In Ease and Aid

             It’s important, the Universe tells us, to keep our focus positive.  Because we know that what we feel and think, we create.

             When we aim in a lovingkindness direction, that’s where we’ll end up.  And, conversely, when we rant and rage and bitch and complain, well.  That’s where we end up.

             How do we feel when we read a story or watch a movie with a truly happy ending?  What sensations make us smile and laugh?  Where do we turn for comfort?  When we seek (and need) Joy, our search doesn’t have to be so far.  It doesn’t have to be so difficult to reach.

             The words I woke up with today were soft.  Arriving on icy water dreams and smooth snake scales.  They felt gentle and hopeful.  They brought with them happiness.

Wishes

Dreams

and Promises

             Like a caring hand to hold, we are being reminded, in the most encouraging way possible, to hang on.  The good is out there.  Bad times never last.

             When we’re in the middle of terribleness, it can seem like there’s no end.  But there always is.  Always.  Absolutely always.

             To be in a moment, to sit here in this holy space of now, we can recall better and worse experiences.  But we cannot exchange one for the other.  What we have is this.

             And yet, what we also have is future.  We have hope.  We have prospects of new wonderfulness.  We have tomorrows.

             As I was directed away from our regular rotation around the card altar, I noticed that in every flip of a new daily draw, there is that same promise of our bright future.  Our validated now.  Our dreams for wholeness and healing.  Our relief in having learned another lesson, ready to face the next challenge.

             This illustration has some iconic and powerful images, symbolism which is the perfect accompaniment for our message.

guiding angels

“Angel of Self-Esteem  ~

‘You are currently undervaluing yourself;

It is time to regain your self-worth.’

You are so much more than what you are portraying to the world and those around you.

The Angel of Self-Worth is here today to reflect unto you all the beauty, love, and light that you are and to help regain your sense of self-worth.  Feel her healing light penetrate your aura this very moment and affirm to yourself:

I am a being of light and love.  I love and value the many wonderful qualities that I possess.  From this moment forward, I will honour and value myself, all that I am, and all that I do, in the knowledge that I am part of All Creation.

I am worthy of love.’

Repeat this affirmation several times each day either out loud or in the silence of your heart.  Reflect upon each word and truly believe and own each one.

Express each word with all of your heart and soul.

As you begin to value yourself, you will find that others also start to value you.”

Today’s Deck:

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

Today’s Sharing: 

is this excellent selection of soothing sounds that I came across earlier.

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             Turns out, my comfort food is from India and Greece.  So are my comfort tunes.  (This may not be the case for everyone.  I know that it is not what many of my loved ones turn to first.)

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Existence and Essential Nature

             Over the years we’ve had conversations here about this Universal Truth: there’s no such thing as coincidences and mistakes.  Lessons and challenges? Oh, hell yeah!

             Mistakes?  Nope.  Because when we say the word, it implies we have done something wrong.  When, in reality, we haven’t.  We’ve merely done what we needed to do at that time.

             Our experiences are the building blocks of who we are.  We learn from them and we grow.  Hopefully, not repeating the less-than-pleasant ones.

             What I woke up with today is reminding us of that fact.  But also, this message is about our essential individuality and how we stay on track with it.

Here We Be

              As in human beings, to be.  To be human.  To exist as a full and complete person, on a journey of discovery and knowledge.

             To be our most sacred self, we need only start from the basic point of honesty and lovingkindness.  Once we see and recognize it from within, we are then able to ripple it out, sharing with all who cross our path.

             Can we do this and still live in our hectic world?  Yes.  Absolutely.  And as we make our way around the card altar right now, we’re being given help and assistance, to do exactly that.

             (Remember, never hesitate when it comes to asking for help.)

Guardian Angel

“Stress Management  ~

Guardian Angel

Your angels are working with you to reduce the impact of stress.  Pay close attention to your Divine guidance, such as thoughts or feelings about taking a rest, exercising, changing your routine, and avoiding conflict.  You need to both reduce stress in your life and manage the way it’s affecting you.

To lessen this burden, you’ll need to be assertive with people and say no to unwanted requests.  Don’t do anything out of guilt or obligation, and only engage in activities that you can perform out of loving service.

Avoid harsh environments, violent media, and negative relationships, and face any situations that are worrying you head on.  It’s better to make plans for dealing with problems, rather than deal with chronic worry by avoiding them.

Managing stress involves taking excellent care of yourself.  This means exercising, getting outside in nature, and consuming healthful foods and beverages.

Your angel also guides you to surround yourself with uplifting music, flowers, and loving relationships (which can definitely include your pets).

Give any cares or needs to your guardian angels, and ask them to help you receive Divine wisdom in dealing with any stressful matters.

Your angels will also help you see the love and light within each situation so that your thoughts are peaceful.”

Today’s Deck:

Saints & Angels Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue

Today’s Sharing:

is this view of Maxx.   (Because seriously, how can this NOT make you less stressed and feeling hopeful?)

             He recently had a vet check up.

vet visits

Waiting patiently to be the next patient.

             Of course, he’s perfectly healthy!

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Edited To Add:

Yes, I do realize that yesterday’s title and today’s channeled phrase are the same. I can’t help it, they just come out that way.

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Here We Be, Now

             As I was gazing out the bus window today, I witnessed something profound.  My eyes were resting gently, there was nothing I needed to be doing at that moment.  The entire experience was large, even though it was physically nothing much at all.

             There, in the form of an invisible wave, came a small breath of wind, brushing across the tall grass.  Bending each and every blade, washing, wafting over that isolated patch green on the roadside.

             Then, it moved on.  The gust was brief, but I saw it.  And inside of me, I also felt it.  The most important thing?  I recognized it for what it was.

Our Sacred Selves

             As we’ve discussed before, we are all so very valuable.  Even when we don’t take credit for it.  In this place, we are holy.  As we occupy this very space, there is a holiness to it.  Because, we’re in it.  Because, it’s happening.

             That’s how it felt earlier, witnessing the wind move the grass.  It was a sacred and precious moment that I was allowed to be, not simply an observer of, but a participant in.

             When we feel a moment in time, when we sit with the stillness of our own Divine-ness, it’s special.  It’s truth.  And what I love is that it’s not limited.  It’s everywhere.  At any second.  For any person.

             Which is why we were gifted with this daily draw.  It’s representing every possible opportunity for holy space.  For our own sacredness.  For the vast options we have in this endless, expansive, promising Universe.

every option

Sacred Hope

             There are charms of great importance shown here, each representing something powerful to us as individuals.  Just as our own experiences are sacred, and specific.   (I suggest that if the illustrated examples don’t ring true, then you may replace them, in your mind’s eye, with icons which do.)

             We have a blank canvas on which to create our journey.  We are able to walk in grace and live in love, with every step we take, should that be the route we select.

Affirmation:

I remember to breathe throughout the day.

I remind myself that I can choose peace,

no matter what is going on around me.

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Environmentally So

              We seem to be keeping with our stewardship theme, right on up to and through this Earth Day.  (Which, to me, is every day.  But I like that the Universe has given us so much to talk about and think on.)

             Looking towards others to keep this planet well is not going to work, we know that, because others have failed.  It’s up to us, even if what we can accomplish is in small steps.

             Here’s how we’re going to do it, with hope and fresh ideas.

Freedom to Create

             We know that there are options, and they are limitless.  Nothing is holding us back from creating and crafting.  We need only begin.  Dream it, and we can have it.  (Mostly.)

             And the reason for this is because we are important.  We are special.  In fact, here’s what I’ve recently come across.

             Wherever we sit right now is a holy place.  Wherever we are right now is a holy space.  We, our own sacred selves matter, and are free to make the choices for our highest good.

             As we do, our actions ripple out.  We make a difference.  We do this for our sacred selves and for our Earth Mother.

             Just as our messenger today brings a spark of mystery, we too, hold that depth of ancient power and knowledge.  When we apply it to our journey, our task of caring for this planet, our creative freedom, we remember that we are healed, as we share the healing.

wisdom

“Thylacine  ~  27  ~  Wisdom

A large percentage of Tasmania’s wilderness still exists in its virgin state, completely unspoiled by development or land clearing.  Many believe, therefore, that the Thylacine endure in secrecy deep within the heart of the Tasmanian forest, protected by both the inaccessibility of its habitat and its elusive nature.

Carrying folklore status on par with the Loch Ness Monster and Yeti, reports of sightings are common, but never substantiated by photographic or videotaped evidence.  If the myths are true, and the Thylacine does indeed still subsist, its acumen alone has kept it safe and hidden for over 70 years.

When life becomes overwhelming, excessively busy, or too fast, Thylacine advocates having the good judgement to withdraw from the mob and walk alone for a spell, perhaps spending time exploring the truths buried deep within the inner landscape.

Thylacine offers a time of calm; the chance to contemplate our purpose and reasoning rather than seeking the counsel of others.  She espouses quality time spent in solitude.  She prompts us to stop and ask, what is the purpose of my life?  Why have I experienced all that I have?  Why am I here?

Thylacine represents our desire to seek a deeper reality and a more defined truth.  She supports this quest by encouraging us to journey inward to form a relationship with our own thoughts and the natural impulses that instigate our actions.

If Thylacine has appeared in your cards today, you are being encouraged to seek out a silent place of solitude.  Use this sacred space as a vehicle to better know yourself.  Use the sacred silence as a means of deepening your own knowledge and your innate sense of wisdom.  Wait until your instincts tell you that the time has come to return to people, to share your knowledge and hopefully widen the perception of those around you.

She teaches us to deepen our inherent wisdom, to study it, to become one with it, and to share it with others when the time is right.

Gathered over a lifetime of experience, our wisdom is what marks us as unique.  It represents the inherent skills we hold that someday may be presented to the world as instruments of healing and learning.”

Today’s Deck:

Animal Dreaming Oracle Cards by Scott Alexander King

Today’s Sharing:

is this view from last weekend.  In the wilderness.  (But not exactly elusive.)

Maxx, out camping.   Someone walked off down that road, without taking him along!

Maxx, out camping.
Someone walked off down that road, without taking him along!

             Empress and the pack spent some nice quiet time in the woods, and texted a few phone photos when they were able.  This was a refreshing and healing event for all involved.

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Empowered and Redeemable

             Turns out, the Universe wants to celebrate Earth Day, all week.  So, that’s what we’ll be focusing on.  (Remember, I don’t question, merely report.)  And hey, ecology!

             Part of being a responsible tenant here on this planet, is keeping our place healthy and tending to the natural resources.  One way to do this is to be a smart consumer, or better yet, barely a consumer at all.

Old into New . . . . 

             is the best way to accomplish that goal.  Don’t buy another what-ever-it-is, consider repairing it or replacing it with a used/refurbished version.  Maybe a second-hand or pre-owned selection?

             In my case, I’ve been in the sewing room lately.  Turning some old clothing into new garments.  A skirt became a dress, and two dresses are now new skirts.  Tomorrow or the next day I’ll head out to a charity donation shop and pick up some fabric (in the form of linens or CLEARANCE basics) so I can assemble a gift or two.

             It’s not difficult to stay attuned to our Mother Earth’s needs, it just takes a tiny extra bit of effort and some knowledgeable attention.  Waste and landfill are items we should always consider with every dollar we spend.  Is all or part of this recyclable?  Can I compost it?  Is there another way to get the same without having to create more pollution?

              Our biggest lesson, in regards to caring for/taking care of this physical home, is in awareness.  Being our best self, and doing it mindfully, will go so very very far, have such a meaningful and far-reaching impact.

             Stepping away from the regular rotation around our card altar earlier, I was directed to this draw.  It’s a reminder that we CAN make a difference (for our planet as well as ourselves), mostly because we have more strength and influence than we even realize.

true strength

“Inner Power  ~

‘You are now allowing yourself to experience and express your true strength.  

The fairies ask you to affirm:

It is safe for me to be powerful!’

You have within you all of the power of the Universe.  No one is more powerful than you are.  As a spiritually minded being, it’s impossible for you to misuse or abuse your power.

Your guides will bring you opportunities to use and expand your power in ways that bring great blessings to you and the world.

Heaven and Earth need the lightworkers of this world, including you, to realize and utilize their power.  By drawing this card, you are being asked to release any fears you may have about being strong and powerful.

You’re being asked to keep your self-esteem high by honoring yourself, taking excellent care of your physical and emotional self, working on your dreams and aspirations, and spending time in prayer and meditation.

The higher your level of self-esteem, the more comfortable you will be with your power and strength.

Affirmation:

It is safe for me to be powerful!

I have all the power of the Universe flowing through me and supporting me.”

Today’s Deck:

Healing With The Fairies Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue

Today’s Personal Disclosure:

is to give my own reading report.  It was pointed out in yesterday’s comments that I can’t, in all honesty, ask for recommendations without sharing what **I’ve** recently read.

             What I won’t be listing is the (large!) number of shitty books I’ve picked up and put back down again (or immediately returned to my library, whatever).  For a variety of reasons, there have been FAR too many lately.  Hence, my request to all of you.

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