Take it slowly, my love. If you need the time to think and look thing over, do it. If you require reflection on your emotions
‘For what is it to die, but to stand in the sun and melt into the wind?
And when the Earth has claimed our limbs,
Then we shall truly dance.’
TODAY: Grey, dull, unsheltered, cold. Winter in all her glory.
I woke to a very icy morning. The world was carpeted in thin ice. The roof white and gleaming. The bare trees covered in little frosty icicles. There was early damp mist. I put the kettle on…
ONE WORD: Acceptance – of the ‘such-ness’ of life
COLOUR: Red – Gold
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
I find myself holding back and observing. Saying less but feeling more. Being more of who I am. Surrendering to ‘just being’ and allowing life to unfold around me. There are synchronicities, insights, clearer understanding, along with minor irritations at the things I do not yet understand or accept, as my truth. Discernment required.
The writing of my book based on my extraordinary childhood in Africa, is complete. I am busy with proofreading and re-writing sections, preparing for professional editing.
And though we seem to be sleeping,
there is an inner wakefulness that directs the dream,
that will eventually startle us back to the Truth of who we are.
Slow and lethargic interspersed with vibrant upbeat inquisitive energy.
Taking time to do ‘no-thing.’ No longer fighting it. This too shall pass…It’s similar to rebooting a computer. A need to shut down for brief periods of time, in order to load new software.
‘We need time to replenish
trusting that the inner journey has removed the masks
and will eventually reveal a face that is more our own.’
I know, I understand, I accept, I honour, I see, I hear, I ponder…
I believe in Divine Timing and feel that All That Is knows exactly what’s coming next. Perhaps a time to sit quietly and reflect, or simply rest a while…before a new year begins.
“We need to make deep and profound changes in the way we live,
if we want future generations to inherit from us a viable planet.”
I trust that we are all doing the best we can at this point in time, with what we know and understand to be truth. As we look around at our world and the greater world ‘out there’ it certainly seems to be in chaos, but I do believe that all of the old ways must break away before we will be able to rebuild our world. This was been said since ancient times.
The balance of power will be restored, negative and positive will finally align on planet earth. Not today, or tomorrow, but slowly and surely. I do believe it will…
I am thankful that I share this planet with you. Like minds make us feel less lonely.
AFFIRMATION: “All is well in my world…”
Paper poppies bloom, as fragile as the lives they represent. Every year it is the same, I try to find some way of saying what is in my heart and the words will not come. I was not there, I have no right to speak of war and its atrocities. I have not seen it with my own eyes. I have never aimed a gun at another human being and been faced with the choice whether to kill or be killed. I have not tried to sleep in cold mud made from the earth of a foreign land mingled with the blood of my comrades. I have not lost my child to war.
I have no right to speak, but nor have I the right to remain silent when the price of my freedom to speak was so high. I have a duty to my own conscience and to all…
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There is often a harmony between ancient stories and modern psychology. Yesterday’s reading in the Catholic liturgy reminded us to “stay awake“. When the Buddha started to teach, he met some who, recognizing something special in him, asked: “Are you a god?” He simply replied: “I am awake.”
So…. staying aware of what is around us, pausing and noticing – not taking small things too seriously or getting submerged in the worries of this Monday – seems to be related to psychological health.
Goethe gives us a simple practical way :
A man should hear a little music,
read a little poetry,
and see a fine picture every day of his life,
in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful
which God has implanted in the human soul.
What we are most afraid of
are the actions, words, and thoughts
that reveal our innermost beings…
Yet therein lies our strength,
our hope of healing,
and our true points of refuge.
For in our frailties there lies
a raw beauty, a sacredness…
There is a flame that flickers
TODAY: Silent, icy, slow, pensive
ONE WORD: Opening
COLOUR: Shades of Autumn.
“The sun shines not on us but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us,
thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fibre and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing.”
I woke in the early hours. It was eerily silent.
Glastonbury to me, is like the microcosm of the macrocosm and some of us here feel the energies of the planet/world as it shifts, quite strongly…I felt it through the thin veil.
There was low mysterious mist hanging outside. My face and hands felt icy. I wrapped myself in my soft fluffy gown and slowly strolled around the house. I picked up one of my Pulse Pomanders and applied it to my wrists. I breathed in the aroma…
As I settled, I felt reverence in my heart…
It has been a challenging two month, yet I feel as if I have stepped through and into a new phase. I feel wiser, strengthened and inquisitive.
PHYSICALLY: Adjusting moment by moment. Tired but stronger.
The higher we soar the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly.
With every ‘crumbling’ or low point in life, we remerge strengthened, wiser, and almost refreshed.
Learn to trust that you can manage these days, when they over take you, let yourself be laid bare.
Allow yourself to ‘fall apart’ so that you can fall back together again when you are ready.
Once you are able to come through that, you will feel and understand who you are becoming…
“That energy for change is sweeping the world and, with the intent of the people, it is going to be like a tidal wave washing away everything in its path.”
Many of us are opening our eyes and our minds…finally understanding that all the trivia out there and the fake news, is but that, trivial and fake. I wish that we all graciously receive an understanding of the bigger picture…that there IS a greater plan. It begins with acceptance and faith.
AFFIRMATION: “Thy will be done, through me…”
Just in time for Halloween, this gal built an elaborate nest in a small maple sapling. When I saw her she was just inches away from my face, causing me to jump back in surprise. “Oh! Hello there!” She didn’t seem bothered by my curiosity and photo-taking.
“If the world were merely seductive…
that would be easy.
If it were merely challenging…
that would be no problem.
But I arise in the morning torn
between a desire to change the world…
and a desire to enjoy the world.
This makes it hard to plan the day.”
DAY: It feels soft, mild, gentle, but still wet from the early morning mist. The blue sky is behind a misty veil giving the day a melancholy feel…I hear birdsong for the first time in ages, as they dart back and forth enjoying my morning offerings
WORD: Simplicity – Once we begin to uncomplicate our lives, we learn to float, to flow to trust…
COLOUR: Misty White
“I have been driven many times upon my knees
by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go”
I have been ill for almost two months, but I am well on my way to a full recovery. It is a glorious feeling to feel well and healthy! Which we often take for granted. It has made me realise that we all need to take better care of ourselves, and not simply expect our bodies to manage all the shifts and changes we are all going through.
BODY: Recalibrating, resting, listening, integrating, settling.
“The faster we run, the more determined is the Universe to slow us down.
Are we all still sleeping?
Many around us want to engage us in their fears and cynicism. I have felt this myself, seen it, read and acknowledged that its happening out there.
We need to accept and know that we are worthy – and that in our heart of hearts we know which direction to take, to find our own middle ground.
Feelings of ‘detachment’ from the everyday dramas we see and read of, gives us time to clear our mind and find clarity within. This is a good path to follow.
“When setting out on a journey,
do not seek advice from those who have never left home…”
I listened to a lengthy discussion by someone who had never left their town, or their country. Yet they were convinced that they held the answers to the problems of our world.
It made me stop and think of how we ourselves limit our own scope, our vision and our true understanding.
We have the choice to seek truth and broaden our vision, bringing deeper understanding and compassion for our fellow man.
I am at the completion stages of writing a book about my extraordinary childhood in Africa. As I wrote, delving deep into the past with intricate detail, it brought up many deep old wounds.
Over the months I have come to realise:Forgiveness is key to balance and harmony.
I, (and others I know), am currently dealing with my past, which includes ancestral history, much of which needs deep healing, before we are able to find the inner peace we seek.
What I am beginning to understand more fully is that our own history needs to be accepted and honoured. Its all part of our current ’story.’
Our story, is entwined with that history – what ever has happened to us along the way – is what has shaped us into who we are, and who we are still becoming…
Often, it is through the most challenging experiences that we eventually rise up from it all and grow exponentially.
“I give thanks for radiant health and endless happiness”
“Like threads in a tapestry of human form and universal existence, we unweave old stories, traumas,timelines and distortions, we reweave new threads, with the pure essence of our consciousness”