Before Densie came to her path of becoming an energy healer, she was a marketing executive and had a work-focused lifestyle. Then, she became ill and was bedridden for five years of her life. During her near death experience (NDE), she discovered a spiritual connection that refused to be ignored. Thus, she began her journey of becoming a healer, practicing in many different methods including Reiki, Shamanic healing, spiritual guidance, massage & cupping therapy, acupressure & trigger point therapy and reflexology. She always had spiritual experiences as a young girl, but they were ignored and considered more as strange coincidences. Then, after her NDE, Denise realized we are never alone and always have access to spiritual guidance.
Leading up to her NDE, Denise was prescribed several medications. After this experience, she decided to stop using all prescriptions. She realized that many of the medications were causing the symptoms she was trying to treat. Band aid on top of another band aid. A simple pill does not always work the way we think it will. Much like spiritual guidance being accessible, Denise also came to realize that medicine was also just as accessible. If we look in our backyards, there’s a plethora of plants that can treat illnesses. Take broadleaf plantain. You could get stung by a bee and use pharmaceutically-made cream to treat it. Or, you could simply pick up a leaf from this plant and rub it on the sting. The pain will be alleviated. The power of plant healing is effective, and so Denise created plant infused salves to also bring healing to our community. Specifically, cannabis because of its strong anti inflammatory properties.
Broadleaf plantain - commonly seen as a weed in our yards
As previously stated, Denise realized we have continuous access to spiritual guidance. After her NDE, she began to receive messages. She can do this through a 1 on 1 conversation with a client and by using esoteric aids. Esoteric aids include singing bowls, pendulums, tarot cards, aromatherapy, and automatic writing. There are different practices for connecting spiritually. Phrased by Denise, they’re like a GPS tool to higher elevations. They help us let go of the negative vibrations; anger, sadness, guilt, etc… the feelings that bring us lower. For this reason, boundaries are also important to enforce. They protect us from the pain of others that can be contagious without us knowing. A practice that Denise recommends is washing your hands after being exposed to many different energies. This could be after going shopping or an emotionally overwhelming situation. In one circumstance, Denise had been treating someone with ear-related cancer. After a healing session with this person, Denise’s ear had ached like it had never before. We need to be aware of the energy we share, and who we share it with. Even an intimate night with someone can expose you to energies you don’t wish to invite. Putting up a protective shield can help. You can close your eyes and imagine a bright white or gold shield forming around you. It could start from the ground and build it way up to enclose around you. It’s practices like these as well that help prevent unwanted energies.
Denise offers herself as a conduit, to pass healing energy through herself onto her clients. She offers spiritual sessions in which she will pass forward the messages she hears from spirit guides. Also, Denise is honest. Sometimes what she passes forward isn’t what the clients want to hear, but it's what they need to hear. Just like the healing energy, the truth passes through her and must go forward. Her role is not to be a filter and only send what’s good, but to send the entire message. She’s had extraordinary wonderful sessions, full of laughter and smiles. However, there have been few times they can get awkward, as again, not everyone wants to hear the truth. But Denise’s mission is to help people, and only by being truly honest is she helping and healing.
I recently read an article about a woman who bought a house in Sussex UK and it was known for being haunted but she bought it anyway. Then she was forced out because the paranormal activity was too overwhelming for her and her newborn son. So I had to ask Denise, “Where does paranormal energies play into being a messenger of spirits?” Like the yin yang, there is light and dark, positive and negative energies. Sometimes the dark energies can be transmuted, but there are times they need to leave and move on. Denise has had experience in doing this. She explains these dark energies as parasites. They feed off negative energy. They’re waiting and taunting us to make us feel that negativity is the right path. Then when we’re miserable and depressed, they’re laughing in a corner at the show they’ve caused and the mess we feel. Denise in fact, loves transmuting energies. It’s another component to healing and raising vibrations. Healing is her mission, her purpose in life and her identity as a healer.
Being a healer, Denise casts her healing energy net and tries to help others in doing so. She is here to help others through their suffering and in the end, gain a better understanding of this pain. We’re not alone and Denise connects us to a sense of something better and a path of healing. Suffering brings a lot of confusion and it can cloud our sense of direction. She helps individuals tap into their mission and see their purpose on this planet. This helps one look forward to the future and look towards a positive direction that creates positive change.
As we enter 2021, Denise acknowledges that she was prepared for 2020. She knew major change was connected to a disease but didn’t realize that the sickness would be the cause of our society’s disruption and the first thing to cause major global change. She was warning her friends and loved ones ahead of time to stock up on groceries and supplies. The ones who listened thanked Denise for the heads up. It’s not over, but there’s going to be a lot of positive change. Wolves are taking off their sheep’s clothing and the darkness is coming to light. Like a rat trapped, these negative energies will thrash and make a lot of noise before leaving, but they are leaving. There’s an energy shift and energies are rising. Spring will bring new hope and a new and brighter start.
Purpose Behind Black Cat Studio
Growing up, Kayla always enjoyed crafting. When she was a young girl her grandmother used to teach her sewing. She would follow the lines on a piece of paper with a needle and thread. Crafting evolved into a creative outlet which Kayla uses for awareness and expression. When a close friend passed, she did a water color series to collect donations for a fund in her memoriam. When Kayla went to college for social services, her experiences and others’ also became an expression of her art. For Kayla, her crafting is done with meaning and purpose to express herself and others. For every card, decor, and pouch sold Kayla donates a portion of proceeds towards Safe N Sound. This organization provides support services for mental health and addiction. They also work in poverty advocacy and prevent homelessness. They provide basic needs as well such as daily meals, internet, laundry, and peer support. This organization does so much more to help our community and those who suffer from isolation and poverty. To learn more about the wonderful acts they do and how to support, click here.
Trying Something New…
The year 2020 brought many obstacles we could never foresee having to face. For Kayla, she took this opportunity to explore crafting more, investing in a sewing machine and trying new hobbies. By exploring YouTube and Reddit, she came across paper art. Paper art is a new craft and hard to define but one could say it is reprocessing paper to create mixed media art. She tried it the first time with her daughter. Outside of course, as it became a big mush of shredded paper and water. It was such a process and that at the time, her wife was pregnant and had become nauseated by the “flop”. Fortunately, the final product was perfect which for Kayla was a fulfilling experience. When trying something new, it's difficult to produce a product you’re proud of on your first go. Thus Kayla knew she had an affinity for the craft.
A Sustainable Craft
Because Kayla is upcycling paper, she began to notice what wasn’t paper. Specifically, the plastic lining on paper that is difficult to see with the naked eye. Only until it's dissolved in water do you see bits of plastic floating around. This makes one wonder about our products and how much plastic has become a core part of our society’s consumerism. Even on a cardboard box that seems recyclable, Kayla finds a piece of plastic that is added only for aesthetics. People have to pay attention to make sure they’re recycling properly. Through this craft, she has become more aware and finds herself seeking knowledge about the waste and recycling system. What happens to plastic lined paper at our recycling plant? Kayla has tried emailing, but with no reply. A wonderful part about Kayla’s art is that there is no linear cycle. Barely any material goes to garbage, and in fact, if she ever messes up it goes into the next batch.
The year 2020 allowed Kayla to explore her art and her own mental health. Mental health is often a struggle expressed in our society, but not openly discussed. Unfortunately, it is the lack of communication that causes a disconnect and negatively affects our mental states. Kayla creates art that she describes as “cute” which I also think means makes-you-smile. Her art is a reminder that we deserve to be happy which is self love. Self love is a core part of mental health. For Kayla, completing a stamp is a creative expression that provides a sense of accomplishment. This isn’t a social media post with 182483 likes, because it’s something that she made and makes her happy. In turn, her art makes others happy which is a wonderful gift (for both gifter and receiver!)
Black Cat Studio and the Potions
The name Black Cat Studio came from when Kayla’s family adopted 2 black cats. Some people are still superstitious about black cats. A long time ago, they were thought to be familiars of witches. However, in Kayla’s case it works! When she mixes the pulp, flowers and dyes she describes it as a “potion”. That is, a potion that turns into beautiful art everyone can appreciate! Certain batches have different mixes, and each piece is an original. Kayla adds flowers like chrysanthemums and herbs like russian sage and eucalyptus. The sage was donated by a neighbor, so she sources locally too. Kayla is also open to customizing her work. She has been hired for wedding signs and is able to provide the invitations too! She can also do this for other events like fundraisers, birthdays, and holidays. A new exciting project with Black Cat Studio is seed bombs! They’re the perfect gift for a novice or master gardener because it’s an easy and fun way to grow! Plus it will promote another indoor (on the windowsill!) and outdoor activity everyone can enjoy during this time of lockdown. Keep an eye out!
Inspiration for Sourceworks Ceramics
These are short write-ups about each vendor and who they are as a person. We share a bit about their background and their journey. Each one is incredibly unique and connects you to our community!