If not now . . . . .

             Do any of you recall when we discussed my Two-by-Four theory?  We talked about how messages come through to us, constantly.  We just don’t always perceive them, or listen to them, or understand them.

             When we actively do not heed those messages, our Team gathers together and smacks us with them.  Much like being hit in the head by a large piece of construction timber.  This forceful notification from the Universe means we REALLY need to be paying attention.

             I got two of those in the past few days.  They were huge.  And I absolutely sat up, said Thank You, and (literally!) took notes.

             The first part is this:

take nothing for granted.

             Not air, not water, not homes, not faimly, not the ability to get out of our own beds without assitance.

              We have so much.  So very VERY much in this life.  Just being able to walk somewhere safely, to breathe deeply, to sleep peacefully … these things can so quickly be forgotten for the gifts that they are.

             Our most basic needs are generally met.  On a daily basis.  And yet, we too often disregard how truly precious they are.

             We are being reminded of how much we have.  We are also being reminded that, as this card shows, we can be grateful while still feeling positive and filled with lovingkindness.

take nothing for granted

“Following Your Bliss  ~

‘My soul sings with joy!’

Do what gives you joy.  Celebrate and have fun.  You do not need to suffer to grow – in fact, true happiness comes from following the dictates of your soul.

Take steps today to expand your joy, seek out your bliss.  You don’t need to do it all at once, but you do need to make a start.

The Universe wants you to know:

if you don’t follow you bliss now, when will you?  If you’ve been waiting to act until circumstances are different, or somehow better, you may have a long wait.

Some people put off following their north star until they graduate, get married, lose weight, have kids, or retire.  If you continue to do so, you may never attain genuine happiness.

Take steps today to experience the sweet nectar of life.

Questions to ask yourself:

What feeds my soul?  How can I follow my bliss?  How can I find my joy?  What is blocking me from living a life filled with happiness?

Affirmation:

May soul sings with joy.”

Today’s Deck:

Gateway Oracle Cards by Denise Linn

Today’s Sharing:

is tell you that on days when I’m really feeling overwhelmed and at my absolute worst, deep breathing and an attitude of gratitude truly do help.  I know how bad things can get, believe me.  And I know how well something as seemingly simple as this sounds.  Honestly, when we help ourselves, we are helping everyone else.

 

 

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Primarily

             We’re getting this message right now because it is, clearly, very important.  Some of us have been experiencing our recent retrograde phase more intensely than past occurrences.  (Partly due to many of us being the extra-sensitive types?  Probably.)

             When that happens, well, it’s just time to retreat.  (If we could go TO A retreat, that would be best, but of course, most of us can’t.)

              Here’s the exact wording, as I was made aware of it:

. . . . the importance of Self-Care.

             Our “quick three minutes” – remember that?  It needs to be done every day, or even more than once a day if we can manage.

             The Universe is reminding us that we can’t take care of anybody if we, ourselves, are not taken care of.  And who best to do that?  Us.

             If we can afford to be pampered, awesome.  If we have to carve out those precious few moments on our own, to maybe just stand in a closet, or hide in the bathroom, or wait in a parking lot, then we grab our Me Time that way.  The point is, take it!

             You don’t need someone to make recommendations, you KNOW what you like and what helps.  I can only say what works in my case.  And, what works for me on regular days doesn’t always work for me on depression days.  (Lately, there has been an imbalance, and it’s not in the “good” direction.)

             When we make sure that Self-Care is a priority, we ensure that we are coming from a place of comfort.  We all need that sacred place, that sanctuary, whether it is a physical destination or not.

             Let me say that again, we NEED this!  It’s non-negotiable.  It’s a basic necessity, like air and water and food.  Care, it’s what keeps us going and what feeds our soul.

             To show us how truly valuable our wellness is in the grand panoramic view of life is the current card on our altar.

friends and family

6 of Cups

             When I first started reading the Tarot (a gazillion years ago), I named this one Friends And Family, for the obvious reasons.  But it’s also about our inner-child, and about our support system.

             The scene is idyllic.  The image a pleasure to view.  And the feelings it brings up are generally happy ones.  (At least, that’s the hope.)

             To recall how it felt, being cared for and loved, that’s the point, that’s our message.  Don’t leave our mental (and physical) health in the hands of just anyone, make it a priority.

             Self-Care.  Important!  That tiny, younger version of ourselves deserves nothing but the best.

Today’s Deck:

Robin Wood Tarot

Today’s Sharing: 

is THIS piece (speaking of tiny versions of ourselves), written by one of my children who survived being raised by me.  (Make sure you click on the spot at the end where comments are shared, the first one is my brother’s oldest daughter.)

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Impeccable

             When I got braces on my teeth last year, it was emotional.  The entire process brought up so many feelings of self-worth.

             (Also?  I never saw it coming.  Totally not the direction I thought we were headed.)

             Today’s message is addressing a similar concept, a societal construct which many of us fall prey to.  It’s not simply just about Self-Care.  Additionally, it’s about value.

I’m Worth It

             Because the truth is, we ARE!  Generally though, we’re the very ones who don’t know it.

             Too often, we step aside.  Or behind.  Or so completely out of the way that we, the true us/our spiritual selves, become lost.  Or crushed.  Or merely a faded fragment of the whole.

             To put our sacred selves forward and say, stating solidly, that we deserve the most basic of all things, respect and care, is to confirm: I’m worth it.

             And, we are.  Absolutely.  And without question.  Right now, in this moment.  Not later, not thinner, not prettier, not more accomplished, not richer.  Now.  Right this exact fucking second.

             This is a Universal Truth.  There is no arguing it.  We.  Are.  Worth.  It.  All of it.

             As is the way, we have our validation front and center.  Look at what (and who) has appeared on our card altar.

             (Don’t forget, if some words don’t work for you, please apply a substitute, just be sure to not toss out the importance of this message over verbiage.  Some examples include: the white light of peace, Nature, Life, Source, Mother and Father Gods, the infinite power of the Universe, and [everyone’s favorite], the Force.)

the holy spirit

“Rest  ~  24  ~  Holy Spirit

Meditation, Prayer, Withdrawal, Retreat

Our culturally perverse notion that ‘doing, doing, doing’ is the correct use of time, and that ‘doing nothing’ is a complete waste of time, has indeed made us a sick society.  Your overwhelming desire to back off from this whirlwind of activity and take a break – even throw in the towel altogether – isn’t crazy or unrealistic.

It’s a direct summons from the Holy Spirit to withdraw your attention from the outer world and reconnect with your soul.

Your life is not to be frittered away in meaningless and unexamined activity.  You came in with a purpose, and specific soul intentions that are being neglected.

They’re now knocking at the door of your attention, reminding you that you have commitments to keep.  If you don’t heed this call and begin to self-examine, you may enter a dark night of the soul, a time where nothing feels meaningful.

Listen to the Holy Spirit and open your heart to its direction.  Take lots of time to be alone, and get in touch with your soul.  Write in a journal, seek counseling, and pray.

Allow yourself to be in direct contact with the guiding wisdom of the Holy Spirit on a daily basis.  Withdrawing from the world – whether through contemplation, meditation, or even a sabbatical – is the most powerful way to use your time right now.

You are being guided to your quiet moments.  The message is to make time for yourself.”

Today’s Deck:

Ask Your Guides Oracle Cards by Sonia Choquette

Today’s Sharing:

is an amazing musician who just kept crossing my path. Go HERE, then click through, and make sure you watch some of her videos.  (You’re welcome.)

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Our Divine Life

             Giving and receiving, we’re full into the swing of it now.  But, we need to remember our most basic principles.  It’s important, in order for us to move forward positively, and with assurance.

             Yes, our day-to-day is about lessons.  It is also very much about abundance, about gratitude, and about bountiful goodness.  What I heard this morning before I even got out of bed brings that point home.

             Reaching for a state of . . . . .

Graciousness.

             When we actively and with full intention behave in a loving, generous, and kind manner, we are, in fact, becoming more generous, becoming kinder, and building a less negative mindset.

             This message is a gift that we may bring along with us out into the world.  To share, to hold close, to squeeze in our hand when we feel overwhelmed or in need of boost.

             And on our card altar right now, I was directed to my working deck.  This one flipped in the Challenger position.  Sometimes referred to as the protection pose.

Robin Wood Tarot

Ace of Wands
reversed

             Wands, Rods, Staves.  Eventually, in our poker playing stacks, Clubs.  All represent new life.  Beginnings.  Bursts of brilliance.  That always-possible new start.

             The potential is still present, but are we?  Have we not taken advantage of some opportunity?  Have we been unbending?  When we look for reasons of why we aren’t going as far or as fast as maybe WE would like, possibly it’s not about us.

             Could we be impatient and maybe not see all of our blessings, when they are RIGHT HERE?!

             There’s such a thing as Divine Timing (shit happens when it has to happen).  It’s best to always remember, we are so not in charge of that timeless time-piece.  Ever.  Not even a little bit.

             In order to help turn this card around, harness more of that universal energy, we need only sit in Grace.  Sit in stillness*.  Look within.  Don’t forget, when ever we are, THAT is the proper minute; where ever we are, THAT is sacred space.

*I am aware that many folks live in places/situations where “stillness” is not an easy nor available option.  Grab some the best you can.  Take a set of headphones and a phone or MP3 player (or hell, an old WalkMan if that’s all you can find) crank up whatever music is healing to you, and get behind a door.  In a shed, a bathroom, a parking lot, any spot you can secure for a few precious moments.  Take that time, find that space.  We’re all worth it.

Today’s Deck:

Robin Wood Tarot

Today’s Sharing: 

is this tweet from John Edward,

“Repeat after me 3x

I RELEASE MY PAST AND EMBRACE MY FUTURE

Your soul knows how to do the rest… 😉 “

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In An All ’round Robust State

             Western  medicine and I have an uncomfortable relationship.  We don’t agree on many topics, and we don’t generally get along.

             Also, you all know how I feel about frosting . . . . so, today’s message was sort of surprising.

Healthy and Caring

             Is the Universe advising us all to begin radical dieting, deprivation, and random doctor’s office attendance?  Absolutely not.  (Which is good, because I am against all of that.)

             But, we are being reminded that to care for our physical vessel is a form of lovingkindness.  It’s about being aware and keeping Self-Care high on our priority list.

             To be “healthy” is to give a damn.  It’s not about numbers or money or guilt.  It’s about doing what makes us happy and about remembering that we chose to wear this body, so we kinda need to apply a wee bit of regular maintenance.

             It’s not all on the outside though, we have to keep our balance, our body-mind-spirit attitude sharp.  Fortunately, that’s what this return to the regular rotation around our card altar has to say.

crystal oracles

“Sodalite  ~  

intuition, perception, meditation, calm, strength, determination

Keep your calm for this will help strengthen your determination to quietly pursue your dreams.

Set aside a little time each day to meditate and reflect on all that you wish to create in your life.  Be guided by what you instinctively feel in your heart and trust your intuition, for in doing so, you will draw to you all that is necessary for you to create that which your heart so desires.

At the same time, let go of rigidly fixed expectations or time frames, and trust that your dreams may manifest in ways you have not yet imagined.

This card is a positive confirmation: keep the dream alive!”

Today’s Deck:

Crystal Oracle Cards by Toni Carmine Salerno

Today’s Power Statement:

I am ready, Archangel Ariel, for positive abundance of all forms in my life.

I am ready to embrace that I am worthy of prosperity, love, and vibrant health.

I am ready to stop resisting the wealth that is mine simply by being a child of the Universe.

I am ready.

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