Friday, June 4, 2021

Taking Wing


Taking Wing
You know that spirit always finds ways to communicate with us, and symbolic messages are both subtle and surprising, which then opens the way to bigger visions, fresh insights and deeper understanding.

I took these photos of blue herons while I was out walking the dogs.

Now you know how often you see something, but but by the time you get your phone out and open the camera, what you were going to take a picture of suddenly moved?

So I was pleasantly surprised that this heron waited until I got a good photo and then took off and the photos of him taking wing came out well too. So as I was thinking about writing this and asking my spirit guides what we should write about today, they responded. "Why do you think we helped you get great shots of the heron?"

So this is the message they send.

Herons stand at the gateway to the soul's journey. It signals psychic perception and reflection. It is also about patience and keen observation. The heron stands still until it spots its prey swimming in the water, then it acts swiftly and decisively. As a bird that signals the return of spring, it offers us encouragement.

All birds are related to the element of air, which in tarot goes with the suit of swords and mental clarity, wisdom and knowledge. The double edged swords depicted on the cards are a symbol for us to use one edge of the blade to sharpen our knowledge, gathering the data we need, so that when we apply the second edge, we are taking action to cut through the obstacles and move forward toward our goals. What the swords symbolize, the heron exemplifies.

We need to prioritize our goals, then move with deliberateness to act on our list of priorities, and that calm, precise flow of energies brings us great satisfaction and accomplishment.

As a fisher, the heron is intimately familiar with water, standing and observing movement and currents and sensing the the flow that will bring it within perfect range of what it needs to feed itself. It's sharp perceptions of its environment lets it perceive both the easily visible and the least visible. That is what we are doing when our psychic abilities are working.

Water is symbolic of feelings, emotions, connections, relationships. So as we survey our emotional landscape, we sense what we want and what we need. Our connections help bring us that.

When we observe the patterns of the water around us, what do we see? Are we fishing in water that will nourish us? It wasn't a heron that made up the song about the one that got away!

Follow your wisdom, your self determination, you know what is best for you, so once you gather enough data, move swiftly and certainly to achieve your goals. The heron at times has to wait a while, at other times, only moments.

Dive into your feelings and see what is true for you. What do we need to change? What do we need to do? Do not get bogged down in details or be led astray on tangents. Herons do not mistake a leaf or a twig floating in the water for a fish. They can tell the difference in the movements. How good are we at discerning the difference in movements? When we are fully conscious, that is exactly when our psychic abilities become more fluid.

Watching and listening, inhaling the fragrance of our surroundings, tasting our emotions, tasting our food, tasting what we are inhaling, what we are thinking, combining thoughts and feelings into actions.

Herons are independent and self reliant. Herons can see in the dark as well as the light. Do your perceptions work well both in light and dark? Do you dive into the watery depths of your feelings to discover your spiritual essence? Is your hunt feeding you?

The heron represents our opportunity to progress and evolve. Give yourself a little quiet time every day to work through thoughts, ideas, insights, inspirations, get in touch with your intuition. Then move in the way that you are guided. Notice how you feel about the choices facing you. Follow your feelings. Notice where they align with your thoughts. Your spirit guides will give you a sign. When you follow through, you will be successful, just like the heron catching the fish.

Do you take wing on the magnificence of your own human spirit? When you spread your wings, do you sail off into greater heights? Are you aligned with spirit so that you can make a direct line to your goals? Are you ready to stretch your wings and enjoy feeling the wind carry you?

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Have a wonderful day!

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Friday, May 14, 2021

Journaling for Juice


Journaling for Juice
What you see here is a stack of old journals that are headed for burning. Some of you might think this is odd, but I see my journals as gratitude journals that reflect my feelings each day. Writing in them helps keep my vision clear and is a perfect place to express whatever is on my mind. So journaling serves a purpose every day, but I have no desire to re-read them, and there is no point in saving them. I know that there are some people who keep every journal they have ever written, but that is not for me. How do you see yours?

Journaling is a great method for staying focused. Each day, I thank my spirit guides for what they have done and what they are in the process of helping me do. I write down things I am making decisions about. Writing about things I want to do more of, writing about long term changes that will begin now in order to be done later. As an every day process that helps keep me focused. The same journal can be used for all kinds of notes, inspirations, dream recall, observations, notes to myself. I only keep one journal for all purposes. And I use whatever kind of notebooks are on sale. People who keep theirs buy the same kind all the time so that they line up on shelves.

You see, journaling helps us engage our consciousness at a higher level. By focusing on what we are working on right now, what we desire right now, what plans we are making right now, we are giving energy to those things. We are sharpening our focus on achieving our goals. When we are reflecting on how we feel about certain choices we are making, how do we feel when we write it? When we consider our options, which one feels best? Note where we feel that gut instinct giving us a Yes.

Journaling is simple, yet powerful. As it becomes a daily habit, we see ourselves doing better at achieving goals. For me, writing them down continues the process of making goals clearer. Journaling gives me juice. Energy. Focus. Power.

Expressing our vision by repeating and sharpening it as we write it out, we get more power to achieve our goals. Day by day, we get new insights, new ideas, and these can be powerful motivators in changing our life. I always think of myself as having a private conversation with myself and my spirit guides, and the clearer I express my desires in writing, the sooner my spirit guides know how to help me. Journaling is a tool for keeping ourselves on track focusing on goals and teaching ourselves important lessons.

Then once I have incorporated the lessons and changes from my notes, the notebooks have served their purpose. Burning or shredding old notebooks is a way of opening and closing different chapters and experiments.

I always love hearing from you, so if you feel like sending me a note, calling or coming to see me, please do!

Have a wonderful day!

Since I never had covid and am now fully vaccinated, that will help some of you be more comfortable with in person sessions again, and I look forward to seeing you.

Try this at home: Journaling, a better way of catching lightning in a bottle

While out walking today, I just stopped to smell the lilacs and took the picture above. I have always loved their fragrance, and I always wish they would last longer. So many flowers bloom for just a short time so appreciate them fully while they are here. Especially the fragrant ones.

Have you noticed how some of the people who were in our life at some point bloomed for a short while and then they were gone? Maybe some conveyed an important lesson to us while they were blooming in our presence. And then they moved on, and we moved on, having gained a valuable lesson from that person.

Notice which things may be a sign or a message for you from spirit. What message might come to you if you stopped to smell the lilacs?

As you use a journal to jot down your thoughts and feelings every day, you will find that spirit is guiding you, and all you need to do to pick up the message is to notice what is around you, what you see, what you hear, what you smell, what you touch, what you sense in other ways. What can be a symbol or sign for us? Anything can bring us the message.

Take walks. Journal. All you need is a notebook and pen. Simple tools. Simple tools are powerful tools.

Where does your gut feeling align with your mind? When do you notice that your thoughts and feelings are really aligned? At that moment, spirit is giving you the message than you are on track for success.

Think about it. When you are presenting a new idea to people and you keep getting yes as an answer, spirit is helping you. When you clarify the way you state your goals or visions, do you keep getting yes?

Being aware of our surroundings and the shifts of energies, plus signs from spirit make your journal a place to catch lightning in a bottle.

Every time we say "I never thought of it that way before" or "I never looked at it that way before" or "I didn't know that" lightning is going off in our head. When that happens, we are becoming enlightened, and our new way of seeing and thinking replaces our old way of seeing and thinking.

Anything can go in your journal. As you make this a daily habit, you can observe your own lightning strikes.

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Sunday, May 2, 2021

Bending toward the light


Bending toward the light
Walking meditation is a simple way to open up to spirit for guidance. What I mean by that is simple. We just look at what is around us, listen to the sounds we perceive and keep an open mind. No headphones, no making phone calls or texting. Just walking, looking and listening.

I took this picture while taking a walk in a park. The tree bending toward the lamp just struck me as iconic. Plants bend toward the light and what a crazy whimsical image of a tree bending toward an electric light. Since the leaves have not come back yet, the direction and shape of the tree's branches are all the clearer.

So what does that mean for us? We also bend toward the light. How so? What lights up your life? What do you want to know more about? What light are we moving toward?

Let's do a little walking meditation with our observation of our own space for a moment.

What are the things that we have around us that we use all the time? What things are just taking up space? Why not make more space by letting go of those things we don't use? That gives us more space for what we really love. Or maybe it just gives us more space.

When we look at the books on our shelves, which ones do we refer to all the time? Which ones contain information that we want to study but just have not found the time to read yet? Which ones are stories that we really want to read? You see, what we want to know is the light we are bending toward.

See, the truth is also revealed that what we have never gotten around to reading for years, we may never, so let go. It's place can be taken by something that inspires us now, something we will read and use right away.

When you look back over your life, do you see an alignment between the things you have done that you loved, and what you plan to do more of?

When you look over your proudest achievements do you ever feel pulled to do more that would inspire those same feelings again?

When you recall the best teachers you have had in your life, and you remember how your life changed because of them, has that inspired thoughts about how engaging the services of another teacher who can give you that burst of light again?

Do your dreams and goals reflect your current desires? The light this time is the light within, the fire in the belly. Our fire bends us in the direction of our greatest desire. So knowing that we all bend toward the light, how do we feel about the way we are going? What inspires us? That changes from time to time, so we make revisions to align with our new inspiration.

Whenever we are ardently pursuing a goal, we are bending toward the light. Notice how you hit that sweet spot when you are really on track, and with every confirmation, you can feel it, you can feel that you are making real progress on your goal.

I always love hearing from you, so if you feel like sending me a note, calling or coming to see me, please do!

Have a wonderful day!

Since I never had covid and am now fully vaccinated, that will help some of you be more comfortable with in person sessions again, and I look forward to seeing you.


Thursday, April 15, 2021

Lightening Up for Spring


Lightening up for Spring
I got the Moderna vaccine so that our numbers can add up to where people feel good opening up again. My spirit guides helped me stay free of covid all year, and I am looking forward to all of our rules lightening up or disappearing. I want to be able to go to the Renaissance Fair again without a mask, to go to concerts and shows without a mask, to go dancing without a mask, to go to baseball games without a mask, go to the gym without a mask and do expos and events without a mask. We are all looking forward to that, so if getting the vaccine makes everyone more comfortable getting back to that, so be it. I did my part.

It is good that we are starting to feel things opening up again. At least part way back is progress toward our goals.

At first I had doubts about the vax because it was developed so rapidly. When I asked my doctor about this his response was that technology has made it possible to develop vaccines faster than before and he has confidence in it.

I was never an anti-vaxxer. When I was a kid, my parents got us all the shots, and when my kids were young, I got them their shots. I am old enough to remember when kids got polio, and then after the vax got around, no more people were getting polio. We also do not have some of the other illnesses of our not so distant ancestors, like smallpox, scarlet fever, mumps and measles. I have had tetanus shots too.

I know that others have a different opinion, and this is not to argue about it. I am simply letting you know what I did because some people are more comfortable hiring someone who is vaxxed.

Which brings up a related item. All my life, I have been drinking tap water and will continue to do so. I trust our water departments to do that job for us. I know that many people have a different opinion, and that's fine. One of my uncles had a ranch with no running water, so that meant using an outhouse. And that meant getting water from a well that required some pumping and carrying buckets uphill. Indoor plumbing is much nicer, thank you.

This year, I have been buying bottled water for all of you who come to see me at my home office to be more hygienic at this time. At events, I usually bring a refillable container, but many public places have turned off their fountains where I normally would refill, so I am bringing bottled water with me. I will not buy bottled water forever, just until our situation changes.

I hope to see some of you at the Body Mind Spirit Expo this weekend in Colorado Springs. Details below.

I send Spring growth energy to all of you for health, happiness and prosperity!

I always love hearing from you, so if you feel like sending me a note, calling or coming to see me, please do!

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

April Fool/The Fool's Journey


April Fool/The Fool's Journey
April 1 has been April Fool's Day for a long time, and who has not had some fun with this holiday?

Practical jokes and mischief played to provoke laughter and humor, it was originally a holiday dedicated to the Roman goddess Cybele, and Hilaria was a holiday for being cheerful and merry, from which we get the word hilarious. Games, masquerades, mocking and jokes were the spirit of the time. Think of it as sort of an early Mother's Day, when people were celebrating the Spring Equinox, which always comes in March and signals the return of the planting season.

Roman holidays were weeks long affairs, not single days. And even today, in large parts of our country, Spring Equinox is still regarded as the time to begin spring plantings. Weather differences like we have in Colorado cause the planting season to begin later out here, but the traditions still cover this part of the year. So all the way back then, our ancestors recognized the value of humor. They were welcoming in the planting season and the return of spring with humor during the same time that they would be planning their planting and putting their thoughts into a plentiful harvest. Just like us, they were unwinding from winter doldrums and staying inside a lot.

The Christian holiday of Easter gets its name from Estara, also spelled Eostre, a Germanic fertility goddess whose name is also spelled Ostara in some cultures, is in this same time frame. Spiritually and metaphorically, Easter celebrates the return from the dead of Christ, and spring is the return from the dormant season of winter for many plants. That is why there are so many rabbits and eggs with this holiday, the symbols of birth and rebirth. The date for Easter is set in a way that resonates with these old traditions.

In the national cathedral in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, they have a huge stained glass window of an egg installed over the huge cross at the front of the cathedral and the tour guide told me that it was the symbol of birth and rebirth. Instead of being celebrated on the same day every year, Easter is set on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the Spring Equinox.

Hilarity and humor are attitudes that help us keep our sanity and balance our energies in stressful times. And who among us could not use a little more lightness in our lives? Research in recent years has proven that laughter can help boost the immune system, as do music and love. That is why I frequently use humor when I am talking with you. Humor is a great way to illustrate an idea and make a memorable point.

Comedy clubs have long been one of my favorite places to go, and in the absence of being able to go because of the rules we have had, a great alternative is the selection of recordings of stand up comedians on Netflix. So how did April Fool come to be a holiday celebration?

Back in 1582, when France switched to the Gregorian calendar, New Year's Day was moved to January 1. The Julian calendar, which had been used up until that time, had the new year as beginning on April 1. This is why the zodiac sign of Aries, which comes at this time of year, is the sign that astrologers begin their year with.

So people who were slow to change calendars were known as April Fools, and that is when pranks began to become a popular activity associated with the day. Some people just enjoyed the rebellious attitude of pranks and mischief, and back in those days, big changes like that happened slowly. Later, most western nations adapted the new calendar, and as they did, the spirit of hilarity followed the calendar into those other nations. In 1683, the Treaty of Warsaw, which formalized an alliance between Poland and the Holy Roman Empire, was dated March 31, rather than April 1 to avoid confusion.

When Google rolled out its free gmail service on April 1, 2004, many people inquired whether it was a joke. Remember that earlier email services required a person to pay a fee to get an account. Another one? Back in 1998, Burger King advertised the sale of the Left-Handed Whopper, and people went to their stores and tried to order one.

There is a feeling of lightness emerging now as more people are getting vaccinated and states are relaxing rules and we see a beginning of the end of the restrictions of the past year. As spirits lighten in response to these re-openings, humor will be more present and part of our recovery.

The picture above is from one of my favorite new decks, The Elemental Wisdom Tarot from Taroteca Studios in Warsaw, Poland. The artists are Graciana Zielinska & Lukas Sienkiewicz.

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