More evolving.

             Most of us are perpetual students.  Learning and reaching.  Others feel perfectly comfortable As Is, and without the need to find life lessons, to seek answers.

             I’ve come to understand that I’m kind of an in-between.  There’s not always somewhere to take an investigation, to me.  Sometimes I feel as though I’ve come to the end of my interest on that topic.  Other places, other times, I’d like to keep finding out more.

             This is what’s been in my head lately.  Both ways are fine.  As is the way of doing a little of both.  When we follow the obvious path, we still learn.  When we step off the trodden road, we learn in a different way.

             The Universe is calling it

true higher education.

             We’re talking soul lessons, deep down education of our spirit.  Learning in our own individual way, and going as far as we feel comfortable with.  The follow-up can be brief, or take ages to reach.

             We know now that our own way is best for us, and the way of others suits them better.  If we don’t know it, well …. maybe we can strive to.

             When we recognize our unique geniuses, apply our own best practices and methods, we can climb so much higher, we can advance so much more smoothly.  Part of that though, is to honour our rate, our tools, as well as our flaws, our “failures” (even though they aren’t really failures at all).

             Our message right now focuses on the particular and wonderfully singular nature of each one of us.  And how we use that to do better, every day.  No matter how this advancement, this spiraling up, may appear or manifest.  The lessons are our own, and that’s the most important part.

             Here for validation, this reminder.  So welcome, and so appropriate.

abundance and wealth

“Citrine  ~

wealth, creativity, abundance, healing

Your financial concerns will soon begin to dissolve as a steady stream of abundance starts to flow into many areas of your life.

This is not abundance solely on a monetary level but abundance also of creativity and healing.

You are being asked to let go of any fear and guilt you may be holding on to in regard to your wealth and prosperity.

Be thankful for the abundance that you are about to receive.  Honour it and put it to use in ways that nurture and replenish your spirit.

You deserve to be and to have all your heart desires.

Lovingly recognise the abundance you eternally hold within your heart and you will manifest abundance through all you think, say, and do.”

Today’s Deck:

Crystal Oracle by Toni Carmine Salerno

Today’s Sharing:

is this view from our dinner table tonight.  The Wilder Apartments.

downtown eugene

              We met with family, had food, and enjoyed the evening.

 

 

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Awareness

             How’s your week been?  A few ups mixed with some downs?  A little good with the bad?

             Yeah.  Me, too.  What’s been most interesting about this process, personally, is the visibility of it.  I’m definitely seeing* the levels of emotion and heart concerns.

*And by “seeing” I totally mean something more like a full mind/body/soul sensation.

             The lesson is absolutely about us counting our blessings and being aware of where our journey is taking us.  It’s focused on the plus side, not tallying up where we lack or miss out.

Knowing

             Similar to a recent message we received about Keeping The Faith, this one reminds us of the duality in life.

             Even in the most terrible of times, we hear stories of true heroism.  Even in our worst periods of darkness, we know that we’re never alone, we’re never without some spark of twinkling hope to light our way.

             It may be as small as thanking the Universe for being in a warm bed tonight, or holding the Knowledge close that we are not personally in pain at this very moment.

            (And if we ARE in pain right now, or NOT in a warm bed, we can still hold out for the promise of tomorrow.)

             Whatever it is in our lives, be it tiny and seemingly insignificant to us, that very thing may be what someone else desires the most.  We can be nothing BUT grateful.  With genuine hope for our future.

             Both the draw I was directed towards on our card altar, and what follows, make up a perfect validation.

magick is real

“Believing in Magic  ~

‘True magic is abounding in my life!’

Card Meaning:

It is indeed a magical Universe.  Spiritual dimensions and mystical realms are only a thought away.  The key to opening these doors is to trust in something you cannot see or hear.

You can have doubts yet still believe in a vast and mysterious cosmos, where signs, symbols, and coincidences reveal secret messages.  Even if your faith is the size of a mustard seed, magic can abound.

Believe!

The Universe wants you to know:

Some things are true, even if you don’t believe in them.  It’s hard to comprehend how something as heavy as a jumbo jet can fly, but it does.

When you make an overseas call, it’s hard to believe that your voice travels into space and bounces back, but it does.

And it’s sometimes hard to believe that angels are looking over us, but they are.  

Here’s to believing in magic.

Questions to ask yourself:

How can I access even more magic in my life?  What is the most important way for me to step into true magic?  If I truly believed in magic, in what ways would my life be different?

Affirmation:

True magic is abounding in my life!”

Today’s Deck:

Gateway Oracle Cards by Denise Linn

Today’s Sharing:

is this view from the December calendar page in our upstairs hall.

peaceful universe

A peaceful person creates a peaceful universe.

             Everything about this resonates with me.  The colours, the feeling, the sentiment . . . . . all of it is what we need.  Take it with you, share it around, hold it close.  Be in Peace, as much as you possibly can.  I will be striving for the same.

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In Ease and Aid

             It’s important, the Universe tells us, to keep our focus positive.  Because we know that what we feel and think, we create.

             When we aim in a lovingkindness direction, that’s where we’ll end up.  And, conversely, when we rant and rage and bitch and complain, well.  That’s where we end up.

             How do we feel when we read a story or watch a movie with a truly happy ending?  What sensations make us smile and laugh?  Where do we turn for comfort?  When we seek (and need) Joy, our search doesn’t have to be so far.  It doesn’t have to be so difficult to reach.

             The words I woke up with today were soft.  Arriving on icy water dreams and smooth snake scales.  They felt gentle and hopeful.  They brought with them happiness.

Wishes

Dreams

and Promises

             Like a caring hand to hold, we are being reminded, in the most encouraging way possible, to hang on.  The good is out there.  Bad times never last.

             When we’re in the middle of terribleness, it can seem like there’s no end.  But there always is.  Always.  Absolutely always.

             To be in a moment, to sit here in this holy space of now, we can recall better and worse experiences.  But we cannot exchange one for the other.  What we have is this.

             And yet, what we also have is future.  We have hope.  We have prospects of new wonderfulness.  We have tomorrows.

             As I was directed away from our regular rotation around the card altar, I noticed that in every flip of a new daily draw, there is that same promise of our bright future.  Our validated now.  Our dreams for wholeness and healing.  Our relief in having learned another lesson, ready to face the next challenge.

             This illustration has some iconic and powerful images, symbolism which is the perfect accompaniment for our message.

guiding angels

“Angel of Self-Esteem  ~

‘You are currently undervaluing yourself;

It is time to regain your self-worth.’

You are so much more than what you are portraying to the world and those around you.

The Angel of Self-Worth is here today to reflect unto you all the beauty, love, and light that you are and to help regain your sense of self-worth.  Feel her healing light penetrate your aura this very moment and affirm to yourself:

I am a being of light and love.  I love and value the many wonderful qualities that I possess.  From this moment forward, I will honour and value myself, all that I am, and all that I do, in the knowledge that I am part of All Creation.

I am worthy of love.’

Repeat this affirmation several times each day either out loud or in the silence of your heart.  Reflect upon each word and truly believe and own each one.

Express each word with all of your heart and soul.

As you begin to value yourself, you will find that others also start to value you.”

Today’s Deck:

Angels, Gods, and Goddesses Oracle Cards by Toni Carmine Salerno

Today’s Sharing: 

is this excellent selection of soothing sounds that I came across earlier.

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             Turns out, my comfort food is from India and Greece.  So are my comfort tunes.  (This may not be the case for everyone.  I know that it is not what many of my loved ones turn to first.)

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Here We Be, Now

             As I was gazing out the bus window today, I witnessed something profound.  My eyes were resting gently, there was nothing I needed to be doing at that moment.  The entire experience was large, even though it was physically nothing much at all.

             There, in the form of an invisible wave, came a small breath of wind, brushing across the tall grass.  Bending each and every blade, washing, wafting over that isolated patch green on the roadside.

             Then, it moved on.  The gust was brief, but I saw it.  And inside of me, I also felt it.  The most important thing?  I recognized it for what it was.

Our Sacred Selves

             As we’ve discussed before, we are all so very valuable.  Even when we don’t take credit for it.  In this place, we are holy.  As we occupy this very space, there is a holiness to it.  Because, we’re in it.  Because, it’s happening.

             That’s how it felt earlier, witnessing the wind move the grass.  It was a sacred and precious moment that I was allowed to be, not simply an observer of, but a participant in.

             When we feel a moment in time, when we sit with the stillness of our own Divine-ness, it’s special.  It’s truth.  And what I love is that it’s not limited.  It’s everywhere.  At any second.  For any person.

             Which is why we were gifted with this daily draw.  It’s representing every possible opportunity for holy space.  For our own sacredness.  For the vast options we have in this endless, expansive, promising Universe.

every option

Sacred Hope

             There are charms of great importance shown here, each representing something powerful to us as individuals.  Just as our own experiences are sacred, and specific.   (I suggest that if the illustrated examples don’t ring true, then you may replace them, in your mind’s eye, with icons which do.)

             We have a blank canvas on which to create our journey.  We are able to walk in grace and live in love, with every step we take, should that be the route we select.

Affirmation:

I remember to breathe throughout the day.

I remind myself that I can choose peace,

no matter what is going on around me.

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Comprehension Factor

             Tonight’s message is brought to you by:  my life.  (With nudges and suggestions from the Universe.)

             If we have excellent ears, or if we have any sort of hearing impairment, often we don’t comprehend (it has nothing to do with our auditory acuity).  Understanding can be tricky, and it’s not the words spoken/read/seen.  It’s the way in which we ………..

listen.

             We need to be hearing with our hearts.  We need to be more of an active participant, not just someone waiting to talk next.

             It’s an art, this listening well.  It’s not always easy, either.  Some parts are more challenging than others.  (As most lessons seem to be.  Because, life.)

             Are we being a patient listener?  A sympathetic one?  Are we paying close attention to why something is being shared, not just the what?

             If we listen with our whole sacred self, we are giving another person the chance to heal.  And when we offer a caring place to set that burden, we are promoting healing from within, for ourselves, by being a generous listener.

             Although at first I thought this daily draw maybe didn’t quite match our message, but then I saw the connection as soon as I read the guidebook line of, “true happiness comes from following the dictates of your soul.”  Because when we choose Joy, we are better suited to help others in getting there for themselves.

choosing joy

“Following Your Bliss  ~

‘My soul sings with joy!’

Card meaning:

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.  You don’t need to do it all at once, but you do need to start.

The Universe wants you to know:

If you don’t follow your bliss now, when will you? If  you have 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, 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?  What is blocking me from living a life filled with joy?

Affirmation:

My soul sings with joy.”

Today’s Deck:

Gateway Oracle Cards by Denise Linn

Today’s Music To Write (and Bake) By:

is THIS delightful* CD we found at the library on Tuesday.  (Good job, Dan!)

             (The baking update will be in tomorrow’s post.)

*If the place sounds like an area full of sounds that I’ve recommended before, that’s because it is and I have.  When I linked to Natalie MacMaster, one of my all time favorite talented women.

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