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             We haven’t talked about perception in a while.  It’s time.  Again.  To address that topic.

             Partly this is about the Attitude of Gratitude, but also it’s about conditioning.  We’ve been taught to think that some things are “better” than others.  Even when this is absolutely not the case.

             Here’s what I woke up hearing and singing:

Bright Sunshiny Day

             Where I live, we are in the middle of a very dramatic (and painful) heat wave.  (And by “in the middle of” everyone is hoping that I actually mean DEARGAWD LET IT END TODAY!)  The weather right now, is serious.

             A “bright” type of forecast is not always what I, in particular, would like for my day.  Personally, I’d prefer something that’s cooler, dimmer, more misty, and not even so “day” at all.  My favorite hours are dusk, sunset, night-times.  (Mornings are simply too sharp.)

             In our cultural parlance though, Sunshine-y is positive.  Am I wrong in my choices, or are those who prefer otherwise?  Neither.  Obviously.  It’s all in how we observe.  It’s all in how we are trained, raised.  It’s also in our hearts and emotions.

             There’s so many examples of this thought process, all around us.  When we dwell on the “negatives” (or what we’ve always been told is in the bad category), we miss out on merely having the experience of them.

             We have been conditioned to see clouds as a problem.   But, if they bring rain during a drought, isn’t that exactly what we need?  Also, like the song, then we get the rainbow.

             We need all of it, both, a variety of days and nights and temperatures and adventures.  That way, we see every direction/phase/lesson as worthwhile, necessary with diversity and appreciation for the whole.

             I was drawn straight away to this selection on our card altar.  Not an image I adore, but the messages continue, and that’s where we need to focus.

baboon

“Baboon  ~

In love and declarations of passion heartfelt communication is key.

Sublime Baboon, adept of love, wears her heart on her sleeve.  Baboon does not pretend.  Her passions and shows of affection are genuine, her reactions without artifice, so you may believe the ardent declarations of others.

Truthful, heartfelt communications and open expression of feelings are what matter now in your relationships if, like Baboon, you seek lasting love.

Hiding your emotions will leave others unsure of your intentions and reluctant to reveal their feelings, which can only lead to misunderstandings and sadness.”

             Read that one more time, “misunderstandings and sadness.”  There’s a shit-ton of planetary movement currently going on.  Be careful and be direct.  See the lesson, see the beauty.

Today’s Deck:

Animal Messages Oracle Cards by Susie Green

Today’s Sharing:

includes two spots to read up on what’s happening.  HERE and HERE are great jumping off points.  If you find any others which might be helpful, be sure to share in the comments.   Knowledge is Power!

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Talkin’ Life Bizness

             The blueprints we all construct before putting on these bodies and stepping in to these particular lives, that’s what has been on my mind lately.  Understandably so, what with job searches, births, deaths, and car fires all around me.

             However, I’m also hearing that I’m not the only one in transition.  This message is for all of us.

             Our lessons and our challenges, our gifts and our blessings.  These are the parts of our journey which make us unique, and many-layered.  The pieces and parts of our life patterns, we have listed and sorted them all.

             One of our tasks in this process is to honour every direction, the ups and downs and the in-betweens.  We have our charts in hand when we arrive, and the closer we follow them, the smoother our adventure goes.

             Here’s what the main focus is right now:

Contractual Obligations and Agreements of the Soul

             To follow our passion and fulfill the promises we made, we have to pay attention.  Are we looking forward to each new day, or dreading it?  Do we glow with a joyous feeling, or do we slump through each chore in a cloud of complaints?

             When we aren’t doing our very best, or living up to our commitments, we aren’t helping anyone.  Most especially ourselves.  Fortunately, the solution for improvement is simple.

             Since there are no mistakes, merely sidetrips, we can get back on course easily enough.  On our card altar, the Universe has delivered an intense, but necessary, reminder.  Processing our emotions, not hiding from them is a valuable first step.

             (I would like to suggest that we all read the words below very carefully, maybe even twice through.  I’ve been directed to include both sections from the guidebook.  Clearly this is important!)

life contracts

“Sad Embrace  ~  45  ~

‘Joy is a part of life.  Let go and allow time to heal you.’

Upright:

You may be entering into a period where loss is the theme. Perhaps you are having to let go of a long-cherished dream.

If so, take heart, for this ending may have been for your highest good.  A better and more powerful dream will be realized in your life if you can accept the loss.

Relationships based on faulty foundations are meant to end at this time.  Disappointment is a form of perception.

If your expectations weren’t met, a sense of loss arises, along with sadness and grief.  Express these emotions.  Tears are like healing rain that can restore life to a parched inner landscape.

Growth is always assured.  Whatever the loss – however great it is – let go, and experience your feelings so that you may soon see what beauty lies ahead.

Reversed:

Are you suffering over your suffering?  Do you feel that life is treating you unfairly and that you have been robbed or deprived of what you’re entitled to?  Do you long for a love that eludes you, or the success that has been bestowed upon others?

 Righteous anger and a sense of entitlement lead to a trap of ego.  Your suffering and loss will pass if you let them.  If you hold on to your perception of unfairness, then you will find yourself in its tight grip, unable to breathe freely.

The only solution is to drop your victim stance and embrace the sadness so that it may dissipate naturally in time.

Trials and tribulations build character, which is its own gift.  Find something to be grateful for, and take responsibility for your part in all matters.

However painful it may be to sit with your sadness, remember that you are loved and will not be left adrift forever.  Have faith, for this, too, shall pass.

You are not a victim, only a traveler on a hero’s journey.  It’s okay to be disappointed for now, but know that someday you will look back and see great value in this experience.”

Today’s Deck:

The Enchanted Map Oracle Cards by Colette Baron-Reid

Today’s Sharing:

is this view, my August page from the calendar of Porches.

meditation spots


That light, warm and soft.

             I’ll be right there, if anybody needs me.  Looks like a perfect spot to sit, meditate, pray, grieve, process, contemplate, simply daydream.

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It’s What We Can’t Do Without

             The most basic (and yet heart-wrenching) Truth of Life is loss.  The endings. They are brutal.

             Of  course they all lead us into new chapters and hopeful beginnings.  But, the fact is, GOING completes the cycle.  Saying goodbye can be painful, on many levels.  It can also, if we focus our perspective, be enriching.

             Here is what the Universe would like us to remember about living and leaving right now:

Before All Else

             What this DOESN’T mean is to put anyone or anything before our own health and well-being.  What it DOES mean is, let’s make sure that we bring lovingkindness to the forefront, always.

             Let’s not forget to replace fear with faith.  Let’s have Self-Care at the top of our daily To Do lists.  What it also means is to Choose Joy, practice gratitude, and generally wear that power of positivity into as many situations as we possibly can.

             I can link to several songs right now, all of which have LOVE as the theme, but I’m fairly certain you have some personal favorites and can locate them quite easily.  Play them now, sing along, feel the strength in that energy.

             On our card altar, this validation appears, as reinforcement.  (Please be extra aware of the last three words.  Repeat it as a mantra this week and you won’t go wrong.)

love

“Aquamarine  ~  

moderation, energy, tolerance, gentleness, compassion, feminine, goddess

Whether male or female, you can overcome a current conflict by reflecting upon and applying moderation, tolerance, gentleness, and compassion.

These qualities are not a weakness, rather, they are strengths.  What is called for at present is greater compassion and tolerance coupled with a little patience and gentleness.

It is possible to resolve things in an amicable way to create a positive outcome for all concerned.

As you look back on this current episode, you will realise a valuable lesson.  Compassion and tolerance are a sign of maturity and strength of character.

They are qualities which infuse all with love and light.”

Today’s Deck:

Crystal Oracle Cards by Toni Carmine Salerno

Today’s Sharing:

is this view, and recommendation, for August.

Be Here Now

             If we stop only once a day and bring this image to mind, say the words and feel the power, we have given ourselves and our loved ones a gift in that moment; appreciate it, sit with it, honour it.  We’re worth that piece of time, we’re worth that space and that blessing.

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Safe Travels, and thanks for everything……

             Today’s post is dedicated to my father-in-law, who went Home on Wednesday morning.  (That would be the exact same day my best friend Karen left us four years ago, for those of you playing along at home and keeping score of the bizarre-ness which is my life.)

             He was a guy devoted to his family before all else.  Sure, in some ways he was also a man of his generation, but he learned as he aged. No matter what I was reading or writing or doing, he was interested.  He told me once, “send me anything.  I might not understand all of it, but I’ll sure try.”

             He became even more compassionate (if that’s possible) once the grandkids started showing up.  He was lucky enough to have three children, who brought him twice that many more.  As an only child, this meant a great deal.

             We’ll all miss him, hell, we already do!  But we’ll also remember what an amazingly loving influence he was on us, each in our own way.

Family First

Family First

             Just, do me a favor, hug the ones you love.  Because, even though we know where we’re all going and things are fine, it’s still difficult and painful.

Today’s Sharing:

is not a reading suggestion.  It is REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE FOR ALL BEINGS WHO ARE HUMAN OR WHO MAY KNOW A HUMAN!

             Go HERE and see what I’m talking about.  Then, go find the book.  I got mine from our library, but I will be purchasing a copy (or 3) as soon as I’m able to.  That way I can hand them out to those in need.

             (Once you’ve read it, come back here and tell me what you think, and better yet, how your mind has been blown and how you are now going to change some things.  Because that’s what this book does, it gets in your head and makes your rethink shit.)

Late Note:

as I was getting up and going today, we had to deal with THIS.  That vehicle was being driven by my father, mom in the passenger seat.  Her purse (with most of their money), their best coats, his prescription sunglasses, all the groceries, and both their phones went up in the blaze.  (Also a bunch more stuff in the back, they are still trying to figure out what is gone.  It’s a lot.)

             We just need this week to be over now.

Edited To Add:

Go HERE to see the news report; Hanna has set up an e-mail address so folks who want to reach out can get in touch with her to help them.

             dianehanavan@gmail.com

             Or, if Twitter is easier

             @mshannabrooks

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Dynamic Improvements

             Not everyone knows this about me, but I’m kind of an earthquake nerd (or wonk, if that’s a term you like better).  Science isn’t my favorite subject, tectonic plates, however, definitely rank right up there near the tippy top. (Subduction zones!)

             I adore all things volcanic, lava, and mantle related.   Which brings us to our message.  There is a power under the earth’s stable layer, just as there is a power within each of us.

             Both are connected to the intensity of our universe, the very aliveness of our planet.  As are we, her children here.

Energy

             People talk about how they have a lot* of “energy’ or they are feeling “low energy” on down days.  What we forget is that the true energetic focus is never NOT there for us to draw from.  We can ALWAYS ask for, and get, more.

*And by this, I’m not talking about the drug-induced/caffeine-current faux jump-starting.

             We are absolutely, consistently, and without end, able to absorb that limitless Energy, refueling from a bountiful source.  Regardless of your belief system, there are numerous ways of avoiding that running on empty (false) concept.

             At our card altar right now is the perfect example, it was something I completely did not understand, and spent a lot (A LOT!) of time fighting against.  When we think we need more, we honestly can do with less.

             To gain Energy, and live in our Power, we simply open our hands and hearts, and Release.  The void is immediately filled with exactly what our soul is calling for.  Whether we know it consciously, or not.

release

“Letting Go  ~

‘I surrender joyously to the ebbing and flowing of life.’

Card meaning:

Surrender.  Relinquish control and allow Spirit to take over.  You don’t need to do everything by yourself.

All is well.  It’s time to just let it all go and enjoy the ride!  Doing so gives others permission to let go in their own lives.

The Universe wants you to know:

There are times to hold on for dear life, and times to simply throw your hands up and let go.  It’s time to release any limiting patterns, emotional attachments, or inner and outer clutter.

Surrendering doesn’t mean that you are yielding to a force outside of yourself.  It means that you’re allowing your soul to take over.  

Release the stress of needing to control things, wanting to determine the outcome of a situation, or expecting others to act in a certain way.  Thre is a simple grace and beauty that unfolds when you truly let go.

Loving spiritual help is all around you … simply open your heart and let it in.

Questions to ask yourself:

Is there anything I need to release?  Is there a person or situation I need to let go of?  Is there anyone who needs to let go of me?

Affirmation:

I surrender joyously to the ebbing and flowing of life.”

Today’s Deck:

Gateway Oracle Cards by Denise Linn

Today’s Reminder:

is about how we can’t give up just before our miracle arrives.  I promise you, we ALL have miracles, right around the corner.  If you aren’t sure about yours, e-mail me, and we can discuss it.

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