Soul Garden

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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.

Debs

 

 

 

Magical Fairydipity

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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.

53926978_sWord Origin and History for “Serendipity” (dictionary.com)

Year:  1754 (but rare before 20c.)

“Coined by Horace Walpole (1717-92) in letter to Horace Mann (dated Jan. 28); he said he formed it from the Persian fairy tale “The Three Princes of Serendip,” whose heroes “were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of.” The name is from Serendip, an old name for Ceylon(modern Sri Lanka), from Arabic Sarandib, from Sanskrit Simhaladvipa “Dwelling-Place-of-Lions Island.”

I propose that all humanity needs to get lost in fairy tales, fully engage in the serendipity, and earn advanced degrees in Fairydipity.

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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.  

Debs

Staring into Space

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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?

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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.

Lost Understandings

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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. neanderthals-96507_1280Shamans, 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

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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.

That is the lost understanding

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.

 

Earth Spirituality

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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.”

29041653_sThis 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.

You Have The PowerThis posting is all about who I am and what I do – it can help you begin your own healing journey.

Its time to hear your own voice and let it be heard by others.

Join me in healing. Comment back. Reach out.

Debbie

Circular Synchronicity

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Nature’s truism is within a circle all points are equal. Even the cycles of nature are circular; there are seasons, days and nights, life and inevitable death. Moving through life with circular graceful consciousness births empowerment.

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We humans love to push things. When we push against the circle, we begin to “think” circle, or “think” flow. This “I need to control and understand” action makes the circle linear with a beginning and an end.  It distorts the natural flow of life.

Moments are like perfect circles. When we consciously pause within a moment, no point has a better vantage point of clarity then another.  Each moment is perfect.  Each moment is a prequel to what follows.

Surrender. Let things go-just flow. To try to hold any point makes us linear.

Within the circle lives the beginning, the end, and everything in between.

Be full of perfect synchronicity.

Debs

A Little Girl

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She spent her life dancing to her favorite songs,

She was a little girl who was all alone.

Eyes wide open, always hoping for the sun,

She was a little girl who was all alone.

Fragile as leaf in autumn just falling to the ground,

Without a sound.

She had a crooked little smile on her blue-eyed face,

as she tells her silent tale of grace.

She was a little girl who still stood all alone.

Silent Words

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I long for a language of love and simple truths; where wrong words don’t exist.

I long to begin a silent conversation with effortless words that find the person they were spoken for; on the tail of swirling breezes from a windless dream.

I long for a time when words can be shared universally without hesitation and fear of judgement; honoring all beliefs.

I long for a time to pause at the edge of a midnight forest; breathing in the soft sweetness of the night.

I long for wildness wherever it lives – to free my longings and dance with abandonment.

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