Void/Valid

             There’s a concept in art (and decor of many types) that deals with the manipulation and utilization of blank areas.  Empty places which are intentionally not filled in.

             This is a difficult one for me, I’m a filler.  A boarder-line hoarder who needs to gather and keep.  I have a hard time letting go.  Of anything.

             What I’ve been learning though, as I study (gather and hoard!), is that the more we let go, the more opportunities we have to get MORE STUFF!

             Here’s what I woke up with today:

available space.

            When we leave some “space” (making areas more “available” and accessible) we are opening up our entire lives to more options.  This is why change and release are so VERY important.  We have to do it, or nothing new can come in.

             And what if the next new thing is BETTER than the crap we need to get rid of?  If we don’t do the releasing, (instead, hanging on to every scrap, never taking anything out to the curb) we can’t have fun new surprises and fabulous new opportunities.

             Because, this is a Universal Law.  True, there is an infinite amount of space and prosperity.  However, there is a finite amount which we can accept.

             Partly due to our physical limitations, but also it comes down to the impeded and crushing-under-its-own-weight atmosphere that is created when the world is spinning along freely, but we’re holding on with a white-knuckled death grip dragging our feet and screaming for everything to just STOP.

             An easy way to get started is by listening to our daily draw message.  While cleaning is decidedly NOT a fun task for me, that feeling when you’re finally fucking done, is kinda nice.

             (As I said, this is a process for me, too.  So don’t think I’m all “de-cluttered” – I am not even close.  What I am, is starting to understand it.)

have fun

“Angel of Pleasure  ~

‘Take pleasure in the things you do.’

The message for you today is to start to take pleasure in all the things you do.  It’s not all about hard work, achievements, and performance.

What is important is that you make the most of every moment in your life.  Start to do more things that bring you pleasure and that bring pleasure to those you love, work, and play with.

Try it.  You may be surprised to find that when things become pleasurable, you accomplish more, with less stress and effort.”

Today’s Deck:

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

Final FLP Report:

begins with this view.

license plates

Virginia

             And finishes with another Virginia, two separate Tennessees, an Ohio, South Dakota, Kansas, Arkansas, BC, two Floridas, a new York, and one new New Mexico.

            This feature has no officially come to an end.  Those changes I mentioned a few days ago?  Yeah, this is part of it.  As I said, I will absolutely keep you posted all along the way.

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Deservedly

             Was everyone able to sit down for a quick few minutes and practice the suggested meditation in yesterday’s daily draw?  If not, bookmark that page and try to get back to it.  (Sooner, rather than later.)

             It’s directly connected to today’s message, so I recommend carving out a few moments.  (I did mine while plugged in to a Tibetan bowl-ocean waves app on my phone, while the Deputy was trying out a new recipe and listening to baseball games.)

Must Needs

             In this case, self-care rules the day.  As I mentioned, it’s been challenging out.  All over the place folks are struggling right now, the energy levels are extremely intense.

             To counter this (or rather, to work on fully accepting it), we must begin within.  It always starts with ourselves.  That’s the line we must cross before we can go any further.  Our significant first and intentional step.

             And when we grab those few holy moments, those quick sacred minutes, for slowing and quieting the stress, the healing immediately begins.  We have shown our subconscious that we matter.  That we are worth this gift, the gift of time and space.

             If it’s tough, the road rocky and full of obstacles, and we don’t step out of the struggles?  We STILL don’t feel better!  And then, no one else does either.

             We’ve gained nothing by doing nothing.  When, we could gain something (something enormous), by doing this small and selfless thing.

             Standing before our card altar earlier, I was directed to the best helpers we have access to.  Absolutely, we are validated.  Who better to take care of the care-takers?

archangel azrael

“Comfort  ~

Archangel Azrael:

‘I am with you in your time of need, helping your heart to heal.’

Additional Message:

‘Even the strongest person experiences upsetting situations, and there’s no shame in taking time to heal your heart.  This is a good time for quiet reflection upon your true feelings.

Write them down in a private journal, and then call upon me to bring comfort to your heart and mind.  I can help you sleep better at night, and put your mind at ease.’

Working with Archangel Azrael:

Azrael’s aura is a beautiful shade of vanilla cream, a very pale yellow tone.  He surrounds grieving and dying persons with this loving light to bring comfort.  When Azrael is around, you may see eggshell-colored twinkling lights in a room.

The crystal, creamy yellow calcite is calibrated to Azrael’s energy, so holding or wearing it may lend additional comfort.”

Today’s Deck:

Archangel Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue

Today’s FLP Report:

begins with this view from downtown recently.

Virginia!

Virginia!

             Then, today, we saw another Virginia.  (So, of course, Dan had to sing the song.  Loudly.)

             We also noticed two Michigans within half an hour of one another, not the same vehicle just staying close to us.  Then earlier in the week, one Wisconsin, a BC, some plate that got past us (could have been Texas, but doubtful), and an Ohio.

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Big Wide Open Results

             When we talk about opportunity, we’re really talking about our own forward momentum.  We know that we’re traveling along this path, but do we ever know where the fuck we’re going?

             I mean, sometimes we catch a glimpse, and it’s inspiring as hell.  But then, the clouds come in, the sky lowers, and we’re fumbling down that pot-holed, shitty flooded street again.

             Then we have to rest.  Sit on the curb, or duck into a protected doorway if the rains arrive.  While we wait out this latest storm, new ideas pop up.  Brilliant thoughts of our possible future.

All The Options!

             Sure, we could follow up on many of them.  But will we?   Do we have the stamina to take All The Chances?  Or, should we lean here, holding our umbrella, and  wait for another chance?

             Inspiration is everywhere.  And it’s much less flashy than we imagine.  Mostly, it’s in the reality of where we are now.  In the simple views out the kitchen window.  In the bus driver’s smile, or the friend’s comforting hug.

             Let’s look at where our daily draw is taking us, in connection to this message.  There’s always hope and there’s always a choice.  And weather, not always an option, but always a factor.

             (Also, one person’s dream destination is another individual’s living hell, just sayin’.)

opportunities

“Dry Desert  ~  31  ~

‘Dig deep for inspiration and truth.

Now is the time to become resilient and adaptable.’

Upright:

Is your life presenting you with opportunities that seem to yield nothing?  Have your ideas dried up?  Does it feel like you’re on an endless journey through a dry, hot, lifeless desert?

This card reminds you that there are times when you are meant to become resilient as you journey through harsher circumstances.  You’re being required to conserve your energy – until, after consistent effort, you reach the oasis you are searching for.

Consider the creatures that live in these conditions: they have adapted to thrive in spite of the outer environment.  In a desert, water – essential for life – can be found deep underground.

Go deep within yourself now . . . find your truth there.  Let Spirit sustain you while you locate the real Source.  Whatever it is that you are asking about will not be found in the conditions you are in until you move past the surface of things and choose to do the real work and discover the answers deep within you.

This may not seem like the productive time, but looks are deceiving.  This is a most important place to find what’s truly right for you.

Reversed:

The subject of your inquiry is barren and can’t give you anything right now.  No matter how beautiful and seductive the shimmering glow of a mirage, this is the illusion.

When the Dry Desert card is reversed, it is a warning not to be hypnotized into thinking you will achieve your desire.  This well is empty.

Consider the gift here, though . . . know that while this is not the right place, person, or circumstance for you at this moment, it means that something better, more fulfilling, and life sustaining is coming.

Celebrate the warning and be grateful.”

Today’s Deck:

Enchanted Map Oracle Cards by Colette Baron-Reid

Today’s FLP Report:

shows that the students are back from Spring Break, and they drove a long damn ways to get here.  One each: Kentucky, Wyoming, Arkansas, Michigan, Illinois (in SUCH an illegal plate frame), Kansas, Tennessee, and Missouri.

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Tranquil Strength

             Sometimes, when one thing sits next to another thing, it doesn’t seem to correspond, or even get along.  And yet.  Together, they make a match we wouldn’t have thought possible.

             Today’s message arrived in two parts.  Both are calm, neither are complicated.  They are smooth, and yet, super powerful.

Peace and Release

             We are being asked to find our personal sanctuary, and then work from there.  We are being reminded of how “turning the other cheek” is strong, not passive.

             The reminder is that, we heal best in tranquil settings.  Are we seeking out those places now?  Or are we simply “making due” with what we think is good enough?  Because, from what I was shown, it absolutely is not.  Not even close.

             During tumultuous circumstances it is our duty, our honour, to stand tall, to radiate serenity, to share lovingkindness.  To be the example.  To act with Divine wisdom, to oppose fear and rage.

              To let go.  Truly, we know that it helps us.  We just keep forgetting.

             As a timely and validating reminder, we’ve returned to our regular rotation around the card altar for this daily draw.

sacred ritual

“The Altar Priestess  ~  39  ~

preparation, prayer, sacred ritual

The stage is set, and the world is waiting for you to take your place in sacred meditation and prayer.  As your Ally, the Altar Priestess brings the ritual of reverent interaction with the mundane world.

You are being required now to see everything as sacred, all of life as a meditation, and every action as a prayer of devotion.  When you’re able to perceive the world this way, your question will lead you to the appropriate answer.

If all is sacred, how can anything be wrong?  Ask how you can shift your consciousness to see your circumstances through the eyes of the Divine and you will realize how perfect and sacred everything is right now.”

Today’s Deck:

Wisdom Of The Hidden Realm Oracle Cards by Colette Baron-Reid

FLP Report:

begins with a really pretty Alabama plate we’d never seen before, and continues with a new New Mexico, plus one Washington DC (super rare), a single one each, Tennessee and Wisconsin; ending with an Arizona sighting that had a frame which confused us for miles.

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Actively Patient

             The first time I heard the phrase (said in a condescendingly obnoxious voice) “it is what it is” I was not a fan.  But later, and since then, I have begun to understand the meaning and depth behind it.  (Once I removed the snobbishly flippant attitude, and changed it to “this is what it is.”)

             Since we are, clearly, about to revisit the idea of Acceptance, this message could be considered thematic.  But I don’t believe that’s the case.  It feels like a stand-alone, to me.

At Exactly The Correct Time

             We know that the truth of the matter is, we can’t learn our lessons out of order.  Just as we aren’t able to gather our rewards until AFTER we learn our lessons.

             Since time is not linear, it isn’t important when we get any of this done.  We have forever!  On the other hand, aren’t we all sometimes just achingly impatient?  Of course.  And that’s part an even larger challenge.

             When we’re feeling rushed, or conversely, like something is simply taking for fucking ever, we have the same solution: letting go of time.

             Once we release that struggle, the rest falls in to place.  Exactly when it needs to.

             And then, we get presents.  Like our daily draw.  All we need to do is say a gracious Thank You.

joy guides

“Gifts  ~  6  ~  Joy Guides

Receiving, Surprises, Kindness, Blessings

The Universe is constantly showering you with gifts.  The problem arises when so many of these Divine offerings go unnoticed and are therefore unaccepted.

Your Joy Guides are on hand, though, acting as messengers to help correct this problem.  They ask you to start counting your blessings, day after day, taking care not to miss any or take any for granted.

Your Joy Guides delight in showering you with gifts, and encouraging you to expand your heart’s capacity to receive all that they have to offer.  

Start each morning by asking them to surprise you with something wonderful during the day; then, just before going to bed, list all the wonderful things they’ve bestowed upon you.

See how the list grows longer and longer each day.  Their only request is that you acknowledge these offerings and thank the Divine Mother and Father God for their endless generosity.

The Joy Guides’ message:

open your heart, and expect good things to come.”

Today’s Deck:

Ask Your Guides Oracle Cards by Sonia Choquette

FLP Report:

is longer than I realized, since I haven’t shared it in a while.  Beginning with two Virginias and two Minnesotas and two Wisconsins, then a single Florida, one standard Montana, a Tennessee, Wyoming, New York, Pennsylvania, and (the always questionable) Hawaii.

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