How Dynamic We Are

             As you may know, I have a “day” job.  One of my tasks, pretty much on an hourly basis (if not more often), is giving my opinion.

             Travelers ask what I think.  They ask about the campus.  They ask about local sights and events.  They ask me, and this is the number one question, where I think they should eat dinner.

             I have two quick answers.  Because: distance from our hotel, and quality.  Generally the people asking me this question have high expectations.

             I don’t let them down.  I deliver.  And that’s because these two restaurants, which I always recommend, never let ME down.

             Our message today has to do with tuning in to, and following along with, those instincts we’re all born with.  It’s about being ourselves, our sacred selves.

             The Universe would like to remind us that we are powerful beings.  We have strength.  We have compassion.  We have an inner knowing.  We have

 Spiritual Fortitude

             To honour the fact that we all come from Source, and will return back to Source, we need to remember our Divine Value.  When I make those recommendations, I am confident. I know the food and service will be remarkable, in a good and healing way.  The experience with be positive.

             In other aspects of my life?  I falter.  I fall down.  I waver.  I fail.  I am flawed.  But in the areas where I know?  I stand strong.  I am bold.

             This encourages me.  It helps me to help those who ask for my assistance, or my guidance.  Or, my recommendations.

             The perfect validation has appeared on our (still incomplete) card altar.  Sadly, the guidebook went missing in this move.  So, I’m going to take my own advice and type out what comes through me, with confidence and strength of knowing.

sacred selves

“Life Review

Archangel Jeremiel:

‘Take inventory of your life, and resolve to change or heal anything that is unbalanced.’ “

             It can be simple.  We make it more complicated.  Where there is negativity, remove it.  Where there is unhappiness, let the sorrow go.  Where we find ourselves uncomfortable, move on.

             It might be a VERY difficult choice.  But when we look back, do we WANT to say we spent all of that time suffering?  Or do we want to enjoy all the moments that we can?

Today’s Deck:

Archangels Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue

Today’s Additional Resources:


Today’s Sharing:

is to say that I know you’re curious.  Here are the two restaurants,

Cafe Soriah and Davis.  Both names, clickable links to their websites.

             Last night, I was treated to a gorgeous meal at Soriah, made (specifically for me!) by the owner and executive chef himself.  It was so amazing, I cried.  He was beyond kind and generous; the food and service  were extraordinary.





Force of Life

             We are a people who like our specifics.  We are basically animals with label-making machines in our hands.  We feel a need to categorize and order all that we can.

             Which, I think, is sometimes why we argue about religion so much.  Everyone wants to put their sticker on the biggest prize.  Or, conversely, in the case of atheists, to slap a big ol’ N/A tag on the void.

             Regardless of what we call this phenomenon, those of us who do believe in something would prefer for it/them/her/him to be called by a proper name.

             The message I’ve been getting, and the songs I’ve been hearing, are reminding us that it makes not one damn bit of difference HOW we refer to our spiritual source, just so long as we continue to make the recognition.  And to do it in our own individual way.


             Whether we go to church, or attend no organized serves of any sort, just stopping somewhere in our day (or week, or whenever) to sit in holiness is a gift.  A moment for our soul to really rest and see and reach out to others.

             Those sacred seconds are precious, and needed.  It is necessary for us all to stop.  To have a time for Quiet.  For prayer.  For reflection.  For meditation.  For just stepping off the messy and loud ride we call this life, and taking a few deep breaths, taking a pause in our daily busy-ness.

name of god

           “You’re not thinking about loving.

you’re just being love –


like the sun.”

             This is a view of our upstairs hall, and it suits us perfectly right now.  Some ancestors worshiped the Sun, and that was ideal for them.  This is a validating reminder to set the title tapes down, and look within.  Holding and honouring our own impression, our own faith, that’s the key.  Not who or what we call it.

Today’s Resource:

Ram Dass 2016 Wall Calendar

Today’s Moment of Irony: 

is that just after I got this post written, I saw there is some kind of television event coming up called The Story of God.  When I read the headline, I just said, “thanks” and laughed at how awesome these signs are.



             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.)


Raw and Real Recognition

             We took the day off, left town.  (I know!)  Heading towards some forests and falls that I’d never seen before.  We’re in a drought, so water levels were low.

             Still, every stop we made was more lovely than the last.  I truly do live in a beautiful and wild place.

lane county oregon

             Here’s what I heard as we explored and rested and snacked and enjoyed:

This is what we get.

             Our adventures are about acceptance and appreciation.  Did we see the ocean on this daytrip?  No. Was what we did experience just as terrific and wonderful and necessary?  Without a doubt.

             And that’s what the Universe wants us to remember.  Here we are.  Because here is where we are currently supposed to be.

             Also, who we are.  We’re doing what we’re doing and being who we’re being because it’s right and appropriate at this moment.

lane county oregon

             It’s a gift.  This journey.  One in which we learn and grow and evolve and experience and share.

             Hold it.  Keep it in your heart.  Store it in your soul.  This is what we get.

Today’s Resources:


and Wildwood Falls.

Today’s Sharing:

is to send you HERE, so that you can see me in action, literally receiving this very message.  And HERE for some pure nature.  Plus, HERE for one more view.


Eye of the Beholder

             There are Universal Laws and all-encompassing truths, within which we all live.  What we don’t always realize though, is how simple we are able to pare our sacred selves down to.  While still maintaining that truthful reality.

             As people, sharing space here, we have far more commonalities than we do differences.  But only when viewed with that aspect of removing the dishonest, falsely created complications can we see it, can we see others and their similarities.

             All of us, our soul journey, our life experience is ……….

a mixed bag.

             There must be a balance.  Very often we feel wrong-footed, and begin to topple.  Losing our center, losing our balance.

             If we were to look at the Mixed Bag we’ve gathered, peering inside to see all the treasures and trash, we could sort out the reasons for our imbalance.  Tossing out* what we no longer need.

*Composting or recycling, never into the landfill!

             What I saw with this message was not, as we might expect, a set of scales, or an actual bag.  No, I was shown a stylized version of the human form.  With the arms and legs and middle and neck and head holding groups of items.

             The “bag” is us.  We are the containers.  We hold the mixed-up lessons and gifts.  We are the scales.

             Our gathered contents have to be balanced, to keep us balanced and on track.  When we feel overwhelmed or loaded down, it’s because our Mixed Bag has become too stuffed full of that which we no longer need to carry.

             Time to unpack.  Time to let go.  Time to make a trip to the recycle center and pass those items on to their next loving home.

             As we look to our card altar right now, this reminder is validated by showing where else we can utilize balance.

light beings

“Goddess of Beauty  ~

‘You are a wondrous being of light;

there is nothing to change or fix.’

You are a wondrously beautiful being of light, yet you cannot see it because you are comparing yourself to others instead of looking honestly and lovingly at yourself.

Meditate upon the image of this card and allow your light and natural beauty to shine through.  You are beautiful just as you are.  There is nothing to change or fix; just love and accept yourself as you are.

As you honour the beautiful person that you are, others will feel the light and warmth radiating from you.

As a result, you will attract wonderful and generous people into your life that will love and appreciate you for all you truly are.

Just be yourself – that is where your beauty lies!”

Today’s Deck:

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

Today’s Sharing:

is this view from tonight’s Instagram.

A pair of pairs.

A pair of pairs.

             Gifts from Nature, and discovering a CLEARANCE sale on sandals.  Yep, that’s what makes for a great day.