Archive for January, 2007
The Benedictine Abbey and Mount St. Scholastica Convent in Atchison, Kansas
My first trip to the Abbey was a journey into holiness. It was like I revisited all the best of my Catholic upbringing and that was really special. The ceremonies and rituals, the Latin language, praying, Stations of the Cross, the Rosary, the Incense, the silent retreats, the study of the lives of the Saints, the remembrance that I once desired to become a nun in the Franciscan order. The many spiritual experiences. (I am not going into the negative aspects of it)
You cannot go back though and at the beginning of this trip I was disappointed briefly as I missed that connection. Fortunately I adapt and as Father Blaine was taking us around the Chapels at Mount Scholastica it all came flooding back in. Architecture, Frescos, Mosaics, Stained Glass windows, the quiet peace of the nuns, these are like portals for me into the heart of God, remembrances from childhood of experiencing God. The praying with the monks 3 times a day is a real blessing. The beauty of their young and old voices blending together in reverence and ancient texts places me in an altered state of bliss. When I am there I want to join the order, to be a part of the community and for that brief time I truly am.
The camaraderie of all who sojourned together was also a treat. Twelve of us, like the 12 apostles is what it felt like, all linked by a common desire to be part of something greater.
Then we experienced the amazing personality of Wangari Maathai! Having researched her a little I knew she was a force to be reckoned with. In person, it is rather like the sun has come out from behind a cloud and there she stands in all her glory, full of truth, integrity, righteousness, honor, wisdom, intelligence, I could go on, for she is a modern day saint working in the field of human misery and destruction.
Her words penetrated every one of the 1600 or 2000 people in the auditorium, you could feel their response. Passion would be the best description of her mission. She is passionate about Peace saving the planet, and she is right. She found that by having the women in small communities take back their power and their ability to feed and clothe and nurture their families through the planting of trees, the world will find peace. I’ve said it rather simplistically, but it is. I would recommend that everyone go to her website: http://www.greenbeltmovement.org/ When I came home in such a fine state of strength and belief once again in the human spirit to overcome all odds, I logged onto www.Kiva.org which is one of my favorite charities and donated $25 to a woman in Kenya who needs a water tank. Kiva makes small loans to individuals all over the world of anywhere from $100 to $1000, and when the people pay back the loan, you get back your original investment and can re-invest in someone else. I’ve done this twice now and will probably make it a monthly expense as the way it makes me feel is priceless!!!
I guess if I could sum up my experience of this trip in one phrase, it would be:
Hope for the World.
Peace, Shalom, Jai Bhagwan, Namaste1 comment
The pace of your growth depends on your focus. Where are you focusing?
You may think that you know what you need to do. Sometimes that is not so.
We can put our focus into areas that are not supported by our individual planetary aspects.
A glance at your specific Astrological Wheel can be most enlightening and positive, you can then steer your energies in the direction that is supported at this time in your life….making the most of your days, as Caroline Myss says, “in wisdom, not in woe.”
It is so helpful to swim with the current instead of against it!
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“People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life
like loving everybody all the time and being nice.
Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”
Quoted from a 4 year old on the death of his beloved dog.
And I might add the same for cats, birds, horses, goats, gerbils and all of the animal kingdom.No comments
Most of you know that I have been into healthy, wholesome farming/growing/eating all of my life. It was just natural when your grandparents worked an 80 acre farm. Everything was grown on the farm. There had not been the injection of chemicals at that time and the soil retained it’s nutrients with rotating crops and cows feeding in the harvested fields.
When it became apparent that we were poisoning our lands and our people the organic or back to nature movements sprouted up all over. There is a great deal of documented info in books, magazines, the web etc. These are not unfounded issues.
I’ve pasted a link to a very interesting article on what Wal-Mart is now doing with organic foods. When big corporations notice where the money is being made they naturally gravitate there to make more for themselves. Unfortunately they do not have our best interests at heart and quite frankly I have yet to meet a happy Wal-Mart employee.
If we stand idly by while being raped by corporate consumerism our children will suffer dearly and what will be left for our grandchildren?
Prayer is one of the best free gifts we receive.
Saint Theresa’s prayer:
May today there be peace within. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content knowing you are a child of God. Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.No comments
During our lifetime we encounter many “peak experiences” in many venues. I used to want to re-create them all, especially one I experienced last fall. As I work more to be in the moment these little tests about wanting things to be different pop up. I thought it serendipitous when I opened my email this morning and found the below Abraham quote.
“Don’t try to recreate peak experiences. Instead, just accept them as the gift that they are, and don’t beat up on yourself for not being able to stay there. Because if you stayed there, they wouldn’t be peak experiences. They would be normal, every day in time hum drum boring, experiences. So, savor the peak experiences and compliment yourself upon your achieving of them, and expect more of them, and leave everything else out of the equation.”
We move along in whatever patterns we have established for the journey of our lives.
Sometimes we miss the richness of it all.
Last night as I sat listening to great bluesy-jazz by Nora Jones, Michael Buble’, Diana Krall and Chris Botti I fell into a moment of clarity about my life. What a lovely tool music like that can be.
What a richness I found. It made me stop and see my life like looking into a crystal ball. The richness just dripped off of it and I went to a different level of appreciation for life and all the stages we go through.
It is not about the daily grind, although we can get trapped there. We have many tools to take us out of the details of that daily grind, last night I fell into a great one and my life was revealed as grand.No comments
Beginning of the day and the possibilities are so many which category do I choose? Where will my focus go today and what will that bring tomorrow? When I tap into the potentials I glimpse the vastness of the Universe and my small self pulls back as if peering thru a rent in the fabric of time, overwhelmed by infinity.
Lately my meditative/spiritual times throughout the day have been so vivid I can lose the sense of physical time and space and wander into places that are not like where I inhabit time/space.
As this awakening occurs for all life on our planet and indeed all life in the Universe, a spiritual practice is what will get us all connected and balanced.
Without making the time, without utilizing the energy of discipline we could be like little rocks falling off a spinning out of control planet.
Looks like the category I choose today will be focused on my spiritual practices. Phew! Sometimes just waking up to choices can be like labor and birth!
Trudging along is just part of it. Endless hills or waves of life patterns, one week at peace and happy, next week trudging along feeling “thicker”, wondering what past pattern is weaving it’s way out…………..as I look inside I notice this one to be “tiredness” and I am surprised….so looking deeper under the tiredness I notice anxiety and fear………….and that surprises me too…….so just going into it this morning and using EFT (tapping) to help it move out……even though I have this fear and anxiety I deeply and completely accept myself………………….phew! Moved that one out, feeling good now………I love energy medicine, it works so fast and is quite painless, as healing should be.
If you would like to learn this simple energy technique of tapping on the body’s meridian to move stuck energy, let me know!
When a sign is 29 degrees it likes to kick up it’s heels a little. Makes you pay attention and it means that you really need to learn the lesson. This lesson is Capricorn and it’s planetary ruler, Saturn.
Saturn is the stern teacher and helps you develop your sense of personal worth. It is the realization that reward is a direcect result of personal effort and responsibility. It is facing reality and accepting the burdens of duty. Saturn exposes the fear of the unknown that keeps us from acknowledging our greatness.
Today, the Capricorn moon is a time of new beginnings. You get the chance to implement the things you have been putting off. A new workout regime-better diet-healing those relationships-tackling work projects, all will be helped along by the steady influence of Capricorn. But pay attention to detail.
As Ralph Waldo Emerson so aptly said, “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
Opening up to your greater potential is a good thing now. Make your plans, plot your course.
A sense of self is the ultimate intimacy of universal holiness. We choose the world of our experience through the beliefs that we create. That is the key to our success, and our consternation. There is a covenant written in our souls that says we can retrieve ourselves from any reality we choose by remembering that we are Divine.
We are the foot prints of eternity. Foot prints one day wash away or blow in the wind and forget the imprint that they held. So, we must remember our eternity. Regardless, the wind will take us and sea will receive us, but we may not remember the journey, because we did not save any of our experience for the journey home. -Footprints in Eternity
How telling it can be to listen to oneself. Really listen, even when no one else is. Rather like becoming two people, the doer and the observer. I have found this to be very helpful in being honest with myself. And I have made this observer kind instead of critical; tolerant instead of impatient; loving instead of hating.
Because of observation, I now am finding real self-love. Not saying it, but doing it. I have a more compassionate focus towards my physical body now that I am watching most aspects of my life. I am in awe of how the body works diligently to correct any imbalance and I support that in a new way. It’s a little like being a parent to oneself.No comments
Learning to practice of the law of attraction has put me into such a fine space. I have de-constructed many of my old belief systems that things were a certain way and have opened to other ways of being. I have loved shadows into the Light.
The de-construction wasn’t what I would call “fun” at the time, but I see now that it was necessary to step out of those old limiting beliefs. I haven’t completed the process, I’m not sure there is completion as we evolve, we change, we open to infinity. But I have let go of many feelings, thoughts and things.
This space is nice. It is a little like being in the calm center of a storm. I know that shadows still lurk, fears will again knock on the door and whatever else that comes up to be healed. I’m more into now after all the purging.
The energies feel free right now and I like riding them.3 comments
Interesting how we can arrange words to sound a certain way and manipulate people into believing what we want.
I found this article about Capri Sun juice to be amazing! And even more amazing that we would do this to our children.
PRODUCT PLUNDER OF THE WEEK:
CAPRI-SUN “NATURAL” BEVERAGES
A Florida woman has filed a lawsuit against Kraft Foods for deceptively labeling it’s Capri-Sun products as “All Natural”. The beverage is packed in foil pouches that claim the juice contains “no artificial ingredients” while cleverly failing to provide an ingredient list. In actuality, the beverage contains only a small amount of fruit juice and is predominantly made of high fructose corn syrup, a sweetener made via synthetic processes that is found in most soda pops.
Learn more: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_3753.cfm
Shadow work has been around for the longest time. It is the very essence of the religious impulse, where traditionally we have sought a balance between the light and dark. Remember Lucifer who at one time was the brightest of the angels? His fall is the temptation we all meet. We are continually called upon to be morally aware lest we come under the influence of the dark side.
D. Ford-“The Dark Side of the Light Chasers”No comments
When we peel back all of the layers, we find an ancient soul fulfilling an archetypal impulse to explore, love, live and create. We do this with the ultimate intent of actualizing ourselves as the individual experience of universal holiness.
-Robert Waterman in Footprints of EternityNo comments
I woke up this morning with a sigh and I’m still sighing.
What a lovely thing this sighing is…….big breath in….soft sound of a sigh out…..
It feels like I’m riding a wave….. like sitting on the sand and being one with the rhythm of the ocean….
Tides and cycles of energy and life and all that is……
An old family friend died in the night. Perhaps I am sighing as she exits this plane. We come in and move out and it is a very brief dance…..like sighing…….breathe in……exhale out…..
God speed Clara, I feel your exiting on a sigh………………….1 comment
After a wonderfully relaxing, revitalizing weekend of connecting with other women I am filled with peace - the little things are it!
Boisterous laughter seldom felt since childhood-laughing so hard you cannot stop!
Sweet soft conversations.
Preparing food together.
A cup of warm tea.
Wearing pajamas all day.
Walking the Labyrinth.
Experiencing morning, noon, evening, sleep.
Eagles and Herons.
Walks to the River.
All of these things evoke a felt presence by just writing the words.
This is a place I strive to be. So thankful when I stop the busyness to allow it in.
I want to address 2007 for us all because it brings the opportunity to truly transform. Whether we consciously choose to grow through our relationships or not, we will.
I have written about Pluto zinging around in everyone’s lives and this year it will become much deeper. Pluto wants to help you bring out your deepest, darkest shadows and love them into the Light. Then you won’t have to be afraid anymore, there will be no more shame, blame or guilt. Only Light and Love.
My friend Jon is truly embodying the effects of a powerful Pluto transiting through the 6th House of Health/Work/Service. As Pluto digs deep to bring to Light anything needing healing, Jon struggles with cells of cancer invading all of his life.
My own Pluto transit is moving through the 11th House of manifestation/hopes/dreams/friends. I am faced with the utter truth that everything in my life is there by my thoughts. All of my relationships are transforming. The things I cherished in possessions are mostly gone, many old friends are gone. I feel pulled/pushed/impelled/compelled in a direction of huge change, at times it feels like my insides are so much bigger than my outside.
I’ve included some info from another astrologer of how we can move powerfully and take charge of our own Pluto transits this year:
- Self-esteem not cultivated in childhood must be nurtured now in order to achieve greater expressions of creativity and leadership.
- Ego imbalances will be corrected. As you recognize and heal issues of low self-esteem and create a unique, individuated identity, check in often to be sure you’re operating from essence, not ego.
- Patterns of codependency must be released. Healing codependent patterns requires periods of solitude to develop right relationship with self and Source, which eventually leads to healthy relationships with others.
- Addictions of all kinds – to substances, relationships, activities, even feelings – are obstacles to soul growth and need to be released.
- Recognize and rewrite thoughts and beliefs that hinder your experience of yourself as Infinite Divine Light.
- Heal the illusion of separation that stems from “original separation” when your soul individuated and descended from Source to experience growth through human experience.
On the path of healing these karmic issues, we encounter many forms of resistance. Emotional outbursts, rage, hysteria, anxiety, depression, illness, accidents, body aches, digestive problems, allergies, acute pain and injuries, chemical and other dependencies are some of the experiences we create as we begin to break away from past patterns.
As we grow in awareness, we begin to welcome these challenges as confirmation that we’re making progress!
Meanwhile, strategies that will help you through the changes include…
- Daily meditation. Twice a day, at least 15 minutes each time, will help you ground, center, reconnect with Source, and integrate the changes on all levels.
- Develop a support network with others on the path of mastery. Release non-supportive relationships that attempt to hold you in past patterns.
- Set clear intentions and express them in ceremony, prayer, poem, dance, song and/or art.
- Explore transformational healing tools including energy and bodywork, essential oils, flower essences and sacred sound.
Many astrologers have been writing and speaking about Pluto’s alignment with the Galactic Center in 2006-2007. Some presentations are fear-based, some hopeful. While the effects of these conjunctions will be dramatic and far-reaching, they’ll serve to strengthen and unify us as the shift to higher consciousness intensifies.2 comments
It’s all around us – all of the time, but recently for me, more than not.
Yesterday I was blessed to be a witness at the labor and birth of an old friend. Many times in my life I have been at births-home and hospital, my own and others. It is always a privileged opportunity and a holy event. I was invited in for much of the labor and the happy delivery of a beautiful little girl. Welcome Ava Sophia.
My friend Jon has been given 3 months to live and another dear friend is being re-visited by cancer. Both of these individuals are strong, beautiful and powerful people. They are now facing roads we all will some day whether cancerous or not.
It gets me into higher states of thinking. Looking in a broader fashion to see patterns woven throughout existence, the continual birth and death of all life. A guiding thought that really pulls you away from little things like money worries, relationship problems etc.
Birth and death, ebb and flow, yes and no, black and white, on and on…….riding currents of eternity.2 comments
I love the way the full moon glistens off the snow. Very magical.
This full moon is magically opening the emotional doors to our deeper home…….our subconscious. We externalize this by our family and home connections.
Spend time developing a nurturing energy for yourself 5 days before and 5 days after the full moon, the energies are strong in this area. Any effort to make yourself feel safe, comfortable and filled with warm fuzzies will be energized by this full moon.
Always a nice way to spend a January moment……a warm fire, a cup of tea, close and loving family and friends. Give yourself some space to just be who you are.1 comment
“If you get a diagnosis that is not what you want to hear, the tendency is to say, “Oh, my god! How did I get so far away from something I want so much?” And we say, it isn’t big like that at all — it’s just a series of little things. It is the, “I could choose this thought which feels good, or this thought which doesn’t feel so good. But I’ve developed a pattern for what doesn’t feel good. And so, it is the daily dose of not being in the receiving mode that keeps me not in the receiving mode.” And that’s all that it is!”
I’ve been thinking a lot about the above as an old friend of mine has a cancerous tumor with lesions to the adrenals, lung and liver. It is easy to go into fear thinking when diagnosis shock sets in. For the past few weeks it is like he is living in a tornado, sometimes in the center where it is still and calm, but mostly at the mercy of the force of the winds.
At first I was compassionate and offered many suggestions with what I would do were it me……of course, in a situation like that, you really do not ever know what you would do and those words can come away sounding pretty hollow. Then, it was easier to avoid him by not calling or writing because I no longer knew what to say and I couldn’t follow where he was going or thinking, well, to a limited degree, I could, but I didn’t want to.
It has put me into a different mode of introspection about what is important in a single life and just how really isolated some of the bigger moments are. Even at the most intense of depressions all I could do was truly witness for him.
During several of my own deeper angst’s of last summer, no one could truly stand with me in my own truth, I was completely alone and only when I stepped into that was I able to feel the strength come bubbling up from within me……witnessing it all for myself.
He is a very brave individual and faces deeper shadows than most with humor and courage most of the time. I pray his Light remains a while longer but I am very blessed to have been a witness to some of his journey if he chooses to go.
Namaste, Jon5 comments