Impactful, and, well, surprisingly Joyous

             On this day, 7 years ago, my sister went Home.  I’ve been sort of preparing for how I’m going to handle that fact.  But then, I was thrown off course by some personal/physical crap.  So, instead, I am dealing with something unexpected and unplanned for.

             (Nothing major, no one [else] died.  Just annoying.  And in urgent need of being managed.)

             I woke up with a song in my head though, and knew it was our message, and it was from her.  Until I did a wee bit of research, I didn’t know why.  Watch this.  It’ll make you smile.

             She is saying that it’s perfectly fine to be happy.  This is her gift to us.  So, thanks, Gay-Gay!

Today’s Sharing:

is THIS PIECE by Keith.  Read it.  Watch the TED talk he has about halfway down.  You’ll be glad you did.  And you’ll never “surf” the same again.

 

Inside Outside

             My notes this morning were sparse and not very clear, even though the message was vivid and without doubt.  It’s just that I was rushed, in a hurry, and not able to jot down as much I would have liked.  Turns out, the message came through nicely, anyway.

             It is becoming more common for it to work out like this.  Even when, as we’ve found out, we’re not told much except to be aware.  Good to know.

             The images I was shown were reminders.  And they were exquisite.

Inner Beauty Shining Through

             There are so many angel and oracle directives which say, “if only you could see yourself the way we do . . . . ”  I saw that vision a couple of times.  It was breathtaking.  Like, literally, I gasped as my breathing stopped.

             It’s also entirely true, our world would change instantly if we could see that way.  If we could view with our soul vision, instead of our physical-eyes-filled-with-judgment, what we’d witness would be nearly beyond description.  The amazing gorgeousness of what that vista, that perfect light in each of us, looks and feels like, is possibly more than we can grasp.

            That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try though!  We must.  We have to.  To stop making the attempt is too sad to speculate.  On the other hand, there is another angle, from which to observe.  Or, in the case of our daily draw messenger, NOT notice.

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“Fox  ~  25  ~  Camouflage

Wiley Fox has many allies in the woodlands, including foliage, which offers protection and much medicine.  Fox is seemingly able to vanish amidst the lush undergrowth of the forest.  This flora is Fox’s ally.  The ability to meld into one’s surroundings and be unnoticed is a powerful gift when one is observing the activities of others.

If Fox has chosen to share its medicine with you, it is a sign that you are to become like the wind, which is unseen yet is able to weave into and through any location or situation.  

You would be wise to observe the acts of others rather than their words at this time.  Use your cunning nature in a positive way; keep silent about who and what and why you are observing.  In learning the art of camouflage, you need to test your abilities to pull this off.

While learning from Fox, you might also gain confidence in your ability to know instantly what will happen next.  After observing for a while, you will become aware of a certain predictability in given situations and be able to quickly make your move.  

Fox medicine teaches the art of Oneness through its understanding of camouflage.  This applies on all levels, from rocks to the gods.  With Fox medicine, you are being asked to see all types of uses for Oneness.”

Today’s Deck:

Medicine Cards – The Discovery Of Power Through The Ways Of Animals by Jamie Sams and David Carson, illustrated by Angela C Werneke

Today’s Sharing:

is this delightful bowl of volunteers.

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            The other day, I got up to see a bowl full of potatoes.  These exact potatoes.  They were next to our sink.  All washed and fresh.  I asked that guy I live with where they came from.    He grew them, accidentally!  They just appeared in a pot.

             Daniel composts.  Has for decades.  With worms.  The worms make new dirt.  Clean, pretty-smelling, tremendously lush dirt.  Sometimes, we also get gifts in our soil.

              This particular batch was super yummy after he grilled them.  (But also, free food!)

Something Extra

             We’ve discussed here before how it’s so important to live a genuine and honest life, doing what we love.  Being true to ourselves helps us to stay on our path and learn our lessons.

             Apparently, that’s not enough.  What I was shown this morning is about the value which is to be found in frivolity.  Having fun is like the frosting on our cupcake of life.

Filling in the gaps.

             Because as much as we love our work.  (We ARE all doing work that we love, right?)  We also need our time off.

             Even if it’s a mere three quick minutes to step away.  Behind a door.  Sitting in a car.  Leaning on a tree.  Take it!  It’s yours.  The healing begins immediately.

             And on our card altar right now, within the regular rotation, we have this encouragement.  (I continue to adore this deck.  Seriously.  I absolutely do.)

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“Igniting Courage  ~

‘I am strong, valiant, and courageous.’

Card Meaning:

Move forward fearlessly.  Gather your inner forces and take a risk.  Speak up for yourself by honoring your truth.  This isn’t the time to be timid and hold back.  

Go forward gallantly with your banner of truth waving in the wind.  You are a light bearer for others.

The Universe wants you to know:

Being courageous doesn’t mean that you are not afraid.  It means that in spite of fear and hesitation, you take action anyway.

It’s all right to fall down – just don’t stay down.  Do not allow yourself to be limited by the beliefs of others or even your own beliefs.  Face your fears.

 Go beyond the boundaries of your self-imposed barriers.  Live passionately and boldly.

Questions to ask yourself:

What could this card represent about my own fears?  How can I overcome fear and step into courage?  What is the ultimate outcome if I conquer my hesitations?

Affirmation:

I am strong, valiant, and courageous.”

Today’s Deck:

Gateways Oracle Cards by Denis Linn

Today’s Sharing:

is this comment left on my Instagram account.  It nearly made me cry.

“So proud and happy to be related to you . . . .  Philanthropy isn’t just about giving money.  Sometimes, most times, giving of yourself (time, blood, hair) is by far a greater gift.”

             Thank you, Sister-in-California.  We do things, and yet we don’t always know if they get noticed.  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you, as well.

In the name of Kinship

             On days when I’m doing much, or a lot is asked of me, or maybe I’ve just signed up for an event* that takes more out of me than I originally thought it would, I love having these inspirational pages right here on my walls.  How handy!

*Mentioned in Today’s Sharing below.

             This picture?  So great.  It has now become one of my all time favorite illustrations.  (Must now go in search of this artist. . . .  Oh look.  He lives in Seattle.  Because OF COURSE HE FUCKING DOES!)

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“Enjoy Harmonious Relationships  ~

You only experience difficulties in relationships when you fight the ultimate direction that they are headed.  Each one sails along a different course, much like a ship upon the sea.

Ultimately, it’s not about where you land at the end of the voyage; it’s about the interactions among the people involved along the way.  The most fruitful journeys occur when the crew members are heart-centered and honest with one another.

Harmonious relationships are founded on mutual honesty, in a setting where both parties feel safe to share their true feelings.  When you genuinely open up to one another, you then know that you’re loved for who you really are.

Arguments occur when either person feels afraid or unsafe and becomes defensive, either verbally or through actions.  We angels can help create a secure atmosphere by infusing love energy into both your hearts to aid you in selecting words that are kind and mutually respectful.  

Caring is the most powerful protective agent as you share your honest feelings with one another – this is how you bond and love.

Thought For The Month:

My relationships are harmonious and loving.  It is safe for me to be honest with myself and others.  All my interactions are infused with caring, and I feel closest to people when I let them know who I really am.”

Today’s Resource:

Messages From Your Angels 2014 Calendar by Doreen Virtue

Today’s Sharing:

is this view (which I also shared on Instagram) from my afternoon.

Pretty, huh?

Pretty, huh?

             When there is a health and wellness sort of event locally, the pool board members like us to be there.  Today it was a neighborhood picnic.  I was the volunteer helper du jour.

            Additionally, we discovered that there is now really good food, under new ownership, über close to The Burrow.  We’ll be investigating further.

Strong Suit

             It is a decidedly pleasant way to start my day, if the images for our message are kind and lovely, instead of terrible.  Positive is absolutely our theme for the day.  So, that’s nice.

             When I see views of what will make up the message, they can be any sort of scene, these were all literally glowing with joy and hope.

Individual Strength

             We all have our own talents and gifts, this is fact.  What is harder to pin down is HOW we apply them.  Many of us struggle with even identifying them!

            But that’s part of the journey, isn’t it?  And it can be much more simple than we think, or have been lead to believe.  Actually, it can be SO simple, we often don’t realize how close we are.

             First, we need to look at what makes us happy.  For me, it’s palm trees and tropical beaches.  Flamingos and old houses.  Salmon dinners and frosted cupcakes.  A view of Lady Luna and a peaceful Mother Earth.

             See?  Easy and simple.  Now, where do we GO with this information once we’ve jotted it down?  Also, not difficult.  Are we able to work in a field where we can (if “we” were all me) heal the earth or investigate the moon?  Restore and save old homes or clean up the beaches?  Rehabilitate birds or ensure a successful Chinook run?

             Narrowing down the options and playing to our strengths is the key.  And, not even a little bit coincidentally, our daily draw says the same thing.  Leaving our regular rotation right now, I was directed to this messenger.

            Combining what she says, and what I saw, we have a truly uplifting and inspiring reminder of how important this adventure is/can be.

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“Bone Collector  ~  1

‘You are whole and have everything you need within.’

When the Bone Collector appears, she is asking you to look closely at your circumstances to see if you’re fully present or reacting out of past conditioning and unconscious expectations.

Whenever we are wounded, especially when we’re young, it’s as if something essential is stolen from us.  We adapt, and accept a particular version of the truth that then sets us up to behave a certain way in the future when faced with a situation that reminds us of the original event.  What we know about ourselves thus becomes influenced by a perception of limitation.

You may feel unworthy or without courage; you may see yourself as flawed or unlovable, or expect to be criticized.  No matter what your question, the Bone Collector reminds you that the truth is that you are a powerful being with limitless possibilities.  She has kept safe what was stolen from you in the wounding, and is here for you as you reclaim it now.

You have everything you believe you lack, and the Bone Collector is your inner resource.  Act as if you have what you need and you’ll find you have it after all.

Anything is possible.  With awareness, the wounds of the past need not define you.”

Today’s Deck:

The Enchanted Map Oracle Cards by Colette Baron-Reid

Today’s Sharing: 

is this view from yesterday evening.

Why yes, that IS a baguette.....

Why yes, that IS a baguette…..

             My stuffed to the gills panniers and storage rack.  I over-shopped.  Again.  On the plus side, I had shoes with me, so walking up all the steep parts was not too terrible on my usually-bare-feet.  (Up hill.  Both ways.)