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All Eyes On You

 

On my way into work on a chilly late December morning, I stopped at Wawa for my caffeine of choice, a steamy cup of chai. As I was walking out the door, my eyes beheld an even sweeter treat. It was a blue Cooper Mini with eye-popping embellishments…lengthy eyelashes that would do Maybelline proud.  Not only that, but on the dashboard was my favorite Friendly Ghost…Caspar himself, raising his arms as if conjuring up some mischief and beaming light. Of course, I couldn’t resist stopping to speak with the driver, a lovely woman who sat beside her aunt, waiting for her children to come streaming out of the store, tumbling into their magical car.

Her laughter mixed with mine as I recognized a kindred spirit; clearly someone unafraid to live out loud, to color outside the lines, to think out side the box. I am blessed to have many friends who are in that category; juicy living artists, musicians, photographers, authors, teachers, film-makers and healers. In my friend Caran Kalish’s office that I visited for the first time on Christmas Day, I beheld a way cool design on two of her walls…colorful hearts on which people could use chalk and write inspiring messages…so, naturally I did. I may get some of the paint she used and create my own chalkboard on one of my walls.  My friends Phil and Janet have all kinds of creative embellishments in their home that include found objects, a series of rubber duckies in the bathroom, mobiles, messages painted over their bed so that they can be inspired by reading whilst lying down. My own house is an eclectic blend of faeries, angels, Tibetan prayer flags, Native American art, dreamcatchers, medicine shields, Judaica,  yogic art, a rainbow colored windsock brought home from Key West, white twinkle lights, a painted pink spiral staircase with Tinkerbell’s pixie dust from Disney World embedded in it.  These decorative touches inspire me, as I am ready, willing and able to dance my dreams to life…like Cindy Lauper..a vivid cool aid hair-colored girl who just wants to have fun.

New Years Revolution

 

As the clocked turned from 11:59, to 12:00, people all over the planet acknowledged a turning in their lives. Although I believe that time is a mental construct, I too honor transitional periods.  This year, in particular, is infused with meaning for folks, as for years earlier, the media and fear mongers have foretold (based on the misinterpreted teachings of the Mayan calendar) of apocalyptic happenings in 2012.  Yes, earth changes are occurring, and true that people are facing greater financial challenges than before. Seems to me that these are loud and powerfully insistent calls for more love, more healing, more dedicated endeavoring for each of us to step up and fulfill our purpose. First, we need to recognize what that is.

Do you wonder what yours is?  I have long known that mine is to be a channel for love and healing as a communicator in written and spoken word. How was I sure? All I can tell you is that I feel most fully alive when I am doing those things. It is ‘what I was born to do.’ I don’t get stage fright; ok, the occasional ‘flutterby’s’ in the stomach…but mostly very much at home when speaking. It is  like being an athlete in the ‘zone’ where nothing else exists but you and the game, sport or race. In my case, nothing else exists but me and this page, or me and the audience. What lights you up from the inside and turns you into a human sparkler? What can’t you just wait to do the moment your eyes open (besides using the potty:) ? What feels more like play than work?

One thing many people do as they enter into a New Year is create resolutions to keep them on track. My friend Joan Schaublin wrote this recently, that speaks volumes about the ways we attempt to make ourselves feel flawed as motivation to change:

“We spend the 1st of January thinking over the past and making promises to fix all the things about ourselves we think are flawed, to get all the things we think we must have in order to be happy, and to fill our empty spaces. Maybe this year, for a change, we can make a list of all the things that are right and good about ourselves, be grateful for what we already have and only promise to live authentically so the empty spaces fill themselves.

What if, instead, we set intention? I do that every day, even before my feet touch the floor, opening the door to “amazing people and extraordinary experiences.”  I ask to be mindful and heart-full that in every moment I have a choice as to how I perceive and respond to any situation that comes my way. I have become the ‘queen of reframe’, as things that would have knocked me on my butt, are now an opportunity to ask, not “why is this happening?”, but “what can I learn from it? How can I use it to serve me and others, and how can I turn it into grist for the mill for my writing and teaching? ” The answers are always there waiting for me to scoop them up. It literally feels like unwrapping gifts that are constantly being layed at my feet. Some of them show up as “precious unexpected surprises”, according to another friend named Denise Moser. Others arrive as if I placed a specific order with the Celestial Shipping Department and were sent Special Delivery. All are welcome.

So, my intentions for 2012 and beyond…

Being in integrity, saying what I mean and meaning what I say. Living so that at the end of each day, I can face the woman in the mirror, head held high.

Putting my heart and soul into all that I do.

Looking any fears/hesitation/limiting thoughts square in the face, ask what it is here to teach me and then blowing them away like so much dandelion fluff~

Listening to and following Divine Guidance, since it has never steered me wrong.

Letting go of how I alone think things should go and embracing the partnership that I have with Spirit (see above:)

Speaking my truth, with love and compassion, even if other folks may not want to hear it.

Taking care of myself body, mind and spirit.

Emotional bungee jumping…taking risks that I might have feared embracing.

Honoring my gifts to the world.

Open heartedly living each day.

Being a greater force for good in the world.

Letting my creativity flow unabated.

Asking for what I desire and opening to receive it.

Listening with the ears of the heart and being fully present to the people in my life.

Being a miracle manna-fester.

What are YOUR New Years Revolutions?

First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes http://youtu.be/o5rhhQbyYV0

 

Healing Hearts of Nature

What if you had at the ready,  a portable tool to assist you in focusing on what it is that you desire to draw into your life that was created with love and infused with that essence? Such is The Healing Hearts of Nature card deck. Each of the 40 cards are embellished with unique images found in nature that appear in the shape of a heart. These are rocks, imprints in the dirt, cloud formations, leaves and even lines between brick pavers.   That is the first thing you may notice when holding the deck. Not only beautiful on that level, but the energy they exude, if you are even the tiniest bit sensitive to it, will be apparent.

Created by Elizabeth Pfeiffer, MSW, whose work in the world involves energy, sound and angelic healing as well, this deck comes packaged in a lovely forest green drawstring bag so it can accompany you on your daily journey.

The deck, which is simple to use, focuses on The Seven Gateway Principles, as taught by Aleya Dao which are:

1. You are not alone.

2. Your internal reality creates your outer world.

3. Take personal responsibility for your position here in the physical dimension.

4. You are of unity consciousness.

5. You are influenced by your electrical and magnetic grid system and the consciousness of your body.

6. Sharing and giving accelerates your growth and evolution.

7. You are perfect.

These concepts are the launching pad for working with the cards as  Elizabeth explains how to use them, beginning with an opening prayer to set intention and offer blessing. Step by step instructions follow to maximize benefit.

I did a reading for myself and discovered a powerful synchrony between my issues and the cards I drew.

The Step Up Heart encouraged me to ” Take the next step and move foreward on your path. Know that you will be supported as you make your way toward your goals.”

The Tossed Love Heart reminded me that “You have a big heart, but you haven’t been using it on yourself lately. You have been spending alot of time loving, caring, supporting and taking care of others.”

As with any tool, they are only as powerful as your skilled use of them and they do not offer professional or medical/health related advice.

www.angelicsoulutions.com

www.aleyadao.com

Weaving A Pattern

                                                                                                               
“If you knew how many hearts are healed and how many lives were transformed throughout the patterns created in every choice, you’d follow your heart in every breath and bless the world wherever you go.”-Matt Kahn
I saw this quote yesterday and was immediately moved by its truth that reached down and wasn’t about to let go.  Each day I awaken both literally, by opening my eyes, stretching and getting out of bed and mindfully, by being aware of my choices in each moment. Often, way too often, I hear people say that they are unhappy because, as they voice:  ‘life is hard’, ‘the world is a bad/dangerous place’, ‘people are out to get you’…ad nauseum… It isn’t that this is inherently so, it is that they perceive/believe it to be so and thus it is, for them. What if they and I and you, knew that each decision we make, leads to love or fear (as  A Course in Miracles so simply and beautifully expresses) and further, what if the collective ‘we’ were certain that we have the ability and the responsibility to heal and transform lives?  How would the world be?
When I think of a pattern, what comes to mind is a continuing thread that weaves its way throughout our days. We may not have taken  the first stitch; perhaps Creation itself (call it what you will) did that. So often, though, we are convinced that we are obligated to continue in unhealthy patterns, just because our ancestors did, or we don’t know that we are free to design our own. I have patients who tell me that they keep doing what they’ve always done, because they didn’t realize they had any other choice or because they didn’t know how to change. The best definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting diffferent results.
Following your heart doesn’t mean only doing what you want to do in a self serving manner. The heart, when it is a finely tuned instrument, only wants what is for the Highest Good, what will offer the greatest benefit for all. If you are only asking ‘what’s in it for me?’ and then go for that, you are likely to feel empty inside. When you focus on filling the hole because of lack and limitation consciousness, you will always hunger. Conversely, when you are a fountain of love and compassion, filled to overflowing, there will always be plenty to share and more than enough to keep you nourished.
A friend of mine had been expressing that she was making some life changes based on reconsidering how she was viewing circumstances. My repsonse to her was : ” Glad to heart that.”  oooppps,  I thought, when I re-read it, as  my inner editor chirped, “I should have written ‘glad to hear that.’  and then I revisted  it and realized that I was right the first time. How about if when we knew in our hearts that something was so, we would say “Glad to heart that.”?
Are you willing to change the pattern, and create your life by divine design?
http://youtu.be/PivWY9wn5ps  Man In The Mirror by Michael Jackson
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