Crossing the Rainbow Bridge

My mom’s cat, Max, has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Meaning, he passed away at the vet’s office today. It wasn’t my first experience having to put a beloved pet down. My cat Magic had to be relieved of her suffering due to her battle with cancer. This was my mom’s first experience having to put down her beloved companion. We knew it was time for Max to make his transition. He was 21.5 years young. He became incontinent missing the cat box by a few feet. Poor thing. He also had bad eyesight. Renal failure and asthma. He was her baby boy till the very end. The vet’s office was very accommodating and made sure he died peacefully. He was wrapped in a blanket. His soul soared back to heaven to watch over my mother and I. He was a Zen master. He taught us patience, faith and most of all love.

What have your pets taught you? Have you ever suffered a loss? What gifts did they leave behind for you to treasure?

“Remember, it’s a beautiful world. Take a closer look. Open up heart and trust.”

(My channeled message.)

Love, Light and Joy,

Raven Reina Schochleton

Happy Mother’s Day!

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I love this image because it shows an older mother and daughter.

Over the years I have seen my relationship with my mother change over time. We have had our ups and downs. Like any relationship there will be mountaintops and valleys. I have to say, my mom is the best mom I could ever ask for and more. Her compassion is overflowing, and her wisdom is just as abundant. Unfortunately, when I was younger, I didn’t heed all her warnings. I have to also admit that I still do that but with less energy as before. My mom is usually right. She is the greatest mother, teacher, and most dynamic woman I have ever met. She is soft and strong and also very brave.

My mom was a grade schoolteacher. Not an easy job. She had to connect with children and also make sure the lessons were taught. I know I couldn’t command a whole classroom and be patient plus compassionate at the same time. I’m a nurse’s assistant and I’m so much more comfortable around my adult patients than children. I adore children but to discipline them and teach them would be a challenge for sure. I digress.

When I say dynamic describing my mom I mean she’s a positive person. Sure, she has her lows and negativity just like any other person. However, I rarely see that side. She keeps it inside. Her mantra that has served her well is, “Stay positive”. It has surely served her well. When she’s ill or has unfortunately suffered she still manages to smile and have a positive attitude.

As a mother she nurtured me and also encouraged autonomy. She strikes a beautiful balance between the two. When I would fall as a child, she would encourage me to get back up but did so with a loving and gentle voice. The voice of my mother and especially her loving heart will sustain me throughout all the years to come.

So, with this I’ll close this entry. What gifts has your mother given you?

Happy Mother’s Day!

Love,

Raven Reina Schochleton

“Remember, it’s a beautiful world. Take a closer look. Open up your heart and trust. “ (My channeled message.)

Memories

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With loss comes appreciation for the person you hold in your heart. Grief has propelled me forward whether I want to go or not. Grief has taught me to look back on only the good memories and not the so-called bad ones.

I had a friendship with someone that I had to place strong loving boundaries with. It is not easy by no means to walk away. It’s taken me years because this person is so dear to me. However, if it comes at the cost of my overall peace that signaled to me it was time to leave. I hold on only to the good memories of us. I place this person in my heart and now am moving on. Holding onto memories can be so healing.

Have you had a similar experience? What are your thoughts?

With much Love, Light and Joy,

Raven Reina Schochleton

Remember, it’s a beautiful world. Take a closer look. Open up your heart and trust.

Raven Reina

(Channeled message in bold.)

Forging New Paths

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Forging new paths is by no means easy. In fact, it takes courage, discipline, and heart. I’m forging a new path. It may seem confusing and dark at times but I know it will lead to something beautiful. I know this is short but sometimes less is more. So, with that I pose questions. What path are you taking and are you satisfied with that path? How can you make your path beautiful?

Grief visiting a second time

Grief has visited me a second time. This time I’m grieving the loss of my uncle. Last year I lost my aunt. This year I lost my uncle. Loss. I feel lost without them. When my aunt passed away, I felt my world shift in a devastating way. Now, it’s become even more intense because I don’t have an uncle or aunt anymore.

One thing grief has taught me is to find my joy. It takes more effort while processing the grief.

I was blessed to be able to sit with my uncle before his passing. I had said all I needed to say. I told him that I loved him while I held his hand. I think that is the most important thing to do when with a person who is dying. Just to be present with them.

How has grief changed your life?

Remember, it’s a beautiful world. Take a closer look. Open up your heart and trust.

Much Love and Light,

Raven Reina

Happy Spring Equinox

It’s the equinox. Equal days and nights. This sparks intentions of balance within me. It’s a time for planting seeds in your garden. Actual seeds and seeds mentally as well as spiritually. Be sure to set your intentions so when the wave of forgetfulness crashes over you you can see your goals with clarity. Best wishes my friends on this first day of spring.

-Raven Reina

Remember, it’s a beautiful world. Take a closer look. Open up your heart and trust.

Lost My Touch

Have I lost my touch? I feel like I have lost my touch when it comes to doing makeup and writing. I used to do makeup tutorials and write stories. Both I felt good about. I didn’t consider myself an expert but an enthusiast. Now, I struggle to put words on a page and my makeup technique is pretty basic. Ah. Life. How things change. I feel bad because I need to film videos since my husband bought me a microphone to help with editing videos.

I drew an oracle card today that featured the moon goddess Diana. Focused Intention was the key phrase. To think about what I desire and set my sights high. To expect the best possible outcomes. The new moon has already passed and usually on New Moons or Full Moons I write my intentions down. It will take some time to figure out what I truly want to manifest. Do I want to manifest bringing my talent back to full capacity or should I try something new? I have so many aids to help me in my filming and writing. I wouldn’t want to give that up. I will still contemplate it. Maybe tapping into other hobbies such as yoga and meditation is what I need right now.

Whatever it is I know I’m on the hunt for manifesting something wonderful. What are you manifesting in your life right now? Have you focused on your intentions?

Take care dear Reader.

Love, Light, and Joy,

Raven Reina

Remember, it’s a beautiful world. Take a closer look. Open up your heart and trust.

Oh my! When things escalate and snow ball…

Throughout my 38 years on this planet called earth I’ve realized that due to lack of communication, poor boundaries and strong feelings things can escalate and snowball. Oh my…How draining it is. Choose your circle wisely, my friends. Even when it’s a friend or friends it’s difficult to distinguish if they truly understand you. If they understand your overall vibe, the words you use and your intentions. Geeze. I had an experience where I was doing self-care before helping someone else. They always say to put your own oxygen mask on yourself before helping others. So, that’s what I’ve been doing the last few years. When I was honest with them hoping to clue them into my life and what’s going on. They immediately took offense. My longing to help as halted. I thought to myself I should have better boundaries. I wasn’t good with boundaries to begin with. I didn’t even know what it was and the intent behind them. In fact, I was a raging mess. Yes, said it. A raging mess. Unfortunately, I have lost a valuable friend, mentor, and resource due to my ignorance and rage. Yep. Something I’m not proud of.

This blog post is about escalation and snowballing effect so I should get back to it. I also had an experience where I was injured and due to policies and procedures, I immediately had to dive into the paperwork of being able to take time off to heal. Al the red tape and paperwork. Oh my. How it snowballed. One little injury and boom I was in Human Resources trying to jump through hoops to make sure that I had the time off necessary to heal.

What do you do and how do you repsond when things escalate and snowball?

Remember, it’s a beautiful world. Take a closer look. Open up your heart and trust.

Much Love & Light (In Christ),

“Raven” Reina

Unity–Theme of my life.

As a child I wanted to take a broader view. I still do. I want to see the world as a whole. A collective if you will. I am reading various sacred texts to find a common thread. That thread for me is Divine.

Less is more in my book for right now. Yes, the common theme of my life is unity.

Remember, it’s a beautiful world. Take a closer look. Open up your heart and trust.

Much Love and Light and joy.

Reina “Raven”

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Once I started to realize that I don’t have to compete it set me free. I can just focus on my progress and not the progress of others. Sure, friendly competition can be fun; however, I desire to see the progress I’ve made over the years. If I review over the years let’s say, in nursing field I can see how far I have come. I started out as a shy and unsure CNA. Now, I’m much more confident. I’m surer of myself and my skillset. I still have a long way to go in the confidence department. It’s helpful to know that most people are walking around with imposter syndrome. Some not all. It’s good to be confident but maybe we can make imposter syndrome work for us. For one, it can keep us humble. Two, it can motivate you to become surer of yourself.

I hope the holiday season is treating you well. I’m keeping this short since the holidays are upon us and I’m sure you have plenty on your to do list. Feel free to comment or sign the guest book. I love to socialize.

Raven Reina