Advancement

             Loads of signs and symbols lately about Moving Forward.  And while I’m not a fan of looking backwards (Release lessons, much?), I do understand the necessity for setting up a way to gauge, a method to measure with, an examination of sorts.

             Since I let go of all numbers, and no longer count calories, hours, steps, miles, nor any false form of calculating my body through artificial ciphers, seeing how we’ve improved on a non-physical plane seems like a positive way to proclaim our

Progress.

             To be in the moment is our ideal, appreciating all that we have, all that we are surrounded by.  At the same time, it feels like we’d benefit from experiencing and acknowledging how far we’ve truly come, how far this journey has already taken us.

             We can briefly glance back over our shoulders, honouring the task, the trials, the challenges, while genuinely being Here Now.   We can appreciate the advancements and education, continuing to recognize and respect our tremendous achievements while taking the time to breathe, to Be, and to be Still.

             It’s a difficult balance, yes, but  it’s also a Self-Care gift.  We are allowing ourselves to take credit for how far we’ve come and how much we’ve learned.  We are accepting gratitude for making it all this way, and for not only surviving, but for thriving and flourishing so beautifully.

             Progress is not only our advancing, but it’s the recognizing that we did this, we made it, we traveled, we have become aware.  We are the success.  We are the strength.

             Additionally, we are part of the bigger picture.  We are connected.

progress

“Devotion ~ Nature Spirits

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inspiration ~ contemplation ~ nature ~ faith

The presence of the Universe is everywhere, so if you feel disconnected from the Divine, you are the one who left.  Your Nature Spirits are beckoning you back to a place of awareness which reconnects you to your source.

Do not allow your mind to isolate you in fear or get stuck in dwelling on misery.  Instead, go outside and take in the natural world – which is a beautiful gift for you to enjoy.

Focus on the beauty, power, and holiness that nature affirms.  Humbly surrender to this greatest force present in all things, including you.

Your Nature Spirits message is this:

Breathe in the Divine.

You are one with All.”

Today’s Deck:

Ask Your Guides Oracle Cards by Sonia Choquette

 

Today’s Personal Note:

is to say that I’m about ready to give this site a different, look.  If there’s anything here you might want to save, I’d advise printing those pages, because most of them will be going away.

             I know I said this months ago, but now it’s really going to happen.  All I’m waiting for is another perfect header photo, and the time to archive what I won’t be bringing with.

             It is safe to be happy, it is safe to change, it is safe to make progress.

 

 

 

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Being, not Doing

             We’ve spoken before about counting our blessings and living in the moment.  The entire concept of intention has been on my mind lately.

             Which means it connects to where the Universe wants us to focus right now.

Small Gifts

              My days off from the “day” job feel rare and rushed.  We are still living partly out of boxes, re-buying shit we can’t find here in the new place.  While at the same time discovering items we thought were lost forever.  It’s very roller coaster-y.

              But also, it is fulfilling in tiny and unexpected ways. Projects and tasks DO get accomplished.  It is gratifying to see how far we’ve come, enjoyable to sit and merely BE in this space.

             It is a simple kind of peace, in a wee abode we do not own.

             I am actively practicing my In The Moment appreciation; pointedly, mindfully.  Daily I gather around me the Gratitude Attitude and say my Thank Yous outloud.  It is intentional, and it is healing.

              In the place where our new altar will (eventually) be this is reflected perfectly by our visiting messenger.

persistence

“Mouse   ~

Be persistent and inclusive and all obstacles will be overcome.

Mouse is tiny and gentle but no shell is so hard that she cannot reach the delicious center within, and no obstacle so tough that it cannot be overcome.  

As your guide Mouse counsels persistence so you, too, may break through the barriers which block success.  

Vulnerable to many, she must scrutinize and look beyond the obvious to the pattern within and assess the hidden agenda of others.

Emulate Mouse, and your path through life will be safe indeed.”

Today’s Deck:

Animal Messages Oracle Cards by Susie Green

Today’s Sharing:

is to report on my office situation.

             The update is, I now have a desk.  On a freshly cleaned rug, over beautiful (probably 70 plus year old) hardwood floors.

             We couldn’t find (nor afford) an antique Victorian style for me to pull my chair up to, but this one will do.  For now.

             Progress.  It is technically happening.

             (Additionally, there’s a ceiling fan in this room, it is more delightful than I ever could have imagined.  I mean, moving air!)

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Presently

             When I was very young, my mom or my grandmother would take me in with them when they shopped at the Five and Dime (what would now be equivalent to probably a dollar store, only way bigger and better).   I would wander away, in my own tiny world.  Often I could talk one or the other of them in to purchasing a small skein of yarn.

             It was always the same: Fiesta!  This was long before overdyeds or variegated options were readily available.  “My” yarn was special.  It was all the colors of the rainbow, in one handy hank.

             I’ve recently returned to the land of yarns and knitting.  These memories from so very long ago though, they are fresh in my mind.  Just as how my hands seem to recall what to do with the needles and wool (or cotton, or alpaca, or or or ….. there are so many more choices now), so too, do I recall all the many people in my life who have added to, blended with, and shared so generously.

             Waking up today, I heard very distinctly that we can’t forget, even if we don’t have all of our family members physically with us this holiday season, that doesn’t mean they aren’t near by.

             Our message is about bringing our minds to the present, but recalling our past.  It’s about looking forward to GOOD things in the future, but as has been stated before, not dwelling on what is seemingly gone from us.

             Focus now, with love in our hearts, on

this very moment.

             We have all of our past within us; we have all of our “yet to be” times ahead of us.  Combine it, that’s what the Universe has to say.

             Bring it all together in our Now.  Those treasured memories, those loved ones who have gone Home before us, hold close this warmth in our hearts.  See the tomorrow possibilities.  At the same time, be here.  Be present.  Be whole.

             On our card altar, in validation, is an extension of this same message.  She visits us as a reminder, a very timely and soulful reminder.

st mother teresa

“Activist  ~  St Mother Teresa

You are being guided to champion a cause, such as a social issue, a charitable group, or a person in distress.

Like St Mother Teresa, you can single-handedly make a positive difference in the world.  She’ll act as your guide in this matter, if you will only ask for her help.

Notice which issues arouse your passion or anger, and make a commitment to serve in some capacity to heal those situations.  Your soul wants to express itself and to make your opinions known.

Use your expertise and life experience (such as business skills, writing abilities, or speaking talent) to help along your chosen cause.  Donate time or money to related charities and agencies.  You’ll feel energized by your activism.”

Today’s Deck:

Saints & Angels Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue

Today’s Sharing:

is this view.  It’s not the same yarn as I used to hold tight in my sweaty wee hands, but it’s close enough.

knitting

One done project, and one still on the needles. Kinda bright for me, but it’s what we had.

             Look for the blessings.  They’re there, I promise.  And if you’re still needing more, make some.

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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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Existence and Awareness

             We all have our struggles.  They are as varied as we are.  And the tools we use to keep ourselves safe, they are as individual, as well.

             What we all have in common, though, is what our message is here to remind us.

Staying and Going 

              It’s sometimes quite soothing to look back and reminisce, to recall those “good times” with friends and family.  But we must use care.  That type of thinking can become a problem when we dwell there.

              It can be painful when we compare.  It can become a roadblock to our forward momentum; just as always looking ahead and worrying or fretting over what “might” be in the future gets us nowhere.

               What the Universe wants us to keep in mind is that when we flow freely with a gentle pace, sailing our boat in a current of just the right speed, we can gaze back, or peer ahead.  While at the same time still moving forward.

              All the while, we are able to appreciate precisely where we are at this exact moment.  Be here now, it’s a beautiful spot, and it has an amazing view!

               In fact, on our card altar, it’s being suggested the we even pull ashore for a bit, and rest here.

higher self

“Judgment  ~  46  ~  Higher Self

precision, rationality, analysis, discernment

This isn’t a time to act under an imagined sense of urgency.  Keep emotions from running away with you.  Turn to your Higher Self, engage your power of reason, and trust your inclination to step away from the drama and intensity of the moment.

Study and analyze all the factors of the situation, and allow your Higher Self to guide you to the right end.

Sleep on it a night.  Better yet, sleep on it for three nights, then heed your Higher Self’s message:

‘Leave it to me for now’.”

Today’s Deck:

Ask Your Guides Oracle Cards by Sonia Choquette

Today’s Sharing:

is to say, yes, this draw knows of which it speaks.  Don’t make any decisions for a short while.  We are in the Shadow Phase of an up-coming Mercury retrograde.

               The true planetary event begins on Thursday, April 28 at 10:20 p.m. (my time). Going direct Sunday, May 22 at 6:20 a.m.  It’s all about the review, the redo, the reconnect, the revisit, the revise, the reassess, the refresh, the renewal, the re-reading.

              Don’t sign papers, do speak clearly, and definitely be ready to repeat yourself (in a calm and kind way).

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