Here’s what I’ve learned: interrupted sleep + too-early-alarm = no spiritual messages to share. And I’m pretty sure that it’s because I never can actually be asleep enough to Relax and Release and Receive. In case anyone is wondering? I’m not a fan.
Tomorrow might be better. The snow
is supposed to leave could be will hopefully be moving along. Everything from today was rescheduled and tomorrow’s appointments/commitments don’t involve me or my bike.
What our canceled-due-to-weather-conditions day afforded me though (in addition to some sewing-room time), was a chance to read more of Colette’s Map book. So we’re also going with one of those cards.
“Follow the Leader ~ 40 ~
Every life is a teaching tool for others. Your authenticity and honesty are an example to those around you.
You are being called to lead others by example. Your wisdom has been earned as a result of your bravery in the adventure of your life. The experiences of battles, won and lost, places discovered, tears shed, and joy revealed have placed you in a unique position to be of service to others.
Your suffering has been crystallized into a talisman of wisdom. Now you must share it. By being fully authentic, you will lead others into the light. You’ll be required to divulge some things about your past so that you may help someone else.
Lead with love. There is another message here as well. Look to those whose great character and accomplishments you admire. Emulate the leaders you respect. You will then in turn have more to offer.”
What this one talks about is connected to the passage I wanted to share today. (Conveniently enough.)
“As you travel through different landscapes, you are always able to see yourself as a separate participant. You’re not a grieving person, but someone temporarily traveling through the Valley of Loss, a zone you can choose to walk out of (although you may have to return at some point). You are a brave explorer and powerful being who just realized you’re not where you want to be, and you have the power to take yourself someplace else.”
What I liked about this entire concept was how we are more in control than we realize. In one sense, we are just here for the lessons, and we’ve sketched out most of the high and low points. Conversely (and, happily enough), we still have the glory of Freewill.
Using what we’ve gone through already (Follow the Leader) gives us the knowledge we need to “see” where on our map we are now, and where we’ve been. Which is wonderful, because it definitely doesn’t hurt NEARLY as bad when we examine those memories from here. What we thought might nearly kill us there, truly HAS made us stronger.
Today’s Deck and Additional Reading:
The Enchanted Map Oracle Cards and The Map – Finding the Magic and Meaning in the Story of Your Life both by Colette Baron-Reid
Today’s Weather Update:
is this view, from right before the sun went down. (Which is clickable to enlarge, so everyone can see MORE flamingos in the background, behind that huge freaking shrub of rosemary.)
Emma and Maxx arrived this afternoon, mere moments before all the snow really began to come down. Obviously, they’re still here. The three of us braved going out to get the mail around 8 pm, he went right back to bed, she filled a canning jar full of snow and a tumbler of bourbon. We’re in for the night.
P.S. Anyone who happens to be near a liquor store, we’re out of bourbon. And vodka. FYI