Staying in Balance with Solstices and Equinoxes – By Kate Braun

One of the things I look for in my Tarot readings is the state of balance or imbalance in my clients’ lives.

When we are balanced, life tends to be easier to manage; when we are out of balance, it can be harder to make decisions or to see what the better option might be.

While I cannot and will not tell my clients what to do or how to live their lives, I do strive to help them find a better balance from which to make better choices. Balance is not only a matter of conscious thinking, it is also connected to the seasonal rhythms of Planet Earth.

Since these seasonal rhythms are felt by everyone, Spirit prompts me to share these thoughts with you.

Winter Solstice Sunrise at Stonehenge - Wiki Commons

Winter Solstice Sunrise at Stonehenge 1980’s

Dear Reader…

Balance is an important part of our lives. We strive to maintain balance between work and play, waking and sleeping, friends and family. There is also the balance we notice, consciously or not, as seasons progress during the year, especially in the Solstices and Equinoxes.

Solstices have to do with the most noticeable differences between daylight and dark hours. The word “solstice” derives from the Latin solstitium, a combination of sol, the sun, and stitium, to make stand still. The Winter Solstice, on or about December 21, is the shortest day and longest night of the year; the Summer Solstice, six months later, on or about June 21, is the longest day and shortest night of the year. Both solstices are times when the sun appears to stand still in the sky. Between the solstices are the equinoxes. The word “equinox” derives from the Latin aequus, meaning “equal”, and nox, meaning “night”; both equinoxes are times when hours of daylight and darkness appear to be the same.

In the Long Ago, solstices and equinoxes were of great importance. They were used to mark the proper times to plow, to sow, to harvest, and the time to let the land lie fallow. There was a recognized time, as Pete Seeger has sung, “for every purpose under heaven”. Each culture devised its own rituals to honor the seasons, but all did. Today, especially with the effect of Daylight Savings Time, it can be easier to ignore these times of balance and changing balance. Yet on some level we are aware that the days grow longer from the Winter Solstice to the Spring Equinox, that at the Spring Equinox day and night hours are the same, and that days continue to lengthen until the Summer Solstice. Similarly, our bodies respond to the shorter daylight hours that follow from the Summer Solstice to the Fall Equinox, when once again hours of light and dark are equal, and on into the Dark Time of winter until we reach the Winter Solstice and the cycle begins anew.


Stonehenge Summer Solstice 2014

What does this cycle mean to us today? What can we do to make these changing seasons more a part of our lives when we no longer rise and work and sleep as the rising and setting of the sun dictates? One easy thing to do to help strengthen our awareness of this eternal cycle is to eat seasonally. Celebrate the first lettuce of the year with a big salad; rejoice in the abundance of peaches when they become available; enjoy broccoli when cooler weather prompts its growth. You may also share the seasonality by inviting friends to join you for a special meal.

Each season brings its own challenges and rewards, each cycle of seasons brings opportunities for recognizing and strengthening balance in our lives. Whatever the methods we choose, by incorporating greater awareness of Solstices and Equinoxes into our lives we not only live with more awareness of the seasonal balancing and re-balancing, we also live in greater harmony with the Earth.

Article by Kate Braun
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Pranic Healing: It’s not Magic! It’s Just Energy!

By Renée Deubner

Ever had that uneasy tightness in your chest making it difficult to breathe?  Why, yes!  Hello, stress!

Stress and I have had a long relationship.  I would do yoga and meditations to feel better and alleviate stress, but it always kept coming back as soon as I was off the mat or the cushion.  I was taking the steps to live more stress-free, but I felt as though I was only getting so far with it.

That’s when I wandered into a pro-bono pranic energy healing clinic in Austin to give it a try.  What in the world did I have to lose?  It’s just energy!  Well, I did lose something ~ that tightness in my chest as well as a huge weight off my shoulders!  I came back week after week to release my stress, worry and anxiety.  I learned quickly that it’s not a one-and-done kind of healing.  The emotional junk comes back, or rather, new junk comes up to be released.  Now I’m a volunteer pranic energy healer in the same pro-bono clinic, helping others deal with their emotional and physical pain, and I have a much greater appreciation for how energy affects the body.

Pranic healing focuses on cleaning and energizing the major and minor chakras (energy centers) of body as well as the functions and organs related to those chakras.  pranic healing hand ball of energy - designed by Aberrant CrochetCertain chakras and organs hold onto negative emotions that can make us feel yucky!  Who knew that anger gets trapped in the liver?  And, guess where stress lives in the body?  Right where the tightness in the chest is felt: the solar plexus.  Just because stress is held in the solar plexus doesn’t mean that it’s not felt all over the body!  Tight jaw?  Grinding teeth?  Palpitations of the heart?  All the chakras, organs and their functions are related.

Pranic energy healing can remove this negative energy, but there’s a small caveat.  The patient has to be willing on some level to let it go, or the benefits of a healing will be brief.  And here’s caveat number 2:  long-term, long-lasting healing requires the patient to try to examine the emotional issue and then say, “I’m so done with this!!”  To me as a healer, the difference in the weight of the energy I’m clearing between someone who is ready to shift and someone who’s not ready to let go is like a bag of feathers versus a 200 lb. weight.  The feathers fly off the body whereas the 200 lb. weight is solid and sometimes refuses to move.

As a pranic healer, do I still get stressed?  You bet.  That’s part of living, BUT it’s nothing like it was before.  I have the awareness of when it shows up and some wonderful tools for dealing with it.

There’s nothing magical about pranic healing.  It’s just energy, and energy is infinite!  Do you think you might want to try it?  The pro-bono pranic healing clinics are a great way to see what it’s all about.  Check out Austin Pranic Healing on for a clinic location near you.

Article by Renée Deubner
Pranic Healing with Renée

To learn more about Renée’s work, visit her website here.  Renée is a regular vendor at Austin Holistic Life Fair.  Meet her in person at our show this month on November 15 – 16, 2014.

Let’s Talk About Laughter

By Emma Ferguson

Children laugh an average of 400-500 times a day. While adults, if they are lucky, will laugh maybe 15-18 times in a day.

Laughter is the best medicine

“A cheerful heart is good medicine…” Proverbs 17:22

The reality is that laughter is powerful medicine. Back in the 1970’s Norman Cousins was told that he had very little chance of surviving a devastating illness.  And yet he recovered by incorporating mega doses of vitamin C, along with a positive attitude and laughter induced by watching funny movies.

He made the joyous discovery that ten minutes of genuine belly laughter had an anesthetic effect and would give him at least two hours of pain-free sleep. That is because laughter helps the pituitary gland release its own pain-suppressing opiates.

Research has gone on to show that laughter can actually alter our perception. What before might have seemed impossible can become possible.

What can laughter do?

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Increase vascular blood flow and oxygenation of the blood
  • Give a workout to the diaphragm/abdominal/respiratory, facial, leg, back muscles
  • Reduce certain stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenalin
  • Increase the response of tumor and disease killing cells
  • Defend against respiratory infections — even reducing the frequency of colds by immunoglobulin in saliva
  • Increase memory and learning
  • Improve alertness, creativity and memory

Did You Know?

What may surprise you is the fact that researchers estimate that laughing 100 times is equal to 10 minutes on the rowing machine or 15 minutes on an exercise bike. Laughing can be a total body workout. Blood pressure is lowered and there is an increase in vascular blood flow and oxygenation of the blood. Laughter also gives your diaphragm and abdominal, respiratory, facial, leg and back muscles a workout. In other words, laughter is definitely an aerobic workout!

The psychological benefits of humor are quite amazing. People often store negative emotions such as anger, sadness and fear, rather than expressing them. Laughter provides a way for these emotions to be harmlessly released. Laughter is cathartic.

Increasingly, mental health professionals are suggesting “laughter therapy,” which teaches people how to laugh — openly — at things that aren’t usually funny and to cope in difficult situations by using humor.

We were made as social beings. When a baby is only a few months old, they connect with others through smiling and laughing.   Laughing is the universal language found in every group on earth. Laughter breaks down the barriers of culture, race, economic classes, nationality and governmental philosophies. No matter what differences we may have — we all respond the same way to something amusing –with a laugh.

Laughter is a magnet that draws us into social relationships. Laughter appears to lower our natural stranger anxiety making it easier for us to develop new friendships. Laughter is also the glue that keeps our relationships together. Laughter connects us with each other. When friends or family members share a humorous event such as a joke, it releases positive emotions that help us develop closeness and bind us together.

It is impossible to feel angry, depressed, anxious, guilty or resentful while you are laughing.  So laugh some more!

Article by Emma Ferguson
One Force Productions

Emma and her husband Rick are regular vendors at Austin Metaphysical Life Fair.  Meet them at our show this month on October 25-26, 2014.

So… What’s The Deal With Crystal Skulls?

By Cindy Smith

“So what’s the deal with the skulls?”  Dennis and I have been asked this question hundreds of times during the past 20 years or so of our business.

Most people are surprised to learn that crystal skulls contain the knowledge of the ancestors and the wisdom of the ancients. In other societies in other parts of the world, people use skulls in their homes every day for that very reason.

Let’s examine the legend of the thirteen ancient crystal skulls.

This legend exists in virtually every native society on Earth. Think, for a moment about how many native societies that would be. The legend says that the thirteen ancient crystal skulls will come back into the awareness of mankind at a time that is crucial in the evolution of mankind and crucial in the evolution of Earth. That is why, for the past few years, we’ve been seeing skulls everywhere. They’re on hats, on clothing, on backpacks. Everywhere we look, skulls are portrayed as cool and desirable. They are coming back into our awareness, inundating our conscious at this critical time. But, for me, the most intriguing and compelling aspect of this is that the Ancients could have seeded literally ANYTHING here to come back into our awareness now, anything for us to use as the all-important tool at this critical time. They could have seeded crystal spheres, or crystal eggs, or crystal fish or crystal donuts. They could have seeded ANYTHING. But, the legend is about the thirteen ancient crystal skulls. This tells us that crystal skulls are very important.

OSH - Cindy and Dennis Smith - Austin Metaphysical Life Fair
So, what do crystal skulls do for you and why would someone choose to work with them?

Crystal skulls activate dormant parts of our DNA, reveal dormant abilities and begin the release of ancient wisdom buried deep within our consciousness. They accelerate our Spiritual Growth. They guide us, teach us, enlighten us and heal us. They encourage us to walk in faith. Their abilities to assist us are limited ONLY by us. As we open our hearts and minds to this process, we get a glimpse of the bigger picture. We begin to consider that we can do and be more than we thought.

Many of us are quite unexpectedly drawn to this process.

Come by our booth and join us in this adventure. Meet ‘Osh, the ancient jade skull that travels with us. Spend some time with him. He and his companions are eager to connect with you, to work with all of us. Each person’s experience is unique. We ask that you bring an open mind, and a respect for ‘ Osh, his companions and his process.

Article by – Cindy and Dennis Smith, Oshram
October, 2014

Austin Holistic Life Fair – This Weekend!

Summer Edition!

Yanie Brewer - Reiki Master - Austin TexasThe Austin Holistic Life Fair is a 2-day fair that only occurs 4 times a year, once per season.

Our summer Holistic Life Fair is this coming weekend: August 16 – 17, 2014.  Held at The Marchesa Hall & Theatre. Kicking off on Saturday at 10am! (Page down for more details.)

Where our Metaphysical Life Fair is dedicated to metaphysics, psychics, readings and related gifts, our Holistic Life Fair is dedicated to the healing arts.  Here you’ll find anything from energy healing to nutrition, chiropractic care to acupressure.  This holistic event is dedicated to your holistic health and well being, with free lectures and sessions available on site!

Hosting the oldest and largest locally produced holistic/metaphysical events in Austin, we’re dedicated to education and a spiritually life enriching experience!

Darmae Touch - Austin TexasAs part of our on-going service to our community, we host a variety of lectures all weekend long, that are included with your $5 daily admission.

Come on out and join us!

Stay in the know by following us on on Facebook and Twitter. Check out our inspirational collections on Pinterest. :)

Free lectures run all weekend!

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Click Here for August 2014 Holistic Vendors List (PDF)

Click Here for Directions to The Marchesa Hall

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2014 Fair Dates
February 8 – 9
May 17 – 18
August 16 – 17
November 15 – 16

2015 Fair Dates
February 7 – 8
May 9 – 10
August 1 – 2
November 14 – 15

Saturday 10am – 6:30pm
Sunday 11am – 6pm

The Marchesa Hall
6406 N. IH35, Suite 3100
Austin, Texas 78752

GPS Location
6226 Middle Fiskville Rd
Across From Highland Mall
Facing Middle Fiskville Road
Map Here

$5 each day
Free lectures! Win door prizes!

Come and join us at The Marchesa Hall & Theatre this weekend!
We can’t wait to see you again!




Spiritual Life Productions and The Austin Alchemist – At BMSE This Weekend!

Spiritual Life Productions - Austin, TexasSpiritual Life Productions is excited to participate in Austin Body Mind Spirit Expo – 2014 (BMSE) this weekend!

We are sharing a booth with our media division, The Austin Alchemist!

Come on out and visit with Marilyn and Julia!  We’d love to chat and shake your hand.  Plus we’ll have exclusive offers and giveaways, The Austin Alchemist - Austin, Texasjust for BMSE attendees! Prize drawings, coupons for discounts on ads and more!

Find us at booth #121. (Did you notice that’s 11 x 11? For some reason it makes Julia very happy!) 

Check out more details and grab your expo coupon below!

July 26th and 27th
Saturday 10am – 6pm
Sunday 11am – 5pm

Palmer Events Center
900 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

$10 – (covers the whole weekend)

For More Information and Coupon
$1 off coupon here

Austin Metaphysical Life Fair – This Weekend!

Summer Edition!

Thomas Nolan III PhD - The Holistic Warrior

Thomas Nolan III, PhD

The Austin Metaphysical Life Fair is a 2-day fair that only occurs 4 times a year, once per season.

Where our holistic fairs are generally dedicated to the healing arts, our Metaphysical Life Fair is dedicated to metaphysics, psychics, readings and related gifts.

As the the oldest and largest psychic fair in Central Texas, we’re dedicated to education and a spiritually life enriching experience!

As part of our on-going service to our community, we host a variety of lectures all weekend long, that are free with your $5 daily admission. You’ll find some of the most distinguished psychic practitioners in Austin at this event!

We’ll enjoy new visiting psychics this month, including California’s well known, award winning psychic, Sharon Sampsel.  You definitely don’t want to miss this!

Come on out and join us!

Stay in the know by following us on on Facebook and Twitter.
Check out our inspirational collections on Pinterest. :)

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Free lectures run all weekend!

2014 April Metaphysical Fair Lecture Schedule

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Click Here for July 2014 Metaphysical Vendors List (PDF)

2014 Fair Dates

January 18 – 19
April 5 – 6
July 19 – 20
October 25 – 26

Saturday 10am – 6:30pm
Sunday 11am – 6pm

The Marchesa Hall
6406 N. IH35, Suite 3100
Austin, Texas 78752

GPS Location
6226 Middle Fiskville Rd
Across From Highland Mall
Facing Middle Fiskville Road
Map Here

$5 each day
Free lectures! Win door prizes!

Come and join us at The Marchesa Hall & Theatre this weekend!
We can’t wait to see you again!




Fly Out Of Your Cage – by Tyffany Howard, JD

Local Author Spotlight…


Birds flying from their cage

Courtesy of photographer Lara Zankoul

Today, I was doing some spring cleaning and came across a short article entitled, How To Love Yourself, by Louise Hay in 1988. I have a tendency to collect inspirational or self-improvement material, but I don’t know how long I’ve had this article. When I found it, I was grateful that I had the forethought to save it and find it at just the right time.

Of the 10 suggestions for loving yourself, No. 7 seemed to resonate so strongly with my heart, that my soul had me stop what I was doing and sit still, letting the words really sink in. No.7 says: “Be loving to your negatives. Acknowledge that you created them to fulfill a need.” As I absorbed the words, I immediately heard my inner voice whisper, “your cage.” When I heard those words, “your cage,” I knew exactly what the voice was telling me. I recently published my first book and I realized that my negatives: self-sabotage, self-criticism, self-hatred, procrastination, self-judgment and self-punishment were standing guard at the door of an imaginary cage I had created for myself. These negatives, which I prefer to call my truths about what I believe, were created to support a belief. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks; I gave birth to these negatives in order to keep me small and to protect me. Every time, I feel like I’m on the cusp of something great or I’m coasting and it feels to good to be true, I summon my protectors. To my ego, this book was a bigger, better and abundant-producing experience, so my protectors mounted their horses, armed themselves and marched in front of the door of my cage. My mind had even created a not-so fun game called “let’s see how I can keep you in your place.”

At an early age, I learned that being big and living abundantly was dangerous. So little Tyffany’s ego had to create these dark friends (the negatives) to keep her safe. Little Tyffany’s belief that she would be criticized, ostracized, persecuted and disliked if she was visible was just enough to have her sprint to that cage herself. Little Tyffany became adult Tyffany and adult Tyffany didn’t want to become well-known and abundant because I might become greedy, live extravagantly, and lose my soul. Somehow, I equated living the life that I was intended to live with danger. So I created a cage and then these negatives (really fears) to protect me from becoming bigger, better and more abundant.

Now, as I look back over my life, I recognize each time my protectors interceded. Realizing what my ego had been doing, I had a releasing ceremony. I called all my negatives (fears) in one-by-one, speaking their names out loud, thanking each one for a job well done, told them that I no longer needed their protection and was freeing them and me, and then I released them by doing a couple of rounds of EFT tapping. Tapping on your body with your fingers and speaking the truth about how you feel can free you from the limitations that prevent you from living the life that you want to live. What negatives or truths have you created to fulfill a need? Do you want to be free of them? Learn EFT tapping so that you, too, can fly out of your cage.

About the Author
Tyffany Howard is a criminal defense attorney and motivational speaker turned Reiki Master, women’s personal and spiritual coach, and a student of life. Born in Austin, Tyffany graduated from Reagan High School. After high school, she obtained a BA from USC in Los Angeles, MA from USD in San Diego and a JD from the Univ. of Houston. She’s the owner of Healing Pathways.

Tyffany was introduced to tapping at the Sedona Mago Retreat in Cottonwood, Arizona and later completed EFT Level 1 and 2 with Kay Christopher, certified as a practitioner by EFT founder Gary Craig. Tyffany lives in Austin with her wonderful companion, Chief Justice, a twelve-year-old brown-and-white Chihuahua.

Book: tap that! - by Tyffany HowardTyffany’s book “tap that!” is available for purchase at Balboa Press

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Free 2014 Predictions Panel Night!

Spiritual Life Productions - Predictions Panel 2014

Spiritual Life Productions (SLP) is proud to present their annual Predictions Night and Metaphysical Fair taking place January 17 – 19, 2014.

On Friday, January 17 at 7:00 p.m. join the panelists Yanie Brewer, Elaine Ireland, Joe Nicols, Cindy Smith and Terre Walker for our FREE Predictions Night.  Panelists for this year’s represent are some of the most experienced astrologers, psychics and mediums in the Austin area.  In addition, Cindy Smith offers an opportunity to channel OSH, the ancient jade skull, to answer questions about 2015 from the audience.  Admission to the Panel is free.  (Please arrive early!)

Each one of our veteran experts will share their professional thoughts, ideas, inspiration and predictions on what’s in store for local, state, national and global events, news and more for the New Year of 2014.

More about the Predictions Panelists for 2014:

Joe Nicols’ (Palmist & Psychic)

Elaine Ireland (Psychic & Tarot)

Yanie Brewer (Medium)

Terre Walker (Astrologer)

Cindy Smith (Channel & Psychic)

After all Panelists have finished their predictions we will open up for anyone in the audience to ask a question. All questions must be about things pertaining to local, state, national or global events and happenings. Questions of a personal nature will not be accepted.

In the past this event has been standing room only and we had to turn people away at the door. Seating in the lecture hall will fill up quickly. Plan on getting here by 6:20 for the best opportunity for a seat.

Copies of Panelists’ Predictions will be posted above as available.

Predictions Panel Night is just the start of a great Metaphysical weekend as Spiritual Life Productions presents the first Metaphyscial Life Fair of 2014 on Saturday and Sunday right after predictions night.

Click Here for Saturday and Sunday Metaphysical Fair Details

Friday, January 17, 2014
7pm – 9pm


Marchesa Hall & Theatre
6406 N. IH35
Suite 3100
Austin, Texas 78752
Across from Highland Mall facing Middle Fiskville Road

Please note the map and GPS address below to help you find the Marchesa Hall & Theatre.  Or just click on the map for directions from Google Maps.  We’ll see you Friday evening January 17th!


New Horizons

We all have them don’t we. New horizons to explore, new challenges to overcome and new steps to take which seem to show up whather we’re ready for them or not.

Some are exciting. Some are sublime. Some are scary (or at least the stories we tell ourselves about them are).

But those very same horizons, challenges and steps are vital to our core ability to move forward on our own Spiritual Life paths.

Back in 2011 Spiritual Life Productions was created to fully take on the responsibility to produce and propel the time honored legacy of the oldest and largest metaphysical fair in Austin, Texas forward.

In two short years, and with the help and support of good people just like you, we have been able to reach a distant horizon that at one time felt so very far away.

Have there been challenges? Absolutely.

One does not step into a business with twenty plus years of local history without facing challenges. Especially a business that two years ago needed restructuring, nurturing and a breath of fresh air or two.

Two years ago, one of the toughest business challenges we faced was how to bring more attendees to the fairs.

Helping all of our attendees and fair personnel have the best experiences possible while attending or providing services and products at the fairs was a part of that challenge too.

For Spiritual Life Productions that answer still comes down to just one word. Education. We are an educational based business first and foremost. Problem solved.

The hardest business decision made back then was to actually help the business grow larger by going smaller (and yes there are a lot of paradoxes in business just like there are in life).

Our Metaphysical Life Fairs grew then and continue to grow in popularity and size today. So we’ve grown bigger and now look forward to a brand new horizon for further growth in our educational outreach.

Due to an ongoing focus on developing Metaphysical Life Fair opportunities to the fullest, Holistic Service Providers, Holistic Practitioners and Holistic Product Vendors have not been included in the fairs (with a few exceptions over the years).

Until now…

Introducing a brand new addition to our Spiritual Life Productions scheduleHolistic Life Fairs!

Yes. That’s right. We are expanding to include separate Holistic focused fairs for our community here in Austin!

The mission of our Holistic Life Fairs parallels that of The American Holistic Health Association (AHHA) “promoting the holistic principle of honoring the whole person (body, mind, and spirit) and encouraging people to actively take part in their own health and healthcare”.

Our NEW Holistic Life Fairs create additional opportunity to expand your mind plus deliver the quality of information you desire on different aspects of Spirituality, enlightenment, good health and alternative Holistic based choices.

Spiritual Life Productions Holistic Life Fairs will give you a chance to meet and interact directly with a variety of Holistic Health Professionals, Holistic Products & Service Providers and others like you with an interest in Holistic Modalities and Educational opportunities.

Currently there is a waiting list for table and booth space for our popular Metaphysical Life Fairs however at the time of this post we still a few booth spaces available for our very first Holistic Life Fair two day event on September 14 and 15, 2013.

If you or someone you know has an interest in participating and is a Holistic Health Professional, Holistic Products or Holistic Services Provider contact Marilyn at Spiritual Life Productions here. Please include a phone number.

Meanwhile what is on your next horizon? What new challenges are you facing? What next steps are you taking on your Spiritual Life path?

Whatever those horizons, challenges or steps might be, our best advice is to just keep going. You never know what possibilities exist until you do.

We look forward to your continuing support of the Metaphysical Life Fairs and seeing you at our NEW Holistic Life Fairs soon!