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.

oracle cards, follow the leader, enchanted map

“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.)

Pinkie, at twilight.
Pinkie, at twilight.

             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

5 thoughts on “Making Our Baggage Work

  1. 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. This. Oh this…..

    And I’d send you some bourbon, but I don’t think it would arrive whole or soon enough. Be safe!

    See? If up lived CLOSER you could just drop it off!

    (Everyone just needs to be much more near, to me.)

    11:49 p.m.

  2. We got sleet and some rain on top of our snow. It froze solid, an inch thick. The dog could walk on top but I couldn’t which meant high-stepping it to the mail box. When I went out yesterday, I had to take the handle end of the snow scraper and literally beat the van which was incased in ice with 2 inches of snow under it. I think I got my exercise for the day. 🙂

    And I’m out of amaretto and my husband is out of Sambuca. *sigh* I should get my butt in gear and go finish my monthly shopping!

    I’m liking this “Map” stuff!

    We got the freezing rain tonight!

    11:50 p.m.

  3. Wow. Wonderful messages today. To me, they dovetail into the story I was building in yesterday’s blog post. I’m going to reread these.

    The South Sound area got enough snow to delay schools. Up here we got nada. While I am NOT a fan of snow, I’d like snow and rain because we are going to have one hell of a drought otherwise.

    We need snow and rain and any other form of moisture Nature can throw our way.

    11:51 p.m.

  4. Yeah it’s like that here, too. I’ve been staying at my daughters cause I can’t get in and out of my house to go back and forth to work. Saturday night I’m determined to make it home after work and then hole up in my room for a few days alone. I love my kids & gkids but I don;t do well without some alone time.
    Also, I’m working on something I’m really happy with and I left the book I’m writing in behind at home. Grrrrrr
    Can Dan bring some booze home in the squad car? If you’re drinking from canning jars I suggest a Purple Jesus – grape juice, vodka and gingerale usually served in a canning jar..

    Dammit! I totally wish I still drank when you share brilliant recipes like that!

    (No, he cannot bring alcohol home in the patrol vehicle.)

    11:52 p.m.

  5. oh, boy. I’m not sure I’m glad I read this. (kidding) I hope your snow melts away soon. We made it up to about ten big degrees today! Balmy!

    It is currently 27, which means it’s warming up here, too.

    But they don’t think it will all be gone until Sunday, just in time for Dan’s weekend. 😕

    12:50 a.m.

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