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Capricorn New Moon – we can be Idle No More

The New Moon at 22* Capricorn is the first since the pivotal 2012 Solstice which brings us a chance to declare what we are going to do with this renewed energy of the 5th sun. Now is the time that we must focus our inner drive toward making a better tomorrow for all sentient beings through our collective efforts.

Pluto has been in Capricorn for awhile now, foretelling changes that are to come in all the traditionally paternal areas of society. There are so many causes for social change that are worthy of our time and efforts. This New Moon is a reminder that we can no longer stay on the sidelines and watch the world growing more and more problematic. Its time to get involved- at whatever level we can. It is time to take a stand!

The power of equality between male and female, of sustenance and nurturance, is what the balanced Capricorn is about. Capricorn, the sea goat will go to any length, be it the bottom of the sea to the highest cliff, to discover truth and implement changes that provide for the even the weakest link. We can act as the Beneficient Father by focusing our efforts on restructuring, providing aid, working through sustained efforts, supporting traditions that serve and restructuring those that don’t. Pluto in Capricorn is about transforming the way it is into a better way for all to provide justice, equality, and liberty~ “Viva la revolution” would be a key-phrase for this New Moon phase.

And with the Sun (ego, the self) and 4 planets; Venus (relationship) the Moon (emotions, hopes and dreams), Mercury (communication), and Pluto (transformation) all in the sign of Capricorn right now, the time is RIPE for change! It’s as if a door has opened for change to occur. The insistence to see these efforts carried through, persistence in the face of obstacles and dedication to compassionate causes are all powerful upsides to this moment and the energy is here to provide us with a jump-start!

At this time when we see the position of the Father, or traditionally paternal institutions crumbling, we need to ACT UP to create changes in banking reform, political reform,  educational reform, decriminalization of drug laws, and the repeal of corporate personhood! We must know and trust that the return of the Mother is imminent through true nurturance of the people rather than multinational corporations. It’s up to us to make it so!

Idle No More, the coalition of First Nations of indigenous Canadians calling for upholding treaties that include representational government  has just formed. I believe this is a wake-up call to the world as a message of equality and human rights everywhere! I see it as the footsteps of the Great Mother stirring in the snow. We can follow her lead.

We must wake up and address Homelessness and Hunger, Domestic and Gun Violence, Affordable Universal Healthcare, including Mental Healthcare, Economic and Educational policies, the elimination of GMO food experimentation and the support of Clean Earth policies. There is so much to do!

Democracy and grassroots movements have the most power to impress real changes into societal norms. We all have to step up, speak up and make a point to do all we can to improve daily life for everyone. We are all in this together as we are all One.

It comes down to a few simple, Universal moral obligations; to Love our neighbors as our Selves. Do no harm. Take responsibility for our thoughts, words and deeds because we can create paradise as easily as hell. Discover the Mindful Awareness of this Moment. Choose Generosity of Spirit and Intentional Living. It’s not difficult, once you make up your mind to see it’s true, it becomes imperative. There are lots of venues out there, choose some that resonnate with your soul and put your Passions to work!

Believe in Positive Change and BE the change you want to see in the world! ~Namaste’

MoveOn.org     BeTheChange.org     MoveToAmend.org     DemandAPlan.org

www.facebook.com/IdleNoMoreCommunity     ACLU.org     SierraClub.org

Posted January 11th, 2013.

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Making Connections

So, Im still working on making connections for my website; which venues to use and how to best be able to connect with people who want to chat, take classes and buy my art. I dont know why technology seems to offer so many venues and yet be so hard to decipher as to which ones would work best. That’s me, a techno-phobe with good intentions. LOL At least I know my weaknesses and am not afraid to laugh at them.

Im trying my best to set up networks that will help me stay connected with you, my dear readers. We live in a temporal plane and time is what connects and separates us.

People of pre-historic times stayed connected to the cycles of life by keeping track of the cycles of the moon. Modern Pagans celebrate the ‘turning of the wheel of the year’ every six weeks~ with holidays based on the solstices, equinoxes and mid-points in between~ as well as moon cycles. The old church calendar had special names for each Sunday of the year. It was this way that people stayed aware of the cycles in life, as a macrocosm, much as the daily and weekly cycles mark our time today.

Things change incrementally and changes appear small, but over time, those small changes add up to larger developments  in our lives. If we can learn to appreciate that we are making the best choices, with the information that we have, moment to moment, then we can appreciate the larger changes that come over time. By living intentionally, with self-discipline of a regular spiritual practice (whatever it may be) we create milestones that mark the paths of our lives. This is how we can create a life that best serves our needs and adds to the collective good. This is how we connect our Selves to our lives.

When we spend time every day connecting with the Earth, and ourselves as parts of the whole, it keeps us ‘on track’ as to our place in time, and out of time, as eternal beings. I find a few moments a day to connect with the universe by going outside in the evening and standing in the grass, as I watch the clouds scramble past the moon in its phases. I contemplate where I stand in all my relationships and how I might take steps the next day, to move forward and add value to others’ lives through kindness and compassion. Its in this prayerful connection to the whole that I connect to the deepest part of my self and to each of you – and all that is.

May you also find peace in all your connections. Namaste’

Posted August 31st, 2012.

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Happy Dance

I attended a Womens Spirituality conference yesterday that really recharged my batteries!
The highlight dance portion was led by a fantastic presentor, a friend of mine named Valerie, who tells it like it is in a way like no other. Shes the shortest yet most vibrant person I know, and Im always supercharged to be around her! She can fill a large room with her effervescent presence and certainly did so yesterday~ Her craft is combining the love of dance with spirit. She is truly the embodiment of Heart and Soul and I know she would be happy to be compared to a sprite. Thanks Val!~She started the exercise by quoting Nietzsche:
“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”
She told us to feel the music move through our bodies, either with closed eyes or at least looking at the ceiling and dancing like no one was watching. We were on our honor not to peek at the other people in the room, just have our own physical experience- and shake it out! Shout it out! and express ourselves through movement. ~Wow! It’s so great to be allowed the freedom to play~We first danced out our emotions to the worst scenerio we’d had~ bad interpersonal dynamics, gone physical. There were lots of angry sounds heard over the music, grunts, heavy sighs, groans, and forceful exhalations. As for myself, there was lots of punching and clawing going on. Eventually, after lots of stomping and stabbing motions I started to shrivel and cry. Wow~ it was more powerful than I expected it to be!
The point of the exercise was to become aware of where in our bodies we hold negative energy. I could definitely feel mine- and did lots of deep breathing to release it…visualizing the pain as a sensation/color leaving my body. We grounded ourselves by feeling rooted like a tree, branches to the sky and did a chant together.The next dance was our ‘happy dance’, where we danced to experience JOY! This was powerful too, but a lot more fun, of course. There was spinning, twisting, arms reaching gracefully to the sky, happy stepping and turning….and then a pause to feel the happiness located IN our bodies. I could feel this really well too. Then as we slowed our movements down, we continued to dialogue with the feeling in our bodies and each found personal ways to hold that energy, by using a small ‘trigger‘ movement which represented to us, that feeling of joy. Mine is a simple grasping hand motion- its small enough to not be noticed by other people. I can do this anytime I’m stressed to remember that happy feeling, bring my consciousness back to it, and return the positive emotion back into my body, by using this ‘trigger‘. Ive tried it and it really helps bring me back to center. It reminds me that I am bigger than any emotion, and have the power to watch them as they ‘roll on by’… as Cat Stevens would say, “Love is better than a song. And love is where we all belong.” Centered in Love.

Our experiences in life are always affected by our perception. If we are aware that our spirit, our inner core, our soul, is eternal and our emotions and experiences are fleeting, then we can retain the power to chose our perception of every experience- and never fall victim to them! It doesn’t mean that we deny pain, frustration or fear…we just decide to view them from a detached vantage point- as a non-judgmental observer, to try to discover the lessons they hold. Intellectualizing strong emotion is a skill anyone can develop. It is very empowering.

Triggers can help make the transition from the mind to the body! Then we can return to the status-quo of a calm and settled vibration. A safe place from which to make wiser decisions and a healthier place to live: Sit in experience. Acknowledge it with your mind, but let it leave your cells. Negativity causes physical harm to our bodies as well as spirits.

~I highly recommend doing this dance exercise. Forget that you ‘don’t know how to dance’ or feel foolish. Find a time and place you can be alone. Put on your favorite music, the kind that lifts your spirit and start moving however you want. Discover where your joy resides in your body. Hold it. Appreciate it. See if you can build it up using your attention and intention. Then make it smaller and create a tiny movement that can become your ‘happy trigger’. It will be your secret tool to use as you see fit to keep your feet on a path of joy.

May you each be Spirit Scouts toward happiness everyday,
and may you find your happy Triggers and happy trails!
Namaste’ pardners 😉

originally published March 11, 2012

Posted August 20th, 2012.

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New Moon in Pisces

This week the Sun moves into the astrological sign of Pisces, the fish, the ‘last’ sign of the zodiac, ruler of intuition, dreams, illusions, delusions, addictions, martyrdom and depth of feeling.
As the Moon moves into the same sign, we behold a New or Dark Moon.
Since the Sun and Moon have the most powerful sway over us as Earthlings, when they combine their energies we can usually sense it…albeit unconsciously. This time I’m feeling it as a wallop!
Yes, Ive been walloped by a wet grouper~ but Im not falling into despair.

The New Moon also falls on Fat Tuesday- the day in which to celebrate, while we eat and DRINK everything the pantry holds! Party that day for the next, as Lent begins, we are asked to re-establish our connection with what is fresh and pure through ‘sacrifices’. The Piscean New Moon is the perfect time to throw out the old and begin fresh with plans for the Spring….as it’s not too far away now! [It always makes me smile when the church catches up with original practices]

Its time to begin various types of ‘fasting’ in order to remind ourselves of our fallible human condition and to redirect our behavior in the way our conscience desires us to go. Surrendering our human ego/what we think we want, to that of the Divine Will/what we really need, is the best sacrifice any of us can make towards Spiritual growth. Being mindful of our actions is always important, but if we can do it collectively now, much more energy is added to our group intention for peace and healing.

Under a Piscean sky, people tend to delve deeply into their emotions, getting morose over things that normally wouldn’t send them off the deep end, and giving into addictive behaviors. While we let the fishes loose, we must remind ourselves that we are the fishermen, not the fish. We should allow our Selves to see and feel the emotions washing over us, but not drown in them. Keep treading water and eventually you’ll come to the shore…or better yet, STAND on the shore and watch the sunlight sparkle on the fish scales as they swim by. We need to be reminded that we are always bigger than our emotions! In fact, its Magic to recognize that we hold the hooks in our hands~

COMPASSION is a key word for the Piscean New Moon. It is a time to not only feel the extension of love and compassion for others worse off than ourselves, but to look inward and extend that compassion to our Selves! The times when we make bad decisions are the times we must be the most Forgiving toward ourselves…..and not beat ourselves up!

Its important to love and forgive those who have wronged us, not because what they did was Right, but because it will HEAL US! And as we look to our wounds, we need to send lovingkindness to our Selves, as well as to those who hurt us, in order for the rift to be healed~ on both sides.

Namaste’ Lovers of Peace and Healing! x x

original posting February 20, 2012

 

Posted August 19th, 2012.

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on Love

Love. It’s a powerful word, and is interpreted in so many ways.
Today is Valentines Day~
If you’re aware of it, Love is affecting you, in one way or another….
You can express it and share it, or you can scoff at it and deny it. It’s your choice.
Many people are afraid to love. I find this sad.
They’ve been hurt in the past by not receiving the love they wanted or needed in the past. Sometimes they actually HAVE been loved, but have not perceived it as being enough.
So they have set up walls around their vulnerabilities in order to survive and feel safe.
This is sad, but not hopeless.
They think that by being callous or sarcastic they can protect themselves and survive without being hurt again. I’m sorry, folks, but life is change and full of unavoidable hurt.
Putting on emotional armor closes down the natural energy that flows through everyone’s body at birth. This is literally Unhealthy. The mind/body cannot thrive without the flow of Love coursing through ones Soul. The energy stays stuck at the root chakra and keeps people from opening up to the amazing experiences of living fully. To really live fully, you have to take risks! Especially with your heart.
You have to be a Warrior for Love in order to Live well.
Just think, if Everyone’s goal were be to live life to the fullest, and to come to the end, full of bumps, bruises, scratches and scars….without regret for any of the experience,
how much Humanity at large would progress!
Our souls are eternal, and will come back for another body, another chance to experience everything – in order to become filled with the blissful essence of wisdom. Every experience, even the hurtful ones, are for the growth and development of our Character, and our Soul!
So come on-  Give It Up- Take a chance on Love today!
Look at infants. They wail and scream because they are disoriented and uncomfortable.
But given loving attention, the cries stop, the coos begin, and smiles appear. It’s that easy! Well, it make take awhile…because some natural temperaments are ‘easier’ to soothe than others, but eventually, babies get the message that they are safe, and it is okay to feel comfortable in their new bodies.
A child that is loved has tremendous energy that flows naturally through the lower chakras of security, relation, and self-esteem. Look at how they play so happily & easily.
As that child grows, if they are encouraged to become themselves, they grow into their heart chakra and are able to freely express their love. As we mature, we learn to give our creativity space to move through our throat chakra.
This is the Sacred Work of Parenting.
Once we are on our own, we typically come to a place of knowing that there’s something MORE to life; whether during that disgruntled teenage period, young adult or midlife point, we start to sense that there is MORE than the mundane, physical life.
We must Seek it out! We can learn to connect with our Spirit and the Godhead within each of us!
We Can Become BORN AGAIN! ~by discovering our Spiritual Self and learning to Love the World and Everything in it! When this happens, Everything changes for the Better: we can live in Love’s flow!
When we feel safe, that we belong, that we are a valuable asset to our family and community, when we are allowed, by our Self and society, to express our uniqueness we CAN find Heaven on Earth, by connecting with our loving Spiritual Selves.
This is the motivation of LOVE that exists in each one of us!
Believe me. It’s in there. All we have to do is look with open eyes and awareness!
We need to come to an understanding that we ARE Love at our soul essence.
Each soul is a part of Universal energy and we are all connected
beyond the boundaries of our bodies, by love! <3
We are drops in the ocean of all-that-is…so when one is hurt, we all hurt, though we may not be consciously aware of it. When one of us grows, we all grow.
When we suppress Love, we cause harm, to ourselves, and others.
When allowed to flow, Love creates beauty and hope in the world~
We need to come to the realization that The Greatest Love of All is within ourselves.
This is one of the most important reasons we exist in this schoolhouse called Life.
To Learn this Lesson: Love is all around us– it IS us. It is the driving force of the Universe. It is the energy that makes us come alive, be creative, feel deeply.
Many people are living without this understanding. It can be helped. Whatever amount of Love you have in your heart – share it with others.
Give it to your Self in ways that pamper you and make you feel happy.
Give it to those you know and see everyday. Then start sharing it with strangers,
by doing small acts of kindness whenever you get a chance.
The WORLD needs our love. What you want, you must share. This is a Universal law:
Share a little, receive a little. Share a lot, receive even more than you put out!
~!Even a tiny spark of love can set off a wildfire of positivity all around you!~
Be brave.    Love.    ~and open your Self up to receive the love you are given!
You will Be Amazed!!
Namaste’
“The Love you take is equal to the Love you make” – John Lennon
originally posted February 14, 2012

Posted August 19th, 2012.

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MidLife Energy; a NeoFeminist rant

Have you ever wondered why society has tried to keep women and freethinkers down?

Certainly, if you are female, you have! If you’ve been disgruntled with the choices your political leaders have made for you, you have probably considered stepping outside of their preferred lockstep and doing something about it yourself. If you feel a calling, or have a solution to a problem, step up and get involved! You will find the support of many of your sisters who are awake, but not yet in positions to lead.
I admire women who have had the courage to step up and change things for the betterment of all concerned; especially those who work for reproductive rights and the rights of women and children; Rosa Parks, Susan B Anthony, and Margaret Sanger, to name a few.

When NOW, National Organization for Women, started in the late 60’s I had hoped that the problem of sexual imbalance would be solved, but alas, the movement seems to have run out of steam.
Today there are even more pressing problems on today’s horizon; environmental degradation, cultural conflict and societal collapse brought upon us by the wars created by greedy institutions.
It’s my opinion, that if N.O.W. had more staying power, the problems we face today would be very different and far less severe! We, as humanity, would have had a lot more practice solving problems than creating them.

Did you know that in early times a ruler could NOT have a coronation without initiation by a woman of great power? Early temple priestesses conferred ‘power’ to those who would lead by initiating them with sexual rites. Are you surprised? or are you surprised that it no longer happens?
An example of the ‘Kingmaker’ in the King Arthur story is Guinever. Without the divine backing of a powerful woman, the king-to-be was incomplete. Think about chess, have you ever wondered why the Queen is so powerful – and can move in any direction?! ; ) ahh, now you’re getting it!

By connecting to his partner, and female side of himself, a King was made whole, and could then reign with the judicious power of both Mercy and Might.
With the rule of ‘Might makes Right’, the people die. With a blended power, the people will thrive.
We each need to look within and embrace our polar opposite side in order to walk in balance.
Men must become more gentle and women, more assertive. Then we must embrace each other in our FULLNESS. Only when enough of us have embraced our wholeness will we be able to heal the imbalance in society.
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I know this is long, take a break now if you need to ; )
(part 2)
Native Americans have honored the role of the woman as the glue of society. Her instinct and quiet wisdom are revered and obeyed. And when the tribe is united by the Crone’s energy, it thrives!

Why do some say it’s a ‘woman’s place‘ to cook, clean, console, and raise the children? Don’t children learn balance best when they see it being modeled by their fathers?

Women do slow down due to genetics, and physically and mentally change, in order to have babies…nurse them, and clean up after them. But after they leave home, what do we do if we havent been involved in the work force or kept up on our education or vocations?

*What about all that women teach the youth about how to get along in society? Is it valued today?

*What is a ‘woman of a certain age’ to do once her nest is empty, she comes out of her brain fog, wakes up and says “What’s happened” and “What can I do with the rest of my life?”
It is a powerful place to be with all that ‘potential’ energy!

Part of midlife crises are hormonal. I think men suffer this as well, and possibly more intensely, because it is so foreign to them. Females are more adept at dealing with both their changing emotions
and the physical fluctuations of their bodies. 
*When a woman reaches age 40 she is at her sexual peak.
Do we recognize this and celebrate it, or is it swept under the rug or worse yet, it she punished for it?
*At menopause, 60% of divorces are female instigated. I think it’s because women finally decide to take their futures into their own hands!!

*Women find that their skills have been mostly untapped and they get restless! They need to find ways to express themselves and throw themselves into devoted purpose!
*What do we call a woman who awakens to her latent sexual energy? A cougar. Why? and
*How can this energy be redirected to benefit society?

Is it because of this latent raw female ‘Lilith’ energy that paternalistic society has ALWAYS been secretly aware of, that this female power has been continuously repressed and smothered for centuries!?

~Tell us lies long enough, tell us they are from G*d, and we will believe them. But when we see through them, that they are not working… well, what happens when we get wise to the lies?

Women are great improvisers and adapters and should be encouraged to use these skills in all facets and phases of life! Grandmothers, teach your granddaughters to hold their power and use it wisely!

The year is now 2012, People are rebelling from traditional roles. Chaos always seeks Balance.
Institutions will have to change their basic perspectives if they are to transcend the OWS movement. Human rights and especially the collective feminine based power of “power within” rather than “power over” is on the rise  – its time for a change.

If and When ALL people are allowed to utilize their remarkable power, for cooperative strength to serve even the weakest links in society, the changes will be transcendental!
Go Granny Go!
Lets bring on the Power of the People!

February 11, 2012 original post

Posted August 19th, 2012.

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Partnerships & Friendships

So the Universe is giving me a message loud and clear this morning.
You are on your own, girl. Show me whatcha got!”

Lesson: There is nobody else that is on the path I walk. People who I thought were my partners, spouse and friends all have their own agendas. The things I feel are most important pale in comparison to their own goals- even when I believed we were working toward the same things.
Universe says, “If there’s something you know you must do; get started. Do it. Pursue it. Follow your heart and keep listening to your Spirit to guide you.”

I am a person who wants to blend and merge with others…Enneagram subtype is called 1:1, aka the Lover. I am a lover of people. I want to become partners with others in order to support each other and get more accomplished than one can do alone. Ive experienced the joy of synchronicity and friendship in the past. It blisses me out more than words can express. And yet,
I know I can’t depend on other people to make me happy….even when helping other people is what I am here on Earth to do. It’s quite a conundrum. :/ *sigh*

This loving kindness that spills from my soul, Ive found lately, drives some people away.
A friend said to me, ” You Love too much. You need to be less enthusiastic in your loving.”
I shake my head – feeling a bit discouraged.
Im only following what a great teacher is said to have told his followers, “Love one another”-
Kahlil Gibhran says, “Love one another, but make not a bond of love- the cypress and the oak grow not in each other’s shadow”
I get this.
What I dont understand is why people, who say they are committed to me via marriage or friendship, stand on the sidelines cheering for me – but wont ‘go long’ to catch the football I pass them.

Reciprocation. Is it too much to ask?
When Ive asked for help, no one shows up.
So Ive taken this mantra,~
It looks like nobody loves me, it’s okay, I love myself. I think Im pretty damned great!
Actually, I KNOW Im pretty damned great…and wonder why others dont want a piece of that.
I would gladly share anything I am, have or know.

My goals are pretty clear to me. So today I take my first steps solo.
My dream is that others will notice Ive begun, and possibly, follow-
come up behind me, and ask to join me. The answer, of course,would be YES.
It’s not that I NEED them to succeed in fulfilling my goals…its just that the journey would be made that much sweeter if they were along for the ride. <3
It’s a long, winding road ahead of those of us who walk our paths alone.
I wish us all Courage and the Best of Luck!
Namaste’

“Everyone walks alone – but along the way, we secretly hope to find the oasis of friendship, to feed us and quench our thirst.” – GenieDjinn

February 6, 2012 original post

Posted August 19th, 2012.

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Your Daily Best

I may have blogged about this before, but it is worth repeating.

“Each day I will do my Daily Best“.
Daily Best means that whatever challenges we face, we give them a good effort,
doing what we perceive that to be…but it doesn’t mean giving everything a superhuman effort!
It’s especially important to give yourself a break from expectations of perfection while
you are under the weather or under pressure from looming deadlines.

To know you’ve done what needs to be done, in good conscience,
even if it is just a small effort- is the highest of daily aspirations
and all anyone expects of us.

To be able to close your eyes at night and release all tension from your mind~
to be confident in your actions, knowing you didn’t intentionally harm anyone,
and to know that the world was made better by your efforts,
brings a calm and deep relaxation to the mind.

Which is the best gift we can give ourselves.
Peace.
Namaste’

originally posted January 23, 2012

Posted August 19th, 2012.

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Metaphysics & Perception

My definition of Metaphysics is this:
the study of applied psychology which acts
through universal laws.

I still dont know all the Universal ‘laws’ that exist
but an important one is the Law of Attraction.
We must be aware of our thoughts~

Thoughts become things because
your perception affects all things around you;
*Learn about your Self.
*Observe your behaviors/habits,
*Learn to determine when your perceptions are ruling you
rather than you ruling them!
*Choose your actions rather than reacting.
*Smile because you know you are eternal and all this drama will pass…
It will allow you to Choose the Good Stuff and Live Happily.
The Universe wants us to be Happy~

All of your emotions make ripples in the aether…which in turn,
affect your subtle bodies as well as your physical one.
Look for the good in life and surround yourself with others
who do the same…there is peace and integrity out there~
our challenge is to learn to see it! especially when times are hard
and we are suffering. But we can do it!

Our lifetimes are like classes where we
create learning experiences for ourselves,
which help our souls grow in wisdom,
allow us to find our place, and hopefully,
integrate into the collective conscience and give back to it~
Those who are at peace in their core Self,
are clear in their intention and determined to do good,
achieve their goals and create a fulfilling reality.

Become a *Carrier of the Light* – then share it
with those who will listen – and demonstrate it
for those who wont!

Don’t sit in the back row, with your head down…
sit up front, raise your hand often, give it your best.
You get out of Life what you put into it!!

Wishing you All Good Things,
Namaste’

originally posted January 20, 2012

Posted August 19th, 2012.

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What Do you Really Need?

What do you really NEED?
There are lots of things we believe we need; a certain amount of money to pay the mortgage and bills, certain kinds of food and clothing. We might want the latest upgrade to our computers or gadgets that make our life ‘easier’, but once we have them~ we find we can’t live without them!
Like, how did we ever live without a cell phone or Facebook?!

Im not saying that we need to be ascetics, but there are places we can cut back, cut down on consumption, reduce, reuse and recycle.
There are ways we can reclaim our TIME, our independence and self-sufficiency- without suffering-
all the while enriching our Quality of Life.

Consider your lifestyle: are there things you could change or do without, in order to satisfy the deeper longings of your soul? I won’t list too many here, because these things are personal, and individually, we need to look at our own behaviors to understand the true motivation behind our actions, but for example; *What need do those ‘latest’ new shoes fill? Do they make me feel prettier, more important, more loved and supported? Are shoes the best thing to fill that need?
*Is this new piece of jewelry really necessary, or does it just make me feel more worthwhile?
*Do I really need to buy these brownies? The answers may be ‘yes, occasionally I want to treat myself’, but the important point is that we pause to reflect, not act automatically out of habit or via an unconsciousness impulse.

Many people are unemployed today, and as a society, we are starting to realize that big homes, big cars, lots of money and possessions are not as necessary as we believed them to be. In times of struggle, there are always silver linings in the clouds. Look for them!

*Look inside to discover what the basics are that you need to feel content, safe and good about yourself. Can you pare-down and redefine what is important in your life?
The happiest and most fulfilled people are those whose needs are well-met, because they are simple!

DISCERNING the difference between something we want and something we need takes awareness and attention. When we live up to the higher goal of fulfilling our true needs, we become more successful in the Pursuit of Happiness.

May you Be Well.
May you Live Well and May you be Happy!
Namaste’

originally posted January 11, 2012

Posted August 19th, 2012.

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