I got a surprise yesterday, when I realized that the 29th of September was on Tuesday, not Wednesday. For the last week or so, I have been telling myself that I was heading back to Ireland on Wednesday, the 29th. With this in mind, I planned a leisurely lead-up to my departure…I was going to take it slow and easy. Who was I trying to kid?
Hennaing my hair w/my fox hat on. Last minute self-care before Sacred Travel.
I have been running on squirrel power all day, getting things in order & shuffling the the mild chaos, that seems to appear anytime I am getting ready for spiritual adventure.
The chaos is something we must all expect, if we are going to step out of our ordinary life, and into the world of the sacred. It’s like breaking through a wall of bullshit, that’s designed to keep us on the worn path we call normal.
I find that if one relaxes into the chaos, it can be transformed into the stuff of magic, one that weaves a story that is truly worthy of the term sacred.
Spiritual Adventure…sacred travel is something that makes my heart sing. It is exhilarating to flow in the slipstream of reality. My mind feels expansive and fluid and my pulse races, as I deeply connect to the truth of my existence. When I step out of ‘my ordinary’, I step big. I experience reality as a multi-faceted thing, in which I dance back and forth between now & then…lifetimes happening at once.
Back to getting things organized…
This journey to Ireland is deeply connected to the Morrigan; a Celtic warrior goddess of death, magic and prophesy, whom I have had a close relationship with for decades. In fact the she is the first goddess I ever worked with, and our relationship spans more then 20 years. She is a raven/crow, triple goddess, and she is not exactly mild mannered.
The trip she has me on, is a bit unusual. With my husband as my traveling companion, I will be traveling here and there, about Ireland and Northern Ireland primarily by bus. My plan is to create a trip that people could do without having to rent a car/drive on the other side of the road, and to do it relatively inexpensively. On our journey we will be staying in various accommodations…renting a room in someones home (airbnb), staying in a downtown hotel, a hostel, and at the home of a very generous friend a clients. We will climb mountains, visit the sea, and sacred monoliths along the way.
Seeing how we will be doing a lot of our travel by bus, my goal was to get our packing down to one carry-on piece of luggage each. Here are some of my tips for doing so…
*pack enough underwear for the entire trip…no one wants to be washing their undies in the sink half way through the trip…*choose versatile clothing…particularly in dark colors, as they hide dirt better. go for light weight pieces that can be layered*…*one or two super-cute pieces that can be worn to for going out at night*…*go light on the accessories…wear the same jewelry the whole trip, a couple of scarves*…*wear your jacket, choose a good windbreaker*
Well, I am off for the night, going to wash the henna out of my hair and get on with the evening. I leave tomorrow for the land of my ancestors.