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 :)
February 07, 2019
This time of year— coming up to the onset of spring— is a celebration of love, partnership and friendship. Never more beautifully written about than by John O'Donohue in his magnificent book, Anam Cara. Here is an excerpt for your delight—along with a reminder that we are offering you 20% off to share your love with another in the form of a blessed amulet or other sacred jewelry.
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In the Celtic tradition, there is a beautiful understanding of love and friendship. One of the fascinating ideas here is the idea of soul-love; the old Gaelic term for this is anam cara. Anam is the Gaelic word for soul and cara is the word for friend. So anam cara in the Celtic world was the "soul friend."
In everyone's life, there is a great need for an anam cara, a soul friend. In this love, you are understood as you are without mask or pretension. The superficial and functional lies and half-truths of social acquaintance fall away, you can be as you really are. Love allows understanding to dawn, and understanding is precious. Where you are understood, you are at home.
The anam cara experience opens a friendship that is not wounded or limited by separation or distance. Such friendship can remain alive even when the friends live far away from each other. Because they have broken through the barriers of persona and egoism to the soul level, the unity of their souls is not easily severed. When the soul is awakened, physical space is transfigured. Even across the distance, two friends can stay attuned to each other and continue to sense the flow of each other's lives. With your anam cara you awaken the eternal.
Photo is the Shiva Shakti card in the Tulku Oracle deck.
ShivaShakti are the eternal couple—forever in undivided union and abiding together as Universal consciousness. Shiva is the Transcendent Self—the stillness from which all creations are born —made manifest through the power of Shakti, Shiva and Shakti are indistinguishable. They are one. They are the universe. Shiva isn’t masculine. Shakti isn’t feminine. At the core of their mutual penetration the supreme consciousness opens. —Daniel Odier
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.
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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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Image from TULKU ORACLE
The Tibetan Mirror
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.
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.
Pictured—Tree Is Life Amulet on Woven Silver and Gold Necklace
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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.
In honor of the dream and Summer Solstice—
Featuring the new Sun Moon Amulet for Dreamers!
“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.
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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.
January 24, 2018
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