June 05, 2020
Standing in Our Word. The Teaching of Artemis
During these dark and turbulent times I have had sleepless nights in which the main theme for me in my reaction to the atrocities that are going on in our country is how to both find and Stand in My Word. It has felt like standing in the center of the tornado emotions of rage, helplessness, grief and the desire to have my voice heard. And, I also recognize these feelings have played out in my life since I can ever remember. Coming back again and again to the place where I hold back what I really feel or want to say, where I don’t reach out to care for someone who says they’re ok but I see they are not, how I make myself small or quiet so that “harmony” can prevail. All of these missed opportunities—to speak my heart, to stand in my word, to hold to my truth— lead to endless grief. I’ve been really contemplating what this is in me, the one who has been terrified and terrorized by conflict and has avoided it at all costs.
One gift these dark times is bringing me now, (and I believe I am not alone) is that it has become abundantly clear that this hiding, becoming small and holding back, has to end. This wound has to heal. Mine and the greater one that belongs to the collective. My voice matters, as do the voices of all others.
In seeing this I have had the help of Artemis. In the writing of her oracle for the deck I’m working on I have learned from her. I feel the powerful energy she represents more clearly and I hope to continue to grow that—with purpose. In the thoughts that maybe there are others out there who have the same struggles as me, I share some of her wisdom as it came through me her Oracle—
Artemis protects beauty and is unafraid of taking risks in doing so. She arrives into our lives reminding us to not back down if we are in need of protecting that which is sacred to us. She is the fierce dragon-hearted one—she who protects our voice when we feel vulnerable, the one who gives us courage to speak that which needs to be spoken. It is she who guides our voice like a midwife into the safe passage of creative self- expression in the face of conflict.
Artemis is an energetic force that moves toward—not away— from the conflicts that can arise in speaking ones truth. Embodying her helps us to know what it is to Stand in Our Word. She carries the deep knowing and security in the process behind rites of passage—that of the unknown coming into being.
She comes baring the message that you have to be willing to have conflict for the sake of Love. She encourages you to take the chance and to not run away—to not lose yourself or the opportunity to strengthen your allegiance with yourself. Conflict can be a very important energy to embrace and when engaged with from the place of love, can bring great healing and rich new beginnings.
Fruitful creative relationships that are based on cooperation are often born and reborn from moments of clashing. When one honestly shares one’s views with another, the possibility for growing together, true exchange and honoring of gifts and creative discovery is present. Artemis reminds us that conscious conflict can then be a cleansing action and an expression of the emotions that is important to put out into the world— in particular with those closest to us.
In Solidarity— with Love,
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May 13, 2020
Hello Dear Friends,
As many of you know (whoever sees my post on social media !) I have been in the magical wonderous company of fox these days. Having happened upon a den with four kits and a mama right up the road I feel like I have discovered the secret garden. I’ve been spending a lot of time watching the wee ones playing, the Mama caring, and the totally delightful interactions between them. I don’t have a fox oracle card created (yet!) but in some ways I feel that what I am learning from being around them is embodied in this card. So Wolf Eagle Goddess now has a healthy dose of Fox in her too.
This card embodies a process I have been in recently which has been guided by Fox. Maybe it can be helpful for others to hear this— if even one person can relate to my share it’s worth putting it out there. So here goes. A friend of mine reached out to me recently and said that her feeling about where I am in my connection to my self worth could be strengthened. That I could more fully own who I am somehow. What I took that to mean is that a more solid foundation of value for what I express in the world could root itself more deeply into the ground of me— become a more expansive, brighter knowing held in my heart. When I think of feeling fully worthy in myself— really whole— I imagine those fox kits with their Mama.
When I tune into their experience, I feel I have a Mama who is so powerful, capable and strong—so present —that there is absolutely nothing to worry about. From the perspective of the kit—he will get fed, the love and care he receives is unconditional and irrevocable, and he can fully enjoy the present moment of curiosity, exploration, learning and play. What a feeling. From here, there is just nothing that could be deemed worthy or unworthy. Mistakes? What mistakes? It’s all learning. And the amazing thing is that at the same time Mama Fox protects, my observation is that she also fully trusts them to find their way.
There’s something so fundamentally perfect about receiving this gift from Fox at this time. For my full creative expression to be engaged, and in honor of Fox, I hereby give myself the freedom and permission to play, be curious, dive into my dreams and imagination, and discover. And what I feel is that when I invite all of this in, I invite in wholeness.
This goes hand in hand with feeling the sense that there is also an irrevocable love holding me, a great Mama not only in the land of the ancestors, but in the Earth, in the sky above me, in the waters, in the presence of Fox Mama too. She is supporting me in my growth and learning, in my process of becoming, and whatever that looks like, it's ok.
There’s something about the safety this inspires— the feeling of acceptance and rightness in who I am that is being revealed in this great dig that the arrival of Covid has been the catalyst for. I and almost everyone I have talked to are having the similar experience at this time of really looking at ourselves and our lives through the lens of value. What is it that we are here for? What do we have to give back? What brings joy? Where is my bliss? I want to follow it. I invite you to do same.
As always, I am here to support you in the gifts Tulku brings.
Or in Dreamtending, or in just connecting.
In gratitude and joy with love from all of us at Tulku,
And the Foxes too
April 30, 2020
When asking the Tulku Oracle what to share with my friends today, I drew the OM card. My relationship to this card is like the one I have with the World card in the classical Tarot. The aspects of that card— attainment, attunement, emerging into light after a time of darkness and challenge—resonate for me with this card as well. This is often a moment of deep connection after a time of separation and confusion. It is a song we all long to sing and though ever present we often cannot hear it.
Drawing this card heralds a period of rising above worldly concerns and into a place of freedom from heaviness and restriction. The world sings with me here. I hear the unique song every being I meet sings— and delight in the perfect harmony I hear when they all come together as one. Here the world sings to me just as I sing to it—I am seen, heard, valued, loved—I walk with the knowing I belong, and am a part of the world in a perfect kind of way. It is a creative moment, a celebratory moment, a moment of birth. This is OM.
I have had moments like this in my life, sometimes I visit it every day as I walk through the forest and sing to the trees. Something breaks through my cloud when I do that, and my words turn into a dialog between me and the natural world as they sing back to me. Somehow I get out of the way and the words flow in surprising ways as I open myself to learning and guidance. It becomes a call and response that actually begins to illuminate and guide me—and lifts me from my head to my heart.
We all long for this kind of sweetness and sense of belonging, a yearning to feel attuned with the Great Song, and even a deep desire to be sung. To step out of the way and have the beauty that is life itself live through us in our every breath, and to know it when it is happening. To be aware, awake, conscious and to participate with our whole being in this miracle that is life. This is our birthright— and— being human is hard. There are challenges, there is fear, there is hatred, there is anger, there is confusion. All of these aspects make up being who we are— and don’t forget—are also the base notes of this great song. The truth is that when we have all the notes together even the rough edges around the darker notes add an exquisite poignant beauty and we know the song wouldn’t be complete without them.
Perhaps you already heard the amazing song that some scientists created from the structure of the corona virus—which I am attaching here.
As a musician friend of mine said, this music goes straight to my heart and is no different than the sound of love. What is it that can bring such change, transformation, pain, loss and challenge and yet sound so extraordinarily beautiful at the same time? How is the threat and the death and the change that this little being brings separate from life, from OM?
This to me holds the complete paradox of life, and the reminder that every single aspect of what it is we are experiencing now—however challenging and painful—is part of the great song. Each thing each one of us experiences during this time—like in every other hard time— will carve us into a work of art to share with others who will also be carved. We will fit together like puzzle pieces, attune to each other with openness and caring, feel, empathize and hold one another through it all. In our separateness we will feel united and when we once again can share a space and feel each others touch we will know we came through it together.
This is the oracle of the day, and of every day if we stop to listen…..
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April 18, 2020
As I spend my days mostly writing and dream tending, I am also getting to know the oracle deck I am working on by doing readings for friends. Yesterday I asked the oracle what medicine card do my friends need for these times. The card I drew was the Medicine Buddha, pictured here.
What would you say or do for others if you had the powers of the Medicine Buddha at this time? What would he say to you, to the world? Can you look at yourself through his eyes and offer reassurance to yourself— or hold his image in your minds eye when with a friend who is suffering?
As I contemplate the image, my attention is mainly drawn to the smile of the Buddha, and to the leaves coming out of his medicine bowl. So I ask myself what does this invoke for me in regards to these times?
Something that presents itself here for me is the correlation between happiness and health. I do feel that when I am happy, doing the things I love, in alignment with my heart and soul calling, I feel stronger in myself, more vibrant, more alive.
I then ask myself am I always happy when I’m healthy? The answer to this is embarrassingly—no. My happiness comes and goes, and sometimes vanishes all together especially if I am feeling a lot of hard emotions—fear, grief, anger and anxiety. So how do I return to a place of peace, a place of quiet contentment in the midst of such strong emotions? How do I find the ground of happiness holding me up so I can face the challenges from a stronger place while not denying any of it?
These are hard times, and so many people are suffering. Sometimes our lives call on us to be care takers of others who need our help. In doing that we sometimes take on physical symptoms but also some of the emotional ones as well. How do we hold all of this and stay present and in a place of compassion? How do we move through this towards healing?
I don’t think I have any answers, but one thing I do know is that however it is we are called to show up during this time for others, it is always also essential to take care of ourselves. This card comes as a reminder for that.
Gratitude is a potent and ongoing practice which always serves us in a good way, and also for me, I turn to nature. To the medicine of the plants, of the natural world around me. I easily feel gratitude here, and happiness. And I am very blessed to be in a place that is wild with forest and animals and mountain and streams. I can go there and sing and cry out my grief, share my fear with a rock and feel it ground me, express anger by giving a good shout or throwing a log as far as I can. If I couldn’t do that, what would I do?
A dear friend of mine saw this card and said she was inspired to sit in the position of the Medicine Buddha, to embody his expression by connecting through his posture. This is something you can do out in nature or you can do at home. Since this message is about taking care of yourself first, and then taking care of others—perhaps visualizing his smiling gaze pouring love into your heart as you sit in a place of nature that has always felt healing to you—will somehow help. I for one am going to try. And when I am with a friend who is having a tough time, I am going to call on the Medicine Buddha to be by my side. To shine through my words and my eyes so I can be of support in some small or big way. And I am going to remind myself to care for myself, to find time to do the things that make me deeply happy so I can support others to do same.
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April 10, 2020
Today I sat with my Tulku Oracle deck—(a work—still, in progress :)— and asked for the one that wants to speak to what is going on for our people at this time to show itself.
The Muladhara is what showed up. This is the card for our base chakra— the rooted ground from which we rise strongly to meet the destiny that calls us. It is a place where we can connect with our ancestors and our lineage traditions. The Muladhara is a gateway to our spiritual and soul inheritance in this lifetime.
The image that came to me for this card is of a Golden Eagle sitting on a post with a coiled serpent at its base. The serpent is the classical Hindu representation of the kundalini energy which dwells in the Muladhara. As it awakens and and rises up the spine, it passes through the chakras to come to be fully awakened at and above the Crown Chakra— here symbolized by the Golden Eagle. Eagle is the mightiest bird of the heavens and flies at the greatest height. With eyesight many times more powerful than that of humans, it witnesses the world in precise detail— often from a great distance. He is able to fly on powerful and often turbulent currents with grace and ease. I relate to her as a powerful reflection of a fully awakened being, one who holds vast perspective and keen awareness. Here she is pictured sitting— in repose— just as the serpent lies dormant.
As the serpent awakens, so the eagle alights. In much the same way, this is a time of anchoring and connecting to our source, which will over time— lead to a powerful flight with many gifts to be shared.
You are being reminded of your relationship with your roots and tradition in the realms of spirit, your ancestors and your place in the world. You are in the doorway of a transformational initiation now and you are being shown that you are not alone on this journey.
Taking a journey with the power of your imagination— allow your awareness to follow the serpent as she spirals deeply into the earth. Feel the movement of energy taking you deep into your source—the Earth— your roots, and your ancestors.
Imaginally following your kundalini serpent, she will show you what it feels like to be aware of the earth and connected to the nourishment of the Mother. In her powerful presence you have the knowledge that through communing with what is holy—expressing itself in the natural world and through the roots of your being touching the roots of all other beings— you have the help of the earth and your ancestors during this time. You are being held in the grounding support of the world around you during this mysterious process of initiation and moving through it with grace and ease.
The presence of Eagle here is the medicine of perspective, grace and power. While feeling the embrace of the Earth holding you, connect also to the vast Sky and the view from high above.
The teaching in this card is telling you that now is a time when the awareness of the presence of your ancestors and the interconnectedness of all beings is more available to you. Become open and aware of the vitality they and the Universe want to share with you on your journey, which is part of your inheritance. Take it in. The moment is now.
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March 25, 2020
During this precious, challenging, poignant, vulnerable time we are all in together, I am full of thoughts of offerings and ways in which I would like to express myself—ways in which I would like to help others. Personally, I am experiencing this time as if I were a plot of land that just went through a deep tilling process, and is lying there exposed, waiting for seeds. I have a bag full—and some of them I have kept on my shelf for a very long time. This time feels like the perfect opportunity (actually an important, even crucial one to seize) to choose which creative seeds to to plant, and cultivate and care for. I want to keep my garden well-tended, so I have decided to start small, with my most cherished visions to be my focus.
One thing that is on the top of my list is to support others on their path towards wholeness, joy, peace, heartfelt living, and balance. To do what I can to uplift, to inspire to hold space for others while they journey and discover the voice of their soul, their calling, the ways in which they in turn can serve the world with their unique gifts.
During this time when we are all asking ourselves the same kinds of questions—how can we serve, how can we make this most treasured and valued life more closely aligned to serve the voice of our hearts and souls—I would like to make an offer.
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Image— Virgen de Guadalupe from the Tulku Oracle deck
March 19, 2020
During this time of dramatic change— I—like the vast majority of us— am wondering about how I’m going to pull this off and make it through the labyrinth of challenges that lies ahead. Thoughts such as whether there will be a future for Tulku and if so what it could look like—are swirling around like swarms of black flies in the woods in Maine, greeting me at every turn. The ways I had strategized to proceed as a business are ineffective in this climate, and what I had grown to count on as income streams have all but evaporated. The tried and true trail I was on got washed out and I have been fully stopped in my tracks.
Have you ever gone off the path, wandered into the forest, along the mountain ridge, amongst the rocks, alongside the stream— and just followed what calls you without having anything in mind? Without any intention, but rather taking the time to meander through the landscape and follow who and what is calling you, with curiosity and awareness as your sole companions?
In the two disciplines I practice—Dreamtending and Plant Spirit Medicine— we often spend time wandering through nature and allowing ourselves to be called by who is calling us. There is something that happens, when you take your mind out of it and just allow your whole being to be drawn in curiosity towards that which attracts you. In Plant Spirit Medicine it is to be drawn to a plant who wants to share its wisdom medicine with you. In Dreamtending, it is to see the reflection of your inner world in the world around you and to engage in the living world as if in a dream. When you do this sort of thing, in my experience, magic always happens.
Yesterday I felt a lot of grief sitting heavy in me, just as many of us do these days. For me, the best remedy for every strong feeling is to take some time to be alone in nature. So I took to the mountain asking for nothing but to be drawn towards beauty, inspiration, connection and healing. And yes, so much of all of that happened, and more! As the sky thundered I sang too and got answers. I heard so many wisdom stories in the birdsong and from the trees. And I was drawn further and further up the mountain, only to meet my first moose!
I am feeling that one of the gifts of this time of great uncertainty is that we as human beings are forced to slow down, and all of us will have to go off the path we know. On offering is a chance to explore what is calling us in a time of reinvention and necessity. Can we find the stillness we so need amidst all the fears, and listen to the story as it wants to unfold?
What is it that longs to be lived through you for you to share with others? How will you share and express your gifts, and what new friends will you make along the way? On the mountain I felt the seeds of inspiration, healing and creativity being planted in me. This winter of being confined will yield to spring, when blossoms will come forth and summer when the bounty is full. Whether through writing, art, teaching, healing, music, meditation, movement or some other form, your vast inner worlds are surely excited for the special attention and the possibility for new expressions.
Let us all find our connectedness in this time of remaining physically separate and share the stories of our experience in the ways that are unique to us from our hearts and from our longing. And let’s be there for each other in the many ways we are called to be.
I for one am taking the time to dream up new offerings for my friends. The Tulku Oracle deck will get a lot of my attention as will new Plant Spirit Medicine and Dreamtending offerings. Stay tuned. If I can help support you through the powerful medicine of the amulets or any of these other offerings, please do not hesitate to reach out.
I am here for you, and I have time.
Wishing you the support and the blessings you need during this time and always,
Image—Vesica Piscis—TULKU ORACLE
March 09, 2020
As we climb out of the depths of winter, and the light of Equinox emerges and comes into focus, spring shares its warm and nourishing breath with us to help us too, celebrate life. Here we find the portal to align with the rythyms of the natural world in our desire to grow and to share the unique beauty of our gifts and our soul with the world around us.
At the same time, the human climate in the world has been one of growing fear, polarity and anxiety. It begs the question of how do we bring the bright light of life—potential and promise— into our awareness and cultivate that, particularly during a time when we are continuously being bombarded by the opposite?
For me, the most direct antidote to fear and negativity is to get out into nature. Take care of yourself in this way, too. Listen to the birds, notice the buds appearing on the bare trees, observe that even after the coldest darkest winter, new life always, miraculously appears. Look at the light as it falls and glistens on the bark of a tree who has seen another frozen season. Drink in every small beautiful sign of life around you and you will see it everywhere.
During this time when you are inundated with negativity and feelings of uncertainty and even threat, feed yourself on nature, feed yourself on beauty. Nourish yourself with the colors, light and textures of laughter, art, song, dance, celebration, friendship and love.
Let us be the antidote to this current climate in our interactions with others. Let’s each cultivate filling ourselves with light and beauty for the sake of that new life which is coming into this world and into our lives this spring.
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Yours, in celebration of Equinox and new beginnings!
With love and light,
Image TULKU ORACLE, Manipura Chakra. Moving with Courage, intention and the bright light of purpose. ❤️
February 17, 2020
For this weeks blog, I would like to write about something I greatly appreciate—consciously choosing to open and tap into our feelings to reveal insights and to connect to our hearts knowing. This is the place I delight in seeing activated in others when I am selling Tulku at events. All day long I watch people tune into the amulets. They look not only with their eyes, but with their hearts— feeling into what it is their soul is calling for. When choosing jewelry from this place, the right match becomes clear. What often starts as adornment magically becomes the perfect medicine.
So what I have to share is perhaps a bit of a stretch coming from a website that focuses on jewelry—but it speaks to me to take the leap and do so.
When I was at my Dreamtending course recently, I had an amazing experience. As usual, we were attuning and connecting with the dream realm from our waking awareness. This is a vast terrain including all that goes mostly unseen by our waking eyes. It includes our ancestors, beings (human and otherwise) from dreamtime, and those who we love and have passed on as well as a host of others.
Really, we are attuning to the same place I see people feel into when they are at my Tulku table— the place beyond words. The place we all know and sometimes ignore—the home of intuition, feelings, sensations, images, inner authority, dreams and our own innate wisdom.
In Dreamtending class, we were given an exercise to connect to an otherworldly (waking) experience we have had in our lives, and to share it with a classmate. In my sharing, I was very surprised to notice that in the telling, part of the story was really lighting up, coming “back” to life as it were. There it was— a precious moment in the story of my mother’s death, that was shining like a huge sun—like a beacon—calling for my attention. This otherworldly light that appeared in a moment of time in the distant past—interestingly still shines intensely when I look at it now, across the boundaries of time.
In accordance with the guidance we were given in class—while in a dream journey— I started paying attention and moving towards this light. I became aware of it as a doorway— opening into something deeper—and I was thoroughly surprised when I moved through it. Here, on the “other side” I encountered not only my mother, but many other departed loved ones and ancestors. There they were, smiling and aware that I was aware. I was feeling their ever- present presence, not as something far away, but as being right here, with me, now. I was filled with joy as their love poured into me, and became aware of this light being a source of life.
This momentary awareness that life was actually being given from the other side, was the experience of pure love. The realization came that creativity, love, wisdom and nourishment is always flowing and being shared with us continuously from the “other side”. I now feel it is why they say in indigenous traditions that we go home to our ancestral place after dying. It is the place where the light of our life emerges from. Where the light of creativity dwells, and where the illumination of our souls purpose comes from. Touching this place is bliss and joy and love. Feeling it is the essence of knowing true support, the wellspring of our creativity, groundedness and sense of purpose. In this experience, I was filled with a sense of vitality, aliveness and possibility.
This is the place we touch into when we take a moment to just feel. When we slow down, and use our hearts to tune into that which is the object of our attention. This is the true medicine place, and it is our birthright to engage with it. This is the place I invite you to take your time to explore when you contemplate the big questions in your life. As always, on this journey of yours if there’s an amulet that would support you, I pray we have it. If not, let me know what it is and we will do our best to create it together.
In delight and gratitude for being in this precious life with you.
Image— the Tibetan Mirror. From the TULKU ORACLE deck (a work in progress)
January 14, 2020
In this time of winter I find myself in a very creative cycle, planting a garden of dreams and offerings I would like to share with others. This is a time of curiosity and discovering what my soul wants to express and how that may look.
I had a dream about a whale the other night. A beautiful glowing sperm (!!) whale swimming past me in iridescent green waters.
In my dreamtending session—a shamanic way in which I work with dreams involving active imagination—I journeyed back into the dream from my waking life. There, whale took me deep into the ocean, to a very still place. After what seemed like a very long time of settling into and being in the cold, quiet, dark waters, whale brought me back up into the light. She ushered me to the shore and directed me towards the sun. Now it’s time to bring what has gestated in a deep way up to the land and into the light.
As many of you know, for some (long) time now I have been working on the Tulku Oracle deck. This is a deck that represents 52 of the symbols, totems, and archetypes that comprise the Tulku sacred amulet collection. The images are getting close to being finished, and I got a rough draft of them laid out for print on rag paper so I can paint on top of them to finish them off with a more personal touch. I am also working on the written oracle component. Here is the picture of all the cards together.
As in all oracle decks, these images have a story. Each one has gifts to bring. As you look through the collection, what image jumps out at you? What card calls your name at this time? If inspired, send me your answer and I’ll let you know a bit about what it is about. Let’s start to play with what Whale wants YOU to bring out into the sun of springtime and together let’s plant the seeds to gestate your vision.
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December 29, 2019
I believe I am not alone in feeling the squeeze of this portal leading to the new year quite acutely this time around. My footsteps going through the doorway are uncertain. Buried under the sparkling snow of winters dream, the frozen ground is filled with seeds of new growth. It is also covered and fed with the ashes of what has died.
I’ve been feeling the fear and grief connected with uncertainty and loss circling through my life. I realize these feelings are very strong in the field and in allowing myself to feel them— though hard— there is a gift. In not shutting down or bypassing these painful emotions, I am connecting not only with all of humanity, but with the Earth Herself. Still, the feelings are mine—as they could be yours— and we are holding them in our bodies, thoughts, and emotions.
The world (and my life) is changing, and I find myself holding all of this with questions I ask myself again and again——where is my place, what is the work the world wants me to share, and how do I do that? Where is the opening to my future expression, and how do I find it? It all seems insanely important to answer, and as mysterious and illusive as a roof over my head is practical. I find myself trying to make it happen, and continuously thinking that I have to do something different. Meanwhile, I live my life and flow as best I can in the dance between effort and letting go. Creativity, sustainability and the dying which is food for both, are the stepping stones on this great river I am in the middle of.
There are sparks of light and hope that color these questions, and they are filled with curiosity and excitement. They are the sisters of fear and grief. I am reminded the light to follow is in my own heart, in the detail of a rock on my path, in the call of a hawk at just the right moment.
So, in honor of new growth, I propose that when we feel afraid, let’s take a breath and feel the seeds inside. Let’s ask for courage instead of asking for that which is causing us fear to go away. Meeting these fears and releasing the grip on the old, brings the nourishment that feeds new possibility and reveals something magnificent that is aching to come our way. Compassion is the gift that awaits and prayer always helps! Ask for Ganesh to help you open the door in your own heart and to find the courage that dwells there.
As always, I and my friends at Tulku wish you great blessings in 2020 and beyond.
TULKU ORACLE, (a work in progress…) GANESH
If you have drawn the Ganesh oracle today, you are likely embarking on a new journey in some aspect of your life. The appearance of Ganesh is confirmation that you are moving in the right direction and that the Lord of New Beginnings is by your side. At this time you can ask for His help in opening the doors and removing the obstacles to the fulfillment of your dreams.
The situation at hand is reminding you that your life is being guided and that you have help, though sometimes you must ask for it. At the place of new beginnings the challenges that present themselves can be unsettling, but there is also the excitement around the potential for new growth. Balancing these inner experiences is where the journey is birthed, and will set the tone for your next steps. Take time to sit in meditation, allowing all the feelings to come and go knowing this is all part of the process. Feel the ground rising up to hold you, as if you were riding on Ganesh’s shoulders, moving through the jungle without fear.
The teaching in this card is that of perseverance and trust. In this time of new beginnings, remember to ask for the energy of Ganesh to help you move forward with grace and courage through the uncertainty you may feel. Embrace the abundance of possibilities and blessings available to you now, as you embark on this new quest, and give thanks.
December 19, 2019
I close my eyes and see a Black diamond— then a black hole—
They always seem to go together.
In my dream the other night, I dove into a nighttime ocean and could see absolutely nothing. Not knowing where the shore was, I listened….
In darkness I am a sparkle in the infinite. Moon light bouncing off a barred owls eye.
I have been contemplating strength in regards to these long dark nights. There is a strength in being able to quietly endure,
There is the strength to take the darkness and hold her up to the sunlight. To look at her wrinkles, touch her forms, see her size.
Feel her weight.
Take this Goddess Darkness out of my fantasy mind. Let me behold her beauty, listen to her song.
Let me dance to the poetry she births in me
of deep indigos and crimson lines,
of tiny sparks of gold
at the corners of her smile.
Merging with her
we give birth to precious jewels
I will give mine to you.
Sparks of the infinite
To bring her smile to
With love, gratitude and Solstice blessings
Rajendra, Kiran, Pravin and their families
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Being AWAKE to the Rhythms of Life
December 10, 2019
Hello my friends, it's Karla from Tulku again! I mistakenly sent out not only the Winter Solstice offering, but this years Summer Solstice offering with Max the owl in it as well. He has a way of showing up during the long nights of winter. :)
So for those of you who tried inputting your discount code and it didn't work, the issue is fixed and now there are TWO discount codes, one is SOUL2019 and the other is CONNECTEDINLIGHT and they are both working and good for 25% off. Whew!
I apologize for the confusion and the barage of emails and wish you holidays full of light and sweetness.
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December 10, 2019
I'm never quite sure what I'm going to write about when I sit down to connect with you all through the Tulku blog. Normally, I am inspired by something from a dream, from nature, from an interaction with a special friend. This time I am looking out my window as the sun gets low and warm, and I'm seeing snowflakes sparkle like fairy dust as they softly float onto the aspen outside. The wee birds of Jamestown gather around the feeder leaving sunflower seeds scattered along the ground for the turkeys to come devour tomorrow morning. And I am warm and cozy inside, feeling gratitude for my home and for the inspiration that gets birthed here.
I don't have too much else to share for now, except for the invitation I want to extend to all my friends to take a journey through the Tulku website and see what medicine you can share with a dear one or with yourself. Find something that will help you manifest your vision for the coming year. Find something that will help you or a loved one heal. As always, I am here to talk to if you want a consult.
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"Bliss is in all of life. Here's a glass with water— see its sparkle, how it reflects the light, how it makes a rainbow in its projection, how it nourishes. But when the wind starts up, when you knock it with your elbow and the glass falls of the shelf, you can say—of course! When you know the glass is already broken, every moment with it is precious."
—excerpt from the movie the Buddha
December 03, 2019
As Solstice comes upon us, winter sets in on this mountain, and I find myself drawn to the deep inner world as well as to the Christmas lights and the sparkle of snow surrounding my home. I look outside and see a huge flock of giant turkeys galloping across the driveway, and the telltale footprints of fox and deer in the snow. I feel the precious connection with nature and the lessons it continuously teaches just by being. I wonder where the bear are sleeping and how the deer stay warm in the snow….
Driving home from the Denver airport on my way home from Boston with family for Thanksgiving, a huge Bald Eagle flies over sleeping deer in a snowy field, heading directly towards our car. To my dream-tending mind, Eagle speaks of powerful, broad winged movement and far sightedness, even in the realm of the opposites of black and white, light and dark. In my musings, Deer is awareness and gentleness lying in the snowy field— the pure warmth and fire of Heart—melting the snow and uniting the fields of opposites.
My prayer emerges that these attributes of vision and movement from a place of heart awareness, come flying into my (and our) world, shifting the polarization and icy short sightedness that is inside and around me.
Today, through tending someone else’s dream— I journey into dream time—and I discover in another way how mysteriously interconnected we all are. I find her dream and mine precisely and in an inexpressibly magical way— intersecting, and revealing potent healing for us both.
This holiday season— when I hit those places in myself that feel less than, or bad in some way— I am making a commitment to focus on how connected I am instead of how separate I feel. How we as people are the same, instead of how we are different. How we share our livingness with every being on this earth, and the unity that connects us through our breath and our heartbeat.
During times of being alone and in the dark, I commit to remembering to focus on the life and light that lies beneath the surface, connecting us all. Like a huge stand of poplars in the wild or mushrooms populating the forest floor, we touch each other in ways that are not always apparent or seen.
I extend my prayer to you my friends, in this new year— beginning with the shift of Solstice towards light —for a powerful, broad- winged, Eagle like awareness to be present in all our actions, and that those actions be connected to our Deer- like heart and the heart of others.
This holiday season, may you be inspired to connect with the deeper roots that unite you with others and celebrate with gratitude and joy.
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November 22, 2019
According to the tradition of Plant Spirit Medicine that I am schooled in—informed by the song of nature, and the ancient Chinese—in this part of the world, it is the autumnal time of year, when the natural world is transitioning into the deeper state of Winter. It is a time naturally given to us being more aware of what we value, a sense of what is sacred, and looking at the expression of authority, in all of its forms. Now, we are often accompanied by the emotion of grief, who walks hand in hand with loss. We also get to steep ourselves in the practice of letting go.
This past week I have gone deep while at the Dreamtending certification program I am immersed in at Pacifica University, in my old home of Santa Barbara. My dreams and experiences while working in the dream realm have been full of the two presences that never leave our side- life, and death. They are naturally more present during this time of year, as reflected in nature, and the poignancy of this dance has been very present for me. Life and Death have been showing their faces in so many different ways, awakening the feelings of loss and grief in me- as well as touching the deep wellspring of gratitude for the preciousness of every moment and every being I encounter on my path.
The gratitude part came in most strongly when— in the midst of this great dance— I received mysterious texts from a phone number I did not recognize. After much prodding to cryptic responses, I finally learned these texts were from my dear friend Granny Lambert- someone I’ve been with only two or three times in the last ten years, yet some how we manage to stay connected. Granny and I have an inside story to our connection, which is steeped in ways we have shown up for each other as an angel.
Granny’s mysterious texts at that moment became the voice of the divine— angelic for sure—perfectly in tune with my experience at Dreamtending. They were the perfect medicine I needed. In fact, the words she sent sliced my experience down the middle in such a way that my heart totally melted and cracked open. The hidden portal that resides in the center of the dance between grief and letting go, suddenly lit up brightly like a diamond in the following words—
Ring the bells that still can ring,
forget the perfect offering,
There is a crack, a crack in everything.
That’s how the light gets in.
—Leonhard Cohen and Emmerson.
In deep gratitude for the light that is always present, that we may find, and follow. For friends, and for how— if we choose— we can all be guided by the great and mysterious force of light, that brings exactly what we need and reveals us each as an angel.
All of us at Tulku wish you a most blessed and deeply nourishing Thanksgiving, full of light.
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November 07, 2019
When I was doing my all night fire vigil the other night—as almost 2 feet of snow accumulated outside—I was intently paying attention to the sound of the wood, crackling and singing with the fire. It was that hypnotic time—late at night, in a snowstorm, when most of the world is sleeping—and I had been fasting from food and water for many hours. I was in something of an altered state. From that different kind of sensitized awareness, I drifted into an experience of listening to the wood and the flames telling me stories. I imagined the stories to be from the life of the tree—what she had seen as a tree, what she had felt, what her life in a colony of trees had been like.
It was as if I was being sung the swan song of the tree, as she made her way into the other dimensions through the embrace of fire. As the flames danced on her body, I watched an enactment of what tree had witnessed, a theatrical presentation of what tree was singing to me.
I had the feeling I had entered into the dream of tree, and gratefully received the blessings of that invitation.
During this season of the giving and receiving of harvest, the movement of letting go, and readying ourselves for the gestation time of winter, I am feeling very grateful for the life that surrounds me. I am beyond words thankful for the exchange that happens in every moment—seen and unseen—that does a crazy big job in keeping my world and the world around me in balance.
I am thankful for all my friends I have met through Tulku and for the work we are able to continue doing together. May this month of harvest and gratitude fill your cup to overflow, and may you share with your loved ones in the spirit of gratitude, joy and the preciousness of life.
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In Gratitude and Appreciation,
Image from TULKU ORACLE. depicting the Tree of Life
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October 30, 2019
Dear Friends of Tulku,
Folklorists say the origins of Halloween is the Roman feast of Pomona, the goddess of fruits and seeds. Halloween is also said to come from the Celtic feasts known as Samhain. Samhain was a time when the veils between the worlds were thin— a time to commune with faeries and gods. On this day special bonfires were lit, and the night was filled with rituals and magic. The flames, smoke and ashes had protective and cleansing powers, also used for divination. It is said that the fires were lit as a magical invocation of the Sun, asking for help from His Powers of Growth to bring gentleness and balance during the dark time of winter.
This month for me has been about cultivating community, and the magical vision of people in ritual communion around the fire brings me back to one of my most favorite forms of connection and being in community—spending time around the fire. This is also a time (in California) where the experience of Fire is as an extremely frightening menace—an unpredictable nightmare which doesn’t go away. Lives—and the world—have been turned upside down. The experience of community is dramatically needed and very different in this case—with people coming together to help each other in times of great need.
During this Samhain season where we go through the doorway of twilight and into the darkness of winter, let us be there for others in the spirit of deep communion and as support. Build a fire and gather around it—invite your neighbors and share your deep hearts feelings generously with each other. The grief, the fears, the journey, and the dreams. Drink in the warmth of laughter and true companionship. Light the fire in your being that sings the song of connection. Join together in saying deep prayers for all the beings who are losing their homes and their lives to the fires that rage through their land. Send love to ease the fear and the trauma, and also receive that love for yourself in the sending.
Take this time when the light is getting low and the doorway to Spirit is a thin veil, to plant seeds and prayers in the fire of your heart.
With the balancing support of a blessed amulet from TULKU, the prayers in these seeds will be held with light and warmth throughout the winter, yielding a beautiful bloom when the days get long.
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Image from the TULKU ORACLE deck
October 24, 2019
Image from the Tulku Oracle deck (work in progress)
Deer Friends !
Here at my new home in Colorado I've been thinking a lot about community. I often feel shy about putting myself out there, yet when I do, I've been very fortunate to have met some wonderful souls here.
When I look to the natural world to learn more about community, my first thought is Deer. There is a group of five and sometimes six deer who come through my yard on a regular basis. They appear to be all ages— male and female— babies and mamas. They meander through the landscape with graceful alertness, their connection and awareness of each other apparent. They look out for each other and issue warnings if there is some perceived danger afoot, and at the same time they give each other lots of space.
We each have specific gifts to bring the world and the strength and guidance to bring them forth. Deer helps show us the way to expressing them through connection to the whole, intuition, generosity and sensitivity. Just as Deer has the ability to sacrifice for the nourishment of others, in sharing our gifts we contribute naturally for the benefit of the whole.
Walk surely this Life,
Your senses tuned to the Divine.
You are a Sister to all Beings.
Your way in this World
is guided by Spirit.
Trust in the knowing
of Your Precious Heart.
You are part of the Great Plan,
And your Song longs to be Sung.
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October 01, 2019
This past August I moved Tulku and I to the mountains of Colorado. It all occurred very suddenly and unexpectedly—and looking back— I believe what really happened was that I was swept up by a divine tornado and very gently and precisely dropped.
I landed in a beautiful new home in a magical place I call Rainbow Mountain. Aside from receiving the welcome of a rainbow arching over the sky soon after I arrived, the name is because under my feet I imagine the earth is filled with gold and fluorite and stones of every color. I can feel those colors rising up through me, filling me with inspiration and juice.
Looking out over the 9,000 foot prairies from here, the surrounding mountains look like dragons. I figure that’s because they need to guard the many treasures here. Tulku is decidedly in the right place and in very, very good company.
The people I have met in nearby Boulder are warm and open and curious about what I do. They seem to love Tulku and everything it stands for. They also tend to recognize its unique power and authenticity pretty immediately, which is particularly delicious for me.
This weekend, I am doing a trunk show at a wonderful iconic bead place in town, called Nomad Beads. The hosts are incredibly generous in wanting me to have success. I have a new coach and friend who asked me what I want to achieve with Tulku this month— and aside from the ever-present need for sales— I found myself answering that I want to build community.
So here it goes, the statement of my intention, out loud and shared with the world—
I want to connect with like- minded people and introduce Tulku to this community.
I want to work and create and adventure with my Tribe.
I want to invite people over to my house to work with dreams.
I want to share the medicine of Tulku and my favorite part— which is going deep—matching a person to their amulet.
I want to journey together to the symbols and archetypes that are alive for each of us— the special ones that invite us to use them for support.
To align more deeply with this intention, last night I decided to work on an image for my Tulku Oracle deck (work-in-progress). I wanted the card I worked on to be based on an amulet that relates to the energy of building community. What came to mind was Honey Bee. This is one of my favorite newer amulets as is it is not only beautiful and masterfully carved by Rajendra, but what it represents is profound. Among other things, the huge creative force which is the work of Honey Bee, depends completely on the interconnectedness between the bees and their environment.
As I begin to put down roots in a new landscape and I learn about this place, I am reminded by Honey Bee of the importance of looking to who and what’s around me to help me create the honey that I want to share with the world.
I am excited to open up this month with the trunk show at Nomad, and to start to build my local community. Something tells me there are a lot of flowers out there for me to discover. If you’re in the area, please come say hi!
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June 15, 2019
This solstice is a time of doorways and change, of moving into the hot afternoons and frollicking in the water, of being outside and of seeing the night sky. Barefoot days and playful connection with the earth, with each other and with the clouds.
For me it is a time of big transition, as I move from my beloved home in Painted Cave in the mountains of Santa Barbara, to Jamestown— a small village in the mountains outside of Boulder Colorado. Tulku will find a new home base there and the magic of that earth will surely infuse our expression moving into the future.
In honor of this portal I am sharing this beautiful, very potent poem by Valarie Kaur. For me it is a reminder that the transformations we are moved through are for something much greater than ourselves. This is a solidarity call to jump into the unknown with trust into the mystery when called. We often don’t know where we need to be placed and what the world needs of us.
In Honor of the Solstice Portal and new beginnings
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"I will carve you so deep the stars will shine in your darkness"
Some of you I will hollow out.
I will make you a cave.
I will carve you so deep the stars will shine in your darkness.
You will be a bowl.
You will be the cup in the rock collecting rain.
I will hollow you with knives.
I will not do this to make you clean.
I will not do this to make you pure
You are clean already.
You are pure already.
I will do this because the world needs the hollowness of you.
I will do this for the space that you will be.
I will do this because you must be large.
People will find their way through you.
People will eat from you.
And their hunger will not weaken them to death.
A cup to catch the sacred rain.
My daughter, do not cry.
Do not be afraid.
Nothing you need will be lost.
I am shaping you.
I am making you ready.
Light will flow in your hollowing.
You will be filled with light.. Your bones will shine.
The round open center of you will be radiant.
I will call you brilliant one.
I will call you daughter who is wide.
I will call you transformed.
Tulku wishes that you receive the support and magic you need to carry you through the transitions of your life. We are here with our blessed amulets to be a part of that support. If anything speaks to you or if you would like some guidance finding the amulet that would best serve you or a loved one, as always please reach out to me at—
Photo of Max the Great Horned Owl and new TULKU Raven amulet by Nicole Ann Spahn
May 02, 2019
Pictured—Laxmi holding the Manipura Chakra from the Tulku Oracle.
My mother died three months into my 20th year. It came as a shock and a surprise. It came wrapped in a barbed wire fence of feeling like an orphan even though my father survived the accident. I spiraled into a deep well of confusion and grief and stayed there for many years. Though I was shown through my dreams months before the accident that my family would meet this fate, it wasn’t until seven years later that spirit would begin to shine through my awareness and into the darkness I had made my home. Grace would have it that something more was meant to be, and so life beckoned me forward. Clearly I had to agree— I had explored the bottom thoroughly enough. Meditation and spiritual practice were my life raft out of there.
Though I myself never became a mother, my life since has been full of mothers. And of course my life gives me endless opportunities to act like a mother as well. Selfless Love, compassion, caring, nurturing, all qualities every single human being—mother or not—is given—are all places where I am learning to cultivate (and contemplate) motherhood.
And I have been greatly blessed by being able to express myself creatively through giving birth to and nurturing Tulku.
Tulku is now a part of the mother medicine I share. It is my apothecary, filled with natural remedies and support for all kinds of ailments or challenges. It comes from an ancient tradition—artistically, in the blessings it carries, and in the talismanic way it is used.
I invite you to contact me for a consultation if you are looking for something to support you or the mother in your life.
I will always do my best to hold the precious qualities my mother embodied and honor her life through my sharing with you.
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That's one of my Mama's—Mata— who blesses the amulets, with me in picture :)
January 29, 2019
“For this was on seynt Volantynys day. Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.”
—Geoffrey Chaucer, author of “The Canterbury Tales”
"It seems that, in Chaucer’s day, English birds paired off to produce eggs in February. Soon, nature-minded European nobility began sending love notes during bird-mating season."
This time of year, as the growth in the earth begins to awaken from its long winter slumber and express itself in the early buds of spring, as the four-legged and winged ones find their mates and build their nests, and as we humans feel the stirrings of passion present and remembered, we commemorate February 14th as a time to show our love in the form of a gift of romance to our beloved.
This is a time that can spark delicious expressions of love, as well as a time that wakes old wounds and pokes at the heartbreak of loneliness. It is not always an easy day, and and some have come to see it as s a purely commercial event to be skipped altogether. It is also a time when friendship and expressions of love from others is particularly poignant and meaningful.
To honor love and the support we give and receive, reinvigorate the shared dreams with our beloved partner or friends, and to celebrate the new growth of spring,
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Give a special gift and choose from the many blessed amulets and jewelry that represent love, healing, and devotion.
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YAB-YUM AMULET pictured in TULKU ORACLE image.
Yab-Yum literally means "father and mother" in Tibetan. Yab-Yum is the depiction of the male Buddha (compassion) and his female consort (wisdom) joined together in the ecstasy of sexual union.
The union of father and mother expresses the dissolving of our dualistic fixations and the spreading of awakened heart to all aspects of our experience, transforming our ordinary perceptions into the awakened perceptions of a fully enlightened buddha.
On the reverse side of your amulet is the mantra OM AH HUM, representing the empowerment and awakening of body, speech and mind.
Yabyum is hand made copper repoussé with fused 24k. gold. Also available in pure silver and copper
December 13, 2018
Tulku is giving away 5 blessed amulets to people in need this holiday season.
Could this be you?
Those who know me well, know that over the years I have gifted many amulets to friends or acquaintances in need of special support. Particularly these days, I hear countless stories of people going through trying times. Whether related to health or other experiences of personal crisis— those challenges are often all consuming energetically and financially.
I would like to extend this offering of support to you now, the beautiful people who are our patrons and who know the power of our work.
Send me a message (to firstname.lastname@example.org) sharing your story and enter to win.
By January 5, I will choose 5 people, who can then choose from within the Tulku “Classic” line to find the right match for what they or their loved one needs.
Take a look here—
Tulku amulets are made with the intention to heal and to help carry people through the hard times of life. They bring their healing gifts on both the conscious and unconscious levels through the alchemy of love, symbolism, intention, Mata’s blessings and how they are traditionally handmade.
We at Tulku are honored to share them with you and to be a part of the healing the people of this world so desperately need.
With Gratitude, Love and Light—
Karla, Rajendra, Mata, Kiran, Binita, Pravin, Kathy and Nikki
Pictured—the Feet of Guru Rinpoche with offerings at Pharping, Nepal. Taken on my recent trip during our Vajrayogini puja—performed yearly for the benefit of all those connected to Tulku.
Amulet is the Double Dorje for protection.
December 06, 2018
You want to give a meaningful gift, but don't know what your loved one needs in the form of an amulet?
Pretend this chart is like an Oracle.
Take a look at the selection— while thinking of them— and open your heart to what pops out and speaks to you.
Or, let them choose for themselves.
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I leave you with a powerful and poetic reminder. To inspire yourself and others—by Clarrisa Pinkola Estes—
Taken from We Were Made For These Times
We are needed, that is all we can know. And though we meet resistance, we more so will meet great souls who will hail us, love us and guide us, and we will know them when they appear. Didn't you say you were a believer? Didn't you say you pledged to listen to a voice greater? Didn't you ask for grace? Don't you remember that to be in grace means to submit to the voice greater?
One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these - to be fierce and to show mercy toward others; both are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity.
Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do.
There will always be times when you feel discouraged. I too have felt despair many times in my life, but I do not keep a chair for it. I will not entertain it. It is not allowed to eat from my plate.
The reason is this: In my uttermost bones I know something, as do you. It is that there can be no despair when you remember why you came to Earth, who you serve, and who sent you here. The good words we say and the good deeds we do are not ours. They are the words and deeds of the One who brought us here. In that spirit, I hope you will write this on your wall: When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for.
November 29, 2018
As the time of celestial darkness draws near and we gather with loved ones in our hearths, the gratitude and preciousness of life glows just a little more brightly in our hearts. Challenges can be highlighted for some, and retreat into the background for others. Holding compassionate prayers and acting from our hearts with all beings is the biggest gift we can share. To look into the eyes of another with an open heart, to see and feel and be present and listen, these are all the gifts each one of us truly yearns to receive.
Tulku has some treasures that are created to hold these intentions of love and compassion. They come to this world through the hands of thoughtful, prayerful, integritous people in Nepal, and are imbued with the ancient wonders of their tradition.
In Tibet, the title of Tulku is given to the recognized compassionate spiritual master who is reborn for the benefit of others. In the same way the Tulku amulets are gifts from Spirit that come through us to benefit others. We at Tulku do our sincere best to honor that spirit with our hands, hearts and minds.
Consider gifting a Tulku amulet or jewel to a loved one who could use a little precious reminder of the support they need. As always, if you would like a consultation to help decide which amulet is the right fit, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at email@example.com
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Wishing you abundant blessings during this season and in 2019.
With love from Karla, Kiran, Bini, Rajendra, Pravin, Kathy and Nikki
October 09, 2018
During this turbulent time in the world, the astrological omens confirm that places in our deep past are being awakened for healing. Our unique voices are being called on to be heard, to be spoken.
All of this can really hurt, because for some of us these are the places that are full of unexpressed fear and rage. And speaking to them? Well that’s just asking for trouble. For more turbulence. The dark world of wounds that haven’t fully healed, that feel raw and newly exposed, is a terrifying place and calls for protection, begs us for our tender care.
But what I am thinking is this—this is another level of experiencing Halloween, as we meet all kinds of ghosts and goblins, witches and warlocks within ourselves, and in our world.
And my thought around this is, make an offering to them! Give them some kind of sweetness, some kind of balm, some golden honey.
The words of an amazing astrologer I once saw for a reading, named Saffron Rossi, come to mind. When speaking to my reaction of overwhelm when she referred to the details of Saturn as a taskmaster in my life she said,
“Not to worry, Saturn likes small offerings.”
This referred to even the smallest conscious action every day to show Saturn that I am working with him. He wants me to be more cautious with my finances? I hold back from spending the extra $7.00 on a latte. He wants me to stop being lazy in paying attention to the details of my business? I do 10 minutes of bookkeeping every day, or I work on some marketing task that I have been resisting for a week.
Simple things like that.
So what kind of sweets do we offer into the tender places in ourselves that are being shaken awake by the wild storms of these times? Acknowledgement. Respect. Listening. Not turning away from those hidden places that want to be healed when they start to wake up.Honoring our own pain and that of others.
Love. Support. Friendship.
Maybe one day that looks like going out into the woods by ourselves, and screaming. On another day, it’s allowing someone to witness our hurt, our rage, our fear.Or holding someone else as they express theirs with you. Perhaps it’s opening ourselves up to someone we trust and sharing just a little bit of our story.
During this Halloween season, when the veils are thin, healing is afoot. I hold you in my heart as I hold this world in my heart. For healing, for tenderness, for evolution.
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August 26, 2018
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August 09, 2018
One of my favorite aspects of the work I have been blessed to do is to connect with people deeply, which happens especially at events. To hear your stories, to feel your hearts. To open myself up to the healing that wants to come through for you through the amulets.
Having taken Tulku to countless meditation and wellness seminars since our beginnings 12 years ago, I have been on an amazing journey of discovery and an ever deepening unveiling of the magic in our work. It continuously surprises and delights me to see how the amulets present to each and every person in a unique and very special way.
Kind of like walking through a familiar forest and seeing new life expressing itself each time, at every event I uncover yet another way to work with my customers in finding the symbol that will most support them. The amulets speak for themselves, and often times through seeing, touching and feeling them, people are obviously attracted to the right one.
When not in person however— with the benefit of having one on one contact with both the customer and the amulets—I have been contemplating what questions to ask in order to best guide you in helping you find the right Tulku medicine.
Here is a quiz to get a clearer picture where you are now in your life and what support you could use through Tulku.
Get a pen and paper and answer the following questions—
✨ If looking at yourself through a loved ones eyes, make a list of all of your gifts.
✨What are areas in your life where you would like to see some growth and improvement?
✨What is the vision for your highest expression of yourself? Please take time with this one.
✨What is holding you back from expressing this?
Now, look at all four lists and see areas where there are some overlapping themes. This will direct you to some key areas in which you could use some support.
An example would be that in the first column you are seen as being a healing presence. In the second column, you would like to have a stronger voice to express who you are. In the third column, you see yourself in your highest expression as being a counselor for troubled teenagers. In the fourth column, you find the insecurity of being seen.
It is clear to you the support you need is the courage to share your voice in order to better connect to and express your healing gifts.
Now look at the illustrated chart of the Tulku amulets. In this chart you will see brief affirmations for each amulet.
If you determine you feel you need protection in order to have this courage for example, you may want to choose the Double Dorje, Snow Lion or the Bear Totem. Or, you could choose the Throat Chakra for expressing your voice. After narrowing it down, trust that whatever appeals to you visually is the right match.
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With gratitude and honoring of your unique path in Life.
July 05, 2018
Some of you know I am taking a certification course on “Dreamtending” at Pacifica College. My focus on learning how to tend dreams has got me thinking a lot lately about the Livingness of all aspects of this multi dimensional reality we are in. The language of dreams is symbols—highly potent, pregnant symbols that contain layers upon layers of story. The stories in our dreams are intricately interwoven with those of our waking hours, and being aware of this crazy tapestry makes life incredibly rich and magical.
I am finding this focus on dreams has deepened my relationship to the work I do creating amulets. I am more awake to the stories the amulets have to tell. Whether they are archetypal, totemic, chakras or yantras, they are seeming to me as if they are ancient beings. Layered with time and meaning, they are carriers of concentrated potency, each a particular doorway into wisdom, healing and the mystery. It is by engagement with them that we discover all that lies in their form.
Recently, I was working with “tending” or relating to a dream I had, which was actually a nightmare. This nightmare brought up a lot of old trauma in me— the emotions were an intense jagged rage, and deep grief. I took my dream to the Ocean, and brought along a journal and some colored pencils to draw the dream out, to depict how it felt to me in my body. After some time, I was aware of this blackness that in the past I had withdrawn into, manifesting as a most precious black pearl in the center of my heart. A blackness that was softened, shaped by the Ocean, by time, by love.
I had an image that came to me of a Dragon or a Phoenix inside this black pearl, as if the pearl was an incubating egg. At the same time, the Dragon / Phoenix is what guards this pearl.
Since this image came to me, and I have turned my attention to it, it has grown in the wisdom and healing it is sharing with me. It is as if I have a new friend, a new source of support.
I have had a tattoo of a Phoenix on my wrist for many years now, It has always had special meaning to me, but now this Phoenix on my skin brings me the reminder of so much more.
I encourage you to discover and engage with the symbols that are showing up in your life. To listen to their stories and allow their wisdom to more deeply infuse your life with magic. If there is a symbol or a totem that you would like us to create for you at Tulku, please reach out. I’d love to hear your story and to help you create something special.
In gratitude and wishing you blessings on your journey,
June 21, 2018
During this time of Solstice I have been thinking more deeply about Earth as Mother.
The other day I was sitting on a big rock out in my yard, behind my house. My house is built into ancient boulders on the top of a mountain, and there are Oak Trees that achieve the seemingly impossible feat of growing out of the rock. I have been noticing a young Sapling Oak who is coming up in the shadow of big Mama Oak. I have been appreciating this little One, the bright green of the start of his journey, the life force within him, the supple resilient strength with which he is coming forth.
Yesterday my contemplations took me deeper, to the awareness of being seen by the Natural World around me. The rocks, the trees, the plants, the birds, the animals, the mountain itself all aware of me, of my life coexisting with theirs. As I was feeling this and as if to confirm, a little Canyon Wren came onto a branch of Old Mama Oak right above me and started singing to me.
In this moment, I felt little Oak was looking at me too. I realized I am part of his history at the very beginning of his life. The first Woman he has known. And I am a part of a long stream of people in Mama Oaks life. I then imagined all of the other peoples that Mama Oak tree knew- the other Woman—probably Chumash— who was sitting here, in the same spot as me, at Mama Oaks side when she was but a sapling. I thought of all of the stories they have to tell, and I felt Connected to the Woman who was here before. To the Ancestors of this place, to the Oak, to the Rocks, to all of it.
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June 13, 2018
I am very blessed to be in a Dreamtending Certification program at Pacifica College and I am totally lit up about it! My awareness of how my waking and dreaming lives are woven together is much more acute and I am increasingly “awake” to the magical ways in which the hidden realms inform us.
We are always guided and there is always Light in the Darkness.
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“I am a Dreamer”
Sun is the masculine force of fire and light. He is the primordial life giver and illuminator who brings growth and the heat of movement into our daily experience.
Moon is the feminine energy of brilliance in the dark emotional realms of our watery depths. She is connected with the cycles of Life and with darkness. She lives in the void and flows between fullness and emptiness as part of her nature.
Allow the heat and brilliance of Grandfather Sun to shine into and forth from your heart, guiding you to express your gifts in this world.
Allow the soft light of Grandmother Moon to nourish you in fullness and in emptiness— to bring you peace in the deepest dark places within yourself, to teach you how to flow as a river to the sea.
Allow the two to be in you, for this is your own, true, nature.
Can you imagine yourself being the fire and wood simultaneously?
Is it possible for you to experience the deep pleasure of their collaboration?
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April 07, 2018
Three weeks ago I traveled north to go on a yearly traditional Pilgrimage to a Sacred Mountain. A month of preparation including a special fast with focus on readying myself to make my approach with respect, alignment, and a full heart, emptied me of my usual preoccupations and made me more open— more sensitive to my surroundings. As I drove North through the verdant California hills, a Krishna Das chant to Durga began to play.
In that moment, the music reached in and unlocked my awareness to the Great Mother Living and Loving. Everything. Every Being. As far as I could see. Nothing was left out of this Great Love. It was everywhere.
In that moment I received the gift of perceiving in overwhelming clarity what Is. Always. Our Earth as Mother and all of the beings in existence living in relationship to Her. Being nourished by Her, held by Her. With conscious awareness. Our Mother Earth— and all living beings in this realm— know and feel a kind of innate, ever present, conscious devotion to Each-other. The Mother to Her children, and the children to their Mother. From the smallest insect to the largest mountain, the Natural World is in constant loving relationship with Her. The plant beings, animal beings, the birds, the waters, even the Weather Beings in the form of clouds, and rain, are not separate from this field of Love and Loving. Their life—Our Life— is given by Her. There is Grace and Love ever present all around us. Always. How could I ever not feel this, when it is so so so great?
This time of year is honored as a time to recognize the Mothers in our lives. I want to remember that the Great Mother is all around us, and that without Her, we simply wouldn’t be. I want all of us to remember. Devotion to Her is a door opening into great love and infinite blessings. This devotion does not have a special time. But now we are reminded. Make it a part of who you are, a part of your daily practice and honor Her always.
Honor the Divine Mother in your Life.
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Pictured Durga on Rudrani
Durga is one of the most powerful goddesses of the Hindu pantheon. A warrior incarnation of fierce compassion, it is she we invoke for fearlessness and patience. She is also known as "The Keeper of the Flame". Her name in Sanskrit means Invincible.
Durga has 8 arms, and in each hand she holds a different weapon. Each of her weapons were given to her by a different god to be used to conquer the various demons of the Ego. As an incarnation of Devi or the Divine Mother, she is a unified symbol of all the divine forces, and her power contains the combined energies of all the gods.
Like the Hindu God Shiva, Ma Durga is also referred to as "Triyambake" meaning the three-eyed Goddess. Her left eye represents desire (the moon), her right eye represents action (the sun), and the central eye represents knowledge (fire). Durga's many arms symbolize her protecting her devotees from all directions, and her vehicle— the tiger—represents power, will and determination. Durga riding the tiger symbolizes her mastery over all these qualities.
Durga’s mantra Om Dum Durgayei Namaha is on the back with coral.
Durga is hand made copper repoussé with fused 24k. gold. Also available in pure silver and copper.
Thought of as the female counterpart to the male Rudraksha seed, the rare and precious Rudrani is a sacred seed born of the Rudraksha tree. When the tree is in full blossom, the Rudrani seeds are shed from it’s blossoms and collected for their blessings.
In India the Rudrani is often kept in places of worship alongside the Rudraksha to symbolize the union of Siva and Shakti—the divine meeting of male and female principles.
February 16, 2018
Relationship with your Totem
“The modern view is that human beings are the most highly evolved form of life and that other life forms… are inferior to us human beings. The more traditional view is… the other way around…”
In most traditional indigenous cultures, the family clan has a Totem which is a powerful part of their identity. The secret knowledge, power and wisdom of their totem is passed down generation after generation in service and support of the clan members. Their totem represents the gifts and strengths of the clan. Traditional peoples often wear amulets of their totem not only as an identifier, but as a source of protection and connection to the gifts they had been given.
Though most of us in the modern world have not received the blessing of being born into a family with knowledge of our helpers from the animal or plant world, most people have a strong connection to beings from other species. It could be an animal, a bird, a sea dweller, an insect, a reptile, a plant or one of each! These friends show up for us in a variety of ways, and not only in nature. They can show up for us in our dreams for example, or while we are meditating. Our totem connections are among the most beautiful allies we have in our lives, and they offer their help generously to those who remember to ask.
Whether you do or do not know what your totem is, you can ask for a messenger in your dreams or in a meditation. Before you go to sleep express your openness to meeting her, and ask 3 times for her to visit you in your dreams. State that you would like to develop or deepen your relationship with her. She is there and she has gifts to share with you, but you must bring forth your hearts longing for that relationship, and ask.
Be open, persistent and patient. She will come.
The special attributes of your totem are some of the gifts she has to bring you. To learn about those attributes, observe her in nature. Study her, see how she lives. Is your totem Owl— who sees and hunts in the darkness, while others are sleeping? Call on her to help you find your way in the darkness. Is your totem Dolphin, whose playful nature and high intelligence moves you towards being light in community and helps you in letting go of fear? Call on him when you need his natural lightness of being and ability to be with others in joy.
There are many books on totems that are wonderful sources of information as well. One of my favorites is Animal Speak by Ted Andrews. And if you want to go deeper into creating a powerful working relationship with your totem(s), my favorite totem class is taught by Eliot Cowan and Justin Starting. You can find out more about that here—
Lastly, check out our newTotem Collection at Tulku!
We are at the beginning stages of creating this line and welcome your feedback, requests, and ideas.
Keep checking back, as more are coming soon.
If you have a totem that you would like to see created in the form of an amulet, please share your story with me. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
As ever, wishing you great blessings on your journey through this magnificent gift of Life.
February 01, 2018
This is the question that everyone asks. It can be challenging to know which Amulet will be the best support for a friend or even for ourselves. The amulets act kind of like a tuning fork. Finding the right medicine amulet can be a powerful ally to your path and to your healing journey.
The “Shop by Intention” https://tulkujewels.com/shop/intention
feature is a wonderful tool to narrow things down to start. When you look at the pieces that are pictured there, read their affirmations, take in their meanings, feel into their symbolism.
Close your eyes and sit up straight with your feet on the floor while picturing and naming the piece. Notice the resonance in your body. Do you lean into it subtly, or do you pull away from it? Does it make your heart open, feel sweetness? Or does it make you feel nothing at all? Take your time. You can do this exercise for yourself, or for a loved one you want to lend support to through a challenging time.
Another tool is the Chakra Quiz.
If you are looking for a gift for a friend, you can send them the link so they can do it, or do it yourself. The results you receive on the quiz reflect the Chakra that most resonates with where you are in yourself at this point in your life. Wearing that chakra will support you and your intentions the most powerfully. Having that kind of support in turn realigns everything and brings the other Chakras up in strength, which results in a more harmonious life experience.
Another approach many find helpful is using the Tulku book as a kind of an oracle. It contains descriptions for the amulets and has the benefit of being something you can hold in your hands. Much like consulting the Tarot, it is a way to be directed to the right match and to learn something, too.
To use the book as a divination tool, light a candle and hold the book to your heart. Set your intention to be shown a piece that will support you. You may be surprised by the outcome, often it is counter-intuitive. Whether you decide to go with the amulet you are shown, it is a way to find support and inspiration for your day.
If you have questions and need guidance, I am here to support you as well. Just reach out to me via the contact link on this website and share your questions with me.
Wishing you warmest blessings on your journey,
January 24, 2018
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December 25, 2017
A Christmas Prayer from TULKU
On this Christmas Day I want to express gratitude, to sing it in an ecstatic song from the rooftop.
To yell it in brilliant 3d color from my heart to yours.
That the Gods and Goddesses and all the precious beings on this planet may hear.
I am grateful for all of you, for the companionship and gifts you bring to me in my life.
For holding my hand when I go through challenges and for reminding me there is a bright light that animates even the darkest times.
On this Christmas Day, I am feeling the gratitude to be in my Santa Barbara mountain home— with the fires burning at a safe distance. For the firefighters who make it possible for me to be in my home, for Grandfather Fire who spared us this time around and for the transformation He brings.
Today, my prayer is that I honor that transformation. That I and my brother and sister human beings learn in ever deeper ways to respect and honor the Life Mother Earth has given us by honoring every aspect of her body.
By respecting all of the Beings and developing relationship with them.
That we transform ignorance and neglect into consciousness and caring.
To the Waters, Fire, Earth, the Weather beings, the Sky, the ones that have legs and wings and roots and those who do not,
My prayer today is to never take any of you for granted.
That we human beings learn about balance and how to live in harmony with and on this precious Earth for our children, and our children’s children.
Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed, grace- filled Christmas with so much love and gratitude to be able to share my prayers and gifts in this one precious life with you.
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December 03, 2017
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December 03, 2017
Imagine the delight coarsing through my being when I received the email from the jewelry buyer at the Smithsonian museum saying that one of the curators had recommended our work for the museum shop.
My first feeling was that It is such a great honoring to all of us at Tulku, but most especially to Rajendra (Bajracharya) for his exquisite craftsmanship. For his artistry to be recognized by such a prestigious institution—one that carries masterpieces created by other Newar’s from centuries long gone by— fills my heart with joy and gratitude. To my mind the curator sharing her recommendation at that moment is an act of delicious Grace. We are grateful.
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August 24, 2017
I found the original Tulku Thockcha back in 2006 while looking for treasures, in a drawer, in a dusty old shop in the bowels of Kathmandu. It was at the very beginning of Tulku and Rajendra and I were just beginning to create the chakra line.
June 12, 2015
Here is the latest update from Kiran and Tenzin. As you will see, they continue to work very hard to help those they find most in need, one grain of rice, brick, and day at a time…
May 20, 2015
As many of you are already aware, the Tulku team in Nepal is actively going to villages, providing aid and shelter where most needed.