all images and stories are the property of Catherine Beerda-Basso and are not to be used without given permission...thank you

Thursday, 28 November 2013


I did not know what to title this post
so I started it as I physically did...
with an exhale.
an exhale of release and contentment
an exhale indicating
that work has been happening
and without

The image above represents how I have been feeling
these days
some-what naked, raw and vulnerable
and yet
all with in the comfort of
Love, Familiarity, and Beauty.

This month in SouLodge
we have been journeying with Owl...
whom I hold dear
because of this story
For me Owl is a reflection of my Self
She has vision in the dark.
She consumes only what she needs,
from the rodents and night crawlers
she feasts on,
and expels what she does not.
She is a Shadow Stalker
a Keeper of the Night
Silent in her Wisdom
(still working on this one)
Knowing the importance of Going Within
to those dark places of our psyche
to set ourselves free...

So this months Soul-Work has been revealing
and hard.
Facing those thing with in myself
that are not so pretty~
the rodents of my soul...
so to speak.
Not facing them in with shame
but facing them in love and acceptance
realizing what they have to teach me
and also challenging me to let go
of the addictions
the obsessions
the distractions
that keep me from my soul purpose.
Moving me towards the freedom to express
my soul truth
my heart words
my Self.

I have watched myself consume my fears
and spit out the pellets
of what I no longer wish to carry
Bringing up those "pellets" stung 
as they scrapped up my throat...
they even cause sadness.

"All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another." ~Anatole France

And at the same time
they gave Freedom and Hope.

and I am ready to fly
I know this only happens
by going deep
there is no other way
but to trust in Spirit fully
and go where one is called...
not forced
but called gently
by the exhale
The One

I am also remembering...

when this lovely family stopped by 
on their way home to New Zealand, 
from China, last year.
What a special time it was...

our visit ended with this

I can still here Mark (and the kids)
laughing in the back
when the owl pooped lol

good times...

one last thing today
my lovelies

and we raised
(drum roll please)
over $100,000.00 for our centre
on Nativity Hill
in Medellin, Colombia.
I plan to be going again in March
this time with my 18 year old niece : )
another grand adventure I am sure.

Well that is where things are at
my lovelies.
This Life is a Beautiful Mystery

as with everyday
 I am grateful
for all that it offers me.

Love and Light

ps Happy Thanksgiving to all my American Lovelies

Monday, 11 November 2013

Lest We Forget...

Today in Canada is Remembrance Day
A Day when we remember all those who have given
life, limb and mind to protect the notion of Freedom.
Though I do not believe in the politics war
I honour ALL who serve
and all who believe in fighting for their rights
and the rights of others.
I grieve with all those
whose loved ones never came home
will not come home.
I grieve the pain of those who do.
The horrors they now live with
The shredded hearts they house
The empty souls they have become

No one wins in war.
Only those who sit "above" us common folk
investing and conspiring
to further their kindgom
and their wealth
To those
who would sacrifice others
for the "greater good"
I say
with righteous anger in my voice
"God be with your Souls..."

and in the stillness
of my heart
and the fullness of my soul
as tears stream down my face
I wisper the words
of my teacher Jesus:
"Forgive them...
for they know not what they do"

Love and Light

Thursday, 7 November 2013

I am She...

I am She

the one who lives out loud

the one who lives for stillness

I am She

the one who pours out

the one who wants to be poured into

I am She

Fierce Maiden of the Night

not afraid of the darkness

for I know the treasures lie there

within the folds of the things that scare me

I am a tear
an exhale
a shout
a whisper
I am complicated
I am loud
I am
the sun
the moon
I wear the stars in my hair
and I dance with the mermaids in the sea

Wolf is my elder guide and companion
Grandmother Bear nurtures and comforts me
Eagle gives me strength and knowing
while Panther
stalks the shadows
reminding me of who I am
winking at me in the dark
and when I look at my face
I see Owl and Her Sacred Wisdom
I see what can't be seen
I know death
and am not afraid...

There has been but one thing
that scares me

This has been my biggest fear

one I no longer will carry

along with so many things

I have dropped along the wayside

to be naked

and unafraid

I am She





I am She

Walker of the Woods

Servant to the Mountains

Keeper of the Night Lantern

Dancer of the Sea

I am She

Who are you my lovelies?

Love and Light

inspired by my soul-friend and sister of the wood
and her divinely beautiful/heart touching/soul igniting new CD

Monday, 4 November 2013

Music Monday...

Learning to Be All that is within me:
over flowing
breaking down
building up
heart breaking
heart bursting

This past weekend I hosted my first art show
of my intuitive photography
You lovelies get to preview a lot of my captures here
 But this was my "coming out" night.
I could not ask for anything better.
On so many levels
it was perfect.

I felt it took Courage
to put myself out there like that.
As much as there is some truth to that,
 looking back I can see
I made it way more a "deal"
then need be....
 I had to break through
my own walls
to find that out.
(this is a captured image of a very unique world class surfer checking out his next surf... thats courage)

Courage to move past
your conditioning
Courage to step out 
and Be
Courage to Break Free
from the mold not made for you
Courage to Speak
when ears are closed
Courage to remain still
in the eye of the storm
Courage to raise a lantern
in dark times
Courage to give when there
is nothing left
Courage to love
and be loved
Courage to take a stand
when others don't
Courage to love yourself
Courage to Live Free
~Catherine Beerda-Basso

This week my lovelies
Live in Courage
and find out
you did not need it as much as you thought.

Love and Light