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Get Wet

 

Sitting in my favorite office away from home in Doylestown, PA called The Zen Den, sipping a cup of soy chai served in a terra cotta colored mug….breathing in the sweet aroma. Whenever I go there, I always run into friends. Today it was Ken, Charlie, Tina and Bill. I have known Bill Bloom since the middle 1980′s. He is a  bright light in the music industry and his ‘claim to fame’ is that he co-wrote the song, along with Frankie Smith, that became a hit in 1981, called Double Dutch Bus. What I didn’t know is that it referenced both the jump rope game and the SEPTA bus system for which my father had worked for many years. Since then, Bill and his music have branched out to a more spiritual realm. He is an ordained interfaith minister and has been music director for several churches in the Philadelphia area. His voice can bring tears to your eyes, mostly because it comes from his heart.

I was delighted when I saw him walk through the door and we chatted for a bit. We were talking about the importance of diving into your passions; his is obviously music and mine is clearly writing. He told me about a new project in which he is engaging. He calls it Bloomworld, which is a daily dose of inspiration that he sends to his growing list of subscribers. Bill was inspired to place a tag line at the end:  “Get wet.”  Now, it might sound a bit edgy, but he explained where it came from as he quoted a movie I have never seen, called Hesher. There is a line uttered by one of the characters; Madeleine Forney: “Life is like walking in the rain… you can hide and take cover or you can just get wet.”  How often do you huddle under a metaphorical umbrella, wanting to remain  safe and dry?  There are times when I say that I am “running between the raindrops.”, when the truth is, that is physically impossible. What stops me from immersing myself in the preciously drenching nourishment that life showers upon me? Fear, erroneous belief that I will never be able to wring myself out. Sometimes the rain is joyous…showers of blessings when people, opportunities, money, healing show up in so-called unexpected ways. There are other moments when I feel deluged by waves of grief and emptiness…far more briefly, thank goodness. When I am able to be a witnessing presence and watch the ‘me’ who is experiencing this, I have compassion for her and offer encouragement, “You know, sweetheart, you have gotten through many a rain storm and have shaken off the water like a puppy after a bath. Can you make it fun? Can you splash in the puddles? Can you watch for the rainbow?”  The answer is always yes.

So, for today, at least, I am willing to dip my tootsies into the waters of life as it pours forth ceaselessly from the heavens and really get wet!

 

If you want to subscribe to Bloomworld billbloom26@gmail.com  is the email address

Here are a few recent entries

You’re someone’s perfect stranger. Welcome them with open arms and an open mind! Get wet…p/l*
Where you LEAD, they will follow. Get wet…p/l
The language of love is unmistakenly clear, everywhere, and understood by everyone! Get wet..p/l
*peace and love

 

www.billbloom.com

http://youtu.be/fK9hK82r-AM Double Dutch Bus

 

Light Seeds

                                                                                             
I met this delightful sprite of a woman at Circle Of Miracles a month or so ago, when she accompanied her friend John Davis who came to our community as a speaker. I was moved by the passion and enthusiasm she embodied and knew I needed to find out what was behind it. She is the co-author, with John of the book Signs Along The Path which are snippets of wisdom for guidance and life enrichment.
How do you live your bliss?
Having only recently discovered the alchemy of creating my own life, I wasn’t sure what my bliss was!  But now, as I get increasingly closer to it, I realize that my bliss is reached through accepting my godliness, my power to create.  Living in nature and animals.  Loving, honoring and respecting the people I meet. Shining my own light on them so they can see the switch to turn on their own lights!
Your biz is called Light Seeds..how did that name come to be?
I had been supporting two spiritual workers in my spare time when I was laid off in 2009 from a job I hated (go me!) and realized that supporting holistic/spiritual workers would be the ideal profession for me.  Inspiration gave me the name, which at first I thought was to be Life Seeds.  I woke one morning “knowing” it was actually Light Seeds.  The people I work with as a Virtual Assistant are all sowers of seeds of light – as am I – and all find their own bliss by enlightening, empowering, healing people.  Hence the business name of Lightseeds Office.  I’m in the midst of writing a book to teach other VAs how to do this work as well, as being a “light farmer” is an unusual occupation!
It seems that you are a balance of left brain, linear, logical and creative curious right brain..how do you blend those worlds?
Good question – I think it’s just how I’m made!  A very difficult upbringing with a belief only in the here and now, this is all there is, what you see is what you get, you go to work because it’s what you have to do, served the purpose of teaching me left brain skills.  And yet I loved the arts and music as well.  As the door opened to spiritual growth, I found my right brain!  Now I meditate, write, enjoy spiritual practices, feel deep gratitude for the beauty of our earth, see the inner beauty in people, and so much more!  And it is that balance that allows me to serve my clients the way I do – being part of their spiritual “woo-woo” world but connecting with the earth and business practices.
You are in professional partnership with John Davis (a.k.a John of Peniel). Wondering how the two of you connected and began your world changing work together.
It’s a long story, but the short story is this:  I’m a renaissance festival junkie, and I’d become acquainted with John at our local festival, where he’d been a comedy performer for many years.  I discovered his spiritual side and spoke with him about it, and felt the strong immediate “zing” that told me there was something important there for me. And then the miracle happened:
Years ago, while cleaning the hall after an event I had run, I found a tiny silver ring with a beautiful ivy engraving on it and an inscription of a Bible verse on the inside. I tried for months to find the owner to no avail and something told me to keep it safe.
Several years later, in 2006, the week before the local renaissance festival was to open I was looking for something in the basket where I had years before placed this ring.  My fingers touched that lost ring, and I felt a WHOOSH of electrical energy through my body, as if it were charged. I picked it up and for the first time in all those years noticed the inscription on the inside – John 15:5.  I looked up the verse: “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who dwells in me and I in him shall have much success.”  Totally astounded, I knew without doubt that these words were a message for John, so I e-mailed him to say that I had something to tell him in person. He was intrigued, but after all his amazing spiritual experiences, not surprised, and so we arranged to meet at the festival.
On opening day of the renaissance fair, I was wandering around when John found me, and we went to a relatively quiet area to talk. Shaking with emotion, I pulled out the ring and handed it to him so he could see the inscription. His face went white and he said, “OH my GOD!!” I handed him a small cloth where I’d embroidered the verse so he’d know the reference. He got tears in his eyes and hugged me hard – we were both highly emotional by then! When he calmed a bit, he explained to me that he’d been praying for guidance:  Was this the time for him to give up the security of his entertainment profession to do spiritual work full time?  Was it time to really step into his mission? And then I showed up with the ring.  I cannot express the awe I felt then and still feel when I realize that I was the safe-keeper all those years of this special message meant to support John, held for the time it was intended to be revealed.  And in the process, I gained a nickname – Frodo the ring bearer!
How would you describe your spiritual practice?
Eclectic!  A melange, a stew of beliefs! I am not a subscriber to religion, which for me is limiting and based on ancient culture and belief systems.  I am powerfully, deeply connected to God in my own way.  I “try” to meditate daily (“Do or do not, there is no try!”), usually with a guided meditation.  I accept my increasing awareness of my intuition and ability to receive spiritual guidance and messages.  I don’t follow any spiritual routines, but my deep connection keeps on getting deeper as I follow my Higher Self’s guidance (which I also believe is my jumper cable to God). To me, God is dirt – when my hands are in the dirt, planting and nurturing growing things, there He is with me.
Is there a pivotal moment that leaps out at you when you knew you were living the life of your dreams?
Well, to be very honest I am not yet doing so!  But I am so CLOSE!  I can’t say that there was a moment as it’s been more of a continuum, a gradual process.  But now I live richly, deeply, aware and grateful, with bliss so close I can TASTE it!  And OH it tastes wonderful!
What drew you to Renaissance culture?
I honestly don’t know but I believe it’s strong past-life influences.  My father, a professional musician, bought me a record (yes, a record, I’m old!) of early Renaissance music when I was 13 – an odd gift!  It drew me in even then, and I’ve always listened to early music.  In my 30s when I discovered renaissance festivals and adult dress-up, I knew I was home!  And that led me to becoming involved with a living history group which studies the arts and sciences of the middle ages, where I learned renaissance era dancing.  And now as an avocation, I teach renaissance dance to others.
Please share about your book Signs Along the Path.
Several years ago I spoke with John Davis about the wonderful essays on his website (www.JohnofPeniel.com) and I wanted to find a way to get them into more hands than the internet allows.  I described what a book could look like, and he was all for it!  I gathered the best of his blog posts, organized them so that they guide the reader along a life path from fear to God and love. Each chapter takes the reader through a journey of personal and spiritual growth, through John’s thoughts, beliefs, and stories from his own life.  We wanted it to become the same kind of reference book as the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books, something that could be a resource in times of stress, and it’s been such a joy to hear people tell us that is exactly what it accomplishes!
www.lightseedsoffice.com
www.simpleenlightenment.com

Play In The Possibility

                                                 
I read this post by Facebook friend Marianne St. Clair and the ideas tickled me.
“What are you wanting to create in your life? A new career or job?  Then today Play IN the Possibility of you already having it. Jump in the vortex of the job.  Talk to people who would be your associates as if you already have the career. PLAY.  CREATE. BE what you want. NOW.”
I have a running list of things/experiences to create in my life, ranging from trips to treats, from books to read to books to write, from people to meet, to friendships to forge. I have a limitless imagination and so do you. When I visualize these happenings, I color them vividly, splashing effervescent paint over their surfaces. I step into them three dimensionally. I feel them in my gut. Goosebumps are my ‘truth barometer’ and when I notice them, I know I am on the right track, no holding back….and yet, there are times when I question whether what I desire will truly come to fruition. I call that ‘spiritual amnesia’ since I sometimes forget that everything always works out for the Highest Good, in divine timing, regardless of what my flaring ego might say.
More than 20 years ago, I set an intention to interview His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The path I took to seeing it through to fruition followed Marianne’s  suggestions. I jumped into the vortex by speaking about it to family and friends, all of whom assured me that it would happen, regardless of any doubt that might arise. I created vision boards with his image on them. I placed a postcard with his photo on it, on my dashboard (it’s still there), I wrote questions as if I would be interviewing him the next day. I imagined what it would be like to be in his presence. I played not only in the possibility, but the inevitability. And then….I surrendered outcome. Fast forward to July 17, 2008 and my long cherished dream became a reality. I found myself face to face and heart to heart with a living, breathing embodiment of love and compassion. Is there anything better than that?
Even nearly four years after that amazing experience, it still has a surrealistic feel to it. I shake my head in bewildered awe about it and how it came to be. When I told a friend back then that I had waited 20 years to interview His Holiness, my friend’s delightful and shake-me-to-my-core response was “How do you know he didn’t wait 20 years to be interviewed BY you?” Perhaps a Divine appointment, a soul contract had been made between us that took that period of time to arrive. What if everything we wish for it set up that way and we and it or they need to come to a particular ‘clearing in the forest’ at the same time and ta-da! it manna-fests for us?
What if you could allow your dreams to be like a colorful kite and you let the string out little by little until it is way up high and even though you may not be able to see it, you know it is out there having the time of its life?
Something to ponder as you enter your wondrous weekend.
http://youtu.be/g89NxTTycxc Let’s Go Fly A Kite From Mary Poppins

Half The Sky

I remember when I was in college reading the words “Women hold up half the sky.” What that meant to this budding feminist who marched for the ERA (which got defeated in part, because of a silly notion that it would mean shared public restrooms), was that we as a gender were as vital as men when it came to our value and roles in society. What it really was about was equal pay for equal work at a time when the going rate was 59 cents for every dollar a man made. According to an article in TimeU.S,  called Why Do Women Still Earn Less Than Men? (April 20, 2010)  ” U.S. women still earned only 77 cents on the male dollar in 2008, according to  the latest census statistics. (That number drops to 68% for African-American  women and 58% for Latinas.)”

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1983185,00.html#ixzz1oUbRYQv2

 

It isn’t about male bashing, it is about standing side by side with men. It is about safety for women, who need not worry about walking alone. It is about freedom in our own bodies, saying yes or no to touch, whether by a partner or stranger. It is about teaching girls that they matter and need not fit a stereotype for appearance. It is about say no to abuse of any kind. It is about choice of who to love; knowing that it is about the person and not the plumbing. It is about education for all. It is about economic and decision making power.

March 8th is International Women’s Day, celebrated around the planet. The theme is Connecting Girls: Inspiring Futures

World wide initiatives include:

- Global, United Nations: Women and men united to end violence against women and girls
- Canada, Status of Women (Federal Gov): Strong Leadership. Strong Women. Strong World: Equality
- Australia, UNIFEM: Unite to End Violence Against Women
- Australia, Queensland Government Office for Women: Our Women, Our State
- Australia, WA Department for Communities: Sharing the Caring for the Future
- UK, Doncaster Council: Women’s Voices and Influence
- UK, Welsh Assembly Government: Bridging the Generational Gap
- UK, Accenture: Stretch Yourself: Achieving 50:50 in the boardroom by 2020
- USA, IBM: Women@IBM: Success in the Globally Integrated Enterprise

 

A few years ago, I wrote what I call my Wo-manifesto; a statement of who I am as a work in progress and what I stand for.

I live full out, regardless of what anyone thinks.

I refuse to dim my light for anyone in order for them to feel comfortable.

I accept all the abundance that the Universe off ers.

I forgive myself and others for perceived slights.

I live with compassion both inwardly and outwardly.

I see my own beauty, without the ‘yes, but’s’, and ‘ if only’s’, simply . . . as is.

I move with grace, dancing to whatever music I hear.

I sing out with enthusiasm.

I speak my truth.

I welcome Love in all forms.

I refuse to second-guess myself.

I tell the people in my life what they mean to me.

I keep my heart open.

I imagine beyond limitations.

I mirror back the beauty in others I encounter.

I walk barefoot literally and figuratively.

I refrain from ‘guilty pleasures’ and instead simply call them pleasures.

I ask for what I want, knowing that I may not receive exactly as I have asked.

I accept what is for the Highest Good.

I embellish my body with colors, fabrics, and designs that make me feel good.

I move on when a situation warrants it.

I sit with my own feelings, not pushing them away out of fear.

I surrender to ‘what is’.

I trust in Divine timing.

I unburden myself of excess baggage.

I live in integrity.

I am genuine and transparent; what you see is what you get.

I am learning to be subtle.

I say ‘yes’ and ‘no’ with equal ease.

I ask for what my work is worth without

stuttering, and I expect to receive it.

I emotional bungee-jump, enjoying the ride in free-fall.

I stand in my own Truth.

I breathe.

So, what is your wo(man)-ifesto?

www.internationalwomensday.com

 

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