a beautiful dream

friends

“I had a dream that we were laying next to each other.

You held my hand and I could feel your inner joy.

My hand felt warm from your light.

We talked, we slept, we woke and talked some more and then we didn’t talk at all.

It felt peaceful and refreshed being near you.

You wanted nothing from me and I wanted nothing from you.

Our friendship was authentic and pure.

We were just in the same space sharing our energy with one another.

We loved each other free of attraction or lust.

We loved liked we were created to love-free of fear, free of judgment, unselfish and without pride.

I had never seen a friendship like ours.

In those moments with you while I was sound asleep I made a wish.

I wished for the world to be full of friendships like ours.

It was a beautiful dream.”

~Barefoot Mama

 

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warriors of the rainbow

rainbow warriorWarriors of the Rainbow

There was an old lady, from the “Cree” tribe, named “Eyes of Fire”, who prophesied that one day, because of the white mans’ or Yo-ne-gis’ greed, there would come a time, when the fish would die in the streams, the birds would fall from the air, the waters would be blackened, and the trees would no longer be, mankind as we would know it would all but cease to exist.

There would come a time when the “keepers of the legend, stories, culture rituals, and myths, and all the Ancient Tribal Customs” would be needed to restore us to health. They would be mankinds’ key to survival, they were the “Warriors of the Rainbow”. There would come a day of awakening when all the peoples of all the tribes would form a New World of Justice, Peace, Freedom and recognition of the Great Spirit.

The “Warriors of the Rainbow” would spread these messages and teach all peoples of the Earth or “Elohi”. They would teach them how to live the “Way of the Great Spirit”. They would tell them of how the world today has turned away from the Great Spirit and that is why our Earth is “Sick”.

The “Warriors of the Rainbow” would show the peoples that this “Ancient Being” (the Great Spirit), is full of love and understanding, and teach them how to make the “Earth or Elohi” beautiful again. These Warriors would give the people principles or rules to follow to make their path right with the world. These principles would be those of the Ancient Tribes. The Warriors of the Rainbow would teach the people of the ancient practices of Unity, Love and Understanding. They would teach of Harmony among people in all four comers of the Earth.

Like the Ancient Tribes, they would teach the peoples how to pray to the Great Spirit with love that flows like the beautiful mountain stream, and flows along the path to the ocean of life. Once again, they would be able to feel joy in solitude and in councils. They would be free of petty jealousies and love all mankind as their brothers, regardless of color, race or religion. They would feel happiness enter their hearts, and become as one with the entire human race. Their hearts would be pure and radiate warmth, understanding and respect for all mankind, Nature, and the Great Spirit. They would once again fill their minds, hearts, souls, and deeds with the purest of thoughts. They would seek the beauty of the Master of Life – the Great Spirit! They would find strength and beauty in prayer and the solitudes of life.

Their children would once again be able to run free and enjoy the treasures of Nature and Mother Earth. Free from the fears of toxins and destruction, wrought by the Yo-ne-gi and his practices of greed. The rivers would again run clear, the forests be abundant and beautiful, the animals and birds would be replenished. The powers of the plants and animals would again be respected and conservation of all that is beautiful would become a way of life.

The poor, sick and needy would be cared for by their brothers and sisters of the Earth. These practices would again become a part of their daily lives.

The leaders of the people would be chosen in the old way – not by their political party, or who could speak the loudest, boast the most, or by name calling or mud slinging, but by those whose actions spoke the loudest. Those who demonstrated their love, wisdom, and courage and those who showed that they could and did work for the good of all, would be chosen as the leaders or Chiefs. They would be chosen by their “quality” and not the amount of money they had obtained. Like the thoughtful and devoted “Ancient Chiefs”, they would understand the people with love, and see that their young were educated with the love and wisdom of their surroundings. They would show them that miracles can be accomplished to heal this world of its ills, and restore it to health and beauty.

The tasks of these “Warriors of the Rainbow” are many and great. There will be terrifying mountains of ignorance to conquer and they shall find prejudice and hatred. They must be dedicated, unwavering in their strength, and strong of heart. They will find willing hearts and minds that will follow them on this road of returning “Mother Earth” to beauty and plenty – once more.

The day will come, it is not far away. The day that we shall see how we owe our very existence to the people of all tribes that have maintained their culture and heritage. Those that have kept the rituals, stories, legends, and myths alive. It will be with this knowledge, the knowledge that they have preserved, that we shall once again return to “harmony” with Nature, Mother Earth, and mankind. It will be with this knowledge that we shall find our “Key to our Survival”.

This is the story of the “Warriors of the Rainbow” and this is my reason for protecting the culture, heritage, and knowledge of my ancestors. I know that the day “Eyes of Fire” spoke of – will come! I want my children and grandchildren to be prepared to accept this task.The task of being one of the……..”Warriors of the Rainbow”.

                              This version comes from Lelanie Anderson, off her web site. 

The tears were streaming down my face as I read this. This just about sums up my reasons for wanting to open The Rainbow Spirit Academy. My heart is to help R.S.A become a place where children can come and gather the tools they need to excel in this world while discovering the strength within them to change it.

14It’s time to bring back what we already know. To begin listening again. To tune into the cycles of the moon and the rhythms of our earth. To build community and move away from self in the realization that we are all connected and that we need each other in order to survive. It’s time to restore what our greed has stolen. It’s time!

Rise up little Rainbow Warriors, rise up!

~Barefoot mama

 

 
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this is just an experience

Alayna Joan

Meaning of the name Alayna:

“precious; sun ray”

alayna joan bI have always admired the way Alayna approaches each day. She is so full of joy and excitement. She just flows and has this gorgeous playful energy. When life throws challenges and pain in her path she is able to stay so calm and just flows with it. Any emergency situation that she’s found herself in, I’ve been so impressed with how she’s handled herself. This would be the longest post ever if I tried to list all the times Alayna has been the hero or champion of her story. She is a warrior at heart for sure! Anyhow- I was talking to her tonight and she said something that really resonated with me. I was asking her how she manages pain and how she is able to get through sad moments and still stay so brave and happy. This was her reply:

“Well, first I remind myself that it’s not really that big of a deal. I try not to take it all too serious because it’s just an experience. When the pain is really bad, I say to myself “this is just an experience. It’s here and then it won’t be.” Then I just breathe and I keep breathing until the pain goes away.”

I tried to hold back the tears, but I couldn’t. What amazing wisdom she has at her age.  I continue to learn such profound lessons from these beautiful souls. I am the mama, and I think I’m the one who is supposed to be teaching them, but it seems it’s always the other way around.

Barefoot mama

 

 

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We need your help!

I know how turned off people can get by fundraising efforts. I know personally how frustrating it is to feel like every direction you turn someone else is trying to get money from you.
Just so you know, I despise asking for money or any kind of help for that matter. My family struggled financially when I was young and as a result we were at the mercy of people’s generosity a great deal of the time. There’s a part of me that would rather die than ask for help. But this isn’t about me, this is about a vision of a place that has the potential to change the face of education and put education back into the hands of the children where it belongs.

I can’t do this alone. I am swallowing my pride and saying…

“I need your help!”

……………………………….

I am grateful for any help you are willing to give. Sharing this post, pinning the fundraiser, actually helping with funds or supplies or just sending your love and positive thoughts.

Whatever you are comfortable with will be a great blessing!

Thank you!

Brooke Hampton

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superpowers

glasses 3“You know what, you can’t see it, but underneath my sunglasses, I’m rolling my eyes.” ~Peyton Sawyer

I was offered a free pair of sunglasses from Firmoo if I would write a honest review of my experience with their glasses.

I was a bit hesitant to take them up on this epic offer simply because I have never been much of a fan of sunglasses. I don’t like the way sunglasses tint my view of the world.

When they told me I had the option to pick a pair of lenses that allowed me to see clearly I decided to give them a try.

glasses 4Well, they arrived and I LOVE them!

glasses 2Can you tell I’m excited? ha ha!

I really like my new sunglasses because they don’t block my view of the earth.

They protect my eyes while still allowing me to see all of natures beauty in the colors she intended. They are also light so I don’t feel bothered by them.

glasses

They have given me 5 $30 dollar vouchers to give away. Instead of doing a full on giveaway I decided to just post the code here for anyone who wanted to use it. Once it’s been used 5 times it will no longer work.

Here is the code:  BAREFOOTFIVEBLOGS4 

The code will expire on August 11th 2014. It can be used 5 times and save off $30 on the frames at http://www.firmoo.com/classic-series.html

It is shipping excluded and can’t apply to the discounted products.

oh, the ones I’m wearing are style #FS1019 in red :)

If any of you end up getting a pair, I want to see pictures!

Barefoot Mama

My “magic in a bottle”

glasses at marketI was loading the car for market on Saturday and lost my new, super cool sunglasses that were gifted to me by firmoo.com. I was kinda bummed because I really like them.
When I got to market (which is a good 25 minutes away and required me getting onto the highway going 70mph) to unload, look what was waiting for me..lol
So, not only are they cool, but they also have superpowers..lol #epic

My kids have decided that the fairies held them on their for me and I think they are probably right.

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Don’t be afraid to wander …

erica heath 2With my soul sister, the enchanting..

Erica Heath.

When I met Erica I knew that I would love her forever.

She is a truly magical being!

erica heathErica has been around a lot lately. She helps at Enchanted Cedar and she also makes herself available to teach the kids subjects they are interested in learning that aren’t as easy for me to teach. She is so good with the kids. They love her and have learned a great deal from her endless store of epic knowledge and fun skills.

We are really hoping to raise enough funds so that Erica can be the Headmistress at the Rainbow Spirit Academy when it opens in 2016.

Anyhow I said all that to say. Erica came over to read Narnia to the kids, and after they finished reading she offered to meditate with them if they wanted to. It was a 50 minute meditation that started with all three kids and ended with just Niyah..ha ha! During the meditation Erica had a beautiful vision of our future school. She posted this today and I stole it so I could share it here.  So magical!

erica heath 4Message from Erica:

So I was meditating with Brooke‘s kids the other day…
Niyah had been wanting to do a Spirit Animal guided meditation, so that’s what we did… and this is what I saw. The following is copied directly from my journal, so my Spirit guides I have met before (a tiger, a sea turtle, a small, mostly-white rabbit, and a honeybee that does not appear in this meditation) are referred to without explanation.

I rode my tiger through meadows and field, I was a warrior woman, fighting for love. not killing, just WILLING. The tiger licked my face.

Then I was a mermaid, holding onto my turtle’s shoulders as we swam through huge, magnificent coral reefs. The turtle said,

“Do not be afraid to wander, to explore, to travel far and wide, to branch out to new places and things–but do not forget where your homes are, your faimlies–your people, passion, your anchors–and do not be afraid to come back.”

Then, I fell asleep on the grass with my tiger and my rabbit, we cuddled.

I woke up, all of a sudden, in the middle of the night. It was like I was floating up in the sky (from what I could see) but my feet I think were on the ground. My entire field of vision was pretty much taken up by a GIANT full moon, the brightest I’d ever seen.

A Great Horned Owl immediately flew right in front of the moon, very close to my face and stared me straight in the eyes. He said, “I am not YOUR spirit guide. I am a guide and guardian for the school, and as long as the school is a part of your journey, I will be here to guide you on that journey, and to protect the vision of the school.”

He flew up, around, and back down, and I turn to my right behind me to see, and I saw the house, the house that will become the school, and as I looked, as if someone had flipped a switch, the whole house was bathed in a beautiful golden light, and the house bloomed! It was somehow both covered in plants and it WAS a plant, and yet it was a schoolhouse! It was so colorful, and the owl flew over it blessing it, and my tiger was walking a circle of protection around it, and rabbits were jumping in the grass and on the roof, and a coyote was howling a blessing on it at the moon, and all sorts of spirit animals, mine and others’ and spirit animals without people, were walking around it blessing and charging and energizing this beautiful thing! This drawing is of the schoolhouse as I saw it, with the owl, the tiger, a rabbit, the coyote, the giant moon, and all the color… and so blessed!

magic rainbow schoolart by Erica Heath

Our culture has convinced so many of us that we are supposed to do it all alone and that needing help is somehow saying we are weaker than the next person.

I home school my babies, garden, run Enchanted Cedar and a host of other things. Sometimes I feel really alone and It’s so beautiful when people come along that are willing to share their love and energy with your kids in this way.

We all need community! It’s how we will move forward, it’s how we will become sustainable, it’s how we will grow and survive in the future.

I am giving thanks today for this growing community of magical people.

~Barefoot Mama

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Rainbow Spirit Academy

The birth of a vision

Waxing Moon 7/8/14 held a great deal of energy for me. I actually went outside last night (evening of 7/8/14) with the intention of quickly laying out my water and crystals for lady moon to charge and ended up staying out there way past my intended bedtime.

moon waterFirst thing this morning I hastened outside to try my moon water, I took one sip and then it happened…a thought, a single thought that may possibly change the course of my life forever.

 I had never thought about starting a school until that moment and yet there is was. A beautiful vision, a vision so strong, so real and so ready to come to life.

We are on our way to opening the doors to a wild, wonderful, moon water inspired, earth loving, spirit nurturing, imagination driven, free learning, barefoot school!

I have no clue how or when, but it’s on it’s way!

A Waldorf inspired/barefoot/earth school that serves our children the best food ever and superfood smoothies for lunch. A school that teaches them trades, crafts and skills that will empower them throughout their lives. Giving them the education they need to flourish in the most magical ways possible while also creating an opportunity for them to take Music lessons, expressive art, wood working, sewing, languages, knitting, drumming, singing, chanting, gardening, water harvesting, herbal remedies, kitchen apothecary…..and so much more!

I haven’t downloaded all the details yet, but if you’d like to follow along with this journey here’s the link to the Rainbow Spirit Academy facebook page

rainbow spirit academy small imageRainbow Spirit Academy

I am putting this message out into the universe with the knowing that whoever needs to hear it will.

I’m over waiting for the world around me to be different. I’m done complaining about the school system and waiting around for someone to open up a school like this. Have you ever heard the saying “it takes a village” well, there’s a lot of wisdom in that saying. As a homeschooling mama of three wild babies, I know first hand that you can’t do it all! We need each other!

Let’s put all of our skills and talents together and make this happen!

Move here and help or start one of your own, but let’s give birth to a new model for schooling. Why? because we can and because it’s time!

raainbow wolf warrior“We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children” ancient Indian proverb #rainbowspiritacademy

Hold this vision with me because it doesn’t belong to me…

This vision belongs to all of us!

Barefoot Mama

note to self: Moon water holds a great deal of vision making properties. Drink with caution.. ha ha!

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snow ball wars

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Snow Ball Wars in June  A sweet friend of ours works at a local snow cone place and she brought over a couple coolers of “snow balls” so the kids could cool off. SO FUN! Best ever! watch out! so … Continue reading

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Holy Flow Parenting

What kind of parenting style do you use?

Someone asked me that very question the other day and it has resulted in a great deal of thought as to how I could ever answer that question.

I am not really qualified to tell anyone how to parent (no one is qualified to tell anyone else how they should parent, but I will save that conversation for another time:)  I am certainly not the person to tell you what the different parenting styles are because I honestly don’t know. That being said, this is my attempt at explaining my/our parenting style in the hope that maybe someone will find it helpful.

Holy Flow Parenting

I want my children to have FREEDOM!

Freedom to learn, play, explore and discover without my constant-unsolicited opinions and input.

farm house 014Playtime and time in nature takes top shelf priority status in this home. The laundry, school, dishes and scattered toys can wait especially if they are deep in a wonderful, creative mud city outside.

We do school just the way we do everything else in our life. We flow! We listen and we wait and when the time is right we learn just what we were meant to learn in that day, week, month, year. I have no desire to recreate the classroom at home, I want the setting to be natural and non-formal so that learning is never looked at as something we do and then stop. There isn’t homework and assignments and then you can play as if to say that learning is work.

Play is work, learning is play, life is learning!!

Freedom/ Holy Flow parenting is about never choosing what’s easy over what’s best for these babies. It’s about deciding to embrace and enjoy these years while they are under this roof instead of just surviving it until they have moved away. It’s about choosing daily to be present in this moment and putting all of my energy around the honor of getting to care for and raise these amazing human beings.

You only get one shot, there is no pause and rewind button on childhood.

summer solstice 2013 020I have come to realize that my children are supposed to be different then me and that’s good, and healthy. I don’t need them to have all the same views, personality traits and opinions as me. They are here for their own personal journey that really has very little to do with who I am.

My identity is not wrapped up in my children. I am here to be there mama and I have given myself to that work, given but not lost. I am my own person, a person with a whole host of things that I am meant to do in this life. My children are part of who I am, but they are not all that I am. I don’t believe we can be of any service to anyone if we put our happiness and identity into the hands of anyone other then ourselves.

barefoot wild manParenting has been about constantly learning and finding new ways to communicate with my children as to avoid ever having to cave into the use of phrases like “because I said so” or “I am the parent and you are the child so just do as I say”

It’s the knowing that in this role as mama or caregiver my voice and actions toward these little ones has staying power and my voice and the energy I put toward them can be a confidence building tool or a great weapon. I take that very SERIOUS. Just because I’m the mother, that doesn’t automatically give me some justified right to be mean.

14Parenting will test every ounce of inner strength you have. I think birth is perfectly designed to help us prepare for being mama. I remember leaving the birthing center after having our first child with this knowing that I had more courage and endurance than I had ever dreamed. I had found this powerful and intuitive women in me that I didn’t know was there.

ab 22The ability to admit I’m wrong has been one of my greatest gifts in helping me find ways of reaching my kids that did work. We are all human and sometimes it comes down to be able to let go of pride to say we are sorry and admit that we are wrong.

There is no book on parenting for your children, there is only you- you getting in touch with you, your inner guides and your children.

So far this journey as mama has been about listening, changing and pushing myself forward as a parent and individual until I find or get back into that beautiful Holy Flow where I always find the strength and answers I need.

If ever a new parent or guardian were to ask me to give my best parenting advice, it would be this:

Dig deep and find your inner strength, stay grounded, take time to listen and get in that Holy Flow. Remember to seek out and give thanks for the magic and beauty in each day as a caregiver to these beautiful beings, because that magic is always there.

~Barefoot Mama

Finding “magic” in this ordinary day as me! #barefootfive

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Off to Neverland

Off to Neverland…

m 31“Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning. ”
― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

m 5Welcome to Neverland

Fun entrance to our party made out of scrap wood and random things we found around the house

Tinker’s Trinket Hunt

mak 024Boxes for the Trinket hunt were a dollar each at our local craft store and we sprayed them with gold glitter to make them match the party

m9Letter From Tinkerbell asking for our help.

m 10We hand painted the map and then scanned it in and made copies for each child.

 

Neverland Themed Decor

m 2We printed Tinkerbell  silhouettes and put them in frames

m 3 Peter Pan books make a cute and affordable Party favor. Here’s the link

m 4Fish net and glass jars with sand goes a long way :)

m 16 Invite from Bella Luella on Etsy

m 21“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.”
J.M. Barrie,

m 22Walk the plank on the way into the party

m 23Birthday Fairy

m 20

“Shoot the Wendybird!”
― J.M. Barrie

m 27We painted a map to the lost boys hideout on RW’s stomach. #bestever

m 28Rainbow Wolf played the role of a lost boy a little too well :)

m 29peterpan and the lost boy

m 30laughter

m 40It is not in doing what you like, but in liking what you do that is the secret of happiness.”
― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Encourage the adults to wear costumes, it makes the party so much more fun for the everyone.

m 42Birthday song

m 43 Today it is your birthday and we sing to let you know, that you will be queen for the day..whatever you say goes

m 44 Letting everyone know that from this moment on, this little one is our queen and anything she says goes!

m 48 - CopyHere’s a video of the lovely Erica Heath singing to the children at the Party

“If you cannot teach me to fly, teach me to sing.”
― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

m 50 - Copy

m 51 - Copy time for our hunt

m 52 - Copystaying on schedule. we printed map of the house/shop and a schedule for each child so they could help me when I lost track of the time or forgot what activity was next. It was a fun way to keep the kids involved.  m 54 - CopyWe sang the “following the leader” song from the animated Peterpan movie as we moved from one activity to the next.

m 55Treasure/Trinket hunt

m 56

lovely organic cake from Lottie’s Cakes in Lorena.

m 19Fruit Wands

The Tea Room at Enchanted Cedar

“Would you like an adventure now, or would like to have your tea first?”
― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

m 18Lost boys Hideout

Cake & Tea Party Room

m 14log from the yard, moss, small log place card holders, old lanterns and a few tinkerbell characters

m 12

Keepsake We used a 5×7 matte from the craft store so that her invitation would fit in it. Everyone wrote sweet notes to the birthday girl.

m 15Waldorf Birthday Ring

m 13Feathers for the lost boys and pirates and butterflies for the fairies

m 17

“Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age and dreams are forever.” ~Tinkerbell

m 58Happy Birthday, Sweet little Fairy!

m 32“Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.”
― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Goodbye Song with Erica Heath

Such a fun birthday theme full of magic!

~Barefoot Mama

My “Magic in a Bottle”

neverland#Neverland

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