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Spring Awakening

 

The spring equinox – when the sun is positioned directly over the Earth’s equator– will occur at 1:14 a.m. Eastern on Tuesday March 20th…a few hours from now. Most humans (and certainly the one writing this entry) are fascinated with thresholds from one season to the next, one state of being and awareness from another. Perhaps you will feel an energetic shift. I certainly do and it isn’t just because I notice that all of the flowers are popping their full to bursting leaves and buds from branches and soil much earlier than usual since this winter has been exceedingly mild here on the East Coast of the U.S.  I have lived in the Philadelphia area almost all my life, except for a 2 1/2 year span of time when I was in South Florida. A meteorological happening known as Hurricane Andrew roared through Homestead in August of 1992 and blew us northward. I have never known a winter quite like this one.

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With the blossoming of flora comes the opportunity to grow our own hearts and lives. I think of it as spring awakening; that time when we stretch our own leaves and branches and plant seeds for summer growth. This can be done metaphorically by shaking ourselves free of frozen dreams in the same way we would melt away our winter doldrums at the first hint of the new season.  My spring awakening comes in the form of exploring and then releasing my own cryogenesis that looks like self imposed limitation, guilt, fear and shame around choices made and opportunities lost. That clears the soil for planting new life and budding possibility. In my life it looks like discovering new opportunities to grow my creativity and reach out to as yet unknown people.  It also indicates the importance of knowing what I want. I can’t plant tomato seeds and expect to grow corn, and yet there have been many times, too numerous to count when I have done that in my day to day interactions. I ask myself, “What is it that a person would need to believe in order to harvest the crop I have planted that is now coming to fruition?”  The answer isn’t always easy, but profoundly simple and it comes down to this…they would have to believe that all is well, or all is hell…with not much in between.

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I choose to go with the well idea and know that regardless of appearances, I am always held and supported by a pronoiac universe that only wants my highest good and is willing to help me water, feed and weed my outrageously sprawling garden. How does your garden grow?

http://youtu.be/yGKPHFrHVVY Here Comes The Sun-George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Phil Collins, Eric Clapton

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May The Grace

 

Music has the capacity to transcend borders, boundaries, religion and reason, touching places that words alone are unable to reach. That may sound strange coming from a wordsmith. Perhaps a better way to say it is that words blended with music are that much richer, fuller and juicier in their expression. It’s hard to imagine a world without it. It accompanies me throughout my day, as I write, (although at the moment, in the wee hours of the morning, before the sun has awoken, out of courtesy for my sleeping son, the only music that reaches my ears is coming from a cooing mourning dove outside my window), in the car as I sing along, in  my office at work, at the gym as I sweat my prayers and in my head as a song pops in, cajoling me to add my voice.

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A few days ago, Something Beautiful came through by way of Facebook. Alexi Murdoch is a Scottish singer-songwriter who inititally entered into my awareness on WXPN, an eclectic NPR station located at the University of Pennsylvania. www.xpn.org  The song Orange Sky was the first piece of his that had me wanting more “I dreamed last night, I stood beneath an orange sky, with my brother standing by.” had me mesmerized, but this one that you will hear shortly, truly dove deep and could very well become an interfaith classic. Enjoy this aural affirmation.

 

May the Grace of God be with you always, in your heart May you know the truth inside you from the start May you find the strength to know that you are a part of something beautiful…
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And I thought that I saw, a light Shine, I thought that I saw a light shine Yes, I thought, that I saw, a light Shine; I think I see a light shine, now….

May the Grace of God be with you always, in your heart May you know the truth inside you from the start May you find the strength to know that you are a Part of something beautiful…
May the Grace of God be with you always, in your heart May you know the truth inside you from the start May you find the strength to know that you are a Part of something beautiful…

And I thought that I saw, a light Shine, I thought that I saw a light shine Yes, I thought, that I saw, a light Shine; I thought that I saw a light shine Yes, I thought, that I saw, a light Shine; I thought that I saw a light shine Yes, I thought, that I saw, a light Shine; I thought that I saw a light shine Yes, I thought, that I saw, a light Shine; I think I see a light shine….now

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From the corner of my eye I thought I saw a light shine From the corner of my eye I thought I saw a light shine X10

And I thought that I saw, a light shine, I thought that I saw, a light shine Yes, I thought, that I saw, a light Shine; I thought I saw a light shine now (From the corner of my eye I thought I saw a light shine From the corner of my eye I thought I saw a light shine) And I thought, than I saw, a light shine, I thought that I saw, a light shine Yes, I thought, that I saw, a light Shine; I think i see a light shine now

May the Grace of God be with you always, in your heart May you know the truth inside you from the start May you find the strength to know that you are a Part of something beautiful.

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The idea of Grace has long fascinated me. There are many defintions, but a fitting one for our purposes here:

a. Divine love and protection bestowed freely on people.
b. The state of being protected or sanctified by the favor of God.
c. An excellence or power granted by God.
I had long heard that Grace is unearned, like love. It is offered just because it can be, because it is within the pervue of the Source to do so. If that is the case, how could we ever turn it down? What is it that has us hold up our hands and say “No, no, I couldn’t possibly.”, when our most fervent prayers are calling out for it? Such paradoxical creatures are we humans.
So, in this day and all those that follow, I encourage all of us to feel the flowing love of Divine Grace wash over us and know that this light is ALWAYS shining brilliantly within us.

http://youtu.be/qpubpGlRe0o  Something Beautiful by Alexi  Murdoch

www.aleximurdoch.com

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The Red Thread of Fate

 

Tonight  I happened to tune into a new show, while pedaling away on the ellliptical at the gym. It is called Touch and stars Kiefer Sutherland as the widowed father of an 11 year boy who  is not verbal but who communicates with numbers and notes patterns and connections as a result. My kind of show, as it melds the worlds of science and spirituality. This episode had him stringing together digits that are phone numbers, times, the number on a school bus that had an accident and the children on the bus were rescued by a firefighter who happened to be at the right place at the right time, because Kiefer’s character intervenes and gets into a tussle with this man, preventing him getting on a train,  not knowing who his really is, the last person to see his wife alive when he attempted to rescue her from one of the Twin Towers on September 11th, 2001. Whew….I think I got it all!

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One of the ideas expressed at the end of the show was The Red Thread of Fate which is a Chinese concept that shares that we are all inextricably connected to each other, even if we never cross paths. Think ahout how many people your life brushes up against each day, from those in your home, at your workplace, in the supermarket, library, highway, street corner, doctor’s office, gym… ad infinitum. Each interaction changes the world, for better or worse. If you smile at someone and they pass it on to the next person and the next, a shift takes place. It simply has to; there are no two ways about it.  It also relates to what I call the Hansel and Gretel Breadcrumb Trail that inexorably weaves its way through our lives, as a person I meet in the next 24 hours will link me with another and another.

I invite you to set each conscious intention each day, to postively interact with those around you. In that way, you will truly touch infinity.

www.fox.com/touch/

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The Price You Pay

 

Each day when we awaken, we are faced with 1440 minutes in which to live; 24 hours x 60 minutes. We are given a choice about what to do with that time. We can squander it by complaining about how hard life is or we can embrace it by celebrating even the tiniest wonders. Today, like every other day, I awoke in my bed, with a routine to follow, commitments to keep, a job to drive to, tasks to complete there, creative ideas to indulge on top of the ‘normal people stuff’, like laundry, dishes, bills to pay, dinner to prepare,  floors to vaccuum, grocery shopping to do. I feel blessed when I consider that even in the midst of chores, I can express gratitude that I have a house that calls out for those things to be accomplished on any given day.

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Tonight was even more ‘special’ since I was on a radio show, being interviewed by my friend The Comedian Medium Carole Tollen. She and I have known each other for at least 15 years in this lifetime and likely longer if we consider previous incarnations. Bantering, playful conversation about ‘life, the universe and everything’, flowed easily for two hours, with folks calling in to join the party, including my sister Jan and my friend Jewelee. It felt really joyous to have them on the line, since they enhance my life magically. One of the things Carole and I spoke about was my Bliss Mistress book and a chapter called S’mores in Heaven which was about the hospice journey my mother and I took in 2010 for the 6 months prior to her passing in November of that year. She had told me that she hoped they would serve that decadently delightful treat where she was headed. She has yet to tell me if it is so.

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After the interview, my son Adam encouraged me to come to the back patio where he had built a blaze in the firepit. He handed me a modified s’more, using two oatmeal cookies in place of the graham crackers. There we sat, musing about his grandmother, looking up at the stars and planets gazing down at us. I can still catch the scent of woodsmoke on my clothes and hair…sensual delight. See the thing is, Adam had no idea that we were talking about s’mores on the show;  clearly cosmic coincidence, Spirit whispering in his ear.

Writing this entry is another marvelous part of the day in which I have spent my time, energy, heart and soul. All in all, I would say that it was a good investment.

http://tobtr.com/s/2911855   Carole Tollen Psychic Experience

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