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My Why – Shamanism In Everyday Life

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“In shamanic cultures, synchronicities are recognized as signs that you are on the right path.”

~Daniel Pinchbeck


If I would of told you 20 years ago that I would use shamanism in my daily life I would of laughed at you. I would of told you that “I live in the real world of work, mortgages, and limited free time. I don’t have time for Woo-Woo stuff!” There is a quote that states…

When the student is ready the teacher appears.

And that is exactly what happened to me. I was living in Canada, working for Corporate America, and standing at a cross roads in my life (personally and professionally). I was in the midst of studying Reiki and Crystal Healing as part of my own personal healing journey when a Celtic Shamanic teacher magically appeared in my life. This shamanic teacher lived in England and focused on working with Biodynamics which really resonated with me and my farming roots. Since she taught via the internet and I lived in Canada, I decided to signed up for her 3-year program (after I passed a test in order to be accepted into her program). Fast forward 3 months later and I was suddenly offered an opportunity via work to transfer to England. How could I refuse such an offer?

And this is where the beginning of my education in shamanism started.

A shaman is a healer that can see in the dark. A shaman can gather information in the spiritual realm and bring it back into everyday reality. Traditionally, shamans are the medicine men and women of the tribe who deal with physical, mental, emotional and spiritual imbalances or illnesses. Today, shamans come from all walks of life and help people in the contemporary world with challenges in relationships, health, wealth, career or spirituality.

My decade plus of studying shamanism has taught me how to…

  • Reconnect with nature and learn that everything is interconnected.
  •  Heal myself by learning that my thoughts are connected to my emotions.
  •  Create alters as a form of spiritual practice.
  • Speak from a place of honesty and vulnerability and most important…

Lead from my heart and not my head.

The tools I learned have served me through many transitions and upheavals in my life. I use the tools on a daily basis as part of my own ongoing self-care practice. I also use the tools to work through the inevitable conflicts within professional and personal relationships.

Some of the things that shamanism has taught me…

  1. Everything on earth is interconnected.
  2. Your thoughts are connected to your emotions.
  3. Respect the Earth.
  4. The Four Elements are at Your Service: Earth, Water, Fire and Air.
  5. Pay Attention to Animal Medicine.
  6. Ceremony Brings Meaning into Your Life.
  7. Create an Altar.
  8. Energy work heals the body, spirit, and soul.
  9. Join (or Create) a Sacred Gathering.

If you are looking to bring deeper meaning, more contentment and a sense of being aligned with your inner knowing and life, then join me on Saturday April 1st (details below). We will discuss Shamanism in a little more detail. If you are interested in Shamanism and cannot attend tomorrow, please send me an email as I will add you to the email list for future shamanic classes that I will be offering this spring.


What tools do you use to get through the transitions and upheavals of your life?

What are your daily self-care practices?

If you are looking for a new way to grow and stretch, please join us at the ANGEL Monthly Meeting on April 1st (details below). Connect with me over at…Instagram and/or Facebook. I would love to see your pictures and hear your stories around your own transitions, upheavals, and daily self-care practices.


angelsANGELS – Monthly Meeting

  • When: April 1st Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Cost: Free (snacks encouraged)
  • Where: Parkview Nursing Home (old library), Freeport IL
  • Topic: Shamanism (Robin Rosenstiel)

This group was initiated by Annabelle Nimmo ( now passed) and Alice Fiedlerback in the 1980’s.

This group has been discussing various metaphysical, spiritual, and related topics for 4 decades. The group meets monthly (normally the 3rd Saturday). All interested are welcome to attend. To stay connected regarding future events, join the Angels Facebook Group.


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XXOOXX, 

Robin Rosenstiel

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Stretching and Growing

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“Align yourself with people that you can learn from, people who want more out of life, people who are stretching and searching and seeking some high ground in life.”

~Les Brown


Last weekend I went to Kripalu for a weekend retreat to see Carolyn Myss. I have read Carolyn’s books and audio lectures for several years and she has been on my “list” of people to see.

What did I learn from attending Kripalu…

I have been living in my comfort zone for too long!

I can make 101 excuses as to why….like…

  •  I live in the middle of no where (Kent);
  • It’s been winter and I like to hibernate in the winter;
  • My job keeps me too busy;
  • My calendar is too full;
  • I have enough friends;
  • That costs too much money;
  • That subject doesn’t interest me;
  • There are no like minded people around here;
  • It doesn’t fit into my long-term plans;

But the truth…

I have been making excuses instead of stretching myself!

I sat in on a World Class Manufacturing plant audit for the past several days. Yesterday the auditor summarizes his results and told the plant personal…

It is time to look in the mirror and be truthful! Why are you giving this process lip service instead of embracing it?

I have to admit, the auditor called the “bullshit” card and you know what…he was right! Every person in that room (including me) had a personal and professional excuse as to why they are resisting stretching and growing.

What does stretching and growing look like?

  •  Attending a class/workshop just to check it out (I attended a chanting class);
  •  Participating in something that you have never done before (town hall meeting, a community growth activity, or a march);
  •  Joining a new group in order to meet new people; With spring in the air, maybe it is time that we all crack out of our hibernation shells and start to stretch and grow.

Have you been growing and stretching lately?

What is one step that you can take to grown and stretch in next month?

If you are looking for a new way to grow and stretch, please join us at the ANGEL Monthly Meeting on April 1st (details below). Connect with me over at…Instagram and/or Facebook. I would love to see your pictures and hear your stories around your own growing and stretching experiences.


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ANGELS – Monthly Meeting

  • When: April 1st Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Cost: Free (snacks encouraged)
  • Where: Parkview Nursing Home (old library), Freeport IL
  • Topic: Shamanism (Robin Rosenstiel)

This group was initiated by Annabelle Nimmo ( now passed) and Alice Fiedlerback in the 1980’s.

This group has been discussing various metaphysical, spiritual, and related topics for 4 decades. The group meets monthly (normally the 3rd Saturday). All interested are welcome to attend. To stay connected regarding future events, join the Angels Facebook Group.

Taking Life Too Seriously

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“The question is not whether we will die, but how we will live.”

~Joan Borysenko


I wasn’t sure what I was going to write about this week as life was taking on a serious tone. You know what happens…

your days become filled with “should do” activities that leave you feeling drained and uninspired.

And then I received this picture (above) in an email this morning. Talk about a magical moment that reminded that I was stuck in an old story and was…

taking life way too seriously!

So what am I going to do? I’m going to…

PLAY SERIOUSLY!

How am I going to do that? I’m going to…

  • Step away from the “should do” list that leaves me feeling drained,
  • Connect with friends that energize and inspire me,
  • Go shopping for ideas that leave me feeling guided and exhilarated, and
  • Consider buying a few of those bouncy balls for my annual Easter Egg Hunt.

How are you going to play seriously this weekend?

Connect with me over at…Instagram and/or Facebook. I would love to see your pictures and hear your stories around how you are going to play seriously this weekend.

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Robin Rosenstiel

Your guide to bringing your gifts out into the world and making you shine!

Making Space For Freedom

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“You can’t reach for anything new

if your hands are still full of yesterday’s junk.”

~Louis Smith


As I was listening to a local pop radio station while driving to the grocery store this week, I heard a 10 year old girl talk about what she was giving up for Lent. Her story intrigued me. She spoke about how she was going to give up playing games on her electronic devices for the 40 days of Lent. And in this newly created white space she created…she was thinking of making more time for playing with barbies. How funny is that!

I am not a religious person, however I was intrigued with what she was giving up. It wasn’t the usual chocolate and sweets that I so often hear about but instead she was…

Giving up non-value added activities in order to make more time.

At the age of 10 she has figured out that letting go of something that doesn’t add value, brings freedom. And in her case…

Freedom = Time

What if you could spend 15 minutes every day for the next 40 days and clear out the clutter of your life in order to make space for freedom?

Freedom to:

  • Spend time in nature daily,
  • Grow sunflowers,
  • Go on wild adventures,
  • Watch the evening sunsets with loved ones,
  • Star gaze at night,
  • Make space and move forward with creating a business with soul.

What does Freedom look and feel like to me:

  • Blue skies,
  • Wide open spaces,
  • Wind in my hair,
  • and the song…Life Is A Highway sums it up nicely.

From my own experiences, I have learned that in order to make room for freedom in my life, I needed to clear out clutter…internal, external, mental, emotional, and physical clutter.

Clutter = stagnant energy.

If you have been feeling overwhelmed by all of the things you have been putting off but “need” to finish, look around and see where you have too much stuff piled up in your life. Overwhelm is a sign that your energy is stuck and blocking the flow of freedom. By clearing clutter and shifting the energy of your environment, you will in turn be impacting your entire life. And with Spring in the air…

Clutter clearing is one of the fastest ways to completely transform your life.

  • Clutter clearing ideas to transform your life:
  • Clear out a desk drawer
  • Clear off your desk
  • Clear out your email in-box
  • Clear out your computer hard drive
  • Clear out a drawer
  • Clear out a closet
  • Clear out 1 negative thought
  • Clear out 1 excuse as to why you can’t declutter
  • Clear out 1 judgment
  • Clear off your calendar of activities that don’t bring you joy
  • Clear out half-finished and never-started projects
  • Clear out unwanted gifts
  • Clear out old photos
  • Clear out things you might use (but know you never will)
  • Clear out recipes for dishes you will never cook
  • Clear off your kitchen counter

What are you giving up for the next 40 days so you can make space for freedom?

Connect with me over at…Instagram and/or Facebook. I would love to see your pictures and hear your stories around clutter clearing and making space for freedom.

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Robin Rosenstiel

Your guide to bringing your gifts out into the world and making you shine!

Who Is On Your Bus?

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“Invent your world.

Surround yourself with people, color, sounds, and work

that nourishes you.”

~Sark


I want to personally thank everyone that reached out to me after last weeks’ “Letting Go Of a Dream” post. People reached out to me with a mix of curiosity and heart-felt concern and compassion regarding what I was giving up. Was it the Corporate Job, my Coaching Business, or the Kent Emporium? Actually the story behind last weeks’ blog was about letting go of a corporate project that no longer served me.

What caught me most off guard about the post…

I learned not to hide from my failures as I pursue my dream.

Over the years as I have pursued my dream, I have had a failed marriage, a failed business partnership/venture – Finnucan’s Pub, a failed job and a failed career path. But there is one failure that I have kept hidden. Very few people know about this failed dream that I had stashed in the garage. It was only after I saw it heaped into a pile on the garage floor ready to be pitched last weekend that…

I learned to acknowledge and let go of the concept of failure.

Why was this dream getting ready to be pitched? This year I have decided to remodel my garage into a “sheshed“. A very kind friend has offered to assist me and started to clean out the garage last week. As he put everything into a pile, he started asking questions about the “large” amount of the planting supplies, seeds, and boxes of jars stashed in the garage. I found his questions both irritating and annoying. I didn’t have the energy to explain myself, so instead, I went upstairs and pulled a catalog out of a closet (all skeletons come out of the closet sooner or later), and brought it downstairs to show him. As I showed him the catalog, I explained that I started an medical herb business in 1999 and over time I found the business to be unsustainable for me and as a result I closed the business and labeled it a failure. I shared with him…

  • my passion behind the dream,
  • my creative solutions,
  • my lessons learned,
  • and how it led me in a new direction.

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His response….

This doesn’t look like a failure to me!

WOW…in one statement I realized that I was only seeing the flaws of this failure instead of seeing its virtues.

  • What if each failure isn’t bad or good, but simply a learning experience to discover what you really want to do with your life?
  • What if each failure gets you one step closer to living an extraordinary life full of laughter and adventure?
  • What if each failure comes back around as an opportunity to do things differently?

Making the decision to let go of this most recent corporate project was based on my own experience of letting go of Soil & Soul. The project isn’t sustainable given the current allotted corporate resources, time, and money.

As I continued to discuss my failed dream with my friend, he suggested that maybe my “sheshed” should become my “working laboratory” for a future version of Soil & Soil…which just made my heart fill with excitement and joy.

What I have learned from coming out of the closet about my own failures…

My bus is filled with people who encourage me, inspire me, and believe in my dreams.


When you decide to move forward with your dream, who is on your bus?

Connect with me on my bus at…Instagram and/or Facebook. I would love to hear about your dreams and your failures.