I had to get away from the ride so I reminded myself to be careful and to walk away slowly.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Expect The Unexpected

Beloved FOTS

The FOTS building...where I go to school in Lily Dale, New York

Reverend Jeannine M. Bakriges, Associate Minister of the Spiritualist Church AND Certified Associate Metaphysician

Last Saturday I was finishing up an entire week at FOTS, culminating with our year-one graduation ceremony. I am now an Associate Minister in the Spiritualist Church...Reverend Jenny Bakriges at your service. I can now marry, bury, and be admitted into ICU units of the hospital, if needed. Next year at this same time, my classmates and I will be graduating as lifetime Ministers of the Spiritualist Church.

I have to admit, in my wildest dreams I couldn't have guessed I'd ever be a reverend in this lifetime. For one thing, I was raised Catholic and women reverends aren't accepted in that church. But I must admit I LOVE being Reverend Jenny and look forward to all that it entails. Of course this won't be difficult when celebrating the happy times with folks, but if I can be of help to folks in their difficult times, then I will be doing my job well.

Chris arrived in Lily Dale, NY on the early afternoon of my graduation. At first I could tell he was decidedly uncomfortable. After all, Lily Dale is no average sort of place. But also I think he was inundated by my enthusiastic-and-beyond-high-vibrational energy, accumulated to a near-fever pitch after a full week of meditation, yoga, and hanging with my classmates, mentors, and instructors...all of whom raised the vibrations to BEYOND HIGH levels. It was enough energy...albeit, positive energy...to knock anyone for a loop, especially someone who wasn't expecting it! But once he took a walk around Lily Dale's beautiful grounds and settled in, he was soon his old self...loving, supportive, and friendly. In fact, he turned into a proud, picture-taking-maniac on the night of the graduation. I'd venture to bet that many of the flashes in the Healing Temple, where our ceremony took place on the grounds of Lily Dale, were from his camera.

The week leading up to our graduation was busy, busy, busy. We had three 'visiting' instructors, as well as offerings from our amazing in-house mentors and instructors. The three visiting instructors were: Rev. Neal Repzkowski, M.D.; Rev. Gregory Kehn; and Caroline Boddie.

Both Rev. Neal and Rev. Greg gave us priceless instruction in giving psychic mediumship readings. I can absolutely say that each of them gave me tips that have already taken my readings up several notches. What profound gifts they gave us! Thank you, Rev. Neal and Rev. Greg!

Also, I sooooooo enjoyed our class with Reiki Master and healing crystal expert, Caroline Boddie. The healing techniques she showed us using crystals are excellent and do-able. And added to that, she sold high quality crystals and crystal jewelry at incredibly affordable prices. I'll admit that I came home with two pendants...a gold-flecked lapis lazuli set in sterling silver and a very light-colored, high vibrational amethyst, also set in sterling silver. Plus, I chose two clear quartz crystal points for my healing work. Nice!!! Thank you, Caroline!

There were many, many moments from my last week of year-one at school of a nature that are too personal to share here. I hold ALL these moments close to my heart and am thankful for them. I did get permission, however, to share one experience on the blog from the other two classmates that I was with when it all happened. The story follows...

One late evening after class, two of my classmates suggested I go with them for ice cream. We headed to Walmart for their Ben and Jerry's pint that they had planned to share, and to Mickey D's for my soft-serve snack cup. On the way back to FOTS, I was busy eating my ice cream in the back seat, when the classmate who was driving gasped at what she had seen on the side of the road. As she described the woman, she quickly turned the car around and headed back to where the woman was. The woman appeared very intoxicated on drugs or alcohol, and had been weaving back and forth into the busy highway traffic. My classmate in the passenger's seat rolled her side of the window down and what was apparent was that all was not right with the woman. Her voice was oddly high pitched...squeeky and downright squeely...and her face was red and raw, almost as if someone had taken sandpaper to the skin. The woman was busily puffing away on a cigarette. It was hard to tell what her age was, tho' we later found out that she was in her 30's. Thankfully, she had been dressed in all white, because otherwise she may have been an accident casualty before we had reached her. Our driver explained that we were all ministers and women in the car, and told her she was also an RN and we just wanted to help her. After several more questions, our driver got on the phone to call one of our main instructors, Rev. Elaine, who is one of the co-founders of FOTS, for advice. As she did so, my classmate in the passenger's seat kept asking the woman questions, doing so in a gentle and kind fashion which insured that the woman would not bolt or get scared. The decision was made for the woman to be taken to the hospital and she slid in next to me in the back seat. I shall not divulge the particulars of what we found out about the woman, but suffice to say there was more to the story that made it imperative this woman get help for her and her family. Once we got to the hospital, I took her in to get admitted. Between the woman and I, we were able to let the hospital admitting staff know that it was important she be listened to and receive help. Once in the hospital staff's capable hands, I went back out to the car.

I am very proud of the three of us and how, together, we handled the situation with delicacy and love. We are all grateful for Rev. Elaine's advice at a most crucial time. We are all grateful for Spirit's guidance and help. I teased my two classmates about how we operated together like 'Charlie's Angels'...but should, instead, be called 'Rev. Elaine's Angels.' LOL! Blessings all around.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Five FREE Skype Or Phone Readings - June

It's June! Time again for my offer of 5 free Skype or phone readings. The first 5 people to respond to this offer will get a free 30-minute reading during the month of June. PLUS, I can...for no extra charge...send a MP3 recording of your reading to you via e-mail. Send your request with the type of reading you prefer to my e-mail address: spinningjenny57@hotmail. If you have a webcam and are signed up with Skype, this is as close to an in-person reading as we can presently get. Skype-to-Skype does not cost anything for either of us. If you do not have a webcam, a phone reading is instead offered. In either case, we simply agree on a day/time that is convenient for each of us. With regards to phone readings, if you are one of the 5, you will be required to call me on the day and at the time we agree upon.

I will list the first names of the first five people who respond to this offer on this post. Once the five people are listed, that's it for the FREE readings for that particular month. I'll re-post this offer at the beginning of each month and the process will begin again. One free reading per year, per individual, please. However, do tell your friends and family about the offer.

Please note that now that I am in seminary (see My First Week Of School), I can count my Skype/phone readings for my homework reading requirement. I will send a brief questionnaire t0 each person who requests a reading to kindly fill out and send back to me after they receive their reading. These questionnaires are then handed in to my teachers as proof that a reading has been completed.

An additional service of free distance healing energy work (distance Reiki) will be offered to all who request a Skype/phone reading. This is optional on your part but hopefully something that you will desire. Once your reading is done and the questionnaire is filled out, I will set up a 1/2 hour time slot with you to facilitate the distance healing energy work. Again, I can use this energy work for my healing homework assignment and so will ask that you fill out a brief questionnaire relating to it.

#1. Chilla - completed
#2. Patti
#3. Tara - completed
#4. Miranda - completed
#5. Brian - completed

Thank you! I look forward to doing a reading and healing energy work for YOU!

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