Welcome to this space of unbridled creativity, raw vulnerability, photography, words and incantations. Watch yourself awaken as I allow you to enter into my awakened, conscious dream state. As I share my world with you through creative writing and poetry. I am a gypsy traveler, experimenting herbalist, innate storyteller, yogi student, and lover of all the spectrums and prisms of life. This is it. This is the here and now. Let the faerie dust sprinkled upon your forehead transport you to a place that defies time and reality. Join me, as I guide you on a sacred journey through heart and word medicine.

 

-Danielle Elizabeth Sawan

Creative Writing

Navarartri: The Divine Goddess Kali

Navarartri is celebrated on the new moon day during the first week of April to mark Indian New Year. It is associated with the Hindu Goddess Kali. For the next nine days, some will fast by only drinking water from the holy & sacred Ma Gangaa river.  They do this to cleanse and purify their bodies. To give their digestive system a rest, leading the brain to create more cells, providing clarity to their minds. Similar to how the West celebrates “spring cleaning” to clear the clutter of their materialistic outer world, the East participates by clearing their inner worlds,

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Creative Writing

29 Palms

He was 30 with soft features and an air of innocence and intelligence that quietly demanded to be seen. Coming from the desert, he knew all too well the certain degree of loneliness and solitude of barren lands + scorching hot winds that only holy water and human touch could quench. He was a year-round desert bloom and a native Saguaro. I watched his pupils dilate as I conversed with him about herbalism and plant medicine as if he had never heard those words flowing out someone’s mouth before. “They never taught us that in med school.” He remarked. “Your

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Poetry

Tidal Moon

Temptress of the tidesAnyone would be a fool to not surrender to her mercyIn a glassy pink glazeHardness finds softnessMovement finds stillnessHumans march on in the distance,To find that she is endlessSubtle lines divide water and earth Eyes are deceived by the curves Mesmerized and enmeshed in the beautyForgetting where I end and you begin The moon’s silent hum puts me in a trance, Pulling and coercing my body into sacred danceDrenched in moon glow, I am called to the starsIn a gravitational rise and fallI find quietude in the dark. Stillness in my heart.And the connection of worlds apart.

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Travel

How To Find Love and Stability While Living Nomadically

One month in San Diego. Two months in Chiang Mai. A month and a half in Pai. Two months exploring Northern and Southern India with a like-minded, yogi friend. A month trekking alone in Nepal. This is what my life has looked like in the past seven and a half months. Having a nomadic, gypsy heart means that the only constant is unpacking all your belongings just to pack them up again in order to take another flight, train, bus or ferry ride. It can be difficult to create deep friendships and bonds when you have less than 60 days

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Herbalism

Visionary Dream Herbs

Dream Blend ::. Mugwort, Blue Lotus, Passionflower “Dream matter offers, in a personally symbolic way, directions for our growth and protection, often presenting the true dynamics of life situations our conscious mind may be unwilling or unable to see and accept.” -Judith Berger, Herbal Rituals Have you ever woken up from a dream and found that the feeling you experienced stayed with you, lingering like stale air in the first moments upon being roused out of bed? Our mind during sleep often replays the events of the our day, breaking down the content in a way that helps our mind digest

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Poetry

Language

we create barriers through the language we speak and the way we communicate. our basic knowledge evades us. our intuition is pushed aside and forgotten. where if we were only able to express through our other senses – i would lock my eyes into yours peering simultaneously into your soul into mine. with that image imprinted in our minds i’d gently crush lavender, patchouli, pine needles and sage in the palms of my hands, brushing my hand beneath your nose. how would you feel? would you be to think in orgasms and shivers instead of formulating empty words? could you remember

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Travel

Joshua Tree: A Blissful Weekend at The Now Homestead

Sometimes we all need a getaway for a different perspective whether we are working a 9-5 job or alone traveling the world meeting other nomads, artists and kindred spirits. After a transformative and expansive year in Spain, I felt that I needed grounding + healing with the ones who truly know me deep down to my bones. The ones who see through all my masks and layers. Two of my best friends and I headed to the otherworldly landscape of Joshua Tree, painted with Yucca plants and desert sand stretching for miles to feel + inhale + digest a bit

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