9.19.2017

new moon / september








NEW MOON





Harvest Moon
Tuesday, September 19th, Virgo, 10:30 pm PST

Here in LA the temperature is starting to shift, and I feel the transition of Fall. During times of transition it is always nice to stop and take pause, and reflect on all that has happened and is happening. Especially with the Equinox this Friday, this moon is marking not just a new cycle in its phases, but also within this year, a season coming to an end with a new one on the horizon. 

The last few months I have been writing a lot about all the stuff that has been coming up, the challenges that Pluto in its retrograde has presented us with. It goes direct next week and with it will come a flood of new energy (if you  have been doing the work). You might already start to feel it. I am overwhelmed with it in my life right now - it feels like a welcome change to the way I have felt challenged and stuck these past six or so months. If you feel this too it's part of the reward of the Pluto retrograde. It's the gift of the hard work you have done. That shift of energy that creates an opening in you, and in an instant, in a mere moment, can make you feel like you are being given a whole new world of possibilities that you previously could not have imagined. This time is about discovering those possibilities. Moving forward anew. 

But first, during this New Moon, take a moment and reflect on what has come before, what you have been through, what you have let go of, what perhaps you have stayed connected to in that letting go, and what is beginning to emerge in you. New energy is exciting, but it is also challenging in a way, because while it is a gift, it also shows you the places where you still need to shift to totally align with your growth. This is what transition is all about. So pay attention to the places you still might not totally be on board. And without judgment just ask yourself what you need to do to shift that place so it is more in alignment with what you are stepping into. 

Today would be a good time of ceremony. Whatever that means to you.

Today I am feeling very nostalgic, as I have been reflecting on a major relationship from my past that was a huge gift. Sending lots of love to this person and feeling so so grateful. Reflecting back to it is showing me how far I have come, how much I have grown, and how much I am now ready for in my life, all while staying connected to the love that will never be broken. I am excited to see what is ahead. Such exciting things can happen when you take a HUGE LEAP and follow the voice of your soul!

Wishing you all the loveliest of New Moons.






Felix Gonzalez-Torres "Untitled" (Orpheus, Twice), 1991 Mirror 75 x 55 in. overall Two parts: 75 x 25 1/2 in. each Installation view of: Felix Gonzalez-Torres. Massimo De Carlo, Milan

Supremely gifted minstrel who attempted to rescue his dead wife from the Underworld. Orpheus had been taught to play the lyre by Apollo, and such was his skill on the instrument, together with the sweetness of his singing voice, that he could charm wild animals and even cause trees to uproot themselves and follow in his steps.

Orpheus fell in love with a nymph named Eurydice and blissful was their life together until one day she was pursued by a son of Apollo, the minor deity Aristaeus. In her headlong eagerness to escape, she stepped on a poisonous snake, was bitten and died. Disconsolate, Orpheus found a cave which lead to Hades and followed Eurydice to the Underworld. Here his musical charms were so persuasive that the King of the Dead permitted the minstrel to take his sweetheart home with him - on one condition.

This condition was so simple that it takes some explaining to account for Orpheus's failure to heed it. Perhaps he could not bear to keep his eyes off their beloved object for a moment longer. Perhaps he wanted to share his rapture at birdsong and sunshine as they approached the mouth of the cave. Or maybe he wanted Eurydice to hear the latest lick that he had worked out on his lyre. In any case, he did the one thing he had been forbidden. He turned around and looked at Eurydice, and she was lost to him forever.

Orpheus swore he would never love another, and it may have been the steadfastness of this vow which caused certain wild women of Thrace to tear him limb from limb in a fit of jealousy. They threw his head into a river, and it kept on singing all the way to the sea.


9.17.2017

golubka kitchen interview










I had the honor of talking about self-care for the lovely ladies of Golubka Kitchen.
Read all about daily routines, swimming, sweet potato toasts, and more... click here


Thank you GK!




9.06.2017

full moon / september







FULL MOON





Harvest Moon
Tuesday, September 5th, Pisces, 12:02 am PST

This is a time that, frankly, I don't know what is going on. Things are messy. I think with the eclipse energy and Pluto about to go direct on the 28th we have reached the pinnacle of some pretty intense times. And I think we are all being pushed in ways we do not fully understand. I know I sure am. So many things are getting more and more intense and I don't seem to know what to do. So, my conclusion is that it's not a time about knowing what is going on, but it's a time to be in the not knowing, while not resisting. I am a little nervous about what will happen for us when Pluto goes direct later this month. When it changes directions back to it's regular rotation I think it will cause some pretty big shifts to happen. So be prepared. Pluto is no joke. Take really good care of yourself until then. Try to stay in as much love as possible. Releasing any judgments. Having compassion for yourself and others. Being reflective without necessarily looking for answers. And gathering strength. I think the best way to do this right now is in nature. So take some time to sit in nature, asking it to fill you up with whatever you will need to ride the huge wave that is about to crash. And just trust. Trust that during these last six or so months you have been doing the work that will prepare you for the culmination of the growth you are going through right now, and that you have built the bridge for yourself to walk into the void, a bridge that will lead you to the new energy you are stepping into!








photo of a Max Lamb chair

8.20.2017

new moon / solar eclipse / august








NEW MOON / SOLAR ECLIPSE





Green Corn Moon
Monday, August 21st, Leo, 11:30 am

So why is this eclipse such a big deal? Well, solar eclipses happen around every year and a half or eighteen months, the rare part is where they pass over in the world, and in the US we haven't seen a eclipse like this since 1918. So just on a historical timeline, this is a once in a lifetime event, especially if you are within the pass across the country where you will see a total eclipse of the sun. If you aren't you will still feel the energy and see a partial eclipse. Here in LA it will be about a 70% eclipse, which is still a lot. And amazing to see.

With a solar eclipse the moon moves directly between the sun and the earth. This is a big deal because energetically the female (moon) moves in front of the male (sun). And while, at least these days, so many of us are taking a stand of the female, to us this sounds amazing (and it is) - it's actually a very powerful and potent AND difficult energy to open up to. It's why so many people have been having such a hard few weeks. Pluto in retrograde has been breaking things down and bringing things in our face, while the last two weeks we have been in a portal of energy that has allowed us to have access to a ton of new energy that can help us break patterns and step into a profound new place. But part of stepping into a new place is stepping into the unknown, which is what the energy of the female is all about. And while that is super exciting, it can also bring about a lot of fear and resistance once we get down to actually having to do it.

Most of our culture is set up to favor the male - and I don't just mean socially, politically,  economically, etc... (although that is true) - but the male energy, which is the known and the mind. We all tend to favor the mind over the body, place more emphasis on the wisdom of the mind instead of the wisdom of the body, trust the known more than the unknown, etc... So as this moon moves in front of the sun and blocks us from that energy we are faced with favoring the energy of the female (the unknown) over the energy of the male (the known). Just sit with that for a bit. 

We also have six planets retrograding now. A lot! All I will say on that is that breakdowns allow space for breakthroughs. And I truly believe that so many people are doing better than they think they are. Hang in there! And enjoy the eclipse and all the new energy it will allow you to step into!





Calder sculpture

8.15.2017

from around











- A little video from the New Yorker about the eclipse next week

- I know blogs are out - but that's why I still like to blog - especially on this outdated looking one, which I have purposely kept outdated looking. in honor of that here is one of my favorite blogs. 


- a great conversation between Arne Glimcher in conversation with Frances Morris on Agnes Martin

- bamboo with pearl bracelets

Ambient 3 - Day of Radiance

- Lexie & Georgia 

- Grand Prix - such an incredible opening sequence by the legendary Saul Bass

- cried reading this - The Gifts We Give, The Gifts We Are

- everyone should read this - Are smartphones making us stupid?

- can't wait to see this show - about one of my favorite art movements - The Occult Roots of Modernism 

- I've been thinking about this feminist business structure

- my dear friend Claire directed this great music video!

- My Buddy - so moving

- go see Theodora Allen's show at Blum & Poe before it closes on the 19th, it's really great







extruded bricks, Barbara Kasten in her studio

8.08.2017

full moon / august







FULL MOON




Grain Moon
Monday, August 7th, Aquarius, 11:10 am PST

We are in a moment of great change. Or at least great change is possible if you are ready for it. With this Full Moon comes a Lunar Eclipse, and in two weeks time we will have a total Solar Eclipse. The two eclipses bookend each other and create a portal of energy that is a great opportunity for changes that are beyond this lifetime. 

If you have felt things shifting under your feet in the last few months you are not alone. So many people are going through big big changes. But those are just the things we can see with our eyes, and hear with our ears. There has also been a great deal of energetic shifting going on, and these are the deeper changes that are at play for everyone. With the Pluto retrograde I have been talking about over and over, we have been pushed into the unknown. It has been getting us ready for this time. You can imagine these next 2 week like a portal, where you have the ability to access so much new energy and really make some deep changes, changes that you have been getting ready for for lifetimes. I know it sounds crazy, but it's real. You have to stay focused though. This Full Moon and the eclipse energy is really throwing everyone off. You might have noticed other or yourself feeling more emotional, erratic, tired, sluggish, etc... this energy is having a powerful effect on us all. But you have to stay focus and connected. It's like you are in the last few miles of the marathon. Let go and disconnect from those activities or people that are distracting you or draining your energy. Spend time connecting to nature, meditation, being creative. These are all things that will help bring you insight and clarity around the energies that are in play for you right now. You can be busy, but don't lose your connection to the bigger, deeper picture and map of your soul that you are engaging with right now. This is where Aquarian (moon) and Leo (sun) energy can help you. Aquarius energy will help you stay connected to the bigger picture and the Leo will help you have the courage and strength to power through this time making sure that you come out the other side with the growth that has been waiting for you.

It's time to move beyond the literal reality of what is happening and feel into the energy that is deeper, and more connected to the bigger picture. That comic energy. And that could be showing up in the literal experiences in your life, no doubt, but know that the energy behind what you can see with your eyes and hear with your ears is something so much bigger. It is cosmic. Divine. It is an energy whose greatest mission is expansion. Pay attention. The things that are standing out for you in your life right now are like clues, or markers, trying to show you something deeper, or they might be showing up as blocks to help you breakthrough and expand beyond the literal to something bigger. This is why anything that allows you to move beyond the literal is really helpful right now (nature, meditation, creativity).

It's all been set up perfectly over the last few months. This is where all the rough waters and challenges of retrogrades pay off. They break down old systems, things we are relying on, and allow for new energies to emerge. Gather these new energies and jump into this portal of possibilities! There is so much waiting for you. Don't waste this opportunity. I can't stress this enough. 

We have the ability right now to connect to energy that is usually harder to access. Energy from other cosmic planes and universes, wisdom from our past, and the possibility to use it all to step into an alignment with our most divine self.

Stay in tune to yourself. And jump! Allow this new energy to transform you! Expand beyond anything you could have imagined. 







sculptures by Brian Molanphy - These are fonts, fountains, or giant clams. The basic forms are the simplest geometric forms: the circle and the square, say the sphere and the cube. They emphasize, by means of contrast, the amorphous decoration of the mixed earth, the white earth and the earth tinted blue: idyllic colors of the waves that take the place of water in these fountains. 2011, Church of Our Lady of the River, Beaumont, France

7.29.2017

Discovering Your Voice








Discovering Your Voice / 7 Day Online Meditation


August 19th - 25th


Imagine a life where your voice is connected to your heart, where your words carry your truth and power, where you can say what you actually feel. This seven day workshop will help lead you on a journey to discover your own relationship to your voice. With topics that range from learning to ground the voice and tap into the voice of the heart, to feeling the connection the throat has to the second chakra and birthing the voice inside that is waiting to be expressed - as well as taking a journey to past lives to uncover the source and help heal the wounds of the voice that you carry. You will also learn about different minerals that can support various aspects of the throat. 

This workshop is designed so that people from all over can experience the benefits of breathwork. Each day there will be a mix of reading and exercises, as well as a 20 minute recorded meditation to complete on your own. You will also receive the support of a community from all over the globe, and are able to share and ask questions of each other and me about your experience. Long time breathers and those new to breathwork are equally welcome. 

You can start with the group on the 19th, or if your schedule doesn't allow you can start a few days after. You can even sign up and do it weeks after if you are ok to be doing it without the group. I will still be available for questions and support. 

/ $48



Sign up here




7.23.2017

new moon / july







NEW MOON





Thunder Moon 
Sunday, July 23rd, Leo, 2:46 am PST

August is our biggest month of change all year, there are a handful of planets that will be going direct, there will be eclipses, and we get not one, but two new moons in Leo! That is a lot of energy coming our way. How can we use it?

First, remember my broken record reminder about Pluto in retrograde. It has been preparing us, and whatever you still aren't getting it will be hitting you on the head hard! See these rough waters and big waves as opportunities for growth, because that's what they are. It's your soul wanting to evolve. So get with it, see the big picture, stop coming from a place of ego, wanting to hold on to old ways, old ideas, old energies, etc... step into the new. And part of being in the new is being in the unknown. Stay aware of when you are falling back into the known, or coming from the ego, or doing something to get you out of staying in the unknown. Stay. Stay. Stay. That is what you have to do. And you better bet it is uncomfortable. That's how you know you are right on track.

With this rush of energy from Leo you might feel a boost! Or you could be feeling like you just got swept under another wave. If you feel the later, reread the paragraph above. If you are feeling a boost, then roll with it! We are no longer in the mental clarity of Gemini, or the emotional vibes of Cancer. Leo is all about the instinctual, it's about being empowered and being seen! A ton of creative energy is available to you right now. Think about how to use what you've got to be empowered, even to empower yourself in a situation where you feel completely disempowered. This could come from being creative, creativity is a great tool to use those energies so they don't end up using you. Think of creative ways to get yourself out from under the rock, or from behind the curtain. It doesn't have to look like how everyone else is doing it. Check in with yourself, you will know if it is a big shift / triumph or not. Sometimes the biggest wins are undetectable by anyone but yourself. 

Leo energy is all about the heart, being courageous, being seen, being passionate, feeling your power and greatness as an individual, magnificent, and radiant! Do what you can to step into this energy. Work with what tools you have and think of creative ways you can express your inner Leo for these next two weeks. 

New Moon's are also all about drawing in energy, so this is a great time to draw into your life any of the Leo energies you this will help you on your journey of growth. Growth is different than comfort. ;)






sculpture by Alma Allen 

7.22.2017

shop







Fields of Study now has a 

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Making a specific mineral charged water is a wonderful way to get the healing effects and integrate the energy of a specific mineral or crystal into your physical and energetic body. When you make a mineral or crystal water the information contained in the rocks transfers to the water, so you receive the healing effects on a deep, cellular and vibrational level.




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7.13.2017

LSK paris guide










Needing some Paris tips? 

About four friends this summer have traveled to Paris, so I updated my guide on all my favorite Parisian spots - you can find them all on Free & Native

Merci Lacy!



fields of study interview









I was lucky enough to do an interview for Solful Health - talking all about Fields of Study

Read the full interview here


Thanks Kate!



7.09.2017

full moon / july








FULL MOON






Thunder Moon
Saturday, July 8th, Capricorn, 9:06 pm PST

We have entered into some big energy with this moon. For the last few months I have been talking a lot about the retrograde of Pluto, and during this full moon the moon will join Pluto in the sign of Capricorn, and the Sun in the opposing sign of Cancer will join Mars. This will create a huge duality, one that holds the power of an explosion, but if handled skillfully and not from your ego it can be used for a huge boost. Mars is all about passion and being in action, while Pluto dives deep into the underworld to pull up and reveal what has been hidden. The last few months have been helping to prepare us for what will come to the surface and the test is to see if we know what to do with it. This time is really all about moving into the unknown, and what we do when we get there. The test is staying, and not doing something to get out and back into the known.

I have noticed a trend in the air, something I recognize from a past version of myself. I am sure you are paying attention and your eyes are open then you are seeing the patterns and really looking at what your soul is trying to show you. Remember two weeks ago when I talked about how the soul wants to evolve? Well, it has been bringing you experiences and circumstances for you to do this, and sometimes it has to bring them over and over and over. So, if you feel like you are caught in a loop, or things are feeling familiar like you have been here before it's because you have. Your soul wants to evolve, so it will ensure that you keep facing what you need to face until you have the breakthrough with it. The tricky part is to not let the awareness con you into thinking you know how things will work out. We are really being forced to keep moving while being in the unknown. And you might not want to go where your soul is pushing you to go. You might be trying to change the story, or make what you are seeing mean something that is more comfortable for you to handle (aka - known), or mean that you get what you want. Be careful. Most likely what you want isn't what your soul wants. Remember, it wants the breakthrough that will break a pattern, and that might mean being a little (or a lot) uncomfortable. It probably also means - you don't know! Try to listen to the deeper story of what's happening in your life right now - not the one that has been on repeat, or the one made up in your dreams. But the one that is so much bigger, divine and in alignment with your soul. 

It is time to move beyond the ego - beyond the known. The ego is formed by the known, and we need it, we can't be without it, it does serve a purpose. But it's when we come from it what we limit ourselves, and limit our growth. The ego doesn't like the unknown, so see if you can catch yourself when you are coming from the ego, or when it tricks you back into the known and familiar, because it will. Especially as we use the energy of the Capricorn moon that wants us to be out in the world in a bigger way, it wants us to take a leap without seeing the net. So take the leap.

If you remember one thing these next few weeks let it be this - The test is staying in the unknown, and not doing something to get out and back into the known. Keep trying to stay, even if you fail, learn from that and try again. We are moving into something totally new!







 Michael Heizer, "Double Negative", 1969-70

7.03.2017

women in sheepskin









Honored to be a Woman in Sheepskin for Milena Silvano.

Read full interview here.
Beautiful photos by Claire Cottrell.






6.22.2017

new moon / june







NEW MOON





Strawberry Moon
Friday, June 23rd, 7:31 pm PST

Happy new moon and Summer Solstice! This is such a beautiful, abundant, and vibrant time of year. I love the long summer days. Despite all of these summer joyful vibes things might be feeling hard for you right now. We have a lot of planets transiting and in play. I keep talking about Pluto's transit until the end of the summer, which I think is the most difficult one. Pluto is pulling up some of our biggest life lessons and is being relentless about putting it in our faces. They are not to be ignored. One thing that has helped me during this time is realizing that the goal of our soul isn't to just create a life that is comfortable and easy. It wants to evolve, and the only way it can do that is to be embodied and to attract experiences that will help it evolve, learn lessons, break karma, etc... And yes, all of this is in the name of a greater good and more wholeness in our lives, but it isn't without challenges. The soul really wants breakthroughs, but that means it needs to have something to actually break through, something to expand beyond. So, don't worry if you are bumping up against things, that is actually a good thing. And not all things that feel difficult are bad, there are times where we should not avoid the painful or uncomfortable. But, it is up to us to know when what is surfacing is in the name of something good, when it is in the name of becoming more whole, even if it is really really hard. 

We are transitioning from Gemini, which is all about thinking is is getting to know the self using your thoughts or your mind to the energy of Cancer, which is all about thinking it is getting to know the self through feelings and emotions. This can be a huge swing, and at times can be giving you a false sense that you are in the self or connected to your soul. So be careful this month, lots of feelings might arise and some of them might be leading you away from yourself. Again, it's up to you to know when you are being tricked. Which can be really hard.

Since we are in the sign of Cancer now, it's a good time to think about your home, or sense of home. And to feel into the ways you are nourishing yourself, or relationships and the things that matter to you. It's a good time to connect to your ancestry and heal anything around your linage (especially if that is what is coming up for you as a challenge). Stay grounded. Connect to the element of water. Be in action. Nurture nurture nurture.






new moon card from the beautiful tarot deck by Uusi 

6.18.2017

mineral workshop / lapis







Please join me for a very special mineral workshop at the lovely
4706 Eagle Rock Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

Saturday, June 24th
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
$45

This workshop will be all about LAPIS, a very special mineral. Learn  about it’s properties and energies as well as how to clean and care for it, and how use it in your everyday life. You will also get a chance to deepen your intuition when it comes to working with minerals, and you will receive a piece of lapis to take home with you and continue to use and work with. 

You must RSVP to reserve your spot / limited space

click here to RSVP
lauren@fieldsofstudy.com



6.08.2017

full moon / june







FULL MOON





Rose Moon
Friday, June 9th, Sagittarius, 6:09 am PST

It's a time of truth. Truth telling mostly. Whatever has been hidden is being revealed. So pay attention. Keep your eyes, ears, and hearts open. Sagittarius is ruled by the planet of Jupiter, there is a lot of forward movement right now, this sign has a lot of fire and direction. Sag's look to the future, it's time to take what has been coming up with the last New Moon in Gemini and what has been surfacing with Pluto in retrograde and move forward with that new wisdom. This Pluto in retrograde has been no joke. It is serious stuff. It's not a time to be testing the waters, testing boundaries or saying - I will get to it later or I think I'll try to make it work one more time. If you are getting a message about something or someone you better listen up. The ninth sign of Sag is all about trust, wisdom and understanding. It's the higher mind that allows you to see the bigger picture (differently than Aquarius), it incorporates broader ideas about how to better our community that involve virtues like integrity and morality with optimism and enthusiasm. It is a very hopeful sign. And we need that hope right now. 

I have noticed in myself that I have been being pretty hard on myself for where I am still growing and learning. And just yesterday I had a conversation with a friend about lightening up a bit, trying to see how far I have come and when I fall off the horse seeing why, but also getting back up like it was no big deal and trying again. With this same friend I laugh at myself and my mistakes, make jokes about where I am still not getting something and this is the energy we need right now. It's not to use levity to look away from what our lessons are (you want to keep your eyes on what Pluto is bringing you - otherwise he will knock louder and it won't be pretty), but to encourage you to keep going - holding the truth but also having a sense of humor about it. Find some pleasure in learning and growing. 

And when those waves from Pluto hit take some deep breaths and be sure to not go into the effect of the waters what will most likely be carrying some energy from the past that wants to knock you into an old way of being. Use the energy of Sag to feel into the energy of your growth, the person you are becoming, and as how that person would respond. 

Pluto wants you to get the lesson. It has good intentions, although this time might be hard. We have until Fall to reap the rewards of its push, so until then, hang in there. Stay grounded. Keep your eyes open. Stay on it, don't wonder. Honor what you see and hear and know. And don't be afraid to look ahead, and be hopeful!






mono ha artist

5.25.2017

new moon / may








NEW MOON




Planting Moon
Thursday, May 25th, Gemini, 12:44 pm PST

We are in a moment of dualities with this New Moon in Gemini. You will likely feel the extremes - either lots of joy, lightness and gratitude, or the difficulty, loneliness, isolation that come with this moon. There is always a void created with a New Moon - and the void can be both exciting because it is full of possibility, or it can feel quite lonely and maybe at times a little scary. Chances are if you have been doing the work with Saturn and Pluto's retrogrades you might be swinging more towards the lightness that this moon brings. If there is still stuff to work through this moon will create space for it to surface (especially in the evening hours).

Geminis can be very smart, using their air energy and intelligent brains to connect the dots. Use this energy and ask what your soul is trying to show you right now? See if you can make the links and create an opening for yourself to make different choices that allow for a breakthrough with that clarity. 

Geminis rule the most flexible and mutable parts of the body: the arms and hands, the lungs, and nervous system. This allows them to move from one energy to the next with a lot of ease, and sometimes at the blink of an eye (this is why it sometimes feels like you are with two different people when you are with a Gemini - and if they aren't an evolved and aware Gemini then they will have no idea they are sending two opposing signals). But, you can use this mutability to quickly integrate new energy and lessons you are learning right now. When a Gemini gets it - they get it! It just clicks! I'm not just describing the duality trait so you can understand the Geminis in your life, but it will also bring the Gemini energy out in you as well. So, be aware of how you might have a gap between what you say and what you mean, or other places where there might be a disconnect or dualities in your communication, energy, and emotions. Another positive is that they are able to see things from another perspective, so if you have felt stuck on something use the air energy of this sign to look at the situation from another angle. 

You might also feel the itch to get out of town, shake things up, have more fun, connect, socialize, and create more stimulation! Enjoy this New Moon, I have a feeling it will loosen us all up.









gold Egyptian folded blanket amulet

5.10.2017

full moon / may








FULL MOON





Milk Moon
Wednesday, May 10th, Scorpio, 2:42 pm PST

We are in the energy of Scorpio this full moon, which is my sun and moon sign, so to me this energy always feels like home. But, Scorpio energy can be really challenging for some, especially with the extra intensity that is added by it being a full moon, and especially if you are an Air sign. If you can surrender to it, this moon will guide you to your inner Scorpio, the part of you that is connected to the unknown, the hidden, the mysterious, the part that is rejuvenated by the natural cycles of death and rebirth, the part of you that connects to sex, and the way you crave the depth of emotion and discard the superficial. But it can also bring up the dark and the shadowy, which a Scorpio does not walk away from or fear. They have a natural curiosity for these energies as they also innately hold the wisdom of how to transform them. Just notice where these qualities are being pulled out of you in the next two weeks. Let the pull of the full moon allow you to experience the gifts of the Scorpio. And if you see an opening to dive deep, go for it.

A few more things to pay attention to. 
Last post I talked a lot about the maze. How are you doing with your maze? If you haven't discovered it that's ok - it lives so deep in your unconscious it is really hard to get to, and the energy that runs it plays lots of tricks on you, it is very intelligent and it knows how to keep you trapped in the maze not only so you never get out but also so you never see it. But, if you have picked up on what the pattern is for you, the next step after just observing and catching when you land in the maze is to counteract. So, when you catch it and identify that you are in the loop of the maze, you have to make a choice to counteract. And trust me, it's not comfortable. And it might take some trial and error to figure out what the right move is, but the most important thing is catching it and then making a choice that counteracts the pattern. It's how you will get out of the maze. But, also know that you will land there again, so stick with it, this is an ongoing practice.

The other things I wanted to mention is a few important retrogrades we have happening. Saturn started it's retrograde on April 6th and it goes direct on August 26th. And we also have Pluto retrograding until September 28th. These two planets are really working together right now. Big time! Saturn will pop the deepest issue of the soul (some might call this the wound of the soul, some might call it karma). And if you are not dealing with that issue, learning to heal it, or if you are avoiding it, Pluto will keep pointing to it externally to show you you are not dealing with it. It will show you usually by putting it in your face even more, and it is usually negative. So keep your eyes open for these two energies working together. If something feels relentless, or familiar, and it keeps getting more and more intense and unavoidable, that is exactly the energy of Saturn and Pluto. Time to do some work. If you don't engage, it will guarantee a difficult summer until the end of August, beginning of September. Don't delay. This is part of your soul wanting to heal and it is attracting the most divinely orchestrated opportunities for that. Surrender to the path of your soul, you won't regret it.






Larry Bell's "No Title" (1969)

5.06.2017

4 day meditation








4 Day Online Meditation Workshop for Anxiety & Stress

May 19th - 22nd


This is a 4 day online workshop to help you learn to work with your anxiety and lessen the stress of everyday life. We all know that meditation is beneficial for dealing with daily stress, but what we aren’t taught is how to deal with the energy of anxiety and extreme stress in a more engaging way. During these 4 days you will learn how to access other energies in the body to help you move through the anxiety when it comes, as well as use the breath to calm your nervous system. After the 4 days you will have practical tools to practice and implement in your life that use the body and the breath to help you stay connected and grounded in times of anxiety and stress. Each day there will be a mix of reading and exercises, as well as a 20 minute recorded meditation to complete on your own. You will also receive the support of a community from all over the globe, and are able to share and ask questions of each other and me about your experience.

This is perfect opportunity if you live outside of Los Angeles, are ready to deepen your meditation practice, or if you need some support around anxiety and stress in your life. 


$40

to sign up please email: lauren@fieldsofstudy.com
sign up ends on May 17th





photo by Claire Cottrell

5.05.2017

fields of study









Fields of Study just got a makeover.

Just when you thought it couldn't get any better...
it did!



4.26.2017

new moon / april







NEW MOON





Pink Moon
Wednesday, April 26th, Taurus, 5:16 am PST

Two things I want to talk about this month during our pink new moon!

The first is something called "the maze". Maybe it is all the retrogrades we have had, maybe it is just the times and energy we are living in, but lately I have have my eyes and ears open to the ways I get stuck, and I have seen it in everyone I encounter and talk to, including friends and clients. What is the maze? The maze is exactly that, an internal structure that is being used to keep you stuck, in a loop, and in a pattern. When we get thrown into it by triggers in life it derails us from growth and overcoming an obstacle (either within or in front of us). It has been intelligently designed by the psyche to use the part of you that will keep fighting for growth, this part of you has integrity and such good intentions to fight and overcome what is blocking it, sometimes known as the dark - and when I say the dark, I mean both the darkness within but also the darkness in others and in the world. It is this dark aspect that has built the perfect maze for each of us to get stuck in. Every person's maze is different, and every person's triggers are different that land you in your own maze. And trust me when I say - everyone right now is in their maze. How do you overcome it and get yourself out? Stay tuned. But, until then just watch the for the triggers that set you off and put you into a pattern where you are disempowered. This could be a kind of pattern you recognize in yourself when it comes to relationships, conflicts, anger, love, work, health, intimacy, sex... the pattern is the same in all of these places, but there might be one where you can identify it more easily. But know that the pattern and loop of the maze applies to all situations. It can be helpful to be sensitive to the energy that feels like it repeats itself, a series of steps that is like a loop, these are the steps of your maze, the steps that are on repeat to ensure that you never overcome. Something like: A happens, then I feel B, then I do C, then I feel D... and then I am back at A again. They can be doing, thinking, or feeling steps. See if you can spot it during this new moon. 

So many amazing things seem to be happening for so many people, and yet they are experiencing it all from inside their maze. The first step to overcoming it is to just catch the pattern and when you are landing in it. 


Now on to this Taurus energy we are in for this new moon. There will be a natural time of slowing down. You will feel moments where you have some space to gain clarity about what direction you are heading and what is important to you during this moment of your life. Taurus is ruled by the heart and the planet of Venus. It is very down to earth and grounded, and loves the sensuousness of the physical world and all the pleasures it holds. While we will have moments available to us that will bring great clarity about the direction we are headed and the future we wish to have, this Taurus energy is needed to help build the foundation that will help us to get there - the ground beneath your feet. Think about what you value and what you honor, especial things in the physical world and about the body. Taurus also rules the throat and the voice. So now is a great time to be clearing energy there and owning the power that is held there. It's a great time to strengthen the connection between the heart and the voice, allowing your words to speak the wisdom of the heart and to be the voice of the heart. This moon is an opening to be living the beauty, strength and creativity that is inside us and to celebrate and enjoy those same things in the world around us.








4.11.2017

mineral meditation







Please join me on Earth Day for a Breathwork Meditation.

This is part of a series of Mineral Meditations. This month we will focus on CHRYSOCOLLA. 
You will get a mineral of your own to work with and take home with you. During the circle we will talk all about this very special mineral: how to clean and care for it, you'll learn about its specific energy and properties, and you will get the opportunity to experience its healing qualities during our meditation. 

Saturday, April 22nd
10:30 am - 12:45 pm
Venice, CA
$50

The location will be emailed to you when you RSVP.
Space is limited / To reserve your space please email :
lauren@fieldsofstudy.com





4.10.2017

april / full moon








FULL MOON





Egg Moon
Monday, April 10th, Libra, 11:08 pm PST

With this Full Moon in particular the most important thing is to connect on a visual level with the energy the moon is offering to you. Go outside and find the moon (there are plenty of apps that can help you locate it in the sky). Spend some time just looking, and absorbing into your eyes the light and energy of this moon. There are messages in its light that can be received through your eyes. Listen to what it has to tell you about giving and receiving, about moving in cycles, about the receptivity of the female within us all. Open your arms to it. Let it be a celestial body for worship and devotion. Let it awaken in you a connection to what is sacred about your heart and your energy.

The more you can give yourself over to the energy of the moon the more grounded you will be this month. There are lots of energies at play, including five planets in retrograde by the end of the month. Retrogrades push a lot of energy forward, which means that to break out of the mold some things will have to fall apart. When things break apart hidden wisdom can surface. Open yourself up to this process and try not to control or resist. I know this is hard to do, but see if you can catch yourself when you are controlling, or resisting, or in fear - all of which stop the natural process and unfolding of energy or they just make it way more difficult than it needs to be. Life isn't about being perfect and not having weak spots or blind spots. But, it is about learning what they are, catching them when you are in them, and then making a choice that counteracts that habitual impulse that trips you up. Retrograde energy feels like a spiraling back, so you might feel old stuff is coming up, or that you are being hit over and over with the same thing. The good thing about this is you will have plenty of opportunities to make a different choice if you don't get it right the first time. In life mastery isn't about being in anticipation, it is about being in the moment, and asking yourself in each moment how to take the next step that will allow you to evolve beyond the known. 

There is a lot of Air energy happening this month, which will help you have perspective and be able to see the bigger picture, but don't let it take you out of the moment. There will be lots of highs and lows, clarity and confusion, ease and difficulty, etc... everything is intense this month. Lots of growing pains. But, keep connecting with the energy of the moon, it will help you open up and be more receptive. And be forgiving with yourself and others, support yourself and each other. It's an unstable and difficult time.

So much healing is possible right now, it is really an incredible time to be alive!






Brancusi

3.28.2017

new moon / march







NEW MOON




Crow Moon
Monday, March 28th, Aries, 7:58 pm PST

The message has been coming loud and clear - GROUNDING.  I have had many conversations with friends, clients, in meditation class, etc... about the importance of grounding. It's a word we hear a lot these days, and use a lot ourselves, but have we stopped and asked ourselves and each other what we really mean when we say the word grounding? To me, grounding is one of the most important principals when it comes to being human, or spiritual, and yet most everybody I know is so disconnected from their bodies (and even more so in the spiritual community). Being grounded is important because we are human, and we have bodies, and we need to be connected to them. If we don't have a connection to our bodies, how will we be able to access our own feelings? And if we aren't connected to our own feelings, how will we be able to express ourselves in an authentic and truthful way? And if we are a sensitive person, how will we be able to know what is our feeling and what is a feeling of another that we are just picking up on? All important questions, and the answer to all of them is - you guessed it... grounding. 

To be grounded is to be connected to our bodies. And this might sound easier than it really is. It often takes a lot of practice. Most of us have fear about being connected to the body because our body is part of nature and that means it holds both light and dark. And to be connected to the body means we must encounter our dark. And for some it is even hard to accept that there is darkness at all. This is part of why the spiritual world can be a bit hard to navigate at times. Because most of that work is about the light! Which is amazing, and makes us feel amazing, but it doesn't include the full picture of being human. And when that darkness is repressed it can come out in some pretty icky ways. Being grounded in the body is amazing because it allows you to connect to that light that feels so good and expansive, but to bring it into the body (not only is this empowering but this is part of how we find wholeness), instead of leaving the body to connect to it outside of ourselves. 

So this month, practice staying in the body. Connecting to all feelings. Watching what things trigger you to pop out. Or what events or people or places make you feel grounded AND ungrounded. Ways to work on grounding are connecting to nature, and the biggest way is to move your body. Moving the body puts you in the body right away. Dance is my favorite way, but there are others.

With this new moon in Aries it's a perfect time to MOVE! That is what this energy is all about these next two weeks. Aries wants adventure, spontaneity, stimulation, movement, and expression of the self out in the world! Aries also wants something to bump up against. So, if you are bumping and resisting, that's not gonna feel great. Just know that the bumps are there to create movement, and change! Go with it!