The Magical Gift of Butterfly Medicine: Fine Art Monarch Butterfly Painting

More Than A Coincidence, A Butterfly Waiting For Me in the Morning The Very Week I’d Been Painting Butterflies Is A Gift: Happy Thanksgiving, Enjoy all the Magical Gifts that Come Your Way, Starting with the Monarch Butterfly ….

More Than A Coincidence, A Butterfly Waiting For Me in the Morning

When I came into my studio on Sunday, the first thing I noticed was this tiny moth or butterfly carefully perched next to the vintage camera tripod, leaning up against it like it was tired. The frail creature was dead, and delicately sat on the white tablecloth like she was waiting for me.

I questioned everyone who lives here; someone must have noticed how many butterflies I’ve been painting lately, and found it and brought it to me. But no, everyone said “What butterfly?” when I asked them about it.

The Very Week I’d Been Painting Butterflies

So magically, I’ve been painting butterflies, and a whole beautiful one gifts itself to me right on the desk.

Jody says, ‘that’s medicine.’

So I spent Sunday morning painting this beautiful small creature with its mosaic patterned wings, delicate and tiny and precise. How I wish humans were patterned so! (Is that what tattoos are for?)

A Gift: Happy Thanksgiving,

So it’s such a gift, since last week when I’ve been painting monarch butterflies left right and center. It’s a lesson for me in really getting into a subject and contemplating what I’m painting. I’ve thought a lot about butterflies and their migration and their cycle of metamorphosis and the journey they take that no single one completes.  A beautiful symbol of wax and wane, like the moon.

I painted four and immediately mailed them off to their wonderful recipients, and the main work Monarch Queen, is now available ($600 contact me)

Enjoy all the Magical Gifts that Come Your Way

Starting with the Monarch Butterfly ….

( If you would like a canvas reproduction, contact me. )

Monarch Queenby Katana Dufour
Monarch Queen by Katana Dufour, holding the pendulum of the four directions. Aids in Migration and Navigation. Available.
Monarch by Katana Dufour
Monarch 2 by Katana Dufour
Monarch by Katana Dufour
Monarch 3 by Katana Dufour
Monarch by Katana Dufour
Monarch 4 by Katana Dufour

Happy Thanksgiving!

What Painting Is Your Favorite? Comment Below!

Girls, Suicide, and Sluts (Guest Post by Ashley Speed)

by Ashley Speed

Let’s talk a bit about slut shaming and misogyny. For those of you not in the know, last Wednesday a fifteen year girl in Coquitlam named Amanda Todd took her own life because of the ‘bullying’ she faced at her school. Bullying is in quotations, not because I have any doubts that this poor child was harassed, but because bullying is a shitty term that means very little. Bullying is a term which means very little and which, frankly, covers all manner of sins, including actual harassment and abuse.

 

Amanda Todd exposed herself on a webcam in grade seven, and for the next three years of her life, was ‘bullied’- harassed and tormented by explicit pictures of herself being posted on Facebook, sent to her family and friends, and following her to whichever school she moved to. Bullying, in this case, is a word that pales in comparison to the trauma that this little girl faced in her everyday life. For those who did not watch her YouTube video, she chronicles her tragedy is what is, without a doubt, the most heartbreaking nine minutes I have ever watched.

 

Why did this happen? Rather than rally around her and protect her, her ‘friends’ turned on her, picking on her, taunting her and teasing her. Rather than take a moment to think: Wait, why are we blaming this little girl for these photos?, she was tortured for being a slut, and all those other awful names that girls call one another. Instead of being outraged that someone posted explicit photos of a child online, and tried to blackmail her into exposing herself more, her peers turned the blame on her.

 

In fact, even in the media, there have been articles whose main theme is a warning to young girls: Don’t expose yourself. Fair enough, and easy enough for an adult with years of knowledge and experience to say. Less easy for a young girl being told that she’s beautiful and to just show a little more. Is what happened to Amanda Todd her own fault? Of course not. Flashing someone online does not grant license to be tormented for the rest of your life. Nor does it mean she was a slut.

 

Unfortunately, this is the culture in which we are raising our daughters. To be sexually desirable from an extraordinarily young age, and then to punish them when they follow through. We teach our daughters, nieces, sisters, that their self worth is determined by the sum total of their physical attributes. The culture that we live in today, even now, even in our ‘advanced’ world, teaches girls that they need to be sexy, pure, hot, angelic, smart but not too smart, exciting, stable and perfect.

 

Is it any wonder that Amanda Todd exposed herself because she was told she was beautiful and perfect? In a world where girls are taught that they are never enough- that they are too fat, too smart, too slutty, too chaste, too everything- is it really hard to see why a young girl would respond to compliments in the way she did? No, unfortunately, it’s not. And, even more unfortunately, it is not too hard to see why, in this exact same culture, her peers turned on her in a heartbeat.

 

In a less tragic fashion, one need only look at the very public recent slut shaming of Kristen Stewart as another example. When Ms. Stewart had the audacity to cheat on her heartthrob boyfriend, Rob Pattinson, the ‘Twilight’ star was very publicly shamed. Forgetting the fact that the man she was caught in an embrace with was much older, married and should have known better himself. It was her who the focus of furious Twitter posts, blog rants and tabloid articles. Slut, tramp, homewrecker, whore. Reading any article about the scandal makes it seem as if she were the only person involved in the tryst. Why is this okay?

 

Going back several years, let’s look at the example of Rihanna and Chris Brown. Rather than a deluge of media outrage about the fact that this young woman was physically assaulted by her partner, there was a lot of silence. Other celebrities said nothing against Chris Brown, and when Usher, several weeks later, said something about how uncool it was that Brown was caught on film relaxing in Miami as though nothing had happened, Usher had to apologize. To Chris Brown. Let’s think about that for a minute. Even today, when Rihanna is shown in pictures with Chris Brown or says in interviews that she and him are still friends, she is the one who gets media flak. For being a bad role model, for being weak, and so on and so forth.

 

Where is OUR collective shame as a society for all of these hurts and abuses we inflict upon our daughters without a second thought?

 

I say this all as a mature (reasonably), intelligent twenty-seven year old woman with healthy self esteem and a good sense of my own worth. But I was once a fifteen year old girl, and just like Amanda Todd, I tried to end my life with a whole bunch of sleeping pills, for a variety of reasons- bullying, boys and crippling self doubt. Thankfully, I was unsuccessful. There are thousands of girls who are, though, and it is these girls that we, as a society, owe a massive debt of apology to. It is a culture we created, and that we feed into, that allows these girls to be publicly shamed, harassed and tormented, and have it written off as ‘bullying’. It is a culture we created that makes these girls believe that they are valuable as sexual objects and little more, that makes girls believe that it is okay to be punished for being ‘sluts’ and that makes girls turn all of their pain inward and against themselves, rather than raging against a world that is, still, brutally unfair.

 

Being a teenager is, for many, a terrible experience. For girls like myself at fifteen, like Amanda Todd today, it can be devastating and brutal. We owe all of these girls, who are called sluts, who are tormented, who have doubts and heartbreaks and tragedy, all magnified by the hormonally charged roller coaster that is adolescence, a societal change.

 

So here is what I propose. I propose that my generation, all of us who grew up before with the Internet but before insane social media; who grew up in that bizarre in-between time of the nineties; those of us who grew up to be hipsters and emos, and intellectuals, and who pride ourselves on being gender neutral, sex positive and socially accepting; I propose that we change it.

 

Let’s raise our daughters, and nieces, and little sisters, and all of those little girls we love and cherish, to NOT define themselves by their physical selves. Let’s raise them to determine their self worth by who they are as a person, rather than by their cup size or waist size or how quickly they put out. Let’s raise this next generation of girls to just be people, defined not by their genitalia or their beauty, but by who they are inside.

 

Maybe then, in twenty years or so, we can look back and talk about that dark, dark time in our history where girls are pressured from every angle to be perfect, and how we are so grateful that it’s past. And maybe, just maybe, we can do better by teenage girls than we have been.

The Chakras of The Human Body: The Ultimate Image Gallery

A Collection of the Best Chakra Pictures Available

Alignment, an original chakra energy digital illustration by Katana created for WalksWithin.com
Alignment, an original chakra energy digital illustration by Katana created for WalksWithin.com
Did you know that your chakras all contribute to your perception of the world around you? This is how each of these energy centres determine your feelings, emotions, thoughts and actions.
Did you know that your chakras all contribute to your perception of the world around you? This is how each of these energy centres determine your feelings, emotions, thoughts and actions.

A selection of images of the chakras in the human body depicted by artists. They use the traditional Sanskrit chakra symbols,  or their own artistic interpretations in illustration and painting, to give you a clear picture about chakras in the human body.

Seven chakras Correspond to the Elements of Nature

  • Sahasrara (Crown): Time/Space
  • Ajña (Third Eye): Light/Dark
  • Vishuddhi (Throat): Ether/Sound
  • Anahata (Heart): Air
  • Manipura (Navel): Fire
  • Svadhisthana (Sacral): Water
  • Muladhara (Root): Earth

Chakra Resources

Download the free chakra meditation, “Grounding” from Walks Within.

I recommend Caroline Myss’ Anatomy of the Spirit.  And read the follow up review for Caroline Myyss’ Spiritual Archetypes.

As well, read Mary Malinski’s experience of chakra meditation here: “Love is My Truth.”

Get Better Eyesight? 6 Techniques To Quit Wearing Glasses That Really Work

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Eye Chart- Improve your vision without Glasses with these Eye Exercises and the Tibetan Eye chart and you’ll be able to read every word on the Eye Doctor’s Vision Chart.

Eyes are organs of the body, with muscles that focus and cells that need nutrients. And yet, while we stretch our muscles with aerobics, with sports, with yoga, with swimming, our eyes are simply navigational tools, which we cover with goggles and sunglasses while ignoring the muscles that they need. With these eye exercises I am sharing here, my -5 eyes with astigmatism have improved enough to be able to read the license plates of the car ahead of us, and upcoming road signs before they flash by – I now need to go get my eyes checked again! I am confident I can have healthy eyes again because I have already seen improvement.

1. The Long Swing

Rotate your torso from left to right, allowing centrifugal force to splay your arms out from your body. Let that same force swing your eyes back and forth across the horizon. Best done where your eyes will be seeing into the distance.

2. Learn to Love Light

A photograph taken without light will be a poor image; eyes shielded from light will yield poor images to the brain. Allowing eyes to spend some time in bright light (not looking directly at the sun) is important. Close your eyes and allow the warm rays of the sun to light up your eyes, which are protected by the eyelid.

3. A Prism With Your Hands

Raise your arms to the sun, forming a triangle with your index fingers and thumbs, creating a prism for the rays of the sun to shine through to your third eye. Feed your eyes with light; never look at the sun directly.

 4. Stop Wearing Your Glasses so Much

They are crutches. When you wear high heels too much, your leg muscles become accustomed to walking in that unnatural shape, so you must stretch your hamstrings to balance the effect of sexy shoes. When you wear glasses too much, your eye muscles become accustomed to seeing when they are strained out of place. People who put on heels for the first time feel the difference between natural balance and stillettos; people who put on glasses feel the difference between their clear sight and the strain of glasses; those of us who wear heels and glasses frequently have adjusted to the difference and hardly notice it. So if you want your eyes to return to their natural round form, they must let go of the crutch of clear vision with glasses.

5. Palm Your Eyes

Rest your eyes by covering your eye sockets with the palms of your hands. Like turning of the computer monitor, your eyes will be able to take a break from processing color and light. Look into the blackness of the palms of your hands and allow the muscles inside your skull to relax, so your eyeball can regain its natural spherical form.

6. Use this Tibetan Eye Chart

For blurry vision:

Sitting comfortably, without your glasses, hold the Tibetan eye chart an inch away. Align the tip of your nose with the chart’s central circle.

Trace with the circles with your eyes, starting from 12:00 and moving clockwise.

Rest your eyes using the Palming Technique.

Trace the circles from 8:00 to 2:00 and back.

Trace the circles from 4:00 to 10:00 and back.

Rest your eyes using the Palming Technique.

For Astigmatism: 

Sitting comfortably, without your glasses, hold the Tibetan eye chart an inch away. Align the tip of your nose with the chart’s central circle.

Inhale slowly, tracing with your eyes the triangles of the 12:00 spikes. When you reach the top circle, exhaling slowly, trace the triangles downwards.

Repeat for each spike, clockwise.

Relax your eyes with the Palming Technique.

Inhale when moving eyes upward, exhale while moving eyes to center.

YAO Tibetan Eye Excercise

Free! Aldous Huxley ‘The Art of Seeing.pdf’



Pictures of the Human Body: Chakras, Reflexology, & Meridians

Every part of the body is connected to the other parts, and by touching or affecting accessible parts you can access and heal the inner, unaccessible parts. The different systems of the body are illustrated in fairly specific ways depending on which modality you’re accessing. Here are some images of the holistic views of the body with chakras, reflexology, and meridians. An understanding of the inner working is beneficial to all of us with bodies, and especially Reiki practitioners who may receive different impressions from different parts of the bodies.

Alignment, an original chakra illustration by Katana created for WalksWithin.com
Alignment, an original chakra energy digital illustration by Katana created for WalksWithin.com
Goddess Diana and her chakras lit up.
Goddess Diana and her chakras lit up, an original illustration created for WalksWithin.com.
Pain is stored in different sections of the body; emotional conditions aggravate physical symptoms.
Pain is stored in different sections of the body; emotional conditions aggravate physical symptoms.
A reflexology hand chart.
“Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.” ― Mark Twain
“Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.”
― Mark Twain
In electrical terms, grounding is a common return path for current, or a direct connection with the Earth. It is used to prevent a build up of static or excess current. Everything is energy, including you. So it makes sense that what is a good idea for conducting electricity is a good idea for your energetic body.
In electrical terms, grounding is a common return path for current, or a direct connection with the Earth. It is used to prevent a build up of static or excess current.
Everything is energy, including you. So it makes sense that what is a good idea for conducting electricity is a good idea for your energetic body.
The eye of Horus/ eye of Ra and the connection to the pineal gland.
Tracing the meridians of the body, starting from the triangles. For more information, look up Donna Eden.
Activate your heart chakra to set a strong foundation.
Activate your heart chakra to set a strong foundation.
Chakra diagram. Fairly basic – the rainbow of colors up the body, and the symbols associated with them.

 

Reiki hand positions treat all areas of the body.