Have you ever felt called to a place, a specific longitude and latitude on planet earth? Your own personal spot? That is what happened to me one day while planning my long-awaited family vacation. The vacation of a lifetime; expansive, adventuress, healing and educational: Sardinia, a land of ancient Wisdom Keepers called me to her land! The ancient Megalithic structures, Centenarians and the transparent healing waters resonated with everything I am about. Trusting my intuition, I booked the flight for the family vacation.
Sardinia is 1 of 4 of the most ancient islands on planet earth, whose tectonic plates are protected from earthquakes. This Island exists off the west coast of Southern Italy. A place less influenced by any single culture, rather multiple cultures are part of the fabric, Sardinia is home to the Sardinians. It’s an ancient culture with fewer episodes of war and conquerors than other lands of the Mediterranean. The lifestyle is close to the land, has a relaxed pace and a strong family value system.
Sardinia is considered a Blue Zone Island by some researchers, with more Centenarians per capita than other regions of the world. Its population density is low and the land is vast with rugged mountain ranges floating in a sea of transparent blue water, a grounding force of health and longevity.
In ancient times the land was rich with silver, so much so that the surface appeared to glow in some areas. What a sight it must have been for the early explorers when they came across this shiny Island. Sardinia means Sandal and is considered to have been made from the footprint of a Giant. She is home to some of the oldest megalithic structures known to man, Giants' Graves, Holy Wells, Nuraghi Temples, Towers and even Pyramids are everywhere on this island and are all perfectly aligned to Astronomical phenomena such as the Summer Solstice, the Equinoxes, the Big Dipper and the moon. The Sardinians believed in the Hermetic principle of “As above so below.” The ancient architecture reflects this connection between the cosmos and terrestrial life.
Researchers who are interested in Sardinia are skilled in archeology, astronomy, megalithic language of the stones, water and conductivity, architecture, resonance, astrology, and the healing powers of plants. Many researchers are examining Sardinia for its possible connections to Atlantis.
What prompts a pilgrimage and what causes a calling?
What sparks the direction of a journey?
For me it was family, heritage, curiosity and dreams. I followed a feeling and it led me to bliss, to connection, and spiritual cleansing for me and my family in body, mind and spirit.
Love amplified us all and left a residue of inspiration and light. I can honestly say, my kids, my husband and I highly recommend this shiny Island Sardinia, the footprint of a Giant floating in a sea of transparent water.
Here are a few tools I have put into place to get me into balance:
Sleep- Have a bedtime, remove cellphone and electronics from bedroom. Melatonin works great and so does magnesium.
Diet- Eat whole foods, watch caloric intake, stop eating at night, avoid salt, oil, and sugar. Aim for 1 gallon of Distilled Water a day.
Exercise- Moderately, rest and digest more.
Herbs- Shitavari, Licorice Root, Evening Primrose, Black Cohosh, Tulsi are just a few herbs that work
wonderful. Oh yeah and don’t forget your Gaba!
Other- Organic Progesterone Cream for breast pain.
GOOD Skin Care practice
Limit use of Caffeine, Alcohol, Tobacco, Processed Food and Toxic Chemicals such as cleaning products, petrochemicals, and even many supplements are loaded with metals, preservatives
and poor quality.
These are a few easy fixes. There are many more.
Let me tell you a story. It’s called Facing Grace. Actually, it’s a story about me.
It was about the time I reached 45 years old. My body seemed to have shifted overnight and what always appeared beautiful was now sagging, wrinkling, and drying up. My inspiration was tired, and my bones got crackly, my joints didn’t move as quickly. They weren’t slippery. My temper became short, my focus dulled, and my attitude changed quickly. My intuition felt irrational and with so much going on with my hormones, it was all I could do to face this change while staying grounded and productive. I wanted to sleep all the time and inflammation in my body increased due to years of wear and tear.
Women are not properly supported for this phase of life in our culture unless we actively seek it out. For me it all happened so quickly. I was not prepared for this and took a lot for granted in regards women’s health. I felt I was going crazy. A big lesson during this time was about grief and remorse. I began to decipher what I could ‘do over’ and what I could never ‘do over’. A true sculpting of character!
I had a hard time accepting these changes because I had always been beautiful and fit and so full of life. I chose to set on a mission to take all that I’ve learned in my 20 years of health and wellness and get as serious as I could to reverse what was going on with me 100%, the mood changes, crazy emotional swings, sharpness, impatience, difficulty sleeping, pelvic pain, migraines and heart palpitations. This commitment led me to retreat to get a sense of new footing.
This is what brought me face to face with Grace.
For years I told my students that “surrender is an active process” now I got to fully adopt it for myself. In doing so I gained access to grace within me. My head and my heart had moments of coherence. Just enough to keep me grateful.
I am happy to say it is now 7 years later and so much has happened in my life! Aside from getting a little older, kids moving away, relocating, getting married, my father passing away and my mother aging and needing more care. I must say I have not yet had 100% integrity with following protocols, but I have made huge progress. Applying tools of wellness and rejuvenation has led me to passion, inspiration and a new sense of vigor in life.
My body feels so much better, and I recognize it is not the same body. My skin is brighter, has less wrinkles and aging spots. I also recognize it is not the same skin as it used to be. Sometimes I think my eyesight is getting better too and I recognize even my eyes are not the same eyes as they used to be.
Coming face to face with grace and surrendering to her Will enabled me to soften my head in conjunction with my heart and embrace my humanity.
I really love this quote from Ezekiel, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” This was my journey to the other side; my rights of passage to claiming my Wise Woman, and since my outcome has not yet been fully revealed, I get to participate with all my new features. This is my new excitement for life!
Most of all this is a time to GET REAL. Speak your truth skillfully and BE FULLY SELF EXPRESSED.
You don’t get to have a Do Over. This is it.
To put in or take out? Honestly, do we really need a supplement in order to detox, or a vitamin or mineral for what we are lacking? Don’t get me wrong I use them sometimes as well. But why not try this when going on a "get healthy kick." See what you can take out rather than what you can put in.
I have worked with hundreds of people and have personal experience. It really is not good for the body to take in too many herbs, oils, or powders unless the proper lifestyle is in place already. Transformation will only be painful and temporary. Detoxing the blood, the intestines, burning fat is a process that needs a continual healthy environment to support the desired outcome.
Next time you consider purchasing a cleanse or taking a supplement ask yourself first, “What can I give up or fast from in order to be healthier?” Get off coffee for thirty days and notice the transformation when your adrenal glands aren’t being saturated by caffeine. Maybe you go without salt, oil or sugar for a week and enjoy a fresh new palate. Take out processed food and see how your belly gets smaller and your skin gets brighter. Sometimes I wonder if we just want to fill a void. After all we are programmed to be consumers.
Put more water into those areas where you take things out. Every time when faced with putting in or taking out, have a glass of water, take a breath, and put your mind on something else. If that doesn’t work do it again. Stay with it and I promise the effects will be lasting.
Somebody catches me, I’m falling up toward the moon.
I can’t see a thing with all the bright light. I’m consumed.
How weird I feel transparent in the air.
Is this the end or the start of something new?
Where will I go from here?
Karen Barbarick-Collins is a Certified Ayurvedic Technician and Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher. She is the founder of Bending Blade Healing Arts.