Elements August 2012

Wanda Davis Newsletter

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August 2012

Note from Wanda Davis

As we move into August I hope that you are enjoying this summer season. My whole family enjoyed staying at the cottage of my brother-in-law and his wife for Canada Day weekend. Since then we’ve also gone camping in two of our great provincial parks. It is the time to get out and enjoy nature.

If you are like me, you may also be spending time in your own garden. Many years ago I was a Master Gardener with the London group and enjoyed giving advice to others about gardening. The garden can give us many life lessons, as described in my Feature Article.

See Upcoming Events for classes for Reiki and Introduction to Shamanic Journeying classes. I will also be giving several talks in St. Thomas at Family Health Options.

Remember to call me at  226-374-9045 to book your free first time assessment where we can discuss in what ways I can help you.

Enjoy the rest of the summer and may all your garden weeds be wildflowers.

Upcoming Events

Get Well and Stay Well.
Call Wanda at  226-374-9045 to register.
Please share with friends you think may be interested.
Sign up for the newsletter on the website.

Guided Meditation Sessions
Come and relax during a group guided meditation session. 
Wednesdays, August 1, 8 and 15, 7-8 pm
Join us for all nights or just one ($10 each).
Please call to pre-register. Limited spots available.

Reduce Your Pain with Meditation Seminar 
Thursday, August 2
7 – 8 pm
Family Health Options
133 Curtis Street, St. Thomas

Your Energy Body and the Benefits of Reiki Seminar
Tuesday, August 7
7 – 8 pm
Family Health Options
133 Curtis Street, St. Thomas

Reiki I Class 
Saturday, August 11, or Wednesday, August 15
9:30 am – 4 pm

Reiki II Class
Saturday, August 18
9:30 – 4 pm

Introduction to Journeying Class
Saturday, August 25
12 – 5 pm

Guided Meditation Sessions in St. Thomas
Come and relax during a group guided meditation session. 
Thursdays, September 6, 13, 20, 27, 7 – 8 pm
Join us for all nights  ($50 for 4 sessions) or just one ($15 each).
Please call  519-637-7778 to pre-register. Limited spots available.  
Family Health Options
133 Curtis Street, St. Thomas

Free Guided Meditation Sessions
Cherryhill Library, 4 pm
Wednesday, September 12, 19, 26 and October 3

Vitality Health Network Presentation
Central London Library
September 25 at 7-9 pm

Shamanic Healing
Central London Library
October 16 at 7 pm

The Importance of Being Grounded
An Interactive Workshop
Fall date and location to be announced
Contact Wanda at 266-374-9045 if interested.


Please contact Wanda to register at  226-374-9045
or by email (wandadavis823@gmail.com).

All classes held at 190 Wortley Rd. LL#2. If you are interested in a Reiki or Journeying Class,
but can’t make the above dates, private classes may be arranged.


Feature Article

Life Lessons from the Garden

Consider the dandelion. Reviled by many as an insistent, bothersome weed, it nevertheless continues to proudly display its pert, bright yellow self in lawns and gardens everywhere, thriving in the face of adversity.

Thriving in the face of adversity.

Where, in our own lives, do we face adversity? How do we carry ourselves through it: head down, beating ourselves up or feeling defensive and resentful? Or head up and face open, like the dandelion, sure of our intrinsic worthiness, knowing our gifts to the world, even if the world doesn’t necessarily recognize them? The wind carries the dandelion seeds and we can learn to let go of our worries and stress to the wind. Look at the dandelion seeds in the picture of the headline banner.

For those who know how to look and wait, the garden teems with other such life lessons. As summer happens this year, turn your awareness to the wise teachings of your garden. If you don’t have a conventional garden, a container garden on your porch or potted plants in your home still offer valuable lessons. Here are a few:

It’s OK to be imperfect. Trying to grow the perfect rose, or the perfect cabbage, is an exhausting, never-ending quest for flawlessness. “Imperfect” roses are still beautiful and “imperfect” cabbages still burst with flavor, just like we humans. With our myriad imperfections, we still contribute our own beauty and zest to the world.

Pruning improves growth. Removing old habits that don’t serve us opens new possibilities for growth in areas that do serve us. This is the year to do this.

Pay more attention to your health than your appearance. As author William Longgood wrote, “Over fertilized plants may be beautiful but are otherwise useless, like people whose energies are devoted so completely to their appearance that there is no other development.”

Regular maintenance is important. Isn’t it soooo much harder to clear an overgrown jungle of a garden than to regularly pull encroaching weeds? Think of the clutter that can accumulate in our houses, the extra pounds that are harder to lose than to keep off in the first place, the overwhelm or illness that can result from too little self-care.

Have faith. Plant a seed, water it, and trust that it will grow. Similarly, believe that the shifts you make in your life, the dreams you hold dear, will fully blossom if you nourish and protect them.

Don’t be afraid to try new approaches. The garden is an incredible laboratory for experimentation. What new approaches do those old problems in your life need? Trial and error is one of life’s best teachers. Not trying is the domain of hopelessness.

Take care with predators. It doesn’t take long for predators to damage the result of your careful cultivation, in the garden and in life. What toxic relationships, substances and emotions are feeding on your energy and taking away from what you have to give to others? Eliminate them.

Transform your trash. The compost heap turns rotting plant waste into a treasure pile of rich, organic fertilizer. What negative patterns in your life can you work to transform? When we do the hard work of breaking these patterns down, the results are often rich and beneficial to our lives.

Everyone is unique and needed. Everything in nature has a function that is interdependent. As famous naturalist John Muir said, “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” Rock, plant, bird, bee — even bacteria in the soil — all occupy a vital place in life. What is your purpose, your gift to the world? Who do you depend on; who depends on you?

Something important happens every day. Take the time to notice the little everyday miracles in your gardens and in your life.

And make sure that you take care of your body and health as you would take care of the plants in your garden (or maybe even better). Your body is a living thing that needs maintenance, fertilizer and love. Have a healing treatment to better balance your energy field in and around your body or learn Reiki for self-care. My upcoming workshop on the importance of being grounded will provide lots of practical ways to keep you healthy.

Author’s content used with permission, © Claire Communications


When in your garden or a natural space, pause and take the time 
to really look at the plants and enjoy their beauty. 
Try to feel their energy and let it soothe your soul.



“Great information and I learned very useful techniques. I feel incredibly energized and rejuvenated.”

“I loved the Guided Meditation the best.”

— Attendees at Reduce Your Pain with Meditation Seminar


“I was taught and attuned to Reiki Level 1 by Wanda in February. She is a very encouraging and engaging instructor, and I left her class feeling empowered and well-equipped to incorporate Reiki into my daily life. I thoroughly recommend Wanda’s services and I look forward to taking her Level 2 course in the near future!”

— Katy Standen, Reiki Student



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