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by Krystal Rains

20161106_090026For several years I have been attending the local Canoga Park Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration in November. It is a lovely combination of Art show, Chalk Festival, and Car Show; that has grown and expanded over the years. My favorite part of the celebration is the Ofrenda tent of family altars.

Each year I go visit the tent and ask those by the altars, “who is this family member?” I listen as they tell me all about their father, mother, uncle, grandparent, auntie or other family member and often, what they meant to this person. The altars are similar from year to year, as these are local families. One year I mentioned who my boyfriend Richard’s parents are, as they were devoted members of the Catholic community in the SFV for 50 years and found that several knew of them. I was excited to share the memories of…

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by Scott K Smith

It’s autumn and hot. And it’s time to sit with my ancestors. I’ve also been thinking about the turning of the wheel, of life, and in the last few days on a Goddess and God myth. She as the Weaver, as Ma-Mother-Matter. He as the Singer and the song, the light and vibration. My sitting was with my place in the world, in context with this time, that is for me ancestral, and my place within my family both living and dead. I am looking for inspiration in birth, life, and death. In nature, stars, and most poignantly in the lives of those I love. I’m only trying to impress my current jam, what looks like a shared gnosis, regardless of the trappings, that we are all indeed in relationship with the same thing. Earth. Life, and the inevitable passage from matter into spirit.

I find meaning…

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by Jesper Toad

I believe that the practice of Witchcraft includes initiating, fostering, and maintaining reciprocal relationships with the invisible spirits.  Ritual transactions that include offerings, oblations, and sacrifices—the gifts crossing the divide from the visible to the invisible realms—act as foundational communications that open currents of power between us and the multitudinous spirits with which we share the world.

Although traditionally thought of as a transaction or communication between superior spirits (gods and such) and inferior spirits (lowly mankind), I tend to interact with the spirit world not in terms of power-over, but in a praxis of power-with.  Starhawk defines power-over in terms of domination and control, as opposed to power-with, which is based in influence and social power (Simos, 1999, p. 269).  The spirits of the land, the spirits of the dead, the good people, and all the other spirits one might meet, are different from me: as…

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I keep getting pings from this website.

We’ve gone through several mutations, especially after our domain was sharked. They wanted to sell it back to us for $10k somewhere around 6 years ago. I moved and changed, physically and digitally.

The updated and running smooth destination for the Journey has become:


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Scott K Smith

From a show I just love to bits, Global Spirit, comes a discussion with some luminaries from our time on the “Mystical Path.”

Throughout history, the “mystical path” or the spiritual approach of achieving “direct contact” with the Divine has resulted in powerful spiritual experiences.

Well here we are at the end of twenty ten.

We’re not just rolling into a New Year, but a New Decade. We’ve spend the day cleaning house, organizing, setting tone and sense so that tomorrow when we rise, there is a newness to things. I even made a special batch of house spritz consisting of a few blends of essential oils: Abundance, Acceptance, Believe, and Theives.

Smells yum.

I hope your year was as colorful as mine and that you have a safe, super awesome New Year Celebration, whatever you are doing. One little thing I like to watch for is the first words spoken in a new year. I think that’s why we say “Happy New Year!” What will your first words be? What will your attitude be? What are you planning on doing tonight? Set the tone for the new year today, make it as close to what you would like to see made manifest in your life as possible. 🙂

I’ll see you next year.

Bright blessings.

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Be well,

Scott K Smith

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Silly me, I just realized I was on vacation. In my mind I was thinking I still had a week to go but in fact, I’m free of all mundane obligations to my real estate position. That leaves time for other things and I would love to devote some of that time to folks who were in need of some healing or face time for guidance, Essential Oils, or what not.

Please contact me if you are in or going to be around the area. I will be gone for the actual “Christmas Holiday” DAY but pretty much home-centric for the rest of the month, including New Years which I will spend with my lovely friends at Santee Court.

Send me an email or give a poke or gab on facebook and I’ll respond as soon as humanly possible.

Hoping you have weathered this retrograde and the holiday’s.

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I hope this finds you well,

Scott K Smith

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Something light for a Sunday  morning.

As a novelist and memoirist, Isabel Allende writes of passionate lives, including her own. Born into a Chilean family with political ties, she went into exile in the United States in the 1970s — an event that, she believes, created her as a writer. Her voice blends sweeping narrative with touches of magical realism; her stories are romantic, in the very best sense of the word. Her novels include The House of the Spirits, Eva Luna and The Stories of Eva Luna, and her latest,Ines of My Soul and La Suma de los Dias (The Sum of Our Days). And don’t forget her adventure trilogy for young readers — City of the BeastsKingdom of the Golden Dragon andForest of the Pygmies.

As a memoirist, she has written about her vision of her lost Chile, in My Invented Country, and movingly tells the story of her life to her own daughter, in Paula. Her book Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses memorably linked two sections of the bookstore that don’t see much crossover: Erotica and Cookbooks. Just as vital is her community work: The Isabel Allende Foundationworks with nonprofits in the SF Bay Area and Chile to empower and protect women and girls — understanding that empowering women is the only true route to social and economic justice.

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Scott K Smith

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Scott K Smith

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Now back to Edith crooning and a glass of Bordeaux…

Young Living Essential Oils has a huge selection of merchandise from Therapeutic Grade essential oils and blends with a variety of uses, to personal care, health and healthy living products. The product guide can be daunting to those unfamiliar with the YL wares. Over the past year, as I have built my local client base, I’ve noticed some favorites.

Order information included at the bottom of the post.

Lavender Lip Balm

Repair and moisturize lips with nourishing blend of ingredients such as lavender essential oil, jojoba oil, and vitamin E.

It’s simple. It’s silky. It’s good for your lips!

Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Bees Wax, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Lycium Barbarum (Wolfberry) Seed Oil, Rosa Rubiginosa (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia† (Lavender) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), and Tocopheryl Acetate.

†100% pure therapeutic-grade™ essential oil

A little goes a long way. Brandon loves this lip balm! My friend Andrew loves the lip balm! How could you not. Pure ingredients, a lasting smooth texture and a lovely scent that rises up to the nose.

Item Number: 5203
Local’s discount cost: $4.34 when you place an order with my monthly auto ship.

Lavender Essential Oil – 15 ml

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has a fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous aroma that is soothing and refreshing. Because it is the most versatile of all essential oils, no home should be without it. Lavender is an adaptogen, and therefore can assist the body when adapting to stress or imbalances. It is a great aid for relaxing and winding down before bedtime, yet has balancing properties that can also boost stamina and energy. Therapeutic-grade lavender is highly regarded for skin and beauty. It may be used to soothe and cleanse common cuts, bruises, and skin irritations. The French scientist René Gattefossé was among the first to discover these properties when he was severely burned in a laboratory explosion. Lavender may also be used to enhance the flavor of foods. Lavender has an approximate ORAC of 3,669 (TE/L). TE/L is expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent per liter.

I love to use this oil after the shower, mixing two drops with each application of my body lotion. I’ve noticed a reduction in some redness I’ve had on my arms in the last week where I’ve been applying the essential oil directly. Lavender Essential oil is a personal favorite.

Item Number: 3575
Local’s discount cost: $24.03 when you place an order with my monthly auto ship.

SleepEssence – 30 Capsules

SleepEssence contains four powerful Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ essential oils that have unique sleep-enhancing properties in a softgel vegetarian capsule for easy ingestion. Combining lavender, vetiver, valerian, and Ruta graveolens essential oils with the hormone melatonin—a well-known sleep aid—SleepEssence is a natural way to enable a full night’s rest.

My friend Yvonne loves SleepEssence. She brought it with her to her family on a trip to Costa Rica and got her family hooked on the easy and powerful effects of this night time blend.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) flowering top, Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides) root, Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) root, Mandarin (Citrus reticulata) peel, Rue (Ruta graveolens) leaf/stem, Melatonin 1.5 mg.

Other ingredients: Lecithin, coconut (Cocus nucifera) meat oil, carageenan, glycerin, modified cornstarch, and sorbitol.

Item Number: 4760
Local’s discount cost: $26.34 when you place an order with my monthly auto ship.

Deep Relief Roll-On – 10 ml

Deep Relief Essential Oil Roll is a proprietary blend of oils specially formulated to relieve muscle soreness and tension. Peppermint, Wintergreen, Copal, and Palo Santo essential oils as well as others play an integral part of healing in this blend. Deep Relief is offered in the portable convenience of a roll on application.

Peppermint (Mentha piperita), Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea), Clove (Syzygium aromaticum), Vetiver, Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbes), Lemon (Citrus limon), Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum), Copaiba (Copaifera reticulate), Coconut oil.

I’ve passed these bottles out all around. Friends, family, and clients love the real deep relief that the bring to sore muscles, headache, and body ache. In fact I think I’ve sold more of the Deep Relief Roll on than any other product so far!

Item Number: 3534
Local’s discount cost: $22.87 when you place an order with my monthly auto ship.

How to Order

If you are local to the Downtown LA area, and are able to send me your appointment, I place my monthly order on the 15th of each month. The above prices are for orders that are placed directly with me, or by signing up with Young Living as a Preferred Customer, only. You can contact me, Scott, directly to place an order or you can begin by visiting Young Living’s website:

Enter Referral Information

If my member number isn’t automatically entered in the referral field, kindly enter the following number.

Sponsoring Distributor Member Number: 896306

You will then create a user name and password, account, etc and then you can begin ordering Young Living Essential Oils.

If you have further questions or want more information please email me at:

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Be well,

Scott K Smith

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*The statements in this posting have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Scott is not a doctor or health care provider, he does not prescribe or diagnose conditions. Please see your doctor for any new or existing condition, and always check to make sure that Young Living products are right for your life, condition, and well being.

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