Growth

             Every.  Single.  Day.  We are granted educational opportunities.  It is our task to find them, and share them.  (We get more than one, but probably less than a million.)

             Some are obvious, way obvious.  They are clear and easy to understand, they make sense.  Others, well, they can be like a spiritual Easter Egg hunt, elusive and hiding.

              We all pass along our lessons in different and individual ways, none better than any other.  Some of us, like those loved ones who went Home early, had less time to learn and to teach.  But their lessons are as valid as someone who shares for twice as long.

             It’s so very important to honour every type, evenly, lovingly, and fairly.

             This is where the message is taking us right now:

find it, acknowledge it, give it.

             To share, is key.  We can learn and gather, but if we don’t share and give some of ours to others, it doesn’t help; doesn’t help us, doesn’t help those who we could be learning from, in our own sharing.

             This has been a difficult journey, no doubt about it, but it’s also been so fucking FULL!  The downs are terrible, the ups are amazing, but the in-betweens are where we spend most of our time.

            To be grateful for all, every lesson, is where the Universe wants us to focus.  We are here to learn, and …… to teach.  It’s the sharing.  Really, it is.

             And in

Today’s Sharing:

             I have to say that my old Nikon digital camera has been misbehaving lately.  I can’t take any photos with it at the current moment.  I may need a replacement.

             For this post, I’m being directed to search in our archives and come up with the perfect complimentary view.

             No card draw, just this, a shot I saved from December of 2015, it fits.  Our North Jetty, in Florence, as the sun sets.  All that sand, it used to be someplace else, and now, it makes a walkway, covering the rocks.

florence oregon

simplicity

             Things change, and we move forward.  We treasure the past, but we have to cast our eyes ahead, while living here, in this moment.  Now.

 

 

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With a bow on top.

            We’ve all had the conversation about our Attitude of Gratitude.  Or, lack thereof.  Prepare yourselves, it’s popped up again this week.

            During the winter holidays, and even around someone’s birthday, we hear so much in regards to the “spirit” of giving/the thought that counts, and where those concepts come from.  Discussion is endless, sadly, action is not always the commodity we have enough of.

             (It’s just sometimes so easy to fall back into the complaining mode!)

             Setting our minds in this direction, the Universe would like us, please, to focus on:

gifts

             Our very existence is a gift.  Our relationships…. gifts.  Being fortunate enough to own a home, or a car, or a bike.  All gifts.  Having clothes, food, phones, a job: gifts gifts gifts.

             When we look with eyes of appreciation, instead of lack (or misguided need), we can truly see how extremely lucky we are.

             It’s hot here, I’m miserable (and cranky and über uncomfortable all the time).  The weather is going to get even hotter in the next week.  I am searching for the blessings.  I am also still searching for the shit that got lost in our move.

             Right now, the good absolutely outweighs the bad, and I feel so VERY grateful for that.  It’s just, as you well know, challenging!

             I was directed to a certain deck for this post.  But, I can’t find it.  Instead, I’ve been poking around in my archived images.  This is what we are supposed to see right now.

gratitude

             Not my photograph, but it captures the feeling which is being channeled through me, to you.  Gratitude.  Gifts.  Love.  See it, see the blessings.   See what we have, not what we’re missing.

             Then, say thank you.

Today’s Resources:

me.  And a view from years ago.

Today’s Sharing:

is to tell everyone that in the past week, guests as well as other staff at my hotel, have been gifting me in such a generous and abundant way; I simply have to cry, because I don’t know how else to react.

             I’ve received, an artistically crafted nautilus fossil necklace, a hand-crocheted afghan, a special container of my favorite foreign tea, an Oregon cherry truffle, a beautiful bakery cupcake, and a solid handshake (from a [previously very grumpy] man who told me that it was HIS pleasure to meet me and spend time with me).

             I was expecting none of this, it just seems to keep happening.  For all of it, I am humbly grateful.

 

 

 

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Merci, Gracias

             This afternoon went delightfully well, what with grandbaby holding, a nice meal out, and some sewing room projects.  The entirety of which brought our message through, loud and clear.

             Because, as beautiful as those hours where, they were brief.  My time with loved ones, crafts I enjoy, self-care moments, they all fly by due to an unbalanced amount of on-the-clock time (and overtime).  There is an uncomfortably rushed undertone to all that I’ve been doing lately.

             The Universe would like us to address this, and look at

Appreciation.

             We are being asked to take a sec, just that quick few minutes, and really wrap our gratitude around us like a cozy old quilt.  FEEL how warm and comforting it is.  Hold on to it, enjoy it, be there with it.  Be in those precious experiences while they’re happening.  Fully.

             Additionally, if there’s anything in our lives right now, anything we can acknowledge and appreciate involving others . . . tell them!  We must honestly reach out and say Thank You.

             Whatever it is we are grateful for, we absolutely HAVE to tell/show/offer our appreciation.  Say it outloud, say in a text, say it in card we mail with a damn stamp.  Just so long as we say it.  Just so long as we appreciate these gifts.

            As the perfect validating reminder, here’s what appeared on our card altar.

life

“Life  ~

Since we all have chosen our charts, life is an individual learning experience, like classes we take in school.”

Affirmation:

I do my best to pass my charted courses so that my soul may reflect Divine magnificence, as I live my life in Joy and with Love.

Today’s Deck:

Heart and Soul Guidance Cards by (the late) Sylvia Browne

Today’s Sharing:

is to say that, true, I do not believe in the commercialized version of Valentine’s Day.  I do, however, believe wholeheartedly in the value of letting our loved ones know how we feel.

             Sending love, far and wide, from me to you.  I appreciate each and every one of you, any and all who may be reading this post.

             Thank you, for being here, and for being you.

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Appreciation Factor

             I am only able to check in here briefly.  Our part of the world (and perhaps yours, too) is currently encased in ice. We lost power at the beginning of this weather pattern, earlier in the week, but it has now been restored.

             I am beyond thankful for that small fact.  (As well as, the tree which fell on our house, was our own tree, and it didn’t poke any holes in the roof.  This time, unlike the last incident.)  Our message is clearly about gratitude.

             Take a moment, look around.  Recognize your gifts and blessing.  Help where you can, others may not be so lucky.

             I was directed to this validation on our card altar.  We are being reminded of all that we have, and all that we CAN have.

gratitude, dreams

Octopus

Travel across earth and over sea to securely embrace your dream.

Octopus does not wait for fate to deliver her dinner of Crab, employing whatever strategy is necessary for his capture, even abandoning water for earth’s air.

She counsels that you, too, follow your dream.  If your partner has left for a faraway land, join them; if a new exciting possibility calls from distant climes, embrace it as firmly as Octopus does Crab.

If others obstruct you, like Octopus eclipse your actions in an inky cloud until your dream is securely within your grasp.”

Today’s Deck:

Animal Messages Oracle Cards by Susie Green

Today’s Sharing:

is for everyone to look at this view from my downstairs hall.

December Dreams

December Dreams

             For our future?  Let’s envision ourselves here.  Together.  And safe.

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Gratitude Attitude

             Around this time of year, there’s usually plenty of Being Thankful posts to be found.  This has definitely been on my mind, what with the holiday and all.

             But even more than that (because you all know how much I dislike being forced into a jovial or festive state), I have begun to gradually and oh-so-cautiously remove a few of my self-imposed restrictions.  I am peeking my head out, but only in safe directions.

             For me, right now, it’s become even more than merely the state of acknowledgment.  Our message echoes this, it has an intended focus of deep and sincere . . .

Appreciation 

             To be well-balanced, it is said that we must be an even mix of all the Tarot suits, all the elements, as well as equal portions give/take.  We must be able to receive, to accept, and to be able to understand the difference.

             Of course, in real life, none of us are perfect, or exactly well-balanced.  We struggle and we work through our challenges.  We work towards the understanding of gifting and welcoming.

             The trick is to notice and appreciate each level, each accomplishment, each individual we connect with.  THOSE are the true measures of success.

             Because, by feeling and honouring our simple gestures and tiny steps, we become more capable of even larger blessings, lessons, and gratitude.

             On our card altar, in validation of the same idea, this draw brings us a perfect affirmation.

apprciation

“Joy  ~  24

Even just a simple smile can go a long way to spreading joy in our world. Choose to focus more on those things which bring you happiness and you will find you naturally begin to radiate this energy out into all of creation.

The more joy you send out, the more you’ll find you have to be joyful for – this is a law of the universe.

Affirmation:

By living with joy, I magically spread light into the hearts of my sisters and brothers everywhere.”

Today’s Deck:

The Oracle Of The Angels by Mario Duguay

Today’s Sharing:

is to make everyone aware of this young woman.

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All ways. #yourstoryisntoveryet

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             Her story is as strong and beautiful as she is, her fight is a good one, in every sense.  She also has a YouTube channel, if that’s how you roll.

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