Blueberry Season is Over

 

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Another blueberry season behind me.

Hard to believe that seven weeks have gone by so quickly. And it was a wonderful season. The bushes were full of beautiful clusters of blueberries which made the picking much easier than last year. In fact, it took half the time to pick 5 pounds (the amount that fills a one-gallon bucket) than it did last year.

We only pick in one-gallon buckets so as not to crush the blueberries with the extra weight. This is especially important when they are wet, usually right after a rainstorm. Those mornings are always challenging especially when we cull them. The berries have to be dry before we handle them too much or else they get soft and very sticky. They get a shiny coat of sugar on them and look like they are still wet, even though they are dry. The first year I picked blueberries, it took me awhile to figure this out.

I had such a great team of workers helping me this year. They knew exactly what to do while I was gone making deliveries, giving me one less thing I had to think about. A few of them have been picking for me for a number of years.

They become like family and blueberry season creates a special community for me. It is made up of all my workers who I usually see only during the season as they go off to do what they do in the off season.

But it is also made up of all my clients, many of who have been buying from me for at least 8 years. I love these clients of mine and have a good rapport with them. They end up thanking me at season’s end for all that I do. I’ll miss them all in the off-season.

Friends ask me if I’m glad that it’s over and honestly, I have mixed feelings. Yes, my body is tired, exhausted from the early wake-ups and the non-stop activity. I could never do this all year round. But for 6-8 weeks, I can handle it.

But I will miss the comradery with all the people who fill my days for this short span during the year. Transitioning back into my normal routine takes a little time. For one, I have to rest and give myself a little time to recover. Then I’m back on track taking care of all the things that were allowed to slide when the main focus of life was blueberries. One of the things I’ll miss the most is just walking down the rows and grazing on fresh berries. Especially at the end of season when they are the sweetest they can be.

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would become a blueberry farmer, although I’d always wanted to live on a farm. And now I have ten seasons behind me. You never know what will come next year, depending on the weather and when that late freeze will come in the spring. Will it come when the buds are still tight and pretty safe? Or will it come after they’ve opened and the bees are starting to pollinate? Will we have hail that will damage the crop?

Farming is a humbling experience and my way of connecting with Mother Earth and the All. I bless those bushes every day and thank them for coming back year after year with another new crop.

I’ve been very fortunate and work with the fairies throughout the year. People might think I’m crazy but I thank my fairies all the time for guiding me and for protecting us from bad weather. I can see them covering the land with a blanket of protection prior to a bad storm. Maybe I’ve just had a bit too much sun, but its my reality and it works for me. 😉

So now it’s time to clean up the rest of the land that has been ignored. I’ll harvest some fruit from my small orchard and tend my herb garden. Oh yes, and graze on grape tomatoes which always seem to grow in my compost pile every year. Who needs to plant tomatoes when they seem to thrive in my compost pile?

The hummingbirds have grown to about a dozen at the feeders at this point. I refill those feeders multiple times a day. Especially since one male seems to like to claim a feeder for his very own. I’ll miss them when they migrate south.

So on to the next part of my year which involves more writing and teaching and yes, a couple of part-time jobs also. No more blueberry work until February when I start pruning again.

It has been a good year!

Thank you blueberry bushes for a wonderful crop!

Thanks to my wonderful team of pickers and cullers.

And thanks to my loyal clients.

Till next year!

 

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Compassion for Self

 

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How do you see yourself?

How do you describe yourself?

How do you fit into the world around you?

Do you live in community

Or are you an island alone?

Dear One, it is impossible to truly love another if you do not love yourself. For all are connected and how you feel about yourself affects how you feel about others. And so, the work begins to better understand why you are so self-critical. From where did this habit come?

Begin by noticing how you describe yourself to others. How long have you judged yourself for words spoken or actions done in the past? How often do you compare yourself to others and feel unworthy or undeserving of another’s love or admiration? What do you think when you see your reflection in a mirror? How often are negative words of description used in these situations?

It is time to reclaim your power from old ways of thinking. Children are open and receptive to love and new experiences and believe all that is said to them. Much of this has been done in love, but can often be misconstrued because of the naivety of the child. A comment made by a tired adult in attempts to teach may be misunderstood by a child, yet held close to the heart and carried throughout life.

Everyone loves in the best manner that they are able, but often it is not given in the way most needed at the time. The lesson to be learned is how love yourself in the way you need to be loved. This can be done by reflecting on an incident from the past and offering comfort to that younger self as the adult you are today. For only you know how best to comfort your younger self. Embrace that child self and tell them what they most needed to hear at the time. Practice this exercise and see how powerful it can be for you.

Dear One, you all embodied to learn lessons and many of you chose difficult lessons. This does not mean that you are unable to move through them and past them. But it takes time and compassion to clearly see the way forward. It also is very helpful to have community to guide you forward. This community could be formal or informal, large or very intimate. As you grow, your needs for this will change over time. Have faith that the teachers, the companions, the community you need at this very moment will be provided. Trust the synchronicity of your life.

The world is awakening at this time and many of you are going through personal growth that can feel overwhelming. You are not alone in this and you are exactly where you need to be at this time. If you are just beginning to realize how your previous way of life no longer serves you, understand that you were not ready until this moment to make the changes required to move forward.

Begin today to gently reflect and make changes in how you see yourself in the world. Ask for help if you cannot do this alone. Allow synchronicity to take you where you need to go.

You are connected to the All and embedded in the web of connection. The forward movement of others affects you as that positive energy moves down the energetic filaments of the web. In the same fashion, any personal growth that you experience affects others.

This is the time for a major awakening and you will be offered more opportunities for growth and reflection. Do not be afraid to take them, to use compassion and forgiveness in your personal reflections.

You, Dear One, have come so far

And have the potential

To reach higher than ever imagined.

There is no limit to how far you can go

But do it gently with compassion for self.

Allow your internal light to fill your physical body

With love and only love.

It is time.

Dear One With All of Thee.

What Do You See?

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When you look around you

What do you see?

Possibilities or utter despair?

Beauty or destruction?

What do you see?

Dear One, the way you see your world reflects back on how you see yourself. The illusion which you choose as reality mirrors back to you your own emotional and spiritual state of mind. It affects how you move through this holographic world created by you in your temporary visit here upon this plane.

The realm from which you came is filled with love. Love permeates all thought and interaction. It is the true nature of being. Your choice to descend upon this lower vibrational state of being brings with it many challenges, but also many possibilities. For you are the creator of your own world, though many of you still find this a difficult concept to grasp.

There is beauty, there is love present with every breath, every step you take. But it is often obscured by the cloud formed by your inner thoughts, your fears and trepidations. All of you have had trials and challenges in your life up to this point. And more will present themselves to you. However, there are two ways to approach these trials; with fear or with love.

Can you begin to walk through your day choosing faith over worry? Can you see possibilities rather than overwhelming challenges in your path? Can you see the beauty in everything around you? For even in areas filled with desolation and destruction, life continues to thrive and opportunities for love continue to exist. For you, Dear One, are love incarnate which means that everywhere you go, you bring love with you. It is a part of your make-up.

You have the choice to allow this love to emerge or to suppress it and mask it with fear. The choice is yours. It begins with loving yourself, with acknowledging the power you have to change your life and your world. You are guided daily by loving hands. This guidance may occur as a fleeting thought, a synchronous encounter or by an opportunity presented to you seemingly out of nowhere. Can you have enough faith in yourself and in the love of the All That Is to see these events as gentle encouragements to take a chance?

You, Dear One, are given opportunities every day to change how you walk through your world. Should a challenge appear before you, reflect upon your immediate reaction. Are you overcome with fear and dread or can you take a breath and approach with love using your personal power? The universe will provide you with what you request. Remember this as you find yourself saying negative statements such as ‘This is never-ending’, ‘I will never be good enough’, or ‘I cannot do this’.

Look instead for the possibilities of love, of positive change or repetitive lessons presented to you in these events. Change your perspective and remember that this is a journey of growth for you. The only judgment comes from within your own mind. Be aware of the words you use, of the thoughts that run through your mind and change them from negative to positive. Seek help if needed from others. This journey is not a solo trek. Assistance is provided to you along your path. You are never alone.

Dear One, remember that you are the creator of your own world. Beauty exists everywhere and love is always possible. You are the catalyst for change in your own life and outward as your vibration touches others in warm embrace or sharp retort.

Color your world in love.

Allow your Divine love to emerge.

Change is possible and it begins with you.

Dear One With All of Thee.

Truth and Illusion

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What is truth?

Is your truth the same as another’s?

How can you see past the illusions of this world?

Is it even possible?

Dear One, there is only one Universal truth and it is built on love. Everything else is an illusion. However, understanding this in a world of illusion is a difficult task. For there are so many opportunities to be led astray. How can you keep your course in a chaotic world swirling with illusion?

You have been given the tools to see past the smokescreens of others. And they include intuition, but also compassion. This path is filled with your personal illusions and those of others which cause you to doubt your ability to discern what your own truth is.

You all have the ability to recognize your own truth but you do not yet trust yourself enough to believe what your intuition is telling you. This requires practice by allowing time to go within and connect to your higher self through quiet times, meditation and contemplation. You are being led by your higher self throughout your day. You have just forgotten how to listen.

All who are present here upon this physical plane are on a journey of awakening. And despite what you may think, more are awakened at this time than ever before. Many will not be able to complete their journey. But they will travel further on their path with the help from those like you who are already awakening to their true selves.

How can you help them? It is by living a life of compassion and loving kindness. There is no need to engage with others in angry discourse due to a difference of opinion. As you move forward on your path, a deeper understanding of the Universal truth will be revealed to you. For all have an individual path of learning and awakening which differs from that of others. The truths revealed have not changed. It is you who have changed as you move forward, becoming more open to the next level of teachings to be revealed to you.

Because another disagrees with you does not make them your enemy, for remember that you are all connected and you would be fighting with yourself. All are searching for love and connection. And many hold onto beliefs because they see no other way. Can you show compassion and loving kindness to them rather than anger and judgment?

Remember that this plane is a learning ground and all have a purpose. And some do have the purpose of being a catalyst to move others forward. They have a choice of being a benevolent catalyst or a more derisive catalyst. That is their lesson. Your lesson is to respond with grace rather than to re-act in anger or judgment.

But all are here to move forward, awakening to their own divinity and connection to the All. Can you use your intuition to discern if what is presented to you is truth or illusion? Can you rise above the discord and be a beacon of light, of calm, of integrity and love? This is how you help others awaken. It is by providing them with an example of how to be in chaotic times.

Go within and become more accustomed to how your higher self speaks to you. Move through your day knowing and trusting that you are being guided constantly through your connection with the higher planes. As you do this you raise your own vibration and the vibration around you.

This raising of the energetic vibration on this plane will most certainly affect others. It is their choice whether they re-act with fear or respond in love. You in your daily life can be a benevolent catalyst just by allowing yourself to awaken and trusting your connection with the All.

Dear One, do not spend time trying to convince others to believe your truth. Show them by how you live and move through this world. Use compassion. Send love rather than anger and judgment. You are a being of light and are capable of being a beacon for others; lighting the path for them. It is their choice whether to follow. But perhaps you will show them a way they have never before envisioned.

Be the loving soul that you are.

Walk in strength and confidence

That the world is unfolding as it should.

Help the pendulum of life shift

In the direction of love.

It is possible through you.

Dear One With All of Thee.

It’s Blueberry Season

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I thought I should tell you all that I am 3 weeks into blueberry season. We started picking June 20th and will pick until around the first week of August. So if you don’t hear from me, its not that I don’t care, I am just consumed with blueberries.

So far its been a great season. I have a terrific bunch of pickers and the berries are sweet and abundant and beautiful. My buyers continue to purchase my blueberries year after year, for which I am very grateful. Cannot believe it is my 10th season.

I have an acre of blueberry bushes which provide more than enough for my small business and the local fauna. I use bird scare tape as a deterrent, but honestly, I think this is the last year I will use it. For all the birds are in there, crows, cardinals, finches, hummingbirds, mockingbirds and so on. You never know what you might find in those bushes.

It was an absolute thrill when one of my pickers found a hummingbird nest. I’d never seen one before and we all were just amazed at how beautiful it was. Once there was a groundhog up in the bush. I suspect the dog might have chased it up there. Although I see groundhog holes all over the farm, never thought I’d see one hanging out in the bushes.

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And of course, the deer feast daily in the patch. Early in the season it starts with one or two and by the end of the season, I think they have a family reunion in there with does, buck, and fawns all meeting for a snack. Often when I go out after dark with the dog, I hear a deer snorting in the bushes. No sense in chasing them away. They’ll just come back later.

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Its hot work and the humidity here can shorten the picking times because its just too dang hot. We pick starting at dawn for 3 to 5 hours depending on weather. My job is to juggle pickers, cullers, buyers, berries and try to anticipate the weather when I make up the picking schedule. I deliver 5 days a week and fill with pride when my chefs are so happy to see me and my blueberries.

Two friends who I lovingly refer to as my blueberry pimps take orders and deliver pints of berries to friends and co-workers. They tell me how everyone walks around with blue tongues and big smiles on their faces the day they bring in the berries. Getting feedback like this makes all the hard work worth it.

So if you don’t hear much from me in the next few weeks, know that I will be back at the end of the summer. I will continue to post every week. I try to carve out a chunk of time to sit and write whatever messages I receive to share with others.

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I love living this life, even though I do work very hard and wonder where I get the stamina to keep it up. But when I can walk through those rows of berries and graze, oh that is heaven to me! Being on this farm, living in the country, never knowing what might show up, be it the neighbor’s cow or a praying mantis guarding the hummingbird feeder, a snake in my HVAC unit or saving bunnies from my dog. It is a wonderful life and I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to steward this land.

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I tell my shaman friends that my land is my mesa. I bless it daily and offer gratitude for being able to live in harmony with all the other creatures who call this piece of real estate home. It is also my canvas to paint as I add trees or bushes, flowers or an herb garden to the mix. It is my sanctuary and I will steward it as long as I am able.

So enjoy your summer, my dear readers. And think of me when you have a blueberry or two for breakfast, for dessert or just for a snack.

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Come Into Your Power

Allow the gentle forces within you

To emerge in all their brilliance.

Accept that you are a Divine being

Living in an imperfect world.

Dear One, can you begin to accept the truth that you are indeed a powerful force fueled by love? The energy which brings you to your height of power is the energy of love and nothing else. For love is the constant in the Universe, although it is difficult to see here upon this physical plane.

You were created in love and are love incarnate living in a world of challenges. And yet there is so much that you can do to change this world, to see this world through a frame of love rather than fear. It begins with how you view yourself.

Where you see weakness, we see strength unrevealed. Where you see fear, we see courage unexpressed. Where you place judgment, we offer gratitude for the journey upon which you have embarked.

You are not alone on this path, though many of you feel as if that is the case. There is much suffering in this world caused by greed, judgment and fear. Can you begin to change the way you walk through your day? Can you begin each day giving gratitude for a wondrous day ahead, no matter what you anticipate?

You create your own world. This means that if you worry about a day filled with strife and anguish, that is the day you will create. The power you have to create your world goes unnoticed as you blame your perceived challenges on outside forces. Can you begin to change your attitude on how you view your day?

This world is filled with pain and suffering and there is only so much you can physically do to relieve that for others. But you can do so much more in how you move through your day. You can either join in the judgment, the downward spiral that is occurring around you or you can choose not to engage. Practicing detachment from the chaos which surrounds you.

You have the power to bring calming energy to your immediate environment and outward, by the way you view what is happening around you. You have all met someone who seems to be unfazed by the surrounding drama, who makes everyone feel calm just by their presence. This is the power of detachment. It is possible to remain detached while still having compassion for those around you.

But the power that you have can help change the vibration if you hold steady to your own strength in a sea of chaos. There are many who are searching on how to move forward. By staying calm and centered you can help show others how to do the same. No words need be exchanged. They will see the difference in how you move through your world and want to mirror that process.

The choice is yours whether you wish to join in with the drama or stay grounded, centered and detached. One choice will bring your vibration down to the level of those embroiled in the drama. The other choice will help bring others up to your vibrational energy by providing a calming example. Which do you choose?

Dear One, there are many like you who are awakening, who want to help and not contribute to the fear that surrounds so many. Look for these like-minded people and spend time with them, helping each other to maintain their strength in trying times. There are many more than you realize who are beginning to understand the power in how they move through their day.

It is helpful to have others who are choosing to walk in love in your life. Do not despair and think you are the only one. Do not succumb to the fear that permeates this world. There is help, not only from others in the physical realm but from the unseen world which surrounds you daily. Ask for help. Ask for guidance. Give yourself time to replenish and restore.

You are a wondrous being of light

Living in a world of illusion

Among those who give their power to others

Rather than using it to help change their world.

They need guidance and support

From ones like you who are further along the path

Back to the Oneness.

You are more powerful than you realize.

Accept this part of yourself

And use it to change your world.

Dear One With All of Thee.

The Passage of Time

Time moves forward at the same rate every day

Even though you often think it is moving too fast or too slow.

Your perception changes depending on your state of mind.

How does this affect other areas of your life?

Dear One, you mark the passage of time with your clocks often thinking it is moving too slowly or too fast. And yet, here upon this physical plane, your science tells you that the passage of time moves forward at a constant rate. In other realms, time does not even exist as everything occurs in the now. And so, how should you view time and its passage here upon this earthly plane?

Can you approach your day with the belief that there is plenty of time to do what you feel needs to be done? Remember that you are creator of your own world. And you can create a most perfect day ahead of you or one that is filled with misery and chaos. It is your choice how your day goes forward.

Do you not often lose yourself in time when you are so focused on the task at hand? You are truly living in the moment, completely present with what you are doing. You are living in the now and are not worried about the time. Compare this to times when you are anticipating an upcoming event and it seems as if eons need to pass before you reach the time when this event will occur. In this scenario, you are not at all present in the now, but are looking ahead to the future and time appears to move ever so slowly.

This is difficult for you, we know. In your natural state you are aware that all can occur exactly in the same moment. There really is no past or future, only the present. So how do you reconcile this difference in relation to time as the energies raise here and you walk with a foot in both worlds?

Can you begin to approach your day in a different manner? Can you see your ‘future’ as if it is already occurring in the present? Rather than anticipating how an interaction will occur and worrying about its outcome, can you see it occurring at this very moment with the most perfect of outcomes? Remember that you are co-creator of your own world. This requires a leap of faith for you in believing that indeed you have the power to create your world.

Can you approach each part of your day with love rather than fear? Again, this requires a leap of faith for you that all is well and occurring exactly as it should to move the collective consciousness forward. If you can believe in a benevolent Universe of which you are a part, you are better able to accept whatever outcome which occurs. Consider if everyone here upon this plane takes this approach and how your world would change to a kinder and more loving world.

You, Dear One, are a being of vibrational energy and expending that energy on worry and fear rather than on love will deplete the reserves that you have. How often have you noticed how exhausted you are after a huge emotional event in your life? Constant worry and fear is not sustainable and difficult for your fragile human forms. Do not lose sight of the fact that everything that occurs in your life is a sacred event. For everything in creation is sacred, coming from the Source and once again returning to the Source.

We encourage you to be more present in the moment and focused on what you are doing right now. With every breath that you take offer blessings to the world and know, truly know, that all is well, all will be well. Your future is your present expanded outward into infinity. See it as perfect in every way. Know, truly know, that offering gratitude for the future’s blessings will bring you exactly what you need at this time.

You create your own world

In conjunction with the All That Is.

You are given what you ask for

Be it positive or negative from your point of view.

Choose love, choose to be present in the moment

And see how your world changes.

Do not underestimate your power

In creating your future.

For indeed, you are One With All of Thee.

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