Style and Form

             As you know, here in The Burrow, we are big fans of Project Runway.  One of the reasons that I like the show is because of the raw, abundant, phenomenal talent and skills those designers have.  It’s breathtaking.

             Also, I am so far from fashionably knowledgeable that we can’t help but learn when we watch.  (Of course, the fashion “industry” is appallingly backwards and crippling when it comes to body-image issues and healthy perspectives on all types [and sizes] of people.  We know this, accept it as a sad fact, and then have to move past it.)

             What I was shown this morning has everything to do with god-given gifts of art and vision, and nothing to do with the unfair, unbalanced, misogynistic, bigoted business angle of it all.

Structure

             The very foundation of our perception tends to colour our view of what’s attractive and what is repellent.  We all begin with our singular focus, our individual eye.  Where we take that is up to us.

             When we build on the beauty around us (the art we find in nature, the loving soul of humanity), we are creating a structured form with an inner heart.  We have that opportunity, every time we allow our honest-selves to see with lovingkindness and move forward on our path, adding depth and beauty to our adventure.

             An additional aid in this lesson, is what we’re being gifted with on our card altar, in the form of our daily draw.

             (And how healing is this palette in today’s illustration?!)

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“Relationship Harmony  ~  

Archangel Raguel:

‘We angels are opening the hearts of everyone involved.  Arguments and conflicts are being resolved right now.’

Additional Message:

‘Your prayers for personal peace have been answered, and you are to be commended for your role in ushering peace into this situation.  

Visualize everyone involved (including yourself) being cooperative and open-minded, even if particular persons aren’t usually this way.  Trust the inner guidance you receive, and know that changes are sometime uncomfortable but often necessary.

Ask me to help with any aspects of relationships that need healing.  Know that all relationships ultimately have blessings, growth lessons, and love at their core, even if appearances seem otherwise.

Stay focused upon this truth as much as possible.’

Working with Archangel Raguel:

His principal role is to create harmony and order in relationships.  He has the power to resolve disputes, and is often referred to as ‘The Archangel of Justice and Fairness.’  If you find yourself in a  disagreement, ask Raguel to act as mediator.  He’ll come up with a creative resolution in which everyone wins.”

Today’s Deck:

Archangel Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue

Today’s Sharing:

is THIS site.  Which I haven’t read all of yet, but man-oh-man was I ever excited when I found it!  (Yipee, more Australians!)

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Like the Scales of Justice

             There’s a duality to everything in our world, an order, in which it all works.  That’s part of our greater balance.  And what I saw this morning.  Very yin and yang.

             We all have choices, even if the options don’t seem very appealing sometimes.  The reality is that we can make bad into good, because it already is.

Equality

             One feeling will have the same “weight” (spiritually speaking) as another, if our emotions are engaged passionately.  Just like one person is as valuable as any other person, none of us is better than another.

             When we know how important each of us are, and how much our journey means (again, in a spiritual sense), we are more capable of seeing our lessons for what they are: full of joy/full of sorrow, full of ups/full of downs.

             There has to be an equalness, and a balance, in our appreciation for all gifts, and all parts of the wisdom we receive.

             Back within our regular rotation around the card altar today, we’ve been given a really helpful (and validating) illustration, taking our point one step further.  Not only is all balanced and complete, but WE are part of creating that wholeness.

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“Participation  ~  4  ~  Fire: Action

Each figure in this mandala holds their right hand up, in an attitude of receiving, and the left hand down, in an attitude of giving.  The whole circle creates a tremendous energy field that takes on the shape of a double dorje, the Tibetan symbol for the thunderbolts.

The mandala has a quality like that of the energy field which forms around the buddha, where all the individuals taking part in the circle make a unique contribution to create a unified and vital whole.  It is like a flower, whose wholeness is even more beautiful than the sum of its parts, at the same time enhancing the beauty of each individual petal.

You have an opportunity to participate with others now to make your contribution to creating something greater and more beautiful than each of you could manage alone.

Your participation will not only nourish you, but will also contribute something precious to the whole.”

Today’s Deck:

Osho Zen Tarot

Today’s Affirmation:

I choose prosperity thoughts, therefore I am prosperous.

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Entrusted

             We have a running joke around here about our family motto being, “half-assed is good enough.”  It’s only partly true.

             When there’s a job to be done, we’re actually really good at our chosen professions, so we DO get it done.  We’re remarkably good, in fact.  That’s not boasting, merely being truthful.

             What we were raised to believe, not be hung up on, was more about the attitude, not the presentation.  We are not, for generations in many directions, a group who generally gives a flying fuck about keeping up with the Jones’.

             (Minor exceptions to every rule, of course.)

             So it may look like we aren’t trying.  But, when it counts, we are.  And we do.  Deeply.

             Which is what I saw this morning.  It’s about genuine accomplishments, not the appearance of doing well, or looking good while NOT doing something with any substance behind it.

Tasking

             When we set our sights on the superficial, that’s what we’ll end up with.  But, when we honestly strive to help, to serve, to make the world a better place, then we have done our job.  And that’s what we’ll get back.

             We’ve completed the essential task which will make a real difference.  The important part of this message is that, we really do know, deep down what those assignments are.  And if we feel like we don’t?  All we need to do is ask.  Help is only a thought / prayer / request away.

             On our card altar right now, we are being handed (from such a venerable source) a powerful validation.  How absolutely fortunate we are.

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“Physical Body  ~  31  ~  Gaia

Nutrition, Physical Well-being, Groundedness, Practicality

Gaia, the Divine Earth Mother, is present, making you aware of your marvelous physical body, her great gift to you.  Be grateful for her gift; it’s a wondrous temporary home for your spirit.

She asks that you give it the respect and attention it deserves and needs, so take care of it with love and attention.  Give it adequate rest, a proper diet, and a calm and peaceful environment.  

Spend time with nature, as the earth is the true mother to your body and will restore it.

The better you care for your body, the more it will serve your spirit.  Listen to your body – its gut feelings, its flutters, its impulses as Gaia speaks to you through it.  This is the Earth Mother cradling you, protecting you, and guiding you through each day.

She advises you not to live in your head alone and ignore the physical self.  Without a strong connection to your body, you’ll be weak and unable to achieve your goals.

Gaia’s message is this, pay attention to your body.”

Today’s Deck:

Ask Your Guides Oracle Cards by Sonia Choquette

Today’s Affirmation:

I am glad to be alive and so grateful for the good that has come my way!

 

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Hindered Halting and Forward Momentum

             Today (and yesterday) I woke up late.  Some afternoons are simply slow-starters.  Some lessons, we just need to address, gradually.

             It’s the right moment, I heard, to discuss roadblocks and delays.  It is timely and appropriate to look at how we are dealing with . . . . .

interruptions.

             Do we chill, and wait patiently?  Or are we still struggling, mired in the density of it all?  Are we allowing some one / some thing to drag us back down in to a rushed-but-negatively-conditioned thinking pattern?

             As we ease our way, slowly, away from the triple retrograding, it seems like the time to examine these reactions.  Especially since we know how much smoother our sailing is when we’re in an accepting and serene mind-set.

             These moments can sneak up on us, or they can be aggressively jarring.  The WAY we receive them is isn’t as important as how we deal with our own emotions and physical reactions TO them.  The calm Zen practice, relieved of our suffering, is a good example of how to let the pothole in our path be its own entity, whether we fall in to it or go around it or bounce right on past.

             As we work through this teaching time, we have a daily draw which will help.  Truly, it can be applied to any number of situations, today’s, or any other.

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“Angel of Healing  ~

‘The Angels have felt your sadness and have shown up today to send you healing.’

Your angel of healing has felt your sadness and has arrived in your reading right now to reflect healing light into your heart.

Your angel wishes you to know that you are loved more than you can possibly imagine.  Even though you feel alone and unloved at times, know that you are eternally loved.  Whether you feel it or not, you are dearly loved and appreciated by many on the Earth plane, as well as in the angelic realm.

Close your eyes, in this moment, place your hands upon your heart and feel the healing light pour through as you feel the presence of your angel.  Feel yourself being breathed and supported by the universal life force of love, and imagine yourself glowing with light.

Talk to your angel; ask anything you wish – share anything you wish.  You may communicate through writing, or simply through thoughts and feelings.

 Doubt not that your angel exists; you will receive a positive sign or confirmation of some kind in the next few days which will help you to both trust and believe.”

Today’s Deck:

Angels, Gods, and Goddesses Oracle Cards by Toni Carmine Salerno

Today’s Sharing:

is just to say that our home-made fabric refresher spray also works well on (not so beautifully fresh smelling) feet.  Ya know, in case that’s a thing you might have wondered about.

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Enfoldment

             Here we are, with a (temporary) new look.  And just like our daily adventuring through this life, it’s been full of ups and downs.  I know, Mercury is still not right, and other planets aren’t either.  But it had to be now.  No, I don’t know why.  It just did.

            Whether we’re updating websites, walking our path, or simply trying to get from morning until the night, we come across challenges.  It happens.  There’s no stopping it.

             That’s what we need to realize today.  That’s what we need to hang on to.

Embrace (the) All

             When we accept the good with the bad (everything is good and bad, FYI) we accept ourselves.  We take in the lessons that will move us forward.  Not all will be pleasant.  But they all have one thing in common: none of them last forever.

             Nothing does.  Except the energy of us all.  The All.  We are individuals and we are the same.  When we accept that, when we treat each other/ourselves with gentle hands and hearts, then, well then, we’ve really made a difference.

             Returning to our regular rotation around the card altar this morning, this messenger brings a terrific validation.  We are doing our best.  And that’s what is most important.

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“The Arrow Master  ~  10  ~

hitting the mark, intention, detachment

The Arrow Master appears to help you target your intentions and teaches you how to shoot straight for the stars.  The message is to be deliberate about focusing your dreams and desires with intention and about aligning your intentions with Spirit.

Then let them fly on the wind, directed by the Divine, until they reach their goal.

The only way to hit the target is to allow the arrow of your intention to fly unencumbered by your eagerness to see it travel exactly the way you want it to go.

You may think it needs to veer a certain way to reach your goal, but  in the invisible realms, human power cannot make this happen.  The Divine has its own idea of how the arrow flies and upon what wind it’s carried.  Nonetheless, if you don’t shoot, you’ll never score.

This is a fortunate message as long as you remember the Law of Detachment.  If you do, then be assured that you’re right on point!”

             To see how VERY on the mark we are, watch THIS short clip.  (Also, isn’t her music nice?)

Today’s Deck:

Wisdom Of The Hidden Realms Oracle Cards by Colette Baron-Reid

Today’s Personal/Business Note:

is to say that no, the new site is not all done.  In fact, it’s barely begun.  However, this is as far as I was able to get on my own tonight.  (And yes, I know there’s two HOME page tabs.  Workin’ on it!)

               (Special thanks to Dan, who helps me, even if he isn’t sure what I need or what needs doing.  And he does it while making dinner and watching football.)

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