August 15, 2018

Another Smokey Day

This summer has been a tough one for those of us living in the western US.  The major problem has been the ongoing very dry weather and the numerous fires that are burning in many states.  In my part of SW Colorado, there is a fire about 15 miles north of where I live that has been burning for several weeks now.  It is almost fully contained, meaning that it is not spreading, but will be burning for an unknown time into the future.  Because of that, the smoke from the fire has settled into the high valley where I live, and it is so thick that the surrounding mountains cannot be clearly seen. The smell of smoke is in the air most days. 

I have to say that the measure of a person who is evolving, healing and attending to their spiritual work is how they can roll with the punches that life throws at us.  It is not at all about going out of the body or escaping one’s life in any number of ways.  That kind of coping behavior will guarantee that you will be coming back to give earthly life another go around! It is also not about protesting or fighting against the offending energy.  That just gives it power.  "What you resist will persist!" 

So I make friends with the smoke and take a day here and there to get up into the mountains when I can.  A few weeks ago I went with a small group of botany enthusiasts to look at the wild flowers on the tundra on Black Bear Pass, near Telluride.  We drove up a very steep 4 wheel drive road to get there, and our final elevation was 12,840 feet.  It rained on us a bit, but that felt so refreshing that we didn’t mind!  

Here is a bighorn sheep that crossed the road right in front of us as we drove up to the start of the Black Bear Pass road.  Quite an exciting sighting.

 Alpine and tundra wildflowers.

A very nice Arctic gentian.
An alpine lake.
The view from the top.
Our intrepid group at the top of the pass, 12,840 foot elevation. 

August 11, 2018

Last Chance

Where has the summer gone?  Before we know it, September and fall will be here.  This is the final notice for those who would like to attend the "Journeys Beyond the Physical" workshop.  Registration for the September 7-9 workshop is closed, but I have a few spaces open for the September 28-30 class here in Cortez.  If you would like to learn shamanic journey work, pendulum testing, prepare yourself for your final transition, and assist loved ones who have become stuck on the other side, please consider attending.  Below is the course information.
SEPTEMBER 28, 29, & 30, 2018
During this training, you will:
Learn how to use the Shamanic Death Rites to assist those who become stuck after they die
Learn how to deal with earth bound spirits that are either attached to a person or a property
Map the pathway from the 3rd dimension to the exit point of our universe so that you know where to go when you are finished with this reality
Become proficient at Shamanic tracking using the Theta brain wave state
●And much more!

For a full list of course content, please go to  Creating this workshop  marks my next step in not only my personal spiritual evolution, but of service to humanity.  I am pleased to lead the way for those of you attending to gain some very valuable skills that will serve you in your personal evolution as well.  If your intent is to exit this reality once and for all when you finish your current lifetime, this workshop is for you.  Be prepared to learn some very basic but important shamanic techniques.  

Please contact Carla at,, or 970-565-2624 with any questions on course information or to register.  

August 5, 2018

How Did We End Up This Way?

Just a few hours ago, this Sunday morning, our launching group met for our monthly get together.  There was a lot of catching up to do, as a lot had transpired in the last month.  It seems like big changes are afoot for not only us, but many other people as well.  All is in flux, and it is a good rule of thumb to anticipate a wonderful outcome as a result.

As most of my friends, clients and students are very much spiritually like minded, I often forget about the teeming masses out there who haven’t got a clue.  This was especially evident during my hiking trip of several weeks ago with a group of very nice but spiritually unaware ladies.  Not that everyone has to believe the same way I do, but it is nice to have some common ground for conversation’s sake. 

So the intent that I chose for my launch was “How did we end up this way?”.  In other words, how did we humans, as spirit having a temporary experience in a physical world, lose sight of this fact?  How did we get so disconnected from our own spiritual nature? 

My first launch was more of a fact finding mission.  This is what I perceived.  Our earth is surrounded by what looks like a black mesh sphere.  This sphere was not installed all at once, but built up in thickness over time, perhaps many thousands of years.  It reminded me of the Van Allen radiation belt that surrounds the earth.  I also believe that this black mesh sphere is of extraterrestrial origin, hence the prison planet concept.  It was created so slowly that no one realized what was happening.  It serves to disconnect us from our spiritual origins.  Talk about a nearly impenetrable obstacle! 

As I looked at the masses of humanity, I saw that most human hearts are surrounded by a much smaller version of this black sphere, and most people are wearing a very large inverted bowl floating slightly above their heads.  Thus, our hearts and heads have been severed from our spiritual connection.  We are on a planet of the walking dead, doomed to keep repeating the same old stuff over and over. 

I then tuned into our sun and the heart core of our planet.  It turns out that this black sphere is not only keeping us encapsulated here, but it is blocking out a lot of the sun’s life giving energy.  The earth needs this energy for her evolution, and we do, too.  Perhaps this is why a good part of what some call climate change is being driven by the warming of the oceans via the sea floor.  This could be our earth mother’s attempt to energetically expand. 

For my second launch, I asked for a solution to all of this.  Of course, not everyone on this planet is entrapped in this way.  There is a tiny minority who are connecting to spirit and holding a higher vibrational space for those around them.  So there is always an option for anyone, which is to keep going within, expanding their Core Essence, and creating a firm and lasting connection to the earth core via their grounding cord.  Unfortunately, people have to experience some form of awakening first!  I have written many times before about the splitting of the world into 2 energetic earths.  This is definitely happening. 

This second journey led me to a place outside of our universe and into the multiverse.  The consciousness that holds the many universes together into what we call the multiverse is capable of sending a very strong and powerful beam of energy all the way to our planet to break up and dissolve this black mesh sphere.  Sounds like a good thing, doesn’t it?  Do you realize the disruption that this would cause?  To be hit by a beam of energy from outside of our universe?  Is this what wiped out the dinosaurs to make room for the evolution of the mammal kingdoms?  How about the natural disaster that occurred about 13,000 years ago that wiped out all of the large mammals that roamed the earth, not to mention a good percentage of the humans that were living here at that time?  This could easily happen again. 

So what I did at this point was to firmly connect with that force that holds the universes together, brought that energy into my body, and expanded it for our launching group and also outwards.  Those of us who are awakened and aware may have to do the energetic heavy lifting for the rest of the planet, but it would be much better for people to wake up and do it for themselves. 

July 30, 2018

Hiking with the Ladies Part 2

On our 3rd day of hiking, we drove to a different trailhead to a totally different ecozone, the alpine.  To get to the Ute Trail, we traveled on the Trail Ridge Road, which is the highest contiguous federal highway in the United states.  At it's high point, the elevation is about 12,150 feet.  There are places where there are steep drop offs on either side.  A few days prior to this, when I drove to Estes Park where our motel was located, I came through the park on this road.  Most of the route was totally socked in with fog, and it was also raining with a little sleet.  You could barely see the car in front of you, and drivers were creeping along because they were freaked out by the slippery road and the drop offs.  Here is where a clear head and some good spiritual practice came in handy for me.  I expanded my core essence around my car, and trusted that all would be well.  It was.

On the day we hiked in this area, it was extremely windy, so much so that it took a lot of effort to stay upright!  Here are some photos of the alpine tundra.
 Indian paintbrush was the dominant blooming wildflower.
We also encountered lots of stonecrop in most of the areas and elevations of the park. 
Here is elk thistle, which is the only native thistle growing at these high elevations.
Our end point on this trail was a large outcropping of rock that was covered with lichens and plants and looked like a beautiful rock garden.
Then time to struggle back to the waiting vans, which was much more difficult since we were walking into the wind on the way back.  We encountered this very cute marmot on his resident rock pile posing for photos.
Since this was a bit of a shorter hiking day, we stopped in at the infamous Stanley Hotel in Estes Park to look around before going back to the motel.  This is where Stephen King's movie "The Shining" was filmed, and it is purportedly haunted.  No ghosts in sight that day, but it was a bit spooky! 
On our 4th and final day of hiking, we did the big climb up to the top of Flattop Mountain.  This was a 2800 foot climb in 4 miles up to another tundra ecosystem. 
Getting above the tree line.
The view from above Emerald Lake.
The trail going through the tundra.
One of my best wildflower ID's happened here, when I spotted an arctic gentian for the first time. 
Another big surprise was this dear that went running past me while I was photographing the gentian. At this point, I was well above the 12,000 foot elevation mark.  
So that was the end of the last day.  We all went out for a farewell dinner that evening.  Then, the long 11 hour drive back to Cortez the next day.  What a nice trip.  My wish is that all of my trips run as smoothly and effortlessly as this one did. 

July 29, 2018

Hiking with the Ladies Part 1

The photo above was taken on the first day of a 4 day hiking trip in the Rocky Mountain National Park.  This was an all women's group, and ordinarily I would not go for that except that this was a trip that I really wanted to take.  In the past, I have found such groups to be clannish and sometimes  catty, but this was an exceptional group of very lovely women.  We all got along very well and were the best of friends by the time the trip was finished.  In this post and the following one, I will share some photos and text.

On our first day of hiking, we started at the the Bear Lake trailhead and headed to Alberta Falls, the most photographed waterfall in the park.
Then on to Loch Vale.  It must be mentioned that the glaciers played a big part in carving out the deep valleys that created the many lakes in the park.
Here we are approaching Mills Lake, our final destination of the day.
And Mills Lake. 
On day 2, we hiked a trail led us first to Fern Lake, and then on to Odessa Lake.  This was probably the most memorable hike for me as a native plant enthusiast because of the abundant and interesting wildflowers on the trail.  On one stretch alone, I was able to identify 5 different types of orchids!  Below is a close up of the tiny blossoms of the white bog orchid. 
Here we are at Fern Lake. 
The trail that continued on to Odessa Lake was very shady and moist, and it was pure delight to take my time to stop and photograph the many small plants that lived in that habitat.  Here is a heartleaf twayblade orchid.
One plant that I had never seen before was a pipsissewa.  It is in the wintergreen family, and encountering this beautiful plant was like meeting fairies in the forest!
The final bit of trail to Odessa Lake went next to a lovely creek that was draining that lake.
 Here we are at Odessa Lake. 
This was a long day and a long hike.  Probably about 9 miles round trip with quite a bit of elevation gain.  On top of that, it rained on us a bit on our way back down.  Fortunately, that was the only rain that we had to contend with that week.  More on the trip in the next post.

July 27, 2018


After spending the night in Salida, day 2 started out with a drive back down the San Luis Valley to find the fabled spiritual center of Crestone, Colorado.  You can read all about this place here.  The town is located half way between Salida and Alamosa, and is nestled up against the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.  Over 25 years ago while I was still living in Illinois, I had heard of this place, and my curiosity has been piqued ever since then.   

Briefly, the Crestone area consists of the original town that was founded in 1880, and a huge piece of land called the Baca that is south and west of the town.  The Baca consists of a large subdivision that is situated on the flatter areas of the foothills, and numerous shrines, temples and retreat centers that were built on land upslope that was gifted to those groups.  There are Hindu, Zen Buddhist, Tibetan Buddhist, Native American and Catholic centers there.  It is also important to note that the San Luis Valley is a hotbed of UFO activity.  In 1979, when investigative journalist Linda Moulton Howe was working in Denver, she was the first to report on the mysterious cattle mutilations that had occurred there.  I have to say that driving back and forth through this high elevation valley was a bit spooky at times! 

Since this was probably to be my one and only visit there, I wanted to see it all.  I visited several Tibetan Buddhist stupas, the Universal Ashram, and even walked a labyrinth.  I always find that sitting in meditation in front of a stupa to be mind altering.  A very powerful vortex of energy exists there that can be used for anyone’s positive intent. 

Don’t get me wrong, I was not worshiping any sort of religion in these places.  Instead, I was very surprised to find my stream of consciousness drifting back through those lineages to the original people who walked the earth.  In all cases, these were enlightened beings who did not found any kind of religion, but were intimately connected to our Earth Mother as their source of guidance.  It was all very shamanic! 

After experiencing several of these centers, I walked a labyrinth that was on private property but open to the public before going into Crestone to get some lunch. 
While I was eating, there was a really big downpour of rain outside which interrupted an arts and crafts fair that was going on in the city park.  How refreshing to feel all of that moisture!