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!

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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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Have a wonderful day!

Monday, March 15, 2021

Emerging from the Chrysalis


Emerging from the Chrysalis
This photo is what it looks like from the back porch or deck (whichever term you use) from the snow storm this weekend. It is beautiful to look at if you do not have to get out and go somewhere. In our usual Colorado tradition, it will stay above freezing and melt away this heavy wet snow and temperatures will be in the 50s this weekend. I am not going to try and drive anywhere until it melts off my car and roads are clearer. So this is perfect weather for Zoom calls for those of you who would like a session today and tomorrow. This coming weekend of course, we will be seeing people in person at the Body Mind Spirit Expo.

A funny side note. It can be hard to recognize people when we are all wearing face masks, so if that happens, don't be upset. It adds a goofiness factor since I always remember faces faster than names.

Do you feel kind of mellow from a weekend of letting the quiet blanket of snow kind of cuddle you inside your home? The only thing I wish I had here is a real wood burning fireplace.

On another light note, with the decrease in covid cases and the increasing number of vaccinations, it looks like at least some lightening of restrictions will be coming and some of our other activities will be resuming by 4th of July. I am looking forward to all that. All this feels like it is bringing a lightening of our spirits this spring. Are you feeling it too?

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!

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Sympathetic Vibrations, Sympathetic Magic

 The thing we most have noticed during this past year when so much was shut down is how much we really need human contact. Perhaps we did not notice it that plainly in the past because so much of our actions were on automatic pilot. We were used to getting together with people for dinners, or parties, concerts or sporting events just as the normal course of living, the same way as we would get up and go to work every morning.

So when most of those options were removed, we first were upset because we could not go places that we liked to go, but as time went on, what we recognized is that what we really missed was being close to other people. So now, as people are getting vaccines and the number of serious cases is in decline, we see movements toward re-opening and we are looking forward to resuming things we like to do with other people. I look forward to being able to go the Renaissance Fair again, Shakespeare Festival, concerts, ball games, dances, fireworks shows, and all those other wonderful things this summer. I enjoy the vibrations of those kinds of events.

Getting together with others is first on our list, then going to places and events is second. In other words, the lockdowns caused us to realize that socializing with other people is primary. We took it for granted in the past because we could. It is one thing to say that you can't go to a ball game or a concert tonight, but it is another to say you cannot go visit your family or your friends.

We also have become more aware of the vibrational and energetic realities of our actions. For example, many musicians have tried to keep their cash flow going by asking people to pay to watch performances on their computer. But the experience of being in the same room with musicians while they are playing opens up our senses in a whole different way when we feel the vibrations of the voices and instruments and we want to sing and dance along with them. These sympathetic vibrations give us another sense of aliveness, and this is not the same presence if we are watching on You Tube or Zoom.

Sympathetic vibrations are also what we feel when we are in a stadium, and suddenly thousands of people simultaneously are on their feet, cheering for their team and we hear the crack of the bat, the ball hitting the glove, while thousands of people are yelling and clapping. It is just not the same watching it on TV. You might have a great camera view, but there are not other people right next to you or around you who are responding.

It's the difference between watching a film of someone walking on the beach and swimming in the ocean. At best, it conjures up memories of how it felt to do that, but it is not like being there.

Sympathetic vibrations are also what we are feeling when we are in the same room with someone who is sharing a heartfelt conversation with us, laughing or crying, and being able to hug someone, sensing what they are trying to tell us because their breath is rapid and shallow, or slow and deep. It is the fragrance of the other person that we sense, the pitch of their voice, the blink of the eye, the connection we feel simply from being present.

How much is this part of our lives? Consider that the concept called Law of Attraction is all based on a principle called sympathetic magic. When we express gratitude for what we have received and what things are going well for us, we are signaling to spirit to align us with more of that vibration. Before Law of Attraction became a buzzword, everyone had heard of positive thinking. When we really like something and resonate with it, we are sending out a signal that we like this vibration and want more of it. Sympathetic vibrations are happening between us and the universe.

So this is a time when we have all become more aware of sympathetic vibrations and sympathetic magic.

During this time many of us have cleared things that we are no longer aligned with and made some new decisions about things that we want to align more closely with. When we are looking at activities, people and things and deciding what to do about them, notice how the sympathetic vibrations confirm for us our directions and choices. Tuning into these vibrations brings us more joy, peace and clarity.

Some vibrations are so powerful you can't miss them while others are more subtle and present themselves to us in quieter moments. As you raise your awareness of your vibrations, can you sense where your alignments are strongest, and where you might need to make adjustments?

There is a vibration in all of our connections and relationships, the music of the spheres, the music of life. Savor it.

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Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, February 14, 2021

All Kinds of Love


Valentine's Day is always emphasizing love in the sense of romance between couples, and of course, most of us want that and appreciate it. From a personal perspective, this addresses a core issue for all of us. And of course, some of us who are reading this right now are involved in a great relationship and some are not. And sometimes that personal romantic love relationship presents itself in our lives as a result of keeping our heart chakra open rather than buying memberships on dating web sites.

When we consider love in the bigger sense, the humanitarian sense, we create an aura of love all around us. How often do we express ourselves in loving terms to each other, whether or not we actually use the word love?

We may or may not be part of a hot couple right now, but we can always be expressing love toward all the people we interact with regularly.

I am sure that you have noticed what a good effect you stimulate when you tell people you appreciate them. We all appreciate that. One of the tricky things about the word love is that we think of it in terms of personal romantic relationships, but it is also love when we express appreciation for people we do business with, people who work in the stores where we shop, people who repair and maintain our cars, phones, computers, and homes. That includes delivery people, restaurant employees, artists, musicians and not just the health care workers in hospitals, but also the ones who work in the doctor and dentist offices where we go.

It is love when we act toward others with kindness, consideration, generosity, cooperation and empathy. When we stop for a moment and consider this relation we have with another person, it is love.

Keeping our heart chakra (heart center) open in this way keeps the door open to loving relationships of all kinds, and so our personal romances fit within that big aura of good relations with family, friends, co-workers, workout partners, study partners, business partners, clients, customers and all the other people who play a part in our lives.

Picture this. The aura of love that you radiate out when you are nurturing good relations with all other people is the exact pathway that opens the way for a personal romance to present itself. Getting along with other people in general opens the way for you to create personal relationships as part of what your aura of love attracts to you.

We can even shift our tones with people we disagree with so that rather than inflaming tensions, we can ease them with the way we express ourselves. That can leave the door open for a peaceful disagreement.

Pay attention to the entire flow of love and relationships in your life and notice how your existing relationship flourish and how people are drawn to you. What is happening is that these subtle flows of love energy are consistent because you express them to everyone, so when you are radiating love from your aura, it is possible for you to find your way into loving relationships with other people without using a dating app.

People are drawn to you on the waves of energy that you radiate out. How you conduct your every day affairs is one of the most powerful ways that leads to personal love affairs.

Notice how often you reach out to others and express yourself, and then notice what happens. We all want love, and the more we express love in our every day life, the more we attract it.

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!

Sunday, January 31, 2021

How do we plan for success?


Folklore has always been a rich source of reminders for us about how to succeed in life. Take a look at the traditions of this month. Together, when we look, we see an emphasis on partnerships of all kinds.

The reason Groundhog day emerged is that our ancestors were looking for signs that would tell them when it would be a good time for planting. Our ancestors who were farmers and gardeners would be sorting their seeds at this time of year so that when the ground is awakening from the winter slumber, which is other parts of the country would be Spring Equinox, and here it is more like Mother's Day, still, a thoughtful gardener spends some time thinking about what they want to plant this year and where they want to plant it.

That is us right now. Thinking ahead. Planning. Looking ahead to what we will nurture into existence.

Groundhog Day is also known as Candlemas because this was the time when people would bring their candles to the church to be blessed. Celtic people often called it Imbolc or Imbolg which is midway between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox and Brigid who was a goddess in the Celtic tradition, later became a Christian saint. Brigid was a patron or home and family as well as arts and crafts plus blacksmithing and poetry.

So what are we celebrating about our home base, our family and friends, and what would we like to do or change in this area of our life?

Coming in next on the calendar is Valentine's Day which these days has evolved into a big sales event for chocolates, flowers and greeting cards. But way back before that, the holiday was called Lupercalia and it was a bawdy celebration of fertility and sexuality.

Now that aspect of relationship is always a major focus for people, because what we are going to do for a living and who we are going to love are two of the biggest questions we ever face.

How am I ever going to meet someone new in this environment where so much has been shut down? This is a question that many people are puzzling over. My best advice on that is to put more attention on the things you really want to do and with you letting your spirit guides know that you are open to someone new, you can still meet people. Remember that when you are doing things that you really like, that is one way to meet others who have common interests.

Do not forget that even long term relationships can have a fresh burst of growth and energy if we tend to them, so if that is your situation, think about ways that can work for you.

One thing that can happen on social media is that you can find yourself in a discussion group and meet a like minded person that way, which can lead to an in person meeting. Another simple way to meet people is to chat with people you meet while you are out walking. Every time I take the dogs for a walk, I meet someone, chat with someone. And shopping at a nursery or garden store is certainly a place to strike up a conversation with another gardener as you think about what you want to plant.

So you see, the energies at work at this time are perfectly aligned to create new energies in all ways. We are thinking ahead about what we want to be planting in the coming months and who we want to be with, focusing on two important subject areas that will always be pertinent. It is always pertinent because even those who are not gardening are still planting seeds. And even if you don't have a dog, taking a walk is something healthy that we can all do just for the sheer pleasure of good simple exercise and fresh air.

One of the good offshoots of the shutdowns that people took up in bigger numbers than ever are gardening, cooking and dogs. More people than ever are planting, record numbers of dogs got adapted and so these activities will keep on going and we can use these as ways to connect. After all, when people take up baking for a hobby, they like to offer you a taste and breaking bread with people has always been a way to make friends.

Plus the Chinese New Year kicks in right before Valentines Day, and that Ox energy will reward hard work and help us nurture relationships so all these different folk roots and traditions for this time of year are very supportive for these key actions we want to take in our lives.

So look at the flow of energies we are in. We can use this time well to plan ahead and engage in activities that nurture us. When the weather gets warmer then, we can spring into action with our plans to guide us.

The door is open to partnerships of all kinds. We have partners in our love life, our business, our food, through gardening and cooking, and walking the dog. This is the perfect time to set intentions and put them into motion, from thought to word to action.

The constant factor that you need to keep in mind is to focus on the result that you want to get at each of these occasions, and state clearly and powerfully your spirit guides your intentions and desired results. Each step of the way, you not only dare to dream, you also form a partnership with your spirit guides to get this done.

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!