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"Don't wait for the light to appear at the end of the tunnel. Stride down there... and light the bloody thing yourself." ~ Sara Henderson <3

This meme reminded me of an experience I had several years ago. I was lying on the massage table of my friend Ute Arnold who practices a modality she created called Unergi which is body psychotherapy that speaks to all aspects of our being, as it speaks back to us and to her as the practitioner. There is a treasure trove of information in the temple that totes around our soul.  I had gone to see her to take a look at some long standing core beliefs about what I thought I needed to do or be in order to be accepted and loved. It was planting the seeds for what I digging deep to excavate now.

She asked a question about a particular situation in my life with which she was familiar and I replied that I was seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. She smiled and asked an even more important question to the effect of “What if you didn’t need to wait for it and could bring the light in with you?”  I laughed in response and said that I would be able to see more clearly what was around me, instead of fumbling around in the dark. How often I have done that, guessing and then second guessing what I was ‘supposed to do’, rather than stating with certainty because I had the information I needed that came from that which I could only receive by observing?  Way too often. Laziness?  Maybe. Not wanting to look at the drippy and echoing walls of a damp, cold cavern? Probably. Ducking for cover should a colony of bats come flapping on through?  You betcha!  My bats have taken the form of fears of failure and success, choices made out of expedience that have come back to bite me in the tush, saying yes when I meant no, saying no when I would love to have said yes, but felt unworthy of the gifts that were offered, unrealized dreams, unfulfilled expectations I created for myself. Rather than hiding from their sonar that beams in on me, I can allow them to eat the bugs on the cave walls, that bug me.

http://youtu.be/oMO4xdOS5jY The Cave-Mumford and Sons

www.unergi.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Love-the-Skin-Youre-In/444004985616212

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Today as I was having a ‘business meeting’ around  and in the pool of my friend Robin, I had a visit from a tiny, red being decorated with black spots. A ladybug, or as my Irish friend Jacinta informed me, they call ‘ladybirds’ in her country, had come to share a message with me. It perched on my arm and made its way down to my hand and rested there as we continued to talk about ideas for workshops we are designing. Of course I knew that there was a symbolic meaning as there is for every being that comes my way, so I looked up ladybug and here’s what I found:

 

Ladybug *Ted Andrews/Animal-Wise   Keynote: Wish fulfilled …
The ladybug is a small beetle that fascinates most people. A great deal of folklore exists about it. sometimes referred to as the ladybird beetle, it is always considered lucky to have one light upon us, and the killing of them was considered unlucky. Some traditions make wishes upon them, resting them upon the open palm. When they flew off, the wish was released to be fulfilled. Many believed that the ladybug would fly to one’s true love. The appearance of the ladybug heralds a time of luck and protection in which our wishes begin to be fulfilled.
Ladybugs aid in pollination. They also control aphids, which attack plants and crops. A single ladybug can eat 50 to 100 aphids a day. Their presence signals a time of shielding and protection from many of our own aggravations and pests.
The adult lives from nine months to a year and a half, and this always indicates a time of luck within our lives of about equal length. The adults congregate in the fall to hibernate. In the spring, they emerge and lay eggs, and a female can lay as many as 800 eggs, reflecting the abundance of luck and beneficial flow being activated within our life, with the fall and spring being the most abundant times for such.
Ladybug’s appearance signals new happiness, often with material gains. A renewed sense of well being occurs, and higher goals and new heights can be more easily attained over the following months. Worries will begin to dissipate.
Often the female ladybug has seven spots, but regardless of whether it is a male or female, the number of spots should be counted if possible since the spots often indicate the number of gifts and wishes that will be fulfilled in the future. Whether a wish for love, job, or the fulfillment of a dream, the ladybug signals a time in which there will be opportunity to pursue and capture or dreams in our lives.
  A significant aspect of the ladybug is the red and black coloring, although there are other color variations, including yellow and black. This coloring serves as a warning to predators. If attacked, it squirts a chemical from its knees, which is distasteful to those that would try and eat them. This characteristic might indicate that someone or something is preventing the fulfillment of a wish at this time. We may need to give a strong, clear warning.
  There are different kinds of ladybugs, and one kind beats its wings faster than a hummingbird. The ladybug can indicate that we are trying to push too hard and too fast in fulfilling our wishes and dreams. We still have to work for them, but we also must allow our efforts to unfold and manifest in the time that is best for us. The ladybug can warn us not to push too hard, that the wish will not be fulfilled at this particular time.
  Are we not protecting our endeavors, our dreams?   Are we allowing others to dissuade us from our pursuits and loves?   Are we trying to do more than we are capable of at this time?   Are we limiting our wishes and dreams?   Are we trying to force our dreams into manifestation rather than allowing them to unfold in the manner best for us?

This was especially timely since recently, I have been casting my desires out there, as if throwing a fishing line out into the ocean. In the past, I had nearly kept an anchor attached to it, so it couldn’t drift far. The anchor was in a vain effort to prevent disappointment, but instead, it kept me from being free to attract what I want. Now I am trusting that I will catch what I am seeking and that if the ladybug chooses to fly away home, it won’t be because her house is on fire or her children are gone.

 

Just saw a writing prompt on Facebook (a source for many of them these days). Someone had a beautiful sunset image on their page with the words “A Thank You Note To God” under it and it reminded me that there are times when I forget all of my blessings in the midst of life stuff happening. At the moment, I am lying down with an ice pack under my left knee. It has been stiff and ouchy for the past week or so, and even though I walk and work out several times a week, it still feels like a rubber band that has been pulled too tight. Earlier today, my computer charge cord shorted out and I was grateful that it waited until I had unplugged it from the laptop  before it sizzled and sparked. A few times during the day, I experienced frustration that inflow of abundance hasn’t been keeping pace with outflow and yet I know that I am always taken care of and provided for by a generous Universe. I had the satisfaction of meeting with clients at my day job as a recovery counselor in an outpatient drug and alcohol rehab. I enjoyed being interviewed on a Blog Talk radio show tonight. My debut article for the Huffington Post was published today. I am getting together with kindred spirit/soul friends this weekend. I am still, little by little doing repairs and renovations on  and around my house so that it feels like a haven for me and for all who enter.

Tonight I sat on my back deck and watched the sun set, catching the early evening, late summer breeze, with the serenading cicadas ushering me into a state of slowing down. I lit the twigs and small fallen tree branches in the fire pit and listened to them crackle and the flames leap. I sighed with a need to let go of expectations for how I (in my infinite wisdom) think life should be and instead, accept life on life’s terms, knowing that all is in Divine order.

Photo: Glowing embers <3

 

For all of these things and so much more, I say a profound thank you to God/Goddess/All That Is~

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/edie-weinstein/life-questions_b_3768496.html

One of the wisest people on the planet is under 5 feet tall and under 10 years old.  Although his birth name is Robby, he is better known worldwide as “Kid President”. A few things that are amazing about this young man:  although he has what is commonly known as Brittle Bone disease which has caused over 7o breaks since birth; not only does he keep on keepin’ on, but he lives an active life that includes running and dancing.  He is also clever and outspoken about all kinds of things, most especially ways to make the world a better place.

I’ve written about him before, but love to hear about new things he is up to. I just watched a brief You Tube video that his brother in-law Brad shot for Soul Pancake which is  Rainn Wilson’s creative baby. In it, Robby tells us about World Humanitarian Day which is coming up this Monday 8/19/2013.

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“Every year  on August 19th we mark World Humanitarian Day in honour of aid workers, who have  lost their lives in the line of duty. We commemorate their sacrifice and  reaffirm our commitment to the lifesaving work that humanitarians carry out  around the world every day, often in difficult and dangerous circumstances, where  others cannot or do not want to go. This  year our World Humanitarian Day campaign is calling on people to answer a  question: ‘What do you think the world needs more of?”-Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

Hmm….I have a long list, which includes

Love

A sense of belonging to a global family

Healthy food and water

Safety

Shelter

Compassion

Sustainability

Freedom from violence

A safe way to express emotions

Rec0gnition of unique gifts and talents

Breaking the cycle of abuse

Respect for the planet

Recovery from addiction

Honoring each other

Forgiveness

Healing

Bliss

I agree with Kid President that the world needs more laughter and HUGS!

http://youtu.be/_7SI9Sw1dN0 Kid President on World Humanitarian Day

www.worldhumanitarianday.org

www.soulpancake.com