Soul Pleasing

             So much of our journey is about education.  And then, as we gain knowledge, it turns in to perception.  When we learn of history and purpose, we become better suited, more at ease, happier.

             We move forward, ever spiraling upward, always gathering wisdom and experience.  It helps us to place our focus on a:

Gratitude Attitude

             It may feel old at this point, dated, or even clichéd to say this.

             But, it’s important if we are to balance the very sour and disappointingly painful other goings on around us.  Saying that we Choose Joy is not ignoring reality (and all the horror it currently involves), it is more about intentionally opting to appreciate the gifts around us.

             To take our daily blessings, our small treasures found in the day-to-day, for granted, or worse, to feel entitled to them, does no one any good.  It cheats us of that pleasure.  (And it moves us up the list, on our way to being the worst person in the room).

             Life is challenging.  That’s a fucking fact.  But another truth is that there’s plenty to find pleasure in.  When we approach each new phase, hour, day, week, whatever, with a gracious and joyful demeanor, we give to ourselves and we give to our loved ones.

             It’s not easy.  It’s just simple.  And in complete validation, we have been presented (gifted!) with this.

choose joy

“Peaks Of Joy  ~  33  ~

‘Your life is filled with happiness, 

so share it with others!’

Joy is yours today!  No matter what your inquiry, you will be happy with the results.

You are coming closer to a sense of achievement, and you’ve worked hard for it.  You’re surrounded by true companions, and events that are synchronistically arranged to bring you to the next level of your life.

The world is singing a beautiful harmony.  Life is exhilarating and hopeful.

Let gratitude fill your heart and remember to share your happiness.  Joy is contagious!”

Today’s Deck:

The Enchanted Map Oracle Cards by Colette Baron-Reid

attitude of gratitude

Today’s Moment of Gratitude:

is for community, family, support, and knowing that we are never truly alone.  Please, stay hopeful.

 

 

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Our Un-Tidiness

             We’ve definitely spoken before about how our adventure here sometimes leads us down roads and paths we never anticipated traveling.  Well.  I went there this week.  Literally, and figuratively.

             A bit of (formerly mysterious) health situation has now been clearly diagnosed.  And treated (if that’s the right term for: excising).  I’ve had my gallbladder removed, emergency-surgery style.

             What do we learn from shit like this?  Not to take ANYthing for granted, sure.  Not to let a day go by without saying nice words to loved ones, certainly.

             But, also:

life is messy!

             We wear messy bodies, making our messy little journeys, as we experience (and hopefully savor) messy existences.

             Nothing is tidy, nothing is sure, nothing is static.  We, daily, waver and change.  We grow and we have set-backs.  Most of all, we have our lives.   And they, unquestionably, can be a bit of a mess.

             It’s been a shock.  Physically, as well as emotionally.  It has thrown my Intuitive Eating on its head.  It was BEYOND unexpected.  Truthfully?  I am still a bit confused by the entire sudden ordeal.

             And, it’s my new normal.  I must heal.  I must rest.  I must mull over the changes taking place.

             For guidance, I’ve drawn this for us all.  And I’ll be transcribing both directions, they are valid.  As always, they are validating, too.

 

messy life

“Rescue  ~  16  ~

‘You are always safe and secure,

and free to be yourself!’

Upright

Asking for help isn’t easy for many successful people.  However, that’s what you need to do now as you expand your life.

If you find yourself troubled, you can expect help with whatever issue is at hand now.  You need only ask, and assistance will come your way.

The most important support you can count on is from Spirit.  Get into a right relationship with the Divine, and you will see that many conditions line up as if by magic to provide you with all the help you need.

Ask and you will receive.  There is no need to fear.  Safety is a place within.

Reversed

Are you trying to rescue another?  Do you believe that your live can change someone and miraculously heal this person? 

Or . . . . . are you waiting to be rescued?  Do you believe that someone will sweep you of your feet and take away all of your problems?

Reversed, the Rescue card cautions you against romanticizing your situation right now.  Look closely and see reality as it is rather than the illusion of how you’d like it to be.

You need to step back and rescue yourself.  Trust that the Spirit world will guide you to expose the illusion so that you may discern the difference between truth and fantasy.”

Today’s Deck:

The Enchanted Map Oracle Cards by Colette Baron-Reid

Today’s Affirmation:

( it’s worth repeating )

Safety is a place within me.

I am always safe, secure, protected.

I am free to be myself.

 

 

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On Topic

             Continuing our theme from last time, we’re still looking at You Help Me, I Help You intentions.  Much like the “it takes a village” attitude, today’s message focuses on the whole.

             We watched an incredible PBS special the other night, featuring dolphins (which, as everyone knows, are right up there with whales and sharks on my Love List).  The way these communities pull together is inspiring.  They keep each other alive!

             And that’s what the Universe wants us to spend time with.  The living portion of our daily expressions and movements.  Being entirely present and alive.  Together.

Team Effort

             We need our loved ones, they need us.  When we lose one/When one goes Home, we feel that loss enormously.  We know they’re fine, but we miss them.

              This makes those around us even more valuable.  If we don’t co-exist in harmony, no one can exist at all.

            We have each other.  This is the key.  Support, it is more valuable than we can ever understand.

              To validate this important lesson, we’ve been gifted with reminder of how we are all teachers and we are all students.  Together, we make up this classroom.  Together we occupy this enriching place where we can all learn and grow and thrive.

it takes a village

“Follow The Leader  ~  40  ~

‘Every life is a teaching tool for others.  Your authenticity and honesty are an example to those around you.’

You are being called to lead others by example.  Your wisdom has been earned as a result of your bravery in the adventures of your life.

The existence of battles won and lost, places discovered, tears shed, and joy revealed have placed you in a unique position to be of service to others.

Your suffering has been crystallized into a talisman of wisdom.  Now you must share it.

By being fully authentic, you will lead others into the light.  You’ll be required to divulge some things about your past so that you may help someone else.

Lead with love.

There is another message here as well.  Look to those whose great character and accomplishments you admire.  Emulate the leaders you respect.

You will then in turn have more to offer.”

Today’s Deck:

The Enchanted Map Oracle Cards by Colette Baron-Reid

Today’s Sharing:

is this view from Instagram.

             It seems that if you don’t have an account, you aren’t able to see the pictures posted there.  Last time the link wouldn’t allow me to attach anything but the site address.  Looks like we’re having better luck now!

 

 

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Stealth Style

             There’s a saying in the Christian mythos about “mysterious ways” in which the Universe works.  From my standpoint, as a practicing pagan, I have to partially agree.

             Often it feels as if life is happening TO US, instead of us living our life.  There seems to be only so much we can do about that.  Some of these decisions and situations we certainly sat down and mapped out.

             Others?  Well, those we look to Destiny, and the free will of all who are involved as the answer (and the blame).

             Our message right now, and where our focus has to be, is as close to a cliché as I can tolerate.  Problem is, it’s true, and important.

Disguised Blessings

             Possibly where we are and who we’re talking to is really the most perfect solution.  The future is malleable.

             The future is also our current reality when we arrive there.  Just as this moment now, is our truth.  Soon, today will be behind us.

             Let’s make each second count.  Let’s recognize those blessings and mysterious turns as the gifts that they are.  As we appreciate where we’ve been, honoring the place we sit now, while resting our eyes every so gently on where we may go next.

              The validation for this one is perfection.  (Again with the old adages, but ya know, maybe that, too, is part of our lesson.)

blessings in disguise

“Slow and Steady  ~  12

‘Slow and steady wins the race.’

This is the time for easy movement, unhurried steps, and a steady heart.

Trust that taking life at a more leisurely pace will give you greater access to your dreams.

Slowing down allows more contact with the juicier elements of your life.  Savor them.”

Today’s Deck:

The Enchanted Map Oracle Cards by Colette Baron-Reid

Today’s Sharing:

has no pictures.  But I’m sure you can imagine a towering stack of boxes in every room of a tiny house, some empty now, some still packed full, and a few with contents spilling out.

             That’s our current condition.  Definite progress, but, as the card says, it’s slow.

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Looking Close

             Is everyone as excited about new calendars as I am?  Of course, there won’t be resolutions.  We’ve learned so much!  And we now know that those are not necessarily productive, nor helpful.

             New pages though, with beautiful views?  All those hopes and possibilities?  Absolutely.

            That’s right what the Universe wants to remind us of today.  We have so much to be grateful for and to look forward to.  While at the same time being consciously here and present.

Imminent, and Now

             One of my major lessons, as everyone is aware, has to do with letting go.  It focuses on the power to NOT keep looking behind me.  This message, of being present but also acknowledging the joy in our future, can be challenging.

             Which is probably why it’s so important.   It’s a process that I might need to sit with, and feel all the edges of.  It’s also very promising, bringing inspiration, pulling us back to consciousness.

             Reviewing the past year is not the goal, but absorbing what we learned there, that does have value.  Finding the balance, that’ll be where we aim our mind and heart.

             Standing amongst my cards, in front of our altar, here is where I was directed.  This is a perfect draw, what with the current Mercury Retrograde we’re still involved with.  I’m including both parts from the Guidebook.

mercury retrograde

“Details, Details   ~   43   ~

‘The most powerful patterns are created within the tiniest details.

Pay attention.’

Upright:

This is the time to be aware of the fine print in all areas of your life.  Look at the details and leave the broad strokes for another time.

When this card appears in a reading, it is a sign to finesse a project, make small but meaningful gestures, or add a personal touch to your correspondence.

Be aware that what you need to know lies in the details.  If you are entering into an agreement of any kind, pay attention to them before, not after, when it’s too late.

Clarity and transparency are key.  You can gain great understanding by observing the minute body language, offhand remarks, and fleeting facial expressions that reveal the larger picture.

Reversed:

Heed the gentle warning that perfectionism will not lead you to what you desire, but instead will steer you way from it.

Nothing will be good enough when you become obsessed with being perfect.  No one can ever measure up to your scrutiny, and nothing that you can ever do will assuage that general feeling of not being up to par.

You are perfect already, just as you are.

Reversed, the Details Details card challenges you to accept things as they are in all their imperfections – to step into the world and engage it without any expectations.

You are exactly where you’re supposed to be.”

Today’s Deck:

The Enchanted Map Oracle Cards by Colette Baron-Reid

Today’s Sharing:

is to say that tomorrow marks my 9th year here.  Anniversaries for blogging seem to have fallen out of fashion.   But really, when was I ever concerned with trends set by other people?

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