Find Out What the Walrus Knows!

Got someone on your Gift List who is open to new ideas and also looking to make changes in their life? One of the most unusual and interesting gifts for them this holiday season, actually any time, might be Sarah (Bamford) Seidelmann’s new book, What the Walrus Knows: An Eccentric’s Field Guide to Working with Beastie Energies.

Sarah Seidelmann, a Board Certified Anatomic and Clinical Pathologist and a Martha Beck trained Coach, invites readers to consider a path that was helpful to her when she began looking for fulfillment in her own life: Notice the animals who show up around you in nature, in your dreams, and in your heart. Which animals catch your attention? What IF their presence is not a coincidence, but a sign to guide you toward the next step in your life?

While such questions are common for those interested in shamanism, it might be less common for you or your friends. Even Seidelmann admits the idea had seemed beyond wacky to her, in the beginning. Before you dismiss this book or ideas, keep in mind that Seidelmann herself asked the above question while she was feeling deeply dissatisfied with her personal and professional life. The answers she received from nature on a regular basis led her out of the darkness and into the light.

On page 164, the author explains, “I’d been living a nature-starved, over-civilized life for a long time. My husband and I are both physicians, and we’re raising four kids. Add all my other interests into the mix, and the result was a constant state of overwhelm.”

As Seidelmann started spending more time in nature, taking more walks and noticing what was happening around her, she began to feel better. So, when she found herself drawn to a taxidermied Walrus in a little shop near her office, the author decided to learn more about Walruses and discovered they offer strength, abundance, gregariousness, deep diving, and even a touch of the psychic. Tapping into that energy, Seidelmann’s life began shifting in powerful ways.

That sent her on a journey of learning about power animals, and is the genesis of this 174 page book that walks you through learning more about using the animals in nature to find the answers on your own spiritual journey. After an introduction, readers are guided to learn about Guest and Core Beasties, then offered tools and exercises before delving into the resources section. At the back of the book, Seidelmann offers up 50 Beastie Manifestos (one page descriptions with key words and phrases) to entice, intrigue and illuminate the reader. The list is not exhaustive, but it is both very intriguing and highly entertaining.

For instance, encounters with a squirrel (an animal you are most likely to encounter on a hike in my neck of the woods) might be telling you (among other things) to relish restlessness, play on purpose, balance with poise, investigate, or hightail it! The manifestos give you a place to start on the journey of using nature as your guide.

This book is beautifully laid out, has enough meat to please even the most serious student of animal wisdom and enough irreverence to make it a lot of fun to curl up with a good cup of tea. That Walrus Seidelmann encountered may have been stuffed, but her take on the subject of Beasties is not the least bit stuffy.

Whether you buy this as a gift for yourself (admit it – this has intrigued you!) or as a fun gift for a questioning friend or family member, be sure to include links to Sarah Seidelmann’s Squirrel Radio – Magic of Animal Totems podcasts. Sarah and fellow Martha Beck coach, Tami McCall, laugh their way through sharing information and stories about animal totems. In addition to possibly learning more about animal totems, listening to the calls might even make reading the book that much more fun!

For more information about What the Walrus Knows click the image above or visit this site. You can purchase the book for $19.95USD from indie bookstores, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Have you read What the Walrus Knows?!? Share your comments below!

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FULL DISCLOSURE: I was not paid to write this post and do not receive any benefit from purchases made. The author provided me a courtesy copy of the book since I have expressed interest in nature and power animals (mine is the Tiger). The above post is my personal opinion after reading the book, and readers understand that they must take responsibility for their own interpretation.

Cultivating a Sense of Wonder

The subconscious mind is quite remarkable. Besides being at our beck-and-call 24/7, it doesn’t know time (past, present, or future), and it’s always looking for answers…even while we sleep!

If you are dwelling on a past problem, the subconscious doesn’t know it happened in the past, and begins responding  AS IF you are living that same problem in this moment.

If you are worrying about a future potential problem, the subconscious again responds AS IF it’s happening now.

When you ask, “why am I having all these problems?”, the subconscious begins seeking the answer to that question by looking for problems. So, the questions we ask ourselves become very important!

Likewise, if you dwell on exciting and fun possibilities in your life, the subconscious will play with that, too! It will look for even more possibilities, and expand on the ones we’ve already discovered. Asking supportive questions can shift your energy and the way you experience the world.

When you are asking questions that support you, the subconscious mind will find a way to support you in return. That’s why sayings like “If there is a will, there’s a way” holds such a powerful truth.

Prolific author, speaker and creativity coach, Eric Maisel, suggests we take advantage of this 24/7 *service* offered by the subconscious mind by consciously cultivating a sense of wonder. We do this by wondering openly, asking open-ended questions the subconscious can begin seeking answers to those questions.

You can really have a lot of fun with this, and it’s quite the vibe-lifter:

“I wonder how all my perfect opportunities & people are finding me so easily?”

“I wonder why I am having so much fun and smiling so much?”

“I wonder why my life feels so easy and joyful?”

“I wonder how the Universe is expanding my dreams into reality right now?”

“I wonder why my life keeps getting better and better?”

This evening, I began tweeting the questions above and it immediately caught the attention of people who wanted a reason to smile and feel good.

Your turn…how will you cultivate wonder?

Getting Clear About How You Really Feel

It’s been 10 days since I’ve posted on my blog. It’s not that I haven’t had anything to say or that I haven’t been active, because I have. I have been busy coaching and learning and sharing and co-creating…Yes, I walk my talk and apply what I learn. I’m discovering how everything is an opportunity for spiritual growth, just waiting for you to pay attention to it long enough to realize the gift it holds for you.

When I find something that works for me, I like to share it with others! So, when I found this Magic “FateBall” widget that reminded me of my childhood, I had to share it. While this tool is fun, it’s also a tremendously valuable in helping you get clear about how you feel.

Whenever you feel conflicted about a situation you are in, and are not sure how you really feel…ask the question to your Inner Being, then click the green “fateball activate” button. The answer the FateBal (below) gives is less important than how you FEEL inside when you get the answer.

For instance, if you are wondering if it best for you to take a certain job, ask your inner self, “Is it in my best interest to take this job?” Then, click the button. If the response is more or less YES, but you feel disappointed to see that answer, then you get a deeper insight into how you feel about pursuing that job. Likewise, if the answer is more or less NO, and you feel happy about that answer. The feeling you feel inside in response to the FateBall’s answer gives you a deeper insight into what previously may have felt unclear.

Click the image above or HERE to play with the FateBall.

Give the Magic FateBall a whirl and see what comes up for you. If you want to put the code for this widget on your site/blog, click the “Get Widget” link and copy the code.


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