Animal Spirits

Many, many years ago, when I got married, my then husband bought me a 7 week old Toy Poodle as a wedding gift.  Little did I know that Sebastian, as I named him, would be the start of a life long career for me in the pet industry.  I became a breeder, exhibitor, groomer, trainer, and seller and champion of fine dog food food.  I only recently retired.

Sebastian lived for 14 years.  My heart broke when I had to put him to sleep.  There were many memorable Poodles for me over the years — Spicey, Dodie, Trek, Buddy, and more.

Over the years, Spicey and Sebastian have come to me regularly in dreams.  I always wake up feeling so blessed to have been able to spend time with them.  Usually they are running around, playing, and I’m worrying about them getting out and getting lost, just like I did when they were alive.

Once, I was sitting on the couch watching TV. I saw the tail of a cat pass in front of me. Since the cat wasn’t allowed out of my son’s room (due to allergies), I said, “Come and get the cat!”.  He answered, “She’s in here.”  I looked again, and saw the back of a calico cat passing through the wall.  Don’t know who she is, probably a former resident of the house!

I once dreamed about another dog I loved, a large white mixed breed.  I’ve never dreamed about her before. Her name was Ubee, and she probably passed away in the 90s.  She stayed with my ex-husband after the divorce, so I never really saw her again. DIvorce is terrible all around, but losing animals hurts as much as anything else.  She was a very beautiful, kind and loving dog.In my dream, she was sitting next to my bed, and was somewhat transparent.  I exclaimed, “Ubee!” and went to pet her but she walked off and then disappeared.

I have heard it said that these visits are real.  I really don’t know; my feeling is that they are.  It is so nice to know that they live on, just in another form.



I’m starting a new monthly meetup, “Satsang With Ravenhawk”.  This is something very dear to me as I get to share some of my deepest spiritual practices with interested people.  Hopefully, together, we can learn and grow into our full potential as human beings.

Many years ago, I became enchanted with chant and Bhakti Yoga as my primary spiritual practice.  At first, I just loved the music and communal chanting.  Over time, I found myself changing, drastically.  I became calm and peaceful.  My heart opened. I was better equipped to navigate the challenges in life.

And that’s exactly what the practice is designed to do. I really didn’t know that at the time, I discovered that after the fact.

The practice involves the use of Mantra. According to Wikipedia,

(a “mantra” (/ˈmæntrə, ˈmɑːn-, ˈmʌn-/ (Sanskrit: मन्त्र);[2]) is a sacred utterance, a numinous sound, a syllable, word or phonemes, or group of words in Sanskrit believed by practitioners to have psychological and spiritual powers.[3][4] Mantra meditation helps to induce an altered state of consciousness).

So it’s a form of meditation based on sacred sounds.

I am looking forward to our first meeting where I will share more of my experiences and the knowledge I have gained over the years.  I am also excited to hear of the participant’s experiences.  We all learn and grow from sharing our spiritual truths.  Understanding and integrating them into our lives is key to growing as human beings.  Sharing them keeps us focused on our paths.  And that’s the definition of “Satsang”.

Looking forward!

The event will be Monday, February 12 @ 5:30 PM at Myztic Isle, 8036 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa, CA.  You can register here:



Somewhere along the labyrinthine path to spiritual enlightenment, somewhere after the “Dark Night of the Soul”, we are faced with a very dark and frightening turn, The Path of Surrender. At some point on the Spiritual Path, it becomes impossible to make any further progress without surrendering.

What exactly is surrender?  Is it the complete jettisoning of personal will, a total sacrifice of goals, the hoisting of the white flag of defeat?  Surrender is not defeat. Surrender is victory. It is not giving up on our personal goals and sacrificing our personal will to another and it is certainly not co-dependence.

Surrender is giving up the concept of control and letting the “Universe”, or the “Higher Self”, or the personal divine take over the steering wheel, with no back seat driving.  Control involves the ego, and the ego has no place in personal spiritual development.  The ego seeks to control others, our environment, events around us.  It seeks to control the emotions, our ability to love, and the emotional life of others around us.  The wasted energy spent in control needs to be released so that the natural process of spiritual growth can continue unhindered.When I visualize this concept, I think of one of the episodes of the original Star Trek series.  Captain Kirk and Spock are caught in an alien force field that they are fiercely fighting. As they struggle, the force field becomes ever more vigilant.   Finally, they are barely able to move.  “Captain” Spock says quietly.  He has discovered something.  He has discovered that the more they fight the force field, the worse it gets.  Spock suggests trying stillness and calm and not fighting it to see what happens.  Of course, when they stop fighting it, the force field dissipates.  What a wonderful metaphor for Surrender!

Surrender involves an incredible leap of Faith.  Faith is the most significant element of Surrender.  Without Faith, there can be no Surrender.  Faith involves the belief that there is a greater good, a higher perspective, a divine, a higher self, or the “big picture”.  Faith involves trusting that our souls have chosen for us the path of greatest good, or spiritual learning and soul growth that is after all our purpose for being here on the Blue Planet.

This may involve finally seeing that not receiving gratification for the demands of our immediate ego needs may result in a greater opportunity somewhere down the line.  This “leap of faith” must exist in order for our destinies to unfold.  A coveted promotion which doesn’t pan out, the cherished relationship which fails, loss and separation, death, divorce, illness, vanished opportunities….all will evolve into a greater opportunity to realize the soul’s place on the true life path.


Also involved is a certain degree of patience.  Patience to let the way of the greater good evolve into the ideal situation.  The True Path does not reveal itself in the time frame we would like.  To a society largely sown on fast food and instant gratification, it must be acknowledged that there is no “McSpirit”, a drive-through of instant enlightenment.

In order to Surrender, one must realize that there is something much greater and much more powerful than anything this existence can offer.  Call it the Universe, God, Goddess, Great Spirit, The Big Picture, or whatever, but it’s all the same.  The Universe works in its own time and its own place.  Because in the Big Picture, there is no linear time or linear place.  The Universe is not bound by linear constraints.  It is beyond time and place.  Time and place are illusions created by our own egos.  Surrender involves Faith in the workings of the Universe, the divine order that governs all, and the Patience to see it through.

Psychic Protection



Do you walk into a room and immediately sense the mood of the inhabitants?  Do you pick up other people’s emotions and pain? Continually get drained by certain individuals? Live with people who continually bring you down? Shy away from crowds, the mall?

You are most likely an empath. An empath is someone who feels another person’s feelings, emotions and pain. Many of the empaths I have met during the course of my work had no idea that the negative emotions they were feeling weren’t actually theirs.

Some people are the victims of psychic vampirism. Psychic vampirism comes from individuals who dump all their problems on you.  They feel better, but the problem is you feel horrid! Some will actually get energetically charged by your energy, but will drain you.

Psychic attack occurs when another person thinks negative thoughts about you that you pick up on.  You might not be aware that this is even happening.

So what can you do?  This is the realm of psychic protection work. There are many techniques to barrier yourself from the emotions and pain of others.  We will be discussing these techniques on December 10, 2016 at Myztic Isle in La Mesa.  This very important class, “Grounding, Centering and Protection” is open to all people who need to learn to protect themselves, who are empathic, work in the healing or psychic professions or merely are drained from the people closest to them.  You can sign up on my Facebook event, Georgia Vlahos/Ravenhawk.

Love and Light, Georgia

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My very dear friend and mentor, Rev. Dr. Judith Larkin Reno, passed away this weekend after a long illness.  The truth is, she had been battling multiple myeloma for many years. She was at death’s door several times, but rallied each time.  I have never met anyone in my life with such an indomitable, disciplined and courageous spirit.  She astounded everyone she knew, including her doctors.

I met Judith in the mid 90s just after my divorce.  I had also been devastated by a love relationship and was searching for anything that would alleviate my pain.  Somehow, and I think it was our mutual connection to St. Germain, I found Gateway Church and University, her amazing creations.  Gateway was a place to learn alternative spirituality, counseling and ministry. But for those who scoffed at such things back then, Judith was also a PhD psychologist as well as a mystic, and one of the most brilliant people I have ever known.

I took many classes at Gateway.  I learned to read auras, learned counseling techniques, psychic skills, ministry and much much more. These are skills that continued to this day and formed the basis of my healing and counseling practice. But even more than that, I found a dear friend and mentor and our relationship far transcended my time at Gateway.

It was always Judith that I could call when I lost my way, or life handed me some lemons. She had a thousand recipes for lemonade, and she kicked my metaphysical butt many times and got me back on track.  We had a shared interest in Astrology, and we spent many hours discussing our mutual charts and how all that affected what was going on in our lives at the time.

Toward the end of her life, the situation reversed and I has honored to be able to be there for her as she navigated her new journey.  Judith faced Death head on, and was determined to live long enough to get her affairs in order and to ensure that Gateway continued through the very capable hands of Rev. Kimberly Marooney.

Judith’s incredible vision in establishing Gateway was to create a legitimate University where people could learn to be effective ministers and counselors and integrate both modern psychology, mysticism and metaphysics in order to manifest lasting healing. When I joined Gateway, it was a time when metaphysics wasn’t taken very seriously.  Judith was way ahead of her time, as the passage of time itself demonstrated.

I quote Judith to this day in my classes and workshops.  She coined some amazing phrases. My favorite was her term, “God Glasses”.  She would ask us to look at the situation through our “God Glasses” which was really a clever way of saying look at the big picture through our higher self, or, see things as God might see them. I always got an amazing visual in my mind of brass Steam Punk type goggles with rosy pink glass. Her “God Ladder” is a huge help in navigating the often difficult world.

My favorite Judith quote is, “To be truly enlightened you must be able to walk in both worlds”.  Every one of my students has heard it several times. I think that Judith admirably accomplished that in her life.  I am still working on it however.

Judith was perhaps one of the greatest influences in my life.  I was honored to share her when I sent my friends, clients and students to her wonderful Wisdom Circles.  They derived so much healing and knowledge from them. Those who went were forever changed by her Wisdom.

I liked to remind her that her influence was exponential.  Of the ministers and students she trained, most of them went on to do their own great work.  I don’t think she was aware of the incredible influence she had on the world.

I was also honored to participate in her video, “The Living Legacy” and hopefully will be able to get it out on the internet at some point.

One of the most amazing things about Judith was her ability to recognize the greatness in everyone who came through her life.  She wouldn’t hesitate to tell you how accomplished and wonderful you were and how much she loved and admired you. This was the first time in my life I encountered this, and it was very healing for me.  Her ability came, I think, from overcoming the limits of her own ego, getting to a place where she could bolster other people up in a very positive way.  Most people do just the opposite. This was the genius behind her amazing classes, Wisdom Circles and counseling. Judith radiated pure love.

Judith was a very enlightened being who was way ahead of her time.  Her legacy will live on forever in her students, friends and all the people in their respective spheres of influence.

Most of all though, Judith was my friend. She can never be replaced and there will forever be a void in my heart that will never be filled again.

RIP in peace, dear friend. I love you.

Love and Light, Georgia



I thought this might be a good time to offer a list of my services and what they  might mean to you.

  1. Tarot Readings.  I have been reading the Tarot for clients for over 20 years.  My style is compassionate but direct.  I always try to have my clients leave the reading with a positive feeling for the future.  There is almost no situation that is impossible to solve and my training as a life coach will help you find solutions to your problems.  I am also an occasional psychic medium, meaning I can receive messages from your deceased loved ones.
  2. Astrology.  I began studying Western Astrology in 1993 and it has been a great love of mine over the years.  A full Astrology Consultation with current transits will help you to discover your true self, your soul’s purpose, identify karma and issues from childhood, help in vocational decisions, and give understanding to your relationships.  I do love compatibility charts as well. Your reading will also include current transits, or what’s going on now in your life. A computer generated report is included with every consultation via email.
  3. Usui Reiki classes and sessions.  I teach all levels of Usui Reiki including Reiki Master Teacher.  My Master Teacher classes are really a mentorship, where you will learn to pass an attunement, conduct your own classes, manage your Reiki business and help your clients.  I am always available to answer questions for my students, even years after their classes!
  4. Chakra Therapist’s Certification.  Becoming a Certified Chakra Therapist will assist you in your energy healing practice and is also invaluable for yoga teachers, acupuncturists and massage therapists.  It will also help you to understand your own Chakras, and to remove blockages that cause disease.
  5. Medicine Buddha Reiki Master.  Learn to use the ancient Buddhist Mantra for healing and health.
  6. Heart Reiki (Karuna Ki) Master.  This is a Reiki practice that is ever evolving.  It will open your Heart Chakra and help you to heal karmic issues.
  7. Past Life Regression and Guided Meditation.  Your session will help you to identify karmic blocks to your growth and success.  Guided meditations will introduce you to your spirit guides, animal totems and higher self for problem solving and personal growth.

For years, I have dedicated my life to helping others to reach their optimum potential, find their spiritual paths and have successful vocations and personal and love relationships.

Drop a line and let me know how I can help you.

Love and Light, Georgia


As You Reap, So Shall You Sow


Everyone is familiar with the Biblical, “As you sow so shall you reap.”  I’m not really into Biblical quotes, but I think this is a good one.  Always keep in mind that what you put out into the Universe will come back to you. It’s also known as the Law of Karma.

It’s one of the basic laws of manifestation, immortalized in “The Secret”, a book which was madly popular several years ago because it finally let people know that they create their own reality. And that’s all well and good and probably very simplistic, because there are many other possibilities factoring into it.  People have free will….which means that they can do as they like, basically, even if it goes against their own soul’s path.  Many people have been victims of other people’s free will.  Think of all those who perished at the hands of the Nazi’s during the second World War.

And there are of course exceptions to the converse:  As you reap, so shall you sow. But for the most part, abuse is generational.  Many of those who abuse others have themselves been abused.  Alcoholics give birth to children who will become alcoholics.  Racism is learned through the generations and passed down through the generations.  Hatred, bigotry and anger are all generational.

Of course this is doubly true with the concept of epigenetics which postulates that the results of trauma are passed on through generations via the genetic code.  So the trauma of my ancestors being persecuted is carried in my genetic code.

These are interesting concepts to consider when we raise our children and relate to others. Add that to “As you sow, so shall you reap” and we have a whole new reason to behave in a loving and compassionate manner besides religion (which doesn’t seem to be working anyway).

Think about it.

Love and Light, Georgia