We are all like a snowflake,
so different in many ways.
Celebrate your uniqueness,
share the love in your heart.
Not just at Christmas,
But every day.
As you breathe, live, love, and play.
Happy holidays everyone!!!
Nature ever flows, stands never still. Motion or change is her mode of existence. The poetic eye sees in Man the Brother of the River and in Woman the Sister of the River. Their life is always transition.
Hard blockheads only drive nails all the time; forever . . . fixing.
Heroes do not fix, but rather they flow, bend forward and invent a resource for every moment.
Most of us live a life that is not always made of straight lines taking us from one event to another – from point A to point B. Many of the lines of life are actually created by broken lines – the ones drawn by an unexpected turn, or maybe when we feel we have been on a long, continuous chaotic path. In truth, it wasn’t chaotic at all.
When you step back to see where you’ve been, you will notice the intricate beautiful pattern and vivid colors of a life stitched together from what had felt like nothing more than mismatched scraps of events and broken lines. From afar, you will notice there was an intricate design all along, AND YOU WERE THE DESIGNER.
In life, broken, crooked, and straight lines will repeatedly and randomly occur. What is important is that those lines intersect with other lines. We always have companions along our journey, and whatever we create, we face together, because each of us is an intricate part of a design bigger than an individual whether the lines are straight or broken.
Together as a whole we weave a colorful masterpiece for the universe. Unique onto each of us. Join the party dear reader. Your mind is limitless – the effects unimaginable. Ask the questions and hear the answers.
Enjoy the moment,
There is a powerful tool called “questioning” in the land of opportunity, creativity and innovation. Questioners learn to love that great unknown area of the mind because of all the open space.
Let’s cultivate ignorance (the great unknown) instead of fearing it. If we decide do that, we need to use a tool to help us dig, uncover, plant, tend, and grow right? It’s already in our back pocket – ever since childhood.
Our childish wonder with its endless questions.
After a while, you learn the subtle differences between holding a hand and chaining a soul,
And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning and infatuation is not real,
You begin to realize kisses aren’t contracts and presents aren’t promises,
With your head held high and eyes wide open, you accept defeats with graceful acceptance instead of anger,
And you learn only you can build the path of your life upon the truth of today because tomorrow’s ground is unknown,
And you may even learn sunshine can burn if you get too much,
So, my friend, plant the garden of your soul with flowers chosen only by you,
Learn from all events and know you are incredibly strong.
Nurture your soul-garden with self-love, practice kindness and always know you are one-of-a-kind, priceless and forever eternal.
A room with a view – An endless spiral staircase.
Limited vision or perpetual experiences.
We all must choose.
Most of us have been taught “the unexpected must be expected” – more than likely at a very young age. A particularly pleasant “lesson form” would be a fairy tale. The word “serendipity” immediately came to mind and for a bit I was swept into the powerful magical impact fairy tales crammed full of amusing adventures seemingly have on each of us. Fairy tales are definitely the imaginative playground of the mind – a form of entertainment that mirrors and teaches many life lessons.
I propose that all humanity needs to get lost in fairy tales, fully engage in the serendipity, and earn advanced degrees in Fairydipity.
Just think, we’d look silly, sound silly, feel silly, and do amazing things way beyond the boundaries our “logical” mind would ever let us do. We would have fun. We would heal the soul a bit. We would create happy days, happy moments, happy relationships, happy connections.
You up for it? If you have children in your life, start reading fairy tales with them. Then start reading and creating fairy tales for yourself. Let your imagination run wild.
It will work. Thirty years ago, who would have imagined I could write this and have it whirl around the entire globe within seconds. Gotcha! There’s your proof – magical thinking works.
What do you see when you begin to stare at something and are unknowingly pulled into a realm full of thick stillness and mindlessness? Does it look back at you? Does it scare you? Talk to you? Heal you?
Maybe this happens as you stare into space, or casually glance at the face of a stranger, a loved one, a hated one, or even when you create an elaborate dream that you know may never come true. What do you see?
You can see everything from that nowhere place. All potentials and possibilities.
You see the Riddles of Life as they dance across your vision.
That’s my way of “looking” at life – I take delight in every glimpse, every sigh, every breath. Maybe, just maybe, I’m really staring into the space of me.
There was a time when humanity recognized itself as being part of nature and nature being part of humanity. Back then, dreaming and waking were inseparable realities; the natural and the supernatural merged and blended. For example, some cultures used images of nature to express this natural transpersonal unity between nature and man through the use of petroglyphs. Shamans, priests, chiefs, and priestesses were the keepers of the sacred knowledge of life and as such these individuals were tied to the rhythm and force of nature. They were capable of walking the threads that link the invisible and visible worlds in an effort to help people remember all that is on and within this earth is divine.
Fast forward to current time. It seems we have lost the understanding that all things are connected and each connection has great significance. Within the physics of life, we cannot separate the physical from the spiritual nor the visible from the invisible. When we begin to “remember”, through conscious natural healing and enlightenment how our spiritual self manifests within every nano-second of our daily life, we begin to realize the intricate paradox of how our “inner-world” gets so out of whack with the “outer-world”. Maybe its a bit of an unanswerable question – should we heal the spirit first or the body?
Here’s my answer to this. Natural healing works to reconnect conscious human life with nature and spirit – the physical and the spiritual. You and I cannot be separated from the natural world therefore we each have a responsibility to know as much about the inside and outside environment about being us. We need to feel our insides and outsides. The more you learn about yourself, without judgement, the easier it will be to expand enough to experience all the joys and learnings you came into this life to experience.
That means, dear readers, we must gently heal both the spirit and the body at the same time. Focusing heavily on only one aspect throws us both out of balance.
Everyone is your teacher as well as your student
That’s how children live life. They constantly exists in a natural state of learning and teaching that does not contain judgement or criticism of what they are experiencing.
Do you want to experience life with a healthy sense of childish wonder?
Stop the judgement and criticism and truly accept and honor yourself and all others.
Then you and this universe can heal.
I am a practicing herbalist. I love plants – I feel them. I see them in dreams. Plants heal without injuring the body – short of poisonous plants of course. Herbs and clean food help the body heal naturally and without side effects. How was this all learned by the ancient ones? Why does it still work?
Simplicity is probably the answer. Plants simply balance the unbalanced. I for one have been pretty unbalanced.
There are many ways of gathering “information” from this world we exist in. One older yet well-known practice has been used by ancient indigenous cultures from before written records were kept. The information was handed down orally, through song, dance, pictorially, and by passing the memory to the many generations that followed them. Each culture had a unique way of receiving and learning the uses of plant medicines from the plants themselves – and they received even more information from the Earth herself.
Following is an excerpt from the book “Sacred Plant Medicine” authored by Stephen Buhner that touches on how to restore our connection with all life – to awaken ourselves to the beauty and possibilities of life.
“For those on the Earth-centered spiritual path, the Earth itself is the place of worship; all things posses a soul, every tree, stone, and root. To those in relationship with Earth, the Earth, and each part of the Earth is a manifestation of the sacred, a creation of Spirit. Both the whole of Earth and each part of it can manifest itself as the ganz andere, the totally other. Within Earth-centered cultures the stone and the tree are venerated as an expression of the sacred, a creation of God. Oftentimes, either the ritual or through direct manifestation of the sacred, the stone or tree begins to exhibit a totally other reality. It begins to manifest the sacred archetype of its kind. Far from the pipeline to a deeper and more meaningful reality. And within Earth-centered religious practices, individuals spend many years, sometimes a lifetime, in developing deep relationship with the aspect of the sacred that has revealed itself.”
This is who I am. This is how I help heal imbalance. Simplicity – Not complexity. I use the Earth, her flowers, plants, foods and very much her spirit that exists in me. Used in different fashions, and especially when used through the practice of becoming present with all that is, is how we can find peace. We discover an easier way to let go of our painful stories and finally come out of the shadows. We begin to live an authentic life filled with joy and wonder rather than hatred and judgments of self and others.
This posting is partially an update of where I am with my personal healing program. “Wading Into Wild Water” is the journal of this healing.
Its time to hear your own voice and let it be heard by others.
Join me in healing. Comment back. Reach out.