What will you do with your Energy in 2019?

New Year, new resolutions. This is the time of year people are busy setting goals, making plans to shift their life, clear the clutter and make a fresh start.

The energies of January are supporting these endeavors. So what is your vision for the coming year? Eat healthier, get more exercise and rest, or perhaps get rid of baggage (clothes, trinkets, paper, or people)? This is a good thing – life is a cycle, and as you change and grow, you out-grow things you once loved. Things, people and energy are transient in your journey – release them in love and move fluidly through your life – just like floating down a river in the warm summer breeze, the current picks things up, then around the next bend drops them off. This is the natural cycle of life. Its when we hang on too tightly that the energy gets stuck, when we resist movement.


As you change and grow, allow the energies to flow, and move fluidly through life.

The world is changing one person at a time – each one of us is a significant player in the game. The Shaman believes that what we do in this life affects the next 7 generations.  So choose to live well – pick up the garbage, share a smile with a stranger, complement a friend, and do good work.woman-3083379__340

And what you do affects those around you. When you allow your light to shine, it gives permission to others in your presence to shine a little brighter, and collectively, little by little, you affect change.

Your actions are truly changing the world – as humanity is moving from adversarial energy to peace. With every thought and every breath, you have a choice to bring love and peace or fear and darkness. As you encounter people and experiences in your day, you may be put into an adversarial position, but it doesn’t mean you have to respond in hate and anger.

Decide in advance how you will treat others no matter what they say or how they respond. You can’t control how others act, but you can control how it will affect you. When you unconsciously respond to bad behavior, you often react defensively.  If you focus on responding in a conscious manner, you can use diplomacy and compassion, and this will shift the energies within your environment.

Walk through your day with the highest aspirations, when your heart is aligned and you function intuitively, you are moved and guided to express yourself lovingly. So be aware that people you meet may try to push your buttons – at the office or in the grocery line, and remember your energy and actions is making a difference – you are creating the world you wish to live in. Each of us has a role in changing our world from adversarial into peace, and each action we take gives others around us the permission to respond in a new way, to make the world a better place.


Your light gives others permission to react in a new way, moving from adversarial to peace.

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5 Signs you are going through Spiritual Transformation

Life moves in cycles, where we have new beginnings, learning and growth, integration and transcending the issue we are facing. We experience more profound growth through difficult experiences. When life is easy, we coast along. We have the most soul growth through our challenges. Here are 5 signs that you might be experiencing a learning and growth phase of a cycle in your life. It may be described as a Spiritual Transformation. Here are 5 signs that you might be experiencing a transformation:

1) Friends disappear, you no longer feel a connection. They have met you at a certain vibration, you connected at a certain level. When we have a spiritual transformation, suddenly we might not fit into their world any longer. They sense a shift in the energetics, and may try to recreate the energy by drawing you back in, but something just doesn’t feel quite the same.
2) You feel anxiety, frustration, restlessness, or boredom with your usual activities. When you are getting ready for a shift, the ego senses that a part is going to die, and it perceives that it has a job to do for you, and it does everything it can to distract you so you will not make a change. I often felt this just before a big energy shift, a healing experience, often pacing the house, not knowing what to do with myself, or how to alleviate the internal struggle. But once I understood what was happening, I would focus on being gentle with myself. Often people will stop the healing process at this stage; they see it as too difficult, or uncomfortable to make the transition which will release old energies no longer serving. You feel “stuck”.

3) Aspects of your life start to fall apart. When something no longer fits with your energetic vibration, it begins to fall away. Just like the tower that crumbles and falls, things can fall apart in your life, often it shows up in relationships or our job.

4) You feel lost and confused about everything in your life, and where you

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want to go. When we shift our energetic vibration, suddenly the comfy shoes no longer fit, and we feel the desire to search for something else, but we don’t know where to look, or even what to look for. Our life no longer fits us, and we sense it internally long before the physical falls apart. Often, we ignore those internal signs that something is not quite right. Suddenly, you are not sure about anything. Your paradigm has shifted and you are viewing life through different eyes. You may becoming more attuned to more attuned to your inner senses, which gives everything a very different color. Awareness is confusing, as there is no turning back, and often there is not a clear path forward.

5) Life lessons appear in your life. Our life is a series of cycles, so when we are in transition, and healing phase, the universe conspires to bring you life lessons in the form of a conflict, a fear, or challenge. The personality reacts, while the Soul knows facing this challenge will facilitate the rebirthing process. Look at your challenges with a beginners mind, from a bigger perspective. What is it showing you about your life, and what lessons are you being shown? For example, you get laid off from a job that you hated, but you were hanging onto for the good pension plan. Now you are free to pursue something that makes your heart sing, something you always wanted to do.
What can you do to work with the energies of transformation?
Practice awareness, watch for signs and synchronicities. The universe is supporting you and offering you opportunities and choices in all moments. It is up to us to notice, and take action. You are being offered the exact support you need, or might be asking for. It might be in the form of words from a friend, a passing billboard, or a song on the radio.
Watch & listen carefully for these messages. Notice synchronicities and be open to the flow of change. You are divinely guided and protected, you just have to ask your celestial team for help and guidance.
Slow it down. Often when we are in a state of frustration or confusion, our basic survival instincts urge us to fight or flee. So we may have the urge to react and fight back from a defensive position, or totally avoid the situation, and run from it. The best thing to do when you are feeling this way is to do nothing, do not drop into your usual reaction to situations. Take a step back, be the observer in your life. What is this situation showing you about yourself? What do you need to know about this experience? Look at it from an objective perspective.
To slow down that fight or flight sensation, the best thing you can do is to ground yourself in nature. Take a walk, notice the sights, sounds and smells around you. Take deeper breaths, slow down your breathing, and tune into your senses. Often this will put you imeditation-1287207__340n a space where you can receive the messages the universe is offering you. Then you are ready to move forward in a calm and peaceful way, and you can step into the flow of your life. You can be the conscious, awakened one walking through your transformation, and move through it with ease and grace. Rather than struggle, you can walk in power and peace.

If you are looking for support to move through your Spiritual Transformation process, Deanna offers her Metamorphosis Program to help you work through the darkness of the cocoon phase of your personal Metamorphosis.  Just as the caterpillar works in darkness through the cocoon stage, you will dive deeply into your deeper aspects to break through the walls of darkness to emerge into your truly unique and beautiful self.

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Are your spending habits a sign of Addiction?

Imbalance comes when we overindulge in any habits that may result in self sabotaging behaviours. When this pattern becomes deeply ingrained, it can lead to addiction.

When I think of addiction, what immediately comes to mind is an alcoholic, or drug addict who is dysfunctional in his life. But addiction is far more subtle than this, it take shape as some form of overindulgence.  While relatively few of us inject heroin, many of us overeat, over-drink, overthink, overspend, making choices that provide momentary pleasure, but do not feed our soul.

Addiction is the most widespread problem in our society today. Most of us feel disconnected, unfulfilled and do not know how to handle these deep inner feelings that trigger our need to distract ourselves from the inner turmoil, and may turn to substances or habits that temporarily relieve pain, reduce our anxiety, as a way to cope with our pain.

One of the more subtle and socially acceptable addictions is overspending, or using shopping to distract us from our mental or emotional problems.


Good financial decisions are an important aspect of overall health. Overextending ourselves in finances, or emotional spending is a form of addiction that can subtly lure us into its trap.

Then comes the stress of overdue bills that further adds to our imbalance. Relationship strain within couples often is due to incompatible spending habits, or financial strain. We can contribute to this relationship stressor when we use shopping to anesthetize our uncomfortable emotions.

If you use shopping to provide temporary emotional relief from your problems, I encourage you to really look at the issues behind it, and learn new ways to manage your emotions. An aspect of self care recovery is taking ownership of our thoughts, feelings and actions.  We can manage our behavior in healthier ways.

Know your values

Here are 3 practical suggestions for how to start shifting possible patterns of denial and avoidance when it comes to dealing with self indulging tendencies:

  • One of the best ways to manage the stress caused by emotional spending is to know your core values, and keep them in the forefront of your decision making process.
  • Know your life purpose – keep reminding yourself of your vision for your life, and keep that vision in mind during your decision making process. Ask yourself, “Is this decision taking me towards my vision or moving me further away from it?
  • Set goals that are in alignment with your values and life vision – what are you really fighting for?

If you are noticing a pattern in your life of coping with emotions through overspending,  now is a good time to reset your behavior.  If you are unsure how to do this, ask for help.

Look at what is really going on, deal with the underlying core issues through connection with your emotions.

If you need assistance with working through this painful emotional process, you may want to consider approaching your problem from the bigger picture, the energetic aspect.  Working with a shaman is an approach to self care that puts you in charge to‍‍‍ clear a full range of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual influences that affect your overall well being.

Deanna Strandquist, Wind Haven Shaman is a modern day shaman who uses the ancient wisdom in practical ways in modern day living. When we can slow down, live simply, and stay in balance, we have the opportunity to live an authentic, fulfilling life.


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Are you ready to move to the next level of consciousness?

We have heard much discussion of The SHIFT, a time in our planetary evolution in which December 21, 2012 was a marker. We are now in 2018, and what does this mean for us on a spiritual perspective?

We are facing a time of new responsibility as OLD Souls on the planet.

We are shifting to a new responsibility – that of moving from a battle to a study of the God inside. 

As you study the knowledge of the ancients, which is the study of the God inside you, you generate more light than you could imagine, going into the crystalline grid, creating portals that never existed before. Creating a consciousness that will enable other humans to generate a compassionate attitude. When you work with your connection with Mother Earth, and the elements – the trees, the rocks, the water, and the air, you create a new energy which will help to shift human consciousness.

Studying our innate divinity and our intimate connection with All Our Relations, the winged, the furred, the feathered, the rocks, the trees, and the weather, will create more light than we can imagine on this planet.

It plants the seeds firmly, not so that all will become light workers, but so that all will have a more compassionate consciousness, brought to them by the Old Souls that are changing the very crystalline grid of the planet – the Grid that remembers who you are.

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Crystalline Grid – it is the earth that holds memories, remembering the vibration of what you put into them. Here near the Rocky Mountains, we have the pristine energies that are relatively untouched by wars, and this energy spreads throughout the grid, assisting all of those in all parts of the planet.

We are now on the brink of choice – to shift old paradigms. 

We are now on the brink of choice – to stay where we are, in old paradigms. Or we have the opportunity to turn the corner, to realign ourselves to this new energy that is available to us, a higher coherence of compassion. We have the opportunity to move from fighting the dark to connection with Mother Earth and our divinity within.  The energies of Mother Earth will support you if you decide to explore this new experience. The rocks and the air know who you are and what you are doing. They will work with you to increase consciousness and spread this energy into the world.

As Old Souls, our energies carry far more impact, and we can make an incredible difference in this journey of human consciousness, when we shift our thinking and walk in mastery. We have the power to create this shift, to plant the seeds for a new consciousness, where we are heading as new human potential.

What the future holds for us, we may not yet be of the consciousness to comprehend. But we can expect new energies, new quantum ideas, that will be a catalyst for peace on the planet. And Old Souls will be the pioneers for this shift. Will you be part of it?

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Self Care Recovery is more than physical

The Self Care Recovery program is a personalized, transformational experience, that will ignite your ability to explore, discover and transform your self care regime.


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What you will receive from this program:

  • Energy Evaluation written report – this will allow you to discover where you may be experiencing energetic congestion that may be holding you in old mental or emotional patterns
  • An opportunity to explore your Goals, Desires, and deepest yearnings for yourself
  • Practice with an energetic tool for accelerating your Cycle of Self Care
  • A personalized Ritual which will transform your self care habits
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What you will get:

  • THREE 1-hour consultations (Zoom or Skype)with MP3 recording
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  • A Personalized RITUAL which will energize your self care habits
  • 2 instructional videos that will guide you through the shamanic tools you will take home and use to achieve a powerful transformation
  • Personalized Recommendations for moving forward for enhanced self care practices

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We are selecting 10 lucky participants to be part of a Self Care Recovery Pilot Program, in which you will work closely with an experienced modern-day shaman to create a
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The program requires specific criteria we have to meet, so not everyone will qualify.

But I am happy to share with you that everyone who registers will receive a FREE GIFT – a guided meditation “Journey to a Sacred Meeting Place”. In this guided meditation, you will journey to a sacred place where you will receive messages from your divine celestial team and your higher self, where you will experience vibrational heart centered energetic alignments and be guided to embody your highest vibration.

After you register, you will receive a short questionnaire designed to screen participants for this experiential Panel Review. We have limited spots available, and specific criteria we have to meet in this program, so not everyone will qualify.

If you are chosen as one of the successful candidates to be part of this Exclusive Panel Review, you will receive an email notifying you of your Success!

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Connect with the ancients right in the city

The Nose Hill Park Medicine Wheel was created to allow people who are walking and enjoying the park to connect with an ancient site to teach about our relationship with the land and being a steward of the earth.

It is well worth the hike up the hill to visit the Medicine Wheel, and to get a panoramic view of the city skyline. The significance of this site, it was used by plains native tribes as a look out for summer and winter camps. There is a view of the valley and people would look out for game or members of other tribes. (read more here)

The easiest way to get to the Medicine Wheel in the park is to use the 14th Street parking lot, and its a short 5 minute walk up the hill to the site. Continue northwest from the parking lot – there is a radio tower that is a good landmark to know you are heading in the right direction.

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Turn into 14 Street Parking lot, follow the road around the bend and park on the upper parking, which overlooks 14th Street

And here is a 360 degree view from the Medicine Wheel.  There are many sacred sites and medicine wheels through Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and south into Montana.

It is recommended that you be respectful, honoring the native tradition, and the ancestors who roamed this area,  perhaps hunted, and scouted on this hill. Enter from the east, go to the centre to make offerings and say your prayers, and leave by the west opening. Be respectful, and never take anything from the site, as it may be a prayer offering left by someone else.

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Nose Hill Park Medicine Wheel

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5 ways to honor the Harvest

I was up early, and ventured outside to greet the dawn in ceremony. I could smell how the air has turned crisp and cool, and the summer is slipping away. It reminds me of my childhood in the country, my memories return to the warm late summer days, and cool evenings of early fall, and the business of harvesting the crops, and getting the garden picked and preserved.

When we live in the city, its easy to forget about the bounty and abundance of the harvest. We just go to the grocery store and buy our meat and produce, and never give it another thought.  Consider if that supply suddenly wasn’t readily available. And consider the benefits of honoring the harvest and its abundance.

The early indigenous tribes, and the early pioneers all lived very closely to the land, to mother earth, and understood our interdependence with plants, animals, the weather and the seasons. They depended on the abundance of the harvest to survive the long, cold winters.


Many people are becoming more conscious of their diet and health, adopting “clean eating” habits. But are these people considering how they treat their food, and honor where it came from? Those of you who are practicing vegans, or vegetarians, although you don’t eat meat, do you consider the life of the plant, and honor it? Or do you treat your food with total disregard for the plant and people who worked so hard to get it to your table?

The indigenous people understood the interrelationship between plants, animals, people and the environment. They celebrated when the crops came off, and the abundance of the harvest. And many shared their bounty of garden produce with friends and neighbours to enjoy.

I encourage you to put more thought into your food, where it comes from, how it is grown, and how you are treating what is on your table, and the plants around you.

Observe the actions of yourself and others as you are outside in nature.  In what ways do we show a lack of understanding of the importance of plants and treating them with respect, ie: pulling leaves off trees as walking by, or stomping on plants and bushes.  How can we improve the ways in which we take plant life for granted?

It may seem small to pluck a leaf from a tree, but if everyone plucked the leaves, or bent the branches, that tree would struggle to survive, may not produce enough new seeds to grow new trees or the animals that live within the tree may not be able to keep warm.    What would happen if we killed the grass and native plants, if we stepped on the ant hills or if we took a bird’s nest from a tree?

Practice respect and honor for all life, including trees, plants and animals from nature, as well as the meat and produce that is harvested and sold in stores or farmers markets.

Here is a list of 5 ways you can celebrate and honor the harvest and the abundance that is available during the harvest and throughout the year.

  1. Waste less – 30% of food purchased is wasted, and thrown away. All the hard work and effort to get that food to you is thrown out when you buy food and throw it out and don’t eat it. Maybe you buy for convenience and don’t get it cooked in time. Consider how you can preserve any food purchased in quantities larger than you can consume within a few days. Can you freeze, dehydrate, or preserve it? Can you share it with someone else who could use it? Use all parts of the meat or plant, in respect for its life. The plains native tribes used every bit of the buffalo, including the bones and sinew, they wasted nothing.
  2. Eat Simply – consider buying and eating more grains and beans, than meat. Adopt a meatless meal plan once or even a few times per week. Identify foods local to your area, and learn ways of cooking them, and their nutritional value. Also eat with the seasons – cook and eat food in its season to honor the cycle of nature.ceremony calgary, spirituality, mother earth, wind haven, shamanism, shamanic studies
  3. Buy Local – support local growers. Not only does this support the local economy, it is considered healthier to eat foods grown within a 50 mile radius. The food grown in other countries and shipped here may have been treated and handled in ways that the end product is not as healthy for us as the food grown locally. It is easy to find a farmers market where local meat and produce is sold. shamanism, ceremonies calgary, spiritual events calgary, harvest, wind haven
  4. Advocate – talk about the harvest, buying local, and growing your own food. Join a community garden, or grow a few pots of produce on your patio or balcony. You can connect with the seasons, and earth’s bounty from just a small container garden, and enjoying its freshness.
  5. Use your intent – Your gratitude expressed to mother earth, and all plant and animal life is powerful. Imagine if humans connecting to the plants and expressing gratitude would make them flourish and produce more.

If you are interested in learning more, or want to participate in a ceremony and celebration of the harvest, join the Wind Haven Shaman Community monthly meetups, found on meetup.com or contact Deanna at www.wind-haven.com

Our September meetup is going to be a ceremony, celebration and potluck to celebrate the Harvest, Mother Earth and her bounty. Or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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