Ring the Bell of Thanksgiving
Ring the Bell of Thanksgiving

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.

With Love,

Karla

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Entering in to the Dream of Tree
Entering in to the Dream of Tree

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. 

I will be offering a sale after I return from my travels to Santa Barbara (for Dreamtending Certification, level 2!!!) and Thanksgiving in (Boston with mi familia). 

The sale will begin at the end of this month. so I can attend to you properly and our new items will be in stock. 

Mark your calendars and Stay Tuned!

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In Gratitude and Appreciation,

Karla

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Musings on Samhain and Community
Musings on Samhain and Community

October 30, 2019

SAMHAIN Musings 

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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What Animal Reminds you of Community?
What Animal Reminds you of Community?

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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Building Community a TULKU SALE
Building Community a TULKU SALE

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!

If you are not in town, you can take advantage of my offering for 20% off all Tulku now through October 8th. Use coupon code TULKUTRIBE at checkout. 

With love,

Karla

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An Offering to You. Enter the TULKU Giveaway
An Offering to You. Enter the TULKU Giveaway

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 karla@tulkujewels.com) 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. 

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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. 

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The Power of Symbols
The Power of Symbols

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,

Karla

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Relationship with your Totem
Relationship with your Totem

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…”
--Eliot Cowan

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—
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Lastly, check out our newTotem Collection at Tulku!
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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 karla@tulkujewels.com 

As ever, wishing you great blessings on your journey through this magnificent gift of Life. 
Karla

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How to choose your best Medicine Amulet?
How to choose your best Medicine Amulet?

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. 

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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. 

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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,

Karla

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A Christmas Prayer
A Christmas Prayer

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. 

Karla

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Tulku at the Smithsonian!
Tulku at the Smithsonian!

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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Beginnings
Beginnings

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.

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