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             We recently discovered a fascinating series produced by the BBC.  Each episode features a “genius” and they tell that person’s story.  Clearly, and with historic accuracy.  Which is fun.

             What is less entertaining is how so many of our great thinkers have also suffered, been misinterpreted, and never lived to see their work recognized.  I know there’s a plan, but it sometimes makes me sad.

             Like how I can’t always enjoy sporting events because I don’t want any side to lose.  I wish every player and fan could come out a winner.  Is it so much to ask that we all live happily ever after?

             Apparently, that’s not what we’re here for.  Which, as I said, I know.  But the knowing doesn’t much alleviate the struggle, some days.

             Directly from the Universe, to me and you, here’s where to turn:

rise above.

             My mother, and niece, and I are what people call “women of strong faith” even though none of us are remotely religious.  We believe, we know, we entirely feel in a spiritual way.  So, when challenges arise, roadblocks appear, we seek answers.

              My own recent medical and work situation has caused me to really search for meaning.  It’s been difficult.  Daily.

             Which makes this message so much more meaningful, on a personal level, but also on a global one.  We are being instructed to find our detours.  Go around, move past, let go, and yes….. rise above.

             To do this, we have to focus.  Then, we have to walk away.  We can’t spend time suffering or whining, or screaming at problems.  Because in truth, there are no problems.  Merely lessons that we haven’t quite figured out.  Yet.

             Here’s an old Doreen affirmation that I feel will help us:

             My heart, my mind, my life, and everyone in it are perfectly at peace right now.

no such thing as problems

To rise, and go above

 

 

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Repair, restore, rebuild.

             This week marks my ten year blogaversary.  I began here, a decade ago, to make sense of my sister’s death.  As a place for thoughts, feelings, and later, messages.

             It has served that purpose, plus so much more.  I have no plans to stop showing up, whether I have readers or not (although, I truly hope I do).  It’s worth my time to sit down, contemplate, type, and ultimately, share.

             My mother told me once, at a major turning point in her life, that she felt the perfect imagery (she could see it clearly in her mind’s eye), was the slow changing of a page, the folding flip of paper, as it turned over, marking the end of one chapter, beginning of another.

             I feel that now, as we transition into a new week, a new month, a new year, and no doubt, a new decade.  I hear the Universe tell us that this movement, this marking of time is

healing.

             The recovery and restoration has begun.  We may now go forward, wounded and wearing our scars proudly.  We may move on to the next chapter, the next path.

            We have learned, we have grown, and we have traveled so very far.  We are always better for surviving.  And if all we did was make it through this particular day, well, that is an accomplishment.  One we won’t diminish.

             Thank you, for taking this trip with me.  I appreciate you, and treasure your presence.

healing

May we all find peace.

May we all heal.

 

 

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That Alternative Angle

             When I walked in to my (still not fully unpacked, nor completely finished) office tonight I was directed immediately to one of our most dynamic (and controversial) sets.  Every time I get this kind of strong pull, I know it’s an extremely important message.

             This, as we say, was a sign.  So, let’s listen to it, be grateful, intentional, and enjoy the gift.

             Some cards are better off reversed.  The upside-down aspect helps us to see both sides of the what the Universe wants us to focus on.  This is one of those examples.

osho zen tarot

“7 of Fire  ~  Stress

Action

The quality of stress represented by this image visits all of us at times, but perfectionists are particularly vulnerable to it.

We create it ourselves, with the idea that without us nothing will happen . . . . especially in the way we want it to.

Well, we are asked, what makes us so special?  Do we think the sun won’t rise in the morning unless we personally set the alarm? 

We are being directed to go for a walk, buy a small present, fix ourselves a nice meal – anything ‘unimportant’ will do.  Just to put ourselves out of the reach of Stress.”

             I love that this came up as contrary.  It means that we have already begun our “turn” in the proper direction.  We’ve already seen how small things make a big difference.  We have taken the steps needed for learning this lesson.

             Also, I am truly appreciative of the reminder about “unimportant” bits.  Stopping to see the beauty around us, counting our blessings, noticing the tiny joys in our day-to-day-ness, those are the true important parts of this journey.  Those are the best forms of de-stressing.

             When we set down our juggling plates and our burning candles, we realize what little value they actually had.  Because now, our hands are free to do so many more, better, things.

Today’s Deck:

Osho Zen Tarot

Today’s Sharing:

is this additional view from our adventure last week.

             When we go to other places, we always look for the museums, the cultural and interpretive centres, the history.

astoria history

              Yes, we stopped to read all of the plaques.  We even brought back a few souvenirs.  (And, of course, books.)

 

 

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Exploration and Discovery

             We just arrived home from an exotic vacation.  Okay, not quite.  But we DID leave town!  And it WAS a great trip.  It simply wasn’t the one we thought we’d be taking.

             There are things we can plan for, and unforeseen situations we cannot.  Our get-away did not go exactly as we thought it would.

             And that brings us to what the Universe wants us to focus on, the current message.

Go where the road takes you.

             We begin this life with a blueprint, a Big Picture sort of idea.  What we are left to organize on our own, later, are the tiny details.  Add to this mix Free Will Choice, and we end up with the types of lives we actually participate in.

             Our Team, our loved ones, our own inner compass, all factor in to where we go, what we do, who we spend time with.  And, most importantly, how well we bounce back from those “unexpected” bumps in the road, the detours which take us to places we had no clue we’d be going.

             It’s a soul lesson, these re-routing maneuvers.  We learn from the way we handle it, how we feel, and whether we repeat the same sort of behaviour.  Our goal, obviously, is roll along with compassion and understanding.

             Each one of us know though, that’s not always how we react.  Are we doing better than the last time?  Sometimes yes, sometimes no.  Are we trying?  Alrighty then, that totally counts.

             It is definitely the Journey, and not the destination.

             Here’s a view from our drive home.  It was, as I said, not the trip we thought it would be.  But wow, it certainly was a very VERY good one.

go where the road takes you

Pacific ocean, mid November

             Somewhere below Astoria, but above Newport.  As the sun releases this day, I am energized and recharged.  Enjoy this, it was a gift to me, I’m sharing it with you.

 

 

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To Tend and To Manage

             For about 95% of my life, I was unaware of the Self-Care concept.  We are raised in this culture without it.  And that’s simply wrong.

             It’s true, everything DOES happen at just the correct moment, so I don’t lament the time I didn’t understand it.  I just now, go forward, and share the knowledge, the importance, with everyone who crosses my path.

             The process of being good to ourselves is vital, it is (should be, needs to be) part of our every day lives.

             Here’s what I heard:

start within.

             Because our beginning point, for all decisions and choices, must be ourselves, first.  As we are taken care of, so too, may we be good caretakers of others.

             Self-Care is crucial to our soul health, our mental health, and our physical health.  It’s importance cannot be understated.  What the Universe is reminding us right now is to put ourselves first.

             It is not selfish so practice Self-Care.  In fact, it’s the most generous action we can take.

             And speaking of honoring ourselves, our current card validates the spiritual aspect of this exact topic.

self-care

“Vision  ~

Guardian Angel

This is a message about honoring your vision.  It asks you to trust the mental images which you are receiving.  They are answers to your prayers.

Your prophetic visions will bring blessings to you and your loved ones.

Also, your guardian angels are helping you to clearly see the truth within your present situation. 

 Your guardian angels surround your physical and spiritual vision with light.  Look through their eyes and you will see the best within yourself and life itself.”

Today’s Deck:

Saints & Angels Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue

Today’s Sharing:

is to mention how very happy I am to be well inside of November.  It’s been cold, cloudy, windy, rainy, and just plain old blustery here.  I adore every second of it!

 

 

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