It’s What We Can Do

             We live in a flawed world, with rules made up by people.  This is true.  But what is also true is that there are real rules.

             Universal Law is on a higher plane and of more value than the back-and-forth of ignorant, petulant man-babies.

             We feel confused because in our physical bodies it seems like we need to heed both.  In a way, we do.  However, we don’t need to be overwhelmed by either.

             Here’s what I’m hearing:

steady, with care.

             I understand this to mean that we can detach, we can employ SelfCare, we can reach out, or we can burrow down.  Whatever is the best fit for each of us, as individuals, we should do that.

             We absolutely do not have to be so entrenched in the news, the worry, the fear mindset that it sends us spinning out of control.

             Allow that “control” to wash away; we can allow ourselves to be calm, steady, at ease, of zen mind and soul (the body will follow).

             A great lesson for me lately has been to simply “be” in this small house we now call home.  I visit the different rooms, spend time in the space there.  I am not (as!) impatient about FINISHING!!! every corner, every shelf, every wall.

             I softly and slowly, with care, envision how each small area will look, eventually.  I rest there, I breathe there, I simply am there.

             Practicing this patience is dual purpose.  I’m stepping (literally) away from the frenzy, the media, the stupidity which makes my blood boil, and I walk (literally) in to a calm, steady place.  It’s like a moving meditation.

             I believe it can be done anywhere, and I encourage others to try it.  We can’t change all the rules, but we can change our attitude about them.  We can stay involved and current, but we don’t need to let the chaos infect us or our emotions.

             Here is the card I was drawn to as I listened and channeled and typed; as a validation, of course, it’s perfect.

stay steady and calm

“Inner Calling  ~  2

You can choose to see your biggest challenges as your best opportunities for inner change and growth.  The trials and ordeals we experience in life are actually for our soul’s evolution.

Take a moment to reflect back on past difficulties and identify how those experiences have made you stronger and wiser.

Now, turn your attention to the present, reminding yourself to take the drama out of your challenges and try to see how they are serving you.

Affirmation:

I choose to see challenges as ideal opportunities to work on my inner self.

I look for the blessings in all situations, past and present.

I am connected to the positive aspects of my experience.”

Today’s Deck:

Oracle Of The Angels by Mario Duguay

Today’s Sharing:

is something I just found out last night.  Did you know……. baby puffins are called PUFFLINGS?!  Of course, they can also be called chicks.  But come on!  Who would pass up a chance to say PUFFLINGS?!

 

 

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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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Squeezed. Then sweetened.

             Another big long painful stretch of work for me, no breaks, no days off.  My (hourly) mantra has been:

attitude of gratitude, be grateful for the job.

             But, ya know, it can be challenging, and I’m not super patient.  Hopefully now that some new folks have been hired (and some of MY suggestions have been heard and enacted), we won’t be going through this sort of torture again.

             At the end of it all, here’s what I heard,

lemonade.

             By which, of course, the Universe means, when we are gifted a basket full of golden citrus fruits . . . .

we are to celebrate.  To bake.  To make healthy juices.  To zest ’em and add to every damn thing we eat.

             Last place is still worthy of a prize.  We finished, we didn’t give up.  Even if we started over, we continued on.  We arose every new day and moved through it.

             And sometimes, we drank tasty lemonade.  Because the truth is, we CAN handle it.  We WILL be fine.  We DID set this all in motion.  We ARE worth it.

             On our card altar right now is an excellent validation, and just the right type of reminder.

respect

“Skunk  ~  7  ~  Reputation

Unlike other predatory animals, Skunk does not threaten your life, but threaten your senses.

Skunk is teaching you that by walking your talk and by respecting yourself, you will create a position of strength and honored reputation.

Learn to assert, without ego, what you are.  Respect follows.  Walk tall, be proud of accomplishments you have made.”

Today’s Deck:

Animal Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams and David Carson, illustrated by Angela C. Werneke

Today’s Sharing:

is this small piece I just spotted recently.  Jot it down, hold it close, I’ll be doing the same.

Forget yesterday,

don’t worry about tomorrow,

enjoy today.

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Grateful Learning

             There’s something about practicing Gratitude which absolutely changes us.  Not permanently, maybe.  But definitely in a small, gradual, and deep way.

             It’s one of those attitudes where, the more you do it, the easier it becomes to do.  Practice, that’s the key.

             Here is what I heard, and here is what the Universe wants us to focus on:

appreciation

here and now.

             To accept the gifts we’ve been handed is to be in Grace.  To be in the present.  To be our very best selves.  Because when we are appreciative, we are showing how much we truly care.

             For ourselves, as well as for others.  And when we share that Gratitude we enrich the very feeling that started it all.

             It’s about being kind.  It’s about being honest.  Also, it’s about knowing that what we have is something valuable.  Who we are, also valuable.

             More than that though, is where I was led when I went to see what the cards on our altar had to say.  Turns out, it’s also about how we absorb the unending amount of knowledge that surrounds us, those instructional opportunites which appear in nearly every moment.

appreciation

“Education  ~  35

‘Life is filled with lessons.  

Be teachable.’

Upright:

Wisdom comes from participating in life, not just reading about it.  This message suggests that you might not have enough knowledge about what you seek, the direction to take, your circumstances, or the nature of your inquiry.

Important information is coming.  Now is the time to go to school, ask a person who might know more than you do, or find a teacher or a course of study so that you can more clearly understand what the next right action must be.

Sometimes life unexpectedly sends you to an unfamiliar school, and you must learn by experience.  Now is the time to be teachable, open to changing your preconceived notions.

Be a student, and be willing to state the most powerful mantra of all: 

‘I don’t know – yet.’

Reversed:

Stubbornness, and the desire to know it all and be right no matter what, will not get you what you want.  Or could it be that you are afraid to be seen as someone who knows less than you’re supposed to?

Could you be flying through life by the seat of your pants, hoping no one will notice you’ve been skimming the surface of things?

Life is filled with lessons – some bitter, some sweet.  A strident ‘lust for certainty’ will never bring you the wisdom you seek.

Pretending to know more than you do won’t make you wise.  Be assured that not knowing is a magickal place to be.

All manner of mysteries are revealed.  Be open.  It’s okay not to know.”

Today’s Deck:

The Enchanted Map Oracle Cards by Colette Baron-Reid

Today’s Sharing:

is THIS PIECE.  Written by one of my amazingly talented and insightful nieces.  (I have several, and it’s wonderful.  As are they.)

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Positively Prospecting

              We’ve discussed differing viewpoints and perspective quite a bit, although not recently.  Today’s message has brought us back to it, but with a twist.

              Often we’ll have basic concepts and ideas in our heads.  (How we arrived there is as varied and individual as we are, but I must blame media and culture for the false ones.)  Regardless of these presumptions, where our path takes us is rarely in a direct line to any preconceived notions.

             And that can lead to disappointment and stress.

Expectation Frustration

               The view in our Mind’s Eye doesn’t match our actual life?  Well, the lesson here is that, it never will.  It may be better, worse, different, all of the above.

              Because Real Life, the true living of it can never be a movie, book, or idealized version.  Now, we can turn our experience INTO a fact-based tale.  But the telling won’t be our lives.

              Our lives, they’re simply our lives.  To be enjoyed, to be cried over, to try and improve, to grow within, to act upon.  To be in.

             And when we realize this fact, when we sit mindfully in a small quiet moment of our day, living our lives, walking our path, we can see the reality.  We can see where the gifts (and the obstacles) truly are.

             On our card altar, the daily draw has brought a helpful example of what to do when the “seeing” becomes a challenge.  Whether we go with a traditional interpretation, or if we substitute “father-like symbol” or even “paternal-societal-structure” won’t matter.  Feel the message.  It’s shown up for a reason.

              Release the expectations and allow acceptance to drape gently and helpfully over what we’ve been given.  Living life, that’s the goal.

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 “Father Healing  ~

‘Your personal power increases as you give any father-related issues to Heaven.’

This card shows you that you still may have some father issues left to heal.  The healing doesn’t need to take a lot of time – it simply requires your wiliness to be free of any old anger, grief, or fear related to a male parent.

Universal energies are either male or female.  Male energy is expansive and giving.  Female energy is nurturing and receptive.  If we’re unhealed with respect to our father, the Universe seems to be ungenerous.  If we are unhealed toward our mother, we won’t accept the gifts the Universe offers us.

The more you focus on the spiritual truth of your father, the more your heart will be receptive to the Universe’s continuous and all-encompassing giving.

Accept your rightful bounty, and open your arms to your Divine inheritance.  

Affirm:

I now focus on the love that is the spiritual truth of my father, and I hereby balance any karma between us.  I now let go of everything but the love and the lessons of my relationship with my father.”

Today’s Deck:

Magical Mermaids and Dolphins Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue

Today’s Sharing:

is a serene view, from Instagram.  (Tell me if the link works, this time.)

Not how I thought my day would go.  But it worked.

Not how I thought my day would go. But it was okay.

              I dropped the expectations, and I viewed from another angle.  Turned out, this method works nicely.  (Once ya figure it out, that is.)