Archive for January, 2008
The trouble with life in the fast lane is that it doesn’t allow much interior growth, which is done through reflection and quiet times that allow deeper perspectives to surface.
And who isn’t in the fast lane? Is anyone spared that these days?
As I sat talking with a friend recently and I listened to how busy she is, how she helps everyone but herself. How strong she is, although now, is realizing that maybe she isn’t all that strong as her “crutches” are not supporting her real needs, I take another look at my own life.
Busy, busy, busy little bee.
Ok, I get it, I see the mirror.
I don’t want structures of any kind anymore that don’t feed my soul. What that means to me is catching everything that comes my way and saying, “Is this essential to my happiness? Or is this just another busy activity that looks good but leaves me tired?”
Does it ever end? No, get over that!
Relaxing into what I want, what I need, mmmmmmm doesn’t that sound lovely!
I want to be a kid again. As I watch my grandchildren living completely absorbed in the moment and having faith that all their needs are being provided for, indeed, not even questioning that they might not be. I am reminded of just how that felt when I was a kid.
There is a larger feel in the moment, a fresher feel. Like the plain of possibilities or potential is a living reality. And it is just there, part of reality………a given.
I watch how they wake up to a completely new and amazing day, no repeats, a clean slate.
I want a clean slate today. So, looking at the piles of reports that are calling me, knowing the classes I have to teach that need to be written still, the meetings, how do I do that? How do I do that without being “mental” about it and still prepared.
I’ll let you know.No comments
How you pray is a very important part of your life.
When I was young I remember mostly begging for new things or that gorgeous guy, money, clothes, you name it. I’m sure I also spent some time in thanking God for granting my wishes, but probably not very often.
Throughout the 20’s and 30’s although deeply spiritual, still interspersed with that “gimme” energy and bartering-if you will just give me this I will give up that or be thus and so. Empty promises to an amused God.
We wrangle with God, we try to make God give us what we want like small children learning this game of life.
So how do we pray then?
Personally, I have come to the conclusion that although God hears everything, being everywhere as this fabric we call life; God’s vibration is a lot higher than us and if we truly wish to be heard we need to raise up our vibrations.
My form of prayer now has come to be joyous, loving, excited and filled with spirit! Sometimes I can’t find that, so my prayer remains a little smaller and a little less heard.
I have noticed that when I can get into those higher vibrations of love, joy, light, laughter, excitement and so on, my life improves. When the prayers remain in small whiny dark places of lack and sorrow, depression, anger and so on, it stays there till I can change my vibrations to higher ones.
Hmmm, it truly is all about us isn’t it? Nobody else to thank or blame. All of it, right here in our laps. What do we want, get spirited about that, and watch it come in.
August 25, 1989, a small black kitten wandered into our yard and into our hearts. She was so tiny and black with a small white patch on her chest and lower belly. She might have been 4 or 5 weeks old.
My daughter, Willa was 6 and found her first, I said no we can’t keep her. Little did I know then that a major personality was to be a part of our lives and later a part of my friend, Dixie’s life.
All cat’s, all pets, are special but seldom do you get to share space with a cat who runs the show with humor, intelligence and pazazz. She was a spirited cat and very playful. A wonderful mother to the many litters she bore into the world. Many friends and clients were delighted with her offspring, we found good homes for them all.
We originally called her Samantha, as that was the name of my 1st kitty, but soon we knew that was not right and Willa called her Sassy because of her saucy nature. For years her favorite thing to do was eat crickets, not there bodies, just their legs (ewww) and so I called her Sassafras Cricket! But Sassy it remained.
She ruled the roost at our home in Council Bluffs, even lording it over our part Maine Coon cat, Thundercat. He was big and gentle and she was small and feisty. But she was the Queen, and he acknowledged that.
Later, when the kids moved on with their lives and so did Tim and I, she moved in with my dear friend, Dixie.
Although I loved Sassy, as did my whole family, moving in with Dixie was a great match. They both have very playful spirits and great hearts. I have to say that Sassy was happier these last 4+ years with Dixie than she had ever been. She was the only cat and totally adored and doted on. It was heaven for her to be with Dix.
Needless to say it is sad to say goodbye – God speed SassyNo comments
Pluto enters a new zodiac sign: Due to the extremely irregular orbit of Pluto around the Sun, the time this planet spends in one zodiac sign varies from around 11 to 32 years. When Pluto enters a new sign society and the collective are confronted with a new ‘dark side’ or shadow of themselves. Unconscious aspects which relate to the qualities of that sign will be brought to the surface. -astrodientz
Capricorn rules the 10th House of Fame and Purpose, when Pluto moves into the 10th it is either fame or infamy. There can be a too ruthless attitude towards steps considered necessary to achieve goals often resulting in a serious breakdown with authority figures. Power politics dominate the scene.
Pluto in Capricorn is capable of many things. The evolution of the world could be at stake – with a possible decay of civilization as we know it. –Laurel Lowell
Geological changes, volcanic eruptions and major, catastrophic earthquakes appear inevitable.
A whole new order must surface based in morality and the highest good for all concerned not the few. Ruthlessness must be replaced by genuine humility and power generated through spiritual strength.
What is being shown to us at this time is that we can no longer pretend to be what we want others to see us as….country, institution, neighborhood, personal relationships. Only the real deal will meet with success. Any underhanded actions, lies, deceits, power plays etc. will bring out the very dark side of this shadow.
On the most positive side and of the greatest hope is that we can now create a world of peace, of unity and of what our original Constitution speaks about. Equality.
In order for this to happen each individual must take their place and be the best, most non-judgmental, tolerant, loving, fair, full of integrity, compassion and strength, be willing to change and to walk the talk, roll up your sleeves and get to work, this is the time of global change done at the individual level.No comments
Telling the truth, you don’t hear much of that anymore, especially on TV. Just watched a commercial about how good milk is for you. Well, maybe if you lived on a farm and your cows didn’t get antibiotics or steroids and who knows what else they get now, and you could digest the protein (which most people have a hard time with the very large molecule in the added Vitamin D, especially small children), then maybe, that milk might be good for you. The point is, there is no general panacea here and we are being lied to all the time.
It could be very useful for each individual to do a little research into their own health instead of being blindly led down the garden path, so to speak. Through a little bit of research then the lies could be exposed and living more in the truth could be available for all.
It certainly is food for thought.
“In order to change an existing paradigm you do not struggle to try and change the problematic model. You create a new model and make the old one obsolete.”
-Buckminster FullerNo comments
Call the world, if you please,
The veil of Soulmaking,
Then you will find out
The use of the world…………
-John Keats1 comment
“We are born at a given moment, in a given place and, like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and of the season of which we are born.” -Carl Gustav Jung
The more I study astrology, the more I see the truth of that statement. It is fascinating to observe how the moving stars influence people’s decisions to live their lives. It is all by choice, of course, as the stars do not command, they compel. But we are all caught unawares, moving like lemmings in the sea to the currents of planetary influences.
It helps immensely to have your transit report done. Search out a good astrologer wherever you are and see where the planets are beckoning. There may be some heart’s desire you are longing to do but afraid to take the steps. It can be so helpful to see if it is even in the stars for you………….and usually it is your intuition gently guiding you to seek the dream. There is help if you but ask.No comments
“Nearly every culture I know prophesies that in the late 1990′s we entered a period of remarkable transition. At monasteries in the Himalayas, ceremonial sites in Indonesia, and indigenous reservations in North America, from the depths of the Amazon to the peaks of the Andes, and into the ancient Mayan cities of Central America, I have heard that ours is a special moment in human history, and that each of us was born at this time because we have a mission to accomplish. The titles and the words of the prophecies differ slightly. They tell variously of a New Age, the Third Millennium, the Age of Aquarius, the Beginning of the Fifth Sun, or the end of old calendars and the commencement of new ones. Despite the varying terminologies, however, they have a great deal in common, and “The Prophecy of the Condor and Eagle” is typical. It states that back in the mists of history, human societies divided and took different paths: that of the condor (representing the heart, intuitive and mystical) and that of the eagle (representing the brain, rational and material). In the 1490′s, the prophesy said, the two paths would converge and the eagle would drive the condor to the verge of extinction. Then, five hundred years later, in the 1990′s a new epoch would begin, one in which the condor and the eagle will have the opportunity to reunite ad fly together in the same sky, along the same path. If the condor and eagle accept this opportunity, they will create a most remarkable offspring, unlike any seen before. “The Prophecy of the Condor and Eagle” can be taken at many levels — the standard interpretation is that it foretells the sharing of indigenous knowledge with the technologies of science, the balancing of yin and yang, and the bridging of northern and southern cultures. However, most powerful is the message it offers about consciousness; it says the we have entered a time when we can benefit from the many diverse was of seeing ourselves and the world, and that we can use these as a springboard to higher levels of awareness. As human beings we can truly wake up and evolve into a more conscious species.”
From Confessions of an Economic Hit Man (page 209) by John Perkins:No comments
May your inner vision be transformed so that you can see more clearly your own journey with all humankind as a journey of peace, hope, and bondedness. (Nm 24:15-17; Jn 20:20)No comments
I’ve been thinking a lot about food. I love to cook, I love to eat. The colors and tastes and textures are important to me. The organic or earth energy I feel when preparing grains and veggies is very fulfilling to some deep need I have, probably of being nurtured.
I feel a little betrayed lately because of how expensive food is becoming and I find myself longing for what I perceive are the good old days on my grandparents farm. Ah, the food! And the only cost was the labor. I can’t buy that kind of food anymore. And I don’t have the time for the labor.
I’ve been thinking a lot about my favorite foods which were originally created by what you could grow or forage and what was available. We didn’t use any chemicals and the fertilizer came from the barnyard.
Now, I pay premium prices for what my grandparents grew very cheaply. Something is wrong here and it isn’t surprising at all. We just blindly go down these paths like sheep it seems to me until we come to some kind of awakening and say, STOP! When did it get so crazy? Over periods of time these things insidiously creep by our unconscious awareness untill it is a crises.
Food is a crises now and very big money corporations and I’m looking around to see what I can do about that without giving up my love for a wide variety of foods from many cultures.
It isn’t even about the money anymore, it’s more about what is common sense, fair and equitable.2 comments
Yoga teaches that humans are born with four primary drives.
1-Artha meaning wealth, this does not imply the hoarding of riches. It acknowledges our basic needs for food, shelter, and security.
2-Kama meaning pleasure. The good life is pleasant and comfortable.
3-Dharma, the ethical and virtuous way of life or living in harmony with the divine order of the cosmos.
4-Moksha, or spiritual freedom. This is the knowing that we are something more than body and mind…….self-realization.
Ask yourself these questions:
- Are you taking better care of yourself and your body?
- Are you expressing your creative energies more freely?
- Are you increasingly successful in your work and personal life?
- Are your relationships with others improving?
- Are you more in touch with your true nature?
If you answered yes to these questions it indicates that you are pursuing all four aims of life.
(Taken from Kripalu Yoga by Richard Faulds)No comments
Remember when you had to make some tough choices in your life……………you searched around for the best way to take.
It may have been hard work, possibly difficult but you stayed the course and victory was yours.
Here we are again. You are not new to making positive changes in your life, you have done it many, many times.
If you know what you want and can retain your focus, or clarity of intention, many will be the rewards in the coming years.
As one friend of mine said, it is all or nothing and about responsibility and new beginnings. She was referring to Pluto in Capricorn. Another astrologer says about this; “……. Capricorn corresponds to the time of year when, in the depth of darkness, the hope for light is at its most intense.”
Many large issues will now come up to be healed internally and externally. Anything we have misused, mis-managed etc. will demand to be healed, so you can expect a lot of denial, deceit and hypocrisy by anyone who doesn’t want to own their share of responsibility. This goes for individuals, corporations and governments……….no one is left out.
The good news in all of this is that we get the opportunity to make a wonderful life filled with our dreams of equality and happiness and prosperity for all. We are to create the world we long to live in by abolishing prejudice, extremism, cunning deceit and selfishness. And we get to do this in a loving way with peaceful strength, the strength that Gandhi showed by non-violent resistance-he said no. He didn’t drop a bomb or shoot civilians, he didn’t even yell. He just said no to injustice.
We get to do that now. You may be looking around for some cause or big something out there to be a part of, which is fine, but mostly if you will just look around in your own backyard, you will find plenty to do to correct the imbalance of our world and of your own life.
You could start with your physical body, emotions, thinking and your connection to spirit and then move out into the world when you have corrected your own. You can donate to worthy causes, volunteer in the shelters, join global organizations motivated to relieve human suffering/poverty/abuse. You can educate yourself on what is really happening in the world and what is really happening in you. It is the same. Your outer world is a manifestation of your inner world.
Pluto plumbs deep into the psyche for transformation. We can ride this current and succeed or try to deny it and become lost and miserable. It is always about our choices.No comments
Constantly seeing outward manifestations of who I am without much realization.
I found my thoughts again this morning looking at a person, a situation and wanting to fix them up and not understanding why they are that way and why it makes me unhappy.
Mirror, mirror on the wall………………………….oh, it is that thing inside of me that comes looking for healing by other people showing me who I am.
Today I want to see the mirror to show me who I am. I want to look in “their” faces and realize myself at a deeper level.No comments
“Yesterday is dead. Tomorrow isn’t born. We can only live in the present.”
-Yogi Amrit DesaiNo comments
I seek balance, always. I am a Libra and so, for me, it is the life quest of how to stay in balance. I get a lot of opportunity by being pulled off balance. That shows up as stressful situations in my life.
I am so thankful that I placed my foot on the path of Yoga in 1968. The breathwork, the postures and meditation have cleared space for me to think and to regain balance. Yoga pulls me into each moment where I can relax.
One of my amazing Yoga teachers, Yogi Amrit Desai said, “When you are relaxed, all that is highest and best comes to you as grace.”
Doesn’t it just sound so simple…………..relax and allow grace in.
This is my practice today, to relax in every situation I find myself no matter how I perceive it. I will allow in the grace that is ever flowing all around by being receptive and relaxed and open to it.
Om Shanti1 comment
Pluto is soon to be in the sign of Capricorn. I feel it. I didn’t think I would feel it this way, it is fairly intense and somewhat heavy, probably due to the fact that I have some major decisions to make once again.
Pluto doesn’t mess around and I have in the past. Procrastination has been easy for me because I “do” so much it doesn’t show. Pluto doesn’t procrastinate.
So, we all get an opportunity this year to pay attention to the real work in our lives. It doesn’t need to be heavy and intense can be intensely happy also.
Authenticity is a Pluto by-word. We can get away with much on this journey for this brief lifetime and then something like Pluto in Capricorn comes along and it is the real deal. Now it is to be very authentic, no more illusions or dallyings. Get to work. What did you forget to put into your life? What part of you is longing for the light of day?
And don’t think you know. You may not. Some aspect of life may be calling you that you never dreamed of. Money may be wanting to come into your life from an area you were not aware of. A friend of mine said the other day…”people think if they work hard they’ll make more money……and miss all the money that God is sending”.
Be open and on the lookout, this is a very big year.No comments
The weather is warming up, time for a January thaw.
And that’s what it feels like in my heart. There are fleeting feelings of joy and laughter and maybe it isn’t so hard after all. Maybe all my fears of not being able to create the life I think I want are just so much melting snow.
I’m in a planning stage, sort of a preparation for a spring planting literally and figuratively.
What do I want in my garden this year? What do I want in my life?
We are in the New Moon energies, time for dreaming dreams and planting seeds and I find myself naturally in tune with that; dreaming winter dreams of summer abundance.No comments
Earthly things must be known to be loved; divine things must be loved to be known.
Our life is a journey. We are always “on the road.” Each time another January greets us, we have an
opportunity to pause, to see where we have been to notice how far we have come, and to ponder how that
journey has been for us.
Each new year is also a time to clear our vision, to take stock of our resources, and to refresh our dreams
as we set out once more on the journey that is ours.
No two Januarys are ever the same; the new year is always unique. We may feel stuck in a rut, facing a
dead end, or caught up in a very ordinary pattern of life. Yet, if we pause to look deeper, to examine our
life more closely, we will see that many people and events called us to growth.
The beginning of the new year is a good time to get out our road maps of life. We can gain wisdom by
looking at the places of our hearts where we have traveled during the past year. As we look back over the
journey, it is helpful to identify the places that blessed us, affirmed us, enlivened us and enriched us.
We also need to reflect on the situations that challenged us, tested us, discouraged us, or maybe even
tried to destroy us.
We may have been on busy highways or fast-moving expressways in the past year. The traffic and busyness
within us can lead to stress and anxiety. We may need to confront something about our whiz on the road
of life as we start the new year.
We may have experienced a major disappointment or discouragement on last year’s road. Is there a part
of our life that needs to be repaired by hope and a renewed belief in life?
Whenever we walk into a new year, we are invited to enter into the unknown. We do not know what events
will surprise us along the way. We can only see life for today. But we can risk the road because we have
the tremendous assurance that God goes with us on the journey –“Be confident, for go where you will,
your God is with you” (Jos. 1:9) -RuppNo comments