Strength by Association

             I was going to say that it’s been a difficult past week in Mental Health, but truly, EVERY week has its challenges, for so many of us.  We don’t hear about the non-famous folks who are also struggling.  And that’s where my focus has turned.

             It’s not even really about “reaching out” as all the media is reminding us.  It’s more about the

staying connected.

             There are people who think this is our only life, and that there is no Source.  Who believe that we’re just bouncing around out here randomly, and then we die.  Well, that’s not how I understand it.

             Our goal is to do the very best we can, and the prize is that we can then go Home.  If our journey causes more pain than we can tolerate, sometimes, we bail early.

             This option leaves behind more hurt than can be measured.  And yet.  There are moments, times, people, who can only see that avenue, and no other.

             We can never know what our tolerance is until we have reached the breaking point.  It is one of the most individual aspects of who we are.

             Staying in contact with our loved ones, our co-workers, our community is the very best way to keep that pain from overwhelming us.  Just knowing that there is someone, anyone, we can depend on to share a tiny bit of that pain with can be enough.

             Another suggestion is to find what eases the discomfort, even for a glancing second.  And then, to share it.  To say, “hey, this works for me” so that others may, too, find a moment of relief.

             As always, it takes me no time at all to arrive in front of the most perfect stack of cards with the most validating message.

angel messages

“Angel of Self-Worth

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 you regain your sense of self-worth.  Feel her healing light penetrating 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, and all I am and all I do,

in the knowledge that I am part of Creation.

I am worthy of love.

I am worthy.

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 your heart and soul.

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

Today’s Deck:

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

Today’s Sharing:

is to say, without question, at times like these, when everywhere we turn there are reminders of suffering, please, practice Self-Care.  Take your three minutes, wrestle them out of every single fucking day.  You’re worth it, I’m worth it.

             Spend your valuable and sacred time sitting quietly.  Relax.  Don’t move.  Listen.  Recharge.  Breathe.  Perhaps even think about sending soothing and healing light to those who have more pain than they can carry right now.




Real Reason

             (Shhh, don’t say anything too loudly, but . . . . . . my mouth injury is improving, didn’t bite into it at all today, but I don’t want to mention it yet.  Fingers crossed, the healing continues to improve.  Thanks for all your well-wishes.)

             Today’s message took its time getting here.  Partly because my “morning” began differently from our usual routine.  But also due to the fact that I kind of needed to process it.

             As lessons go, this is not even close to new nor ground-breaking.   However, it is still valid and necessary, because . . . .

this is not about the physical 

             . . . . it never has been.  Our time here, as embodied beings, does have “elements” of physicality.  We’re WEARING these visages, after all.  But, the PURPOSE of our time here is to learn, advance, grow, and evolve.  None of that deals DIRECTLY with the tactile.

             It is primarily our emotions, our compassion, and our soul that we’re supposed to be focusing on.  So often though, we forget.  And then we worry about our weight, our debt, our lack of status belongings, our wrinkles, or any other useless material-related THING.  The channeled reminder, this message today, is to regain our original purpose.

             Let the monetary, physical aspects go.  Aim once more in the direction of simply being a better, kinder, more loving individual, from the inside out.  THAT is what our journey is all about.

             On our card altar, there has arrived a helper, to aid us in exactly this task.  (Although, the title of it is less than great.)

oracle cards, angel messages guardian angels, messages of sweetness

“Sweetness  ~  Guardian Angel  ~

Your guardian angel is asking you to notice and enjoy the nectar of life.  ‘You are sweet,’ our angel says to you, ‘and I can help you feel that happiness and joy.’  If you’ve felt toughened by life experiences, your angel can help you lower your defenses , while still being safe, protected, and respected.

This is also a message for you to treat yourself with tender sweetness.  Give yourself rewards and be kind to yourself.  Are  you pushing too hard with an ‘all work and no play’ approach to  life?  Be a sweetheart to yourself, and take some leisure time to play and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Your guardian angel will also help you bring sweetness into your relationship in ways such as speaking with love, acting out of kindness, being generous, giving sincere compliments, and being thoughtful.  As you show this extra consideration for others, it is sure to be returned to your plentifully.

The Universe and the angels are helping you fall back in love with life and enjoy its rich sweetness.”

             When we have made good progress on our insides, we are better able to move outwards to help others.

Today’s Deck:

Saints & Angels Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue

Today’s Sharing:

is an ornament that Dan picked up for me a few beach trips ago.  It was never in the right place at the right time, just couldn’t seem to get itself into the Yule box of decorations.

heceta head ornaments, florence oregon, oregon coast

That white-colored blob, above it and left, is the tail end of a (plastic!) popcorn garland, for size perspective. 
The entire thing is less than two inches tall.

             Last night it was hung on our Solstice tree.  (Which probably won’t be coming down for another two more weeks.  Possibly longer.)

A (Minor) Wrench In The Works.

             This will be brief.  I yanked some damn thing* in my back today.  Not because of any incident, crash, stress or strain, simply due to turning around on my bike to make sure the new bungee cord was holding what it was supposed to.  (It only sort of was.)  I’ll be fine, nothing huge.  It’s just stiff, intermittently painful, and irritating as shit.

*Most likely a pulled muscle.

             In travel news, my Hurricane has landed safely in New York City.  She’s staying here tonight, and moving on around noon-ish tomorrow.

The Jane NYC

This is nearly the entire room you are looking at.

             As she shares more, I’ll do the same.  Yes, she’s there on work business.  And yes, this is her first trip into that city.  I am so super excited for her.

              Here is our daily draw.  I need to just get through it, and go find my BioFreeze.  Plus the Arnica.  And take some more analgesics.


Five Of Wands  ~  Facing Challenges

             Fives are of us, of matter.  And Wands are of inspiration, of energy.  Often, when we put these two together, we get some dust-ups of the creative variety.  Be aware of this.  Also, know that when we learn through the rough patches, we deepen our lessons.

             One of the features of the way this deck is illustrated that I particularly like is how the staves make the shape of a Pentacle.  Any time I can work with a five-pointed star, I’m happy.  Even if there is conflict.  I’d rather there NOT be any tussling, but it is part of life.  Keeping that in mind, along with the Sacred Elements, will help us wade through, and get past, whatever is our currently disharmonious situation.

             Our message is about how we DEAL with the challenges we face.  Do we use our positive energy force?  Do we smile down the demons?  Do we put a more delightful spin on it all and search for our blessings?  Or do we wallow and whine and learn not a damn thing?  THAT part is up to us, as individuals, and as team members.

Today’s Deck:

Robin Wood Tarot

             I have no FLP report tonight because I was too busy twisting my spine around to keep eyes on my double-bags, but I do have a mini No Shampoo check-in for Day I-Don’t-Know-What (it began on the 3rd, so you do the math, not sure whether I should count the day I started or not), which is that, all of my dreadlocks have slipped away (or were gently untangled).  Also, I need to buy a better quality head broom.

             Brushing this ratty mop is part of the program.  I forgot that part.  Now I have to GET a damn tool.  On the plus side, that vinegar smell absolutely does go away.  However, I’m thinking of switching it for lemon juice next time I rinse.  Because, why not?