Christmas in November comes to Renfrew this Saturday!

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I have a table at this awesome event, this Saturday, Nov 7 in Renfrew, ON where I will be showcasing my paintings and photographs. I will also have 2016 wall calendars for sale, featuring photos I took around the Outaouais region.

My ten year old niece will be sharing my table to showcase her paintings and crafts.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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2016 Outaouais Calendars – now for sale

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Introducing “Framing the Outaouais 2016” calendar featuring photographs of the beautiful Outaouais region of Quebec as seen through the lens of local nature photographer, Wanda Quinn. This beautiful 12-month calendar (January to December) is printed on 11×17, 32 lb matte paper; hangs as 11×17; has space to record special days and appointments and includes mini calendars for the next four years (2016-2019).

All of this for the low price of $18.99.

Contact Wanda to get your calendar or drop by the Renfrew Christmas in November sale this Saturday, Nov 7 to buy your copy!

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Hurricane Patricia wreaks havoc on empaths…

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Windy days bring lots of garbage onto my front lawn; both physical and emotional garbage. After the storm I am left picking up and sorting what belongs to me and what doesn’t; both physical and emotional.

You wouldn’t think wind could bring so much emotional garbage into your life – did you? But if your a sensitive person – an empath – then you’re most like nodding your head in agreement with me right now.

Being an empath can be sort of cool – in a parlour trick kind of way – but at the end of the day it can also be very taxing in an exhausting kind of way.

For non-empaths, imagine for a moment that thoughts are energy, much like the device you’re reading this blog post on is energy. The device – be it a tablet, phone or computer – is vibrating at such a slow speed or frequency that you can actually touch it; whereas Angels, for instance, are energy vibrating at extremely fast or high frequency that we can’t see or feel them. Thoughts vibrate at a frequency somewhere in between but at the higher end of the frequency scale. Most ordinary folks don’t notice them but highly sensitive people – empaths – can.

Did you know the average person has about 40 some thoughts a minute. A minute! Now multiply that by the amount of people living in your house, on your street, in your neighbourhood, your town, city, province, country and so on. I bet that only 10 % of those thoughts are happy ones. That leaves a lot of fear-based thoughts floating around your home, town, city, province…

An empath can walk into a grocery store feeling great then walk down an aisle and suddenly feel overwhelmed with feelings of fear, then down another aisle and feel joy, then down another aisle and be overthrown by depression, all because she is walking through people’s thoughts.

What does all this have to do with Hurricane Patricia?

Have you ever had your neighbours’ stuff accumulate on your lawn after a wind storm? A garbage bin from a block or two away, a BBQ from across the street or patio chairs and cushions? The wind also blows energy your way too, energy from all across the streets, towns, cities, provinces that it has visited. Empaths feel the energy, feel the thoughts, 40 thoughts per person per minute times hundreds of thousands of people or more. That’s a lot of energy blowing your way, kind of like turning on a radio and tuning into a country station for a second, then changing to a top 40 station for a second, then changing to easy listening, back to country, to jazz, to  talk radio, to sports, to country and back again for the length of the wind storm. Dizzying, electrifying, mind blowing, out of this world insanity.

What can you, as an empath, do to protect yourself during windy days?

Know yourself! If you know yourself, know your feelings and emotions, then you can easily discern what’s yours and what’s not. If it’s not yours, then walk away from it and don’t give it another thought.

Grounding. Grounding exercises are essential for empaths. The best way to start your day is with a grounding meditation exercise.

Nature. Spend as much time as you can in nature, walking in a forest, sitting by water, leaning against a tree.

Sacred Geometry and Crystal grids.

Sea-Salt baths. Ideally a dip in the ocean but if you don ‘t have an ocean close by a sea-salt bath is a great alternative.

My favourite Canadian beach - Martinique - can be found on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia. ©Wanda Quinn 2010

My favourite Canadian beach – Martinique – can be found on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia. ©Wanda Quinn 2010

Sage/Smudge. Cleanse yourself and your home regularly.

Rose Quartz mirror technique. I use this whenever I venture into town. Visualize rose quartz mirrors surrounding your body with the mirror facing outwards (i.e. away from you and towards others.) As thoughts come towards you, they hit the mirror and are transmuted into pure unconditional love and reflected back to the owner.

Empaths pick up all sorts of garbage so remember to know what’s yours and leave the rest behind and self-care is the best kind of care!

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What do Halloween and sensitive people have in common?

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A thinning veil…

I have always gotten a creepy, crawly, “I’m being watched” feeling around Halloween and it makes perfect sense when you’re an empath to have these feelings.

You know what it’s like to walk into a room that only moments before, unbeknownst to you, was the scene of an emotionally charged event. There is an undercurrent running through the room that feels electric. The hair on your arms and the back of your neck stand up and sometimes it feels like someone has punched you in the gut or you feel like throwing up. Empaths are very sensitive to energy and during the Halloween season (several days preceding and following) the energy is very high.

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Why is this? The simple answer is the veil between the worlds thins considerably. Sounds like the makings of a great supernatural novel I know and if you told me this twenty years ago I’d think you were quacked but now, well I’m more open to this stuff because the “real world” stuff just doesn’t add up anymore so there has go to be more to it and the veil thinning and spirits visiting just makes too much sense. There, rant done.

Every year around this time I start getting antsy, and as I mentioned earlier, I feel like I’m being watched. And in essence I am. The doors to the other world, which I like to refer to as the veil – like a curtain strung between my living room and that of the spirit world’s living room – becomes so thin we can communicate much easier. In fact, we can see into each other’s world, hear each other more easily, feel each other’s presence and have a deeper knowing of each other’s existence. I don’t know about you but sleeping becomes almost impossible as I can hear, see, feel, and know they are right there. I can reach out and touch them. All day I see movement from the corner of my eye; much more movement than the rest of the year. It’s like the party on the other side is overflowing into our world and we’re being invited to partake at all hours of the day/night.

So what can you do to keep your sanity during this time?

Get grounded. There are many ways to ground yourself – find one that works for you and stick with it.

Use crystals. Wear them, carry them in your pocket or place them around your home and your place of business.

Set healthy boundaries. Work with your spirit guides and Archangel Michael to limit spirit’s access to you and your space. Take advantage of this special time to connect with spirit – on your terms – and help them connect with loved ones or hang out and learn something new from them. Set up “appointment” times to meet with them or schedule mediumship gatherings to give readings to their loved ones. Make sure to schedule your down time and be firm: absolutely no interruptions during sleep time.

Cleanse your home with sage or incense.

Connect with other empaths. Knowning you’re not the only one often helps!

Hold an angel circle or healing circle to raise the vibration in and around you.

The key is to remember from year to year how a thinning veil affects you and then prepare yourself for it, so make a note on your calendar a week before Halloween reminding yourself what’s to come. That way you’ll save yourself grief thinking you’re going crazy!

Tomorrow I’ll explain the affect Hurricane Patricia is having on empaths.

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