With Open Arms, Heart, and Mind

             Recently I came across a hashtag* I’d never seen before.

*On social media sites, this is a word or phrase preceded by a hash or pound sign (#) and used to identify messages on a specific topic.

             It’s not shocking that this was new to me.  I’m on the interwebz, but not of the interwebz, if you know what I mean.  I don’t see much, but I also probably miss more.

             This one though, it jumped out at me. (#LoseHateNotWeight)  It reminded me of my particular journey, then it stayed with me, resonating (in a sharp and defined tone) with today’s message.

             A few years ago I removed all numbers from my physicality.  They didn’t belong there (for me, personally), they don’t need to be associated with anything body-related.  They are a false and defeating construct.  I let them go.

             As I work my way through this eating disorder and adventuring in mental health navigation, I learn and stumble, I struggle and succeed.  It’s chaotic, but it’s where I am now.

             And that’s what the Universe wants to remind us.  Where we are now.

Acceptance

             We’ve discussed it before, and no doubt, we’ll do so again.  On this occasion though, the suggestion is to keep up with our our Be Here Now attitude.

             When we accept, we don’t necessarily acquiesce.  We do not become doormats.  Rather, this action is the reverse of that.  We stand in our strength, claiming our power; being our whole, true, and genuine self.  It’s a badge of pride, this Acceptance.

             We’re saying to the world, “yep, this is me, and I’m awesome!

             If someone else has a problem with our declaration (or any other thing about us), clearly, this is the problem of that particular someone else.  Not us.

             It’s simple, but not easy.  Like so many life lessons.  On our card altar is a lovely validation, and a nice, gentle way to arrive at our Acceptance.

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“Existence  ~  1  ~  Major Arcana

This naked figure sits on the lotus leaf of perfection, gazing at the beauty of the night sky.  She knows that ‘home’ is not a physical place in the outside world, but an inner quality of relaxation and acceptance.

The stars, the rocks, the trees, the flowers, fish, and birds – all are our brothers and sisters in this dance of life.  We human beings tend to forget this, as we pursue our own private agendas and believe we must fight to get what we need.

But ultimately, our sense of separateness is just an illusion, manufactured by the narrow preoccupation of the mind.

Now is the time to look at whether you are allowing yourself to receive the extraordinary gift of feeling ‘at home’ wherever you are.  If you are, be sure to take time to savor it so it can deepen and remain with you.

If, on the other hand, you have been feeling like the world is out to get you, it’s time to take a break.  Go outside tonight and look at the stars.”

Today’s Deck:

Osho Zen Tarot

Today’s News in Channeling:

is to say that I have been getting more and more (urgent!) nudges about my own cards.

             There is more than one oracle deck inside of me, trying desperately to get out.  We’ve been talking about it here for a very long time.  I know that once the exact right illustrator is made known to me, we’ll be on the road to publication.

             It’s time to start the search for that person, or persons.  If you know someone who draws or creates visual art, send them my way.  These decks are becoming anxious.

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Tapestry

             I was going to talk about how we are all connected, how we are all part of this huge and immensely intricate woven piece of beauty.  It’s true, we are.

             And we never know where those threads will take us, or who we will cross paths with.  The massiveness of this spiritual and global tapestry is beyond our comprehension.

             All of that is still valid.  It’s important that we recognize our intertwined nature.  Also though, it is so very necessary to honour when we need to step away from those links, and have alone time.

             Nine years ago today my little sister went Home.  Earlier this afternoon I hung out with my Empress, and it was lovely.  But later, I knew the crash would come.

             I miss my sibling more than I ever thought I would.  Nine years feels like 900 decades and it feels like nine short minutes.  Time means nothing when you are grieving.

             What do we do when the pain is too much?  When we’ve cried and cried and cried some more?  When every memory hurts?

             The Universe would like us to reach out, would like us to connect, would like us to share our burdens so that they are less heavy.

             I’m doing that now.  I’m telling you how death looks from here.  It’s not good, but it’s also not going away.  In order to get past it and acknowledge it, we must feel it.

             Please, do me a favor.  In the next few days, notice those mixed and mingled parts of your life, those connections to loved ones and friends and acquaintances.  Hug those close to you, say hello to those who have gone on, and be kind to yourself.

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Ebb and Flow and Motion

             It feels as if I’ve applied to a million jobs over a gazillion warm and sweaty days.  During that time, summer faded, and began to disappear.  We let go of family members.  September showed up.  We marked anniversaries.  Calendar pages continued to flip over.

             Our message today is about that process.  We might reflect on where time went, glancing back over our shoulder, appreciating each of the days we had in the company of those we love.  It’s our choice, it’s up to us how we view our yesterdays.

             Here’s what I heard, and experienced as the information came in:

Swim Free

             Much like a lesson of Release, the Universe is reminding us that nothing is holding us back.  Everything moves and we always have options.

             If our momentum seems delayed, is it due to the need for an attitude adjustment?  Or is there some physical action step we are capable of taking but simply haven’t, yet?

             Allowing ourselves to feel the flow of time and change and movement, proceeding effortlessly along/flowing with (never against) the River of Life, is a freedom which our culture fears.

             Societal constraints keep us shackled to beliefs that are just plain wrong.  And, even worse, harmful to our souls.

             Let go and Swim, is the divine suggestion now.  As we transition to the next part of the year, the next chapter of our lives, and the next portion of our spiritual journey, let’s move as if through water at a healing pace we feel is appropriate, appreciating all that passes by while honouring all that has gone before.

             We don’t compare our experiences to another, we claim this adventure for our own.

             To keep us inspired, appearing on our card altar is the most perfect messenger.

swim free

“Salmon  ~  Bradan  (pronounced as Bratan)  ~

Wisdom, Inspiration, Rejuvenation

 The card shows a salmon leaping toward a filbert that is falling from one of the nine trees of wisdom which grow beside the sacred pool.  The Ogham sign for Reed – Ngetal – is carved on one of the nuts hanging near the water.

Bradan is revered as extremely sacred in the Druid tradition; it is the Oldest Animal, and it offers us wisdom and inspiration.  Often with great difficulty, Salmon will return to the place of its birth to mate.

To find wisdom, we too need to recapitulate our lives, to journey in consciousness back to our beginnings – to our childhood and perhaps beyond to our very origins in God and Goddess.

Bradan brings not only wisdom but youthfulness and inspiration, but remember that to find these things you must maintain an attitude of openness and innocence rather than strong-headed determination.”

Today’s Deck:

The Druid Animal Oracle by Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm, illustrated by Bill Worthington

Today’s Question:

is computer related.  I’ve had this mouse for years, and replaced the batteries when necessary.  A few days ago it began misbehaving.  Should I buy a new one because it’s just worn out?

             The details are: it’s wireless and made by Logitech, if that matters to you.  I turned it on one day, and it was like a dial had been cranked to maximum setting.  The “touchiness” of it has been ramped up a thousand times.  I can’t just single click any more, everything comes out like I’m dancing my fingers all over the buttons.

             It’s annoying as fuck.  Suggestions, ideas, recommendations?

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Comprehending, and Expressing

             A few times a year, every year, we face it.  Used to be, we dreaded it, and were afraid.  Now, we know better.  We don’t love it, but we go into it now with more preparation and knowledge.

             It’s Mercury retrograding, of course.  And it’s here.  Along with an eclipse and a dark moon.  Plus, some assorted other planetary fun.

             It’s what we need to look at, and understand.  It’s what the Universe wants us to discuss and embrace.   The most important feature that we are being asked to pay attention to this time around is . . . .

communication.

             The depth of this cannot be expressed deeply enough.  The information I’m getting is that we’ve all come so far, now it is necessary for us to expand on our learning, and keep moving forward.

             The planet Mercury is entirely about communicating, in one form or another.  When the backwarding occurs, well, that’s the challenge.  To make sure we aren’t caught up in it, we must step back and allow the delays (or confusions) to tell us WHY they are here.

             I recently watched a YouTube clip about forgiveness, and the woman spoke of loving our way through the pain and grief.  I understood what she was saying, in that when we allow ourselves to feel the feelings, we are better able to let them go once they’ve been acknowledged.  It’s much the same with this.

             If we slow down, take a deep breath, and simply look at (listen to) what the challenge is trying to tell us, we can manage it with a better attitude.  At least, that’s the goal.  (And that’s what I’ll be striving for in the next few weeks.)

             On our card altar right now, this messenger couldn’t BE more appropriate.

communication

“The Lady of Lightning  ~  35  ~

surprises, sometimes shock, total paradigm shift

As an Ally, the Lady of Lightning brings powerful forces of change into our life.  She tells you to expect a sudden shift in your circumstances.  

Perhaps a situation you weren’t anticipating arises and offers you the opportunity of a lifetime, or a series of ‘Aha!’ moments culminates in a pivotal flash of insight causing everything to change ‘just like that.’

Maybe someone enters your life and pushes you to new heights.  You may have a brilliant idea that hits you like lightning.

Be prepared; change is imminent, and a total paradigm shift may be upon you.   Don’t resist the changes, as this kind of lightning isn’t something you want to fight.

Great things are happening when the Lady of Lightning appears.”

Today’s Deck:

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

Today’s Personal Sharing:

is to ask a favor of you all.

             If you think of it, would you stop for a quick second on Tuesday morning (yes, before noon) and send me a happy mind-dart, a silent wish for peace and understanding?

             I’m heading in to a new training session next week, possibly with the end result being a job.  Fingers crossed that all goes well.  Thanks for the assistance, I’ll keep you posted!

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Navigational Tools

             (Seems like we have a theme developing…. I’ll just say that right off.)

             The signs we see (hear, smell, sense in every way) are direct messages, meant just for us, each with a singular purpose unto itself.  We are getting them constantly, but couldn’t possibly comprehend all of them on a daily basis.  We can, however, tune in so that the most important ones come through loud and clear.

             Those bits and pieces which are what we really need, will absolutely rise to the top.  They will show up in a clearly understandable manner when we give them a chance, when we pay attention.

             The Universe would like us to do just that, tune in and stay alert.

Notice Guidance

             We all know that the most obvious are repeating numbers, meaningful music showing up on (seemingly) occasions, feathers found, and coins crossing our paths.

             But there are more subtle ways that our Team and our loved ones on the Other Side drop hints and symbols.  There are rainbows and peculiar weather conditions, specifically colored sunsets/sunrises, formations of flowers or other physicality in nature, cloud shapes, as well as sparkling circles appearing on our photos, and words spelled out in unexpected places.

             It takes a lot of energy for these signs to appear and manifest in tangible ways, so it’s the least we can do to acknowledge and honour those who sent them.  Saying a simple “thank you” when we become aware is all they need to hear.

             Stop, breathe, take a quick quiet moment; be grateful, tell them how much you appreciate the effort, and then, remember to take that message to heart.  They aren’t sending them for no reason!

             On our card altar, we were handed a validation and a promise on exactly this topic.

symbology

“Brilliant Idea!

Archangel Uriel:

‘Yes, your idea is Divinely guided . . . please take action to bring your idea to fruition.’

Additional Message:

‘Your idea is an answered prayer.  Even though it may push you past your comfort zone, know that you are never given anything that you can’t handle.  Ask for, and be willing to receive, all of the support that you need to bring this idea to fruition.

Know that we will all be there, every step of the way, and you can ask me for help at any time.  I’m especially glad to give you ideas and creative insights to support your life’s purpose.’

Working with Archangel Uriel:

Uriel’s energy is pale yellow, like the glow of a candle.  Whenever you need ideas or intellectual guidance, contact Uriel.  His energy is aligned with the amber crystal.”

Today’s Deck:

Archangels Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue

Today’s Affirmation:

is from Louise Hay.

I let go of all expectations.

I flow freely and lovingly with life.

I love myself.

I know that only good awaits me at every turn.

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