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Let Love Flow from Your Heart

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We live in troubling times...

We live in sad times...

In a time of much despair...

But, it is because we have forgotten we belong to each other. We have forgotten that at our essence we are Love. And we can shine that love. We can increase the Love that is on this planet. We can make a difference...

Every book I pick up recently has the same message.

The world needs your love and mercy. The world needs your kindness. We come into this world as pure love, but we forget who we are at our essence.

So, let's take a moment right now to remember who we are.

Yes, right now!

Stop!

Find a comfortable seat. Close your eyes...

Place one hand over your heart. And your other hand over that one, as if you were holding or caressing your own heart...

Feel your beating heart. Listen to it...

Visualize that every heartbeat pluses with Love...

FEEL that Love!

Let it embrace you and saturate every fiber of your being...

FEEL it's warmth!

Your heart and body is filled to overflowing!

Now send that Love out! Send i…

Practicing Radical Kindness

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The world needs your kindness...

And it needs mine as well...

It needs ALL of our kind acts, if we are to survive as a nation and as a planet...

I have been reflecting on this a lot of late, wanting so desperately to withdraw further from the world, and I've already done a good job of that. Yet, I cannot ignore so much of what I read that brings to mind the urgency of needing to change our directions - as peoples, as nations, as religious traditions, as leaders, and as the trampled and abused earth that we live on. 

I am forced to weigh the impact of my actions, of my thoughts, of my words...

The Dalai Lama has often written that kindness is his religion. He has taught that we do not need complicated philosophies or religions to abide by - we just simply need more kindness. We just need to exercise more kindness overall...

The story of the Good Samaritan especially comes to mind here. A man of a different tradition and nation - chooses to make a difference - he exercises kindness and me…

A Divided Heart

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Sometimes we must live, caught between one place and the other.

Sometimes, we are unsure of where we are and how we feel - or where we are going.

Sometimes, we must live, with a divided heart.

The insight came to me, on my walk yesterday morning, as the day began to steam up.

Why is it that we often feel divided?

We can be divided within ourselves in so many ways:

Divided in what we think - and the guilt that we have for thinking that way...

In what we we want, as opposed to what we have...

Where I work, and what I really want to do...

Where I am, and where I want to be...

Where I live, and where I want to go...

Who I am with, and who I want to spend time with...

Who I see, and who I yearn to be with...

How I spend my time, and how I really would prefer to spend it...

How things actually unfold in my life, and not how I wish they would do so...

The choices I made, instead of the ones I really wanted to make...

Why must we live with a heart and life divided?

Things rarely go as they should, or at least…

Animal Offerings

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Messages come in many ways - if we have the ears to listen, the eyes to see, and the heart to feel...

I receive several of them on a walk this week, and it has taken me days to reflect on them and explore their meaning for me...

The day is beautiful - cool, crisp, and lit up by a brilliant blue, and cloudless sky. I am anxious to get going and commence my daily litany of prayers, meditations, and dialogue with the Other Side...

Almost immediately, I am stopped by a beautiful doe several feet in front of me. I glanced to look at my feet momentarily - and when I looked back up - there she was, seemingly having materialized out of thin air.

I look at her - and she peers at me very intently. I begin to speak to her - heart to heart and soul to soul.

She listens, and almost seems to nod, and then takes a few steps toward me. I do not move, afraid of scaring her away, so we continue our dance of beholding one another and communicating silently.

She moves off to the side, gracefully for a few pace…

Love and Illusion

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The sun rises and unveils a brilliant blue and cloudless sky...

The crisp coolness of an early June morning takes my breath away,,,

Two cardinals sit on my deck bistro chairs facing each other and I imagine they are chatting happily...

It is as if all is well with the world, but I know that it is not...

And yet, all is impregnated with the Presence of the Divine... I KNOW it - as all mystics know and feel this in their bones. Thus, I have never - and could never question or doubt what I feel is more real in my life than most things...

I walk and pray and pray and walk - open to the insights and messages I receive from my guides on the Other Side of the Veil...

They come every time - because I invoke their presence and ask for their guidance. In the words of Yogananda I beseech them to:


"Lead me from ignorance to wisdom, From restlessness to peace, And from desire to contentment."
I reflect on the state of the world, the divisiveness, the hatred and violence and I am told that it is al…

Love and Acceptance

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I believe we receive exactly the messages and insights we need, exactly when we need them. But, you have to be open to receiving those messages!

Several times, in the last few weeks, I have received variants of the same basic insights.

Yesterday, I drew two cards from the Tosha Silver deck of "Change Me Prayers." I only meant to draw one. But something told me to take one more.

And here they are - Love and Acceptance.

May be I be changed into one who loves and accepts unconditionally all that I am given - in terms of challenges, opportunities, insights, gifts, blessings, relationships and burdens.

I know, it is easier said than done...

But the thing is, we are always wiser in hindsight. We can see things with a clarity we did not have when we were deep in a situation. Or, we might not ever see the experience for what it was - or what it gave birth to. More often than not, the choice is ours.

I know I will never be perfect. I know I will fail at times. But I choose to be as open as …

Let it Go and Let it Flow

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The words come to me, easily, and gracefully on a morning walk, as I reflect on challenges and unwanted changes - it is as if I can literally hear them whispered in my ear...


"Let it go and let it flow..."
I am invited to release all that does not serve. 

I am invited to change...

I am invited to grow and transition into a higher vibration...


"Let it go and let it flow..."
What is meant to be flows effortlessly and in my heart of hearts I know that all will unfold as it is meant to be...

We cannot go backwards in time - only forward - and yet I know that all that really matters is the present moment...


"Let go and let it flow..."
I step into the waters of grace and accept the invitation to all that is being offered even if I do not know where it will all lead me. I trust it will all unfold in Divine Order...


"Let it go and let if flow..."
An ocean of Love calls out to me and I choose to leave behind all that no longer serves...


"Let it go and let it fl…

In the Heart There is No Distance

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In the heart, there is no distance or time...

These words come to me on a walk mere days before I am off to see a friend move on to the next chapter of her life...

There is sadness on this walk, and a feeling of impending loss. But the angels whisper in my ear:

In the heart, there is no distance or time...

I drive into the mountains and country on a magnificent and glorious day - the air so crisp and clean, I can almost taste it, and there is not a cloud in the sky. My heart is overflowing with gratitude and appreciation for this sacred time with a mystical companion.

It is the Feast of St Julian of Norwich, whose sacred mantra has fed my soul for decades:

"All shall be well,
and all shall be well,
and all manner of thing shall be well."

My dear friend and soul companion and I, often ended our conversations with this gentle reminder through many challenges and trials and tribulations. Tonight, we will light tea candle holders with this beautiful prayer and affirmation.

I arrive to her…

Endings and Beginnings

I walk in the rain feeling sadness, at impending changes and endings - all the while knowing they lead to new beginnings...

I know intuitively, that the only constant in life is change...

That does not mean this is easy...

I give up opportunities that a decade ago, I would have done anything to have, but now they are not right for me - it is all a matter of timing...

There are other responsibilities now, and flexibility of time is of utmost importance...

I am well aware of the fact that I am not getting any younger, and am simply not up to speed in so many areas. Things that came easily would now require so much more work, and I no longer have the same energy I once did...

I feel lost - having given up so much - relationships, opportunities, perhaps even my place in this world...

So much has come and gone...

And yet, it is all in the natural order of things...

Today I walk in the rain - yesterday I walked in the intermittent sunshine - and yet the feeling in my heart was different. My heart wa…

You Are Not Alone

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Recently I reassured someone close to me, that every single person and family has their travails and sorrows. No one is without drama. But it is how we deal with it all that matters...

We are not alone in our experiences, and - we have a choice in how we decide to respond to any given situation, always...

And the thing is, we are ultimately always responsible for our choices.No one else is...

If truth be told, despite whatever we may think, I cannot change your life - and you cannot change my life...

We can however, help each other through transitions - if we are open to receiving what is being offered...

I shared some of this in my meditation group today. Everyone nodded and shared their own version of the same story...

We are not alone in this life. That is very comforting...

I believe we are supported in ways seen and unseen. I cannot imagine what and where I would be without this feeling and deep belief. All we have to do is slow down and listen. And ask for the what we need. The help ar…

Numbers Speak

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The last few months have been stressful and fraught with all sorts of tensions and drama. I suspect many can say that it has been the same for them.

I have always been interested in numerology, and I often see numerical patterns or sequences such as 11:11 or 12:12, 2:22, and so forth. Each one of these sequences has a unique meaning. 

But we also have special combinations of numbers that speak only to us, and that only we see and recognize.  Mine is 10:17. 

Often, throughout the course of the day, I might see different sequences several times. In fact, recently I wrote about seeing 11:11 on my dashboard as I was stopped at a red light.

And lately, I am seeing patterns constantly, because I have definitely needed more reassurance than most times.

So why are numbers important? 

They are a reminder that we are not alone. That our loved ones who have passed, or angels, or beings on the other side are looking out for us.

Recently, within a 12 hour period, I saw the same sequence twice. I just hap…

A Season for Changes

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It is a time for changes...
It is a time for different seasons...
The spring season is here, or at least it is trying to make its way into our hearts and lives...
I have spent months out of sorts for many reasons, but those reasons need not be explored any more than I have already have...
I hear the birds outside, happily singing, and reminding me that change is always possible...
I reflect over and over again on so many failings on my part, realizing that each and every one of them is an invitation to grow. These failings hold up the mirror to where I need to do the work. And with whom...
I begin again...
I put one foot in front of the other, and try to remember that this is a gift denied to many. This day is a luxury many do not have...
There is always room for change...
There is always room for growth...
It is always a time for change...

I decide to make small changes today - just simple design changes to my social media platforms. I wish to embody a change in energy, or at least in the desir…

Everything is Inside of You

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I gather together with prayer companions during the middle of the week, and before we enter deeply into our meditation, I hear the lone cardinal that often visits during these times, trying to fly in through massive glass windows. He too, has been part of this circle of prayer warriors over the years, and he seems bent on trying to catch my attention.

I bring troubling concerns to this meditation, and then, out of nowhere, I shift gears stepping into an alternate universe where insights and peace flow freely, as I begin to settle in...

Poetic musings begin to flow effortlessly, enfolding me in a current of grace, as a gentle reminder, that indeed, all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well, as Julian of Norwich has insisted, since the 14th century...


"'The whole universe, IS inside of you. Therefore, ask all from yourself.'
So wrote the poet Rumi.
Everything that you need Is already within you - Waiting there patiently.
All the love that you need. All the support that…

Silence and Snails

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"I need to be silent for a while, worlds are forming in my heart." ~ Meister Eckhart
"Let mystery have its place in you; do not be always turning up your whole soil wit the plowshare of self-examination, but leave a little fallow corner in your heart ready for any seed the winds may bring, and reserve a nook of shadow for the passing bird; keep a place in your heart for the unexpected guests, an altar for unknown God." ~ Henri-Frederic Amiel
One of the suggested practices that I came across recently for the new year, is to listen for a word that may manifest in your heart as a guiding theme or principle for the year.

As I listened on my walk today, the word that came was silence...

Actually, everything I've read or come across in the last couple of weeks has served as an invitation to cultivating greater silence...

Martin Scorcese's latest movie, now in theaters, is titled "Silence..."

The song that shows up on my favorite XM Sirius channel, as I am driving aroun…