Personal Musings

My computer died a few days ago. And so, I am in the library posting this weekly blog. I decided that instead of the usual message, I would get more personal and tell you a bit about my summer.

As many of you know, I am a blueberry farmer and we just finished an eight and a half week season, picking over 3800 pounds of berries. It was a bumper crop this year, despite an artic freeze this spring, when the temps went down to 10 degrees, very rare for North Carolina. Some blueberry farms a little south of me didn’t even open this year because of it. I suspect that their blossoms were further opened than mine, making them more vulnerable to the cold.

Why am I telling you these two things? Because as I reflect upon the past few months, I realize that any worry I may have had was needless. While other farmers scurried to protect their blossoms during that cold snap, I just called upon the fairies to protect my crop. I envisioned a warm blanket over them. I knew it was possible that I wouldn’t have any berries this summer. But not worrying about the outcome and trusting that all would be well, was the best thing I could do. (And honestly, I still do not excel at being free from worry, but I’m working hard on that!!)

The day my computer died, my morning meditation gave me the message that ‘all is well, not to worry’. I reflect upon that and wonder if I was being prepared for the upcoming challenge with the computer. They know me so well, my Tovarysh! But on the bright side, I got through my blueberry season with a functioning computer. And we were able to retrieve all the data from the failing hard drive. I may be without  connection for a few days, but maybe that is what I need as my body begins to recover from the season.

Do I still have a lot of farm work? You bet! But the pace will be slower as I transition from farmer to writer/teacher in the off-season. I can continue to watch the twin fawns come and go in the blueberry patch. There is a young buck too, a beautiful boy, who is part of the herd of deer who feast daily in that blueberry patch. Rabbits, too, who freeze at the sight of my dog. Lucky for them, she is getting older and no longer has the speed to catch them, though she gives it her best try.

The tobacco farmers near me are gearing up to harvest, as I am winding down. I always love this time, when I know that hard work is behind me and there is a massage waiting for me in the near future.

If there is one thing that farming has taught me, it is that I am not in control, and going with the flow is the path of least resistance. Mother Nature has taught me so much about the cycles of life. I feel so much a part of this natural world. I feel loved and protected and connected to something much larger than myself.

Thank you so much for following this blog. Hopefully, next week we will be back on-line. If not, I’ll use my imagination to come up with another way. Till then, allow yourself to be free.

Give yourself a respite from worry and fear. Believe me, I’m there with you, being given opportunities for growth daily.

Be well, My Dear Readers. Sending you all loving thoughts, my fellow travelers, on this physical journey.

Patience and Trust

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Do not hold your breath in anticipation of what is to come

Instead breathe deeply and slowly

Allowing yourself to align

With the rhythm of the Universe

Gently, calmly and peacefully.

Dear One, your human mind wants everything yesterday. You require prior knowledge of future events in order to prepare and plan. And yet, all that is needed is patience and trust, that all is unfolding exactly as it should. Have you not yet realized that you are part of a force much larger than anything that you can imagine with your human mind?

Until you allow yourself to become a part of the All That Is, your mind will continue to attempt to control your world in an unproductive fashion. Rather than trying to force an outcome, can you not instead allow it to unfold at its own speed? Do you not understand how each event is the result of many synchronous and simultaneous interactions; some of which you will never be aware; some which seem completely unrelated; and some which appear insurmountable from your human perspective.

You are a part of a wondrous matrix of life that spans the entirety of creation. Even so, your contributions are important and necessary, to allow for the expansion of the Universe. Where you begin is to become more aware of the connections you have with others, with Nature and with the unseen world.

Can you become more aware of the synchronicities in your life? Can you begin to trust your intuition, that gut feeling which gently directs you forward? Can you just pause, take a breath, and give gratitude for all that you have, rather than focus on your perceived lack in this world?

Dear One, start right now in this very moment. Take a deep breath and release the fears, the stresses and the worries that fill your mind. Go within and feel the connection of the soles of your feet upon the ground. Take deep measured breaths and breathe love in and out with each inhalation and exhalation. See the visions before you on that screen that exists just behind your eyes. You say you see nothing? Look again. For it is not just blackness, but tiny points of light, some colored, some static, some moving, but all connecting you to the all of creation.

Send your worries down to Mother Earth through the soles of your feet. Feel her strength rising up through your legs, supporting you and give gratitude to her for being there for you in ways you will never understand. For she is a part of you, as you are a part of her; a symbiotic relationship created in love, nurtured and empowered by love.

Do you not feel calmer already? Open your eyes and look at your surroundings. Can you see the points of light surrounding you, enveloping you in their light and sharing with you the knowledge that you need at this very moment in time?

You are one integral piece of the mosaic of life and all is moving forward exactly as it should. Can you trust that all is well and that your current life experience is one providing gentle growth, if you choose to accept the gift of it? Remember that your lessons are provided to you in numerous ways and it is your choice how many times you require them to come to you before you accept them and trust the results.

Dear One, you are surrounded by those who wish to help you move forward in the gentlest of ways. These are your unseen helpers coming to you in many forms as they attempt to get your attention and gently guide you forward. Every one of you has this and your life would be so much easier if you allow it to unfold in its most natural way, rather than trying to force a certain result. For remember, that your human perspective is very limited in seeing how certain events are very positive, when the immediate result appears so negative.

Trust and have patience. Accept who you really are and your place in the entirety of creation. Allow yourself the gift of help and assistance as you use your intuition and begin to notice the synchronicities in your life.

You have such potential.

You have such power.

You are filled with an unlimited source of love.

Stop, take a pause from the chaos around you and trust.

All is well, Dear One.

Dear One with All of Thee.

Let Your Heart Lead You

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Can you open your heart

And allow its wisdom to flow?

It is where your connection to Source lies

Follow where it leads you

And walk in tandem with the Divine.

Dear One, can you turn off that mind of yours and allow your heart to speak in its gentle voice, to lead you forward? It does not shout, it does not judge, it does not cause self-doubt. Your heart speaks softly, in a whisper, in those quiet moments when you take a breath, a pause from your hectic life.

Enter the silence and allow it to lead you forward with grace and with love. Do not listen to the loud and boisterous, for often they are incited by Ego, who continues to see separation between all. Listen instead to the calming quiet space ever present in your day. It is just a breath away from the outer chaos that surrounds so many here upon this plane.

Your heart has much wisdom to share if you listen. It carries a torch of love for you to hold high as you take your next step, your next breath; as you choose how you will move through your day. That flame is your flame, your signature glow, that shines eternal, yes, even amidst times of doubt and uncertainty. It is your connection with the Divine. The spark of love, your Essence, created by the Divine, lives within your heart.

Your mind is a tool to help you to move through this world. It gives you the physical answers to your curiosity about this physical world. But listening to it alone will lead you astray. It may lead you to doors that can only be opened with the keys of your heart, in order to discover the truth of existence. When you reach an impasse, seek the answers from your heart, not your mind.

For the workings of your mind can only take you so far. To continue on your path, you require the wisdom which sits in your heart. How often have you spun your wheels, thinking and re-thinking about an incident or a personal challenge? By looking into your heart you will see where the next step lies. Perhaps self-forgiveness is required rather than remembrance of what you see as a ‘wrong’ action.

The joy you seek is within your heart, not your mind. The mind allows you to move through this world as a functioning human vessel. But your heart allows you to feel the joy of this physical human existence. Allow yourself to feel that joy of being with a loved one, of being in a place of beauty and peace. Allow that joy to permeate throughout your entire physical frame.

You were meant to live a life of joy even as you learned the lessons you came here to learn. Do not allow your mind to entrap you in the past or in the future. Instead, allow your heart to help you feel the joy of this very moment of existence. For in this very moment you are complete, you are loved and you are a Divine being.

Drop the weight of shame, of regret or worry. Give it to Us to incinerate in the flame of love. You no longer need this weight, as it is your time to shine, to soar and to share the joy of existence with the seen and the unseen world around you.

For We are here always, whether or not you see Us, We are here. And the best way to connect is through your heart. Allow it to open, even if those hinges are covered with rust, let Us join you in this sacred journey back to the Source.

Dear One, you are sacred.

You are a Divine being.

And you are loved unconditionally.

Allow Us to show you how to be your authentic self.

The One We know intimately and completely.

We will show you how to love if you have forgotten.

It begins with you. Take that step forward and begin to see who you truly are.

Dear One With All of Thee.

Uncertainty and Self Doubt

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Do you wait for complete certainty

Before you act or speak?

Upon reflection, do you question

if you did or said the right thing?

Is absolute certainty necessary for forward movement?

Dear One, this physical plane is a ground for learning and self-discovery. You came here to learn how to be in a world entirely different from where you came. Instead of an atmosphere of unconditional love, you are finding your way in a world of dualities, where your inner-connectedness is more difficult to see.

Moving forward can be difficult when you are not sure if the next step you take is the right step; if you are not sure if the actions you already took were the best choices. Indecision can prevent you from taking any action at all. Self-doubt can cause regret and uncertainty of events past.

Understand that any new situation is providing you an opportunity for growth. When you stay within the circle of familiarity, you are operating out of habit. In fact, you may not even be conscious of certain actions. You need not engage because you have done the same thing so often before.

Think of how often you travel to a familiar destination and once there have no memory of the journey. Since you have done this so many times before, your mind, your thoughts, can be miles away, in the future or in the past, anywhere but in the present moment. And yet you arrive safely.

For this reason, changing your routine, stepping outside of your comfort zone, is necessary for growth. Be it a new environment, new acquaintances, or a new way of moving through familiar territory, all of these are conditions for growth. Do you chastise a young child for exploring new avenues, stretching their physical limits, or exploring new ways of expressing themselves?

A child does not wait for a time of complete certainty nor does she reflect upon actions with self-doubt. Quite the opposite, she is excited to be exploring the possibilities for new ways of being. But, you say, this child needs to learn to be cautious to avoid injury or hurt. And so, you keep a watchful eye to assure safety during her self-exploration.

How is that child different from you? Are you not a child of the Universe? Are you not surrounded by loving guides who are here to help guide you as you move forward? Can you move forward with more faith, in yourself and your connection to the All; with faith in the guidance you receive every moment of your day?

There can be no mistakes made here upon this plane. There are only opportunities for growth. And often the lesson is one of forgiveness, humility or non-judgment. These are lessons many of you came here to learn. Or perhaps the lesson is one of self-love, empowerment or neutrality. Any potential lesson will be difficult to learn if you hesitate to act without perfection; seeking it in yourself or others. If this physical plane offered perfection it would not be the wondrous place of learning that it is.

You might try on a different way of being and realize that it is not the right way to be. Lesson learned.  You might take a chance and speak out in a way you never have before and be amazed at the results. Lesson learned. Or you might approach another who you perceive as much different from yourself and realize the similarities in your lives. Lesson learned.

Dear One, do not hide behind a façade of familiarity and safety. Where is the growth in living a life of repetition and hesitation? Have faith in yourself and in your guides who are with you at all times. Spend quiet time with them so that you can begin to better trust the connections you have with the All.

Act with pure intent. And in times of reflection, think of the lessons provided to you over the course of your day. The moment of absolute certainty about a particular decision may never come. But you can still make a choice and embrace the lesson it provides you.

There are no wrong paths, for all paths move you forward and back to the Source. All paths.

Be like that child on a journey of adventure and self-exploration and stretch. And whatever the lessons learned, be they lessons of humility, forgiveness or self-empowerment, offer gratitude for them. And continue forward.

Be bold, be the courageous soul that you are.

Trust that we are here with you always.

And call upon us, for we are here to help and guide you.

Dear One, Dear One With All of Thee.

 

 

Share Your Gift with the World

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You have a unique gift

To share with the world

And you are always placed

In the most perfect spot

To reach those who need it most

At this time.

Dear One, do not deny that you have a very unique gift to share with the world. You came here in order to share that gift with those who need it the most. And every day, you are placed in the most perfect situation in order to touch those who need it at this time.

You may not see it, but in truth, your gift is there, within you, eager to be brought to the light and to be given to others. Many of you are too timid to reveal this gift to others. You are concerned that you might be ridiculed or that you are mistaken and will do more harm than good.

Many of you think you are unworthy or too inexperienced, not evolved enough to have a gift to share. To you, we give assurance that indeed that gift is most certainly yours and meant to be shared with others.

Dear One, reflect upon what comes easy to you or what fills your mind, your heart, as you daydream about the future. What is it that you yearn for in order to make yourself feel complete? It may be leadership, creativity, a peaceful and calming presence or an ability to connect with others, be they embodied or not, be they human or animal or the Mother Herself.

Whatever that gift is that came with you into this life, it is time to share it with the world. The vibration of this plane is steadily increasing and in doing that is laying down the path for you to take as you move forward in your unique grace. Follow your heart, Dear One. Be aware of the synchronicities that occur for you to allow you to move forward on this path.

The world needs you. This is not a time to hold back. Move forward and see how those in need find you and respond. And if you are unable to see the results of your efforts, trust. Trust that the energies are expanding outward from you in a most perfect way. For you may never realize the extent of your reach. But that should not prevent you from shining your radiance in that unique way that is your own.

If you could see the energetic vibrations, you would see how the energy flows from you to others and beyond. You would see how your courageous step forward has inspired another to do the same. You would see how the vibration of those you touched has changed in the most wondrous way.

Dear One, it is not for you to judge the results of sharing your gift. It is only for you to share it, with the faith that it will reach those who need it the most. Just as the students find the teacher when she is ready to teach, so it will be with your gift for others as you illuminate their way forward.

This existence was meant to be a shared experience. Just as you are one and connected in the non-physical realm, so too are you connected here upon this plane. Re-establish that link and nurture it so that the web of connection reaches further and becomes stronger in that reach.

So many feel alone, when in fact that is not the case and never has been. But this physical existence provides that illusion of separateness. Rise above it, open your heart and extend your hand to others. Share your gift and encourage them to do the same. Worry not that it will be in vain. For loving connections are never without purpose and result.

The time is now to reveal your true self to others.

You will be surprised at the freedom you feel in sharing your gifts.

And see the gifts from others you receive in return.

Reciprocity in love.

Oneness in love.

Joy in love.

One with All of Thee.

How You See Your World?

Do not forget the power that lies within you.

The power to see a world of strength and love

Or a wounded world filled with chaos and strife.

Which do you choose to support with your vision?

Dear One, as your world continues to change in its forward movement you have a choice as how you approach the coming days. You can focus on the negativity, the chaos and the suffering. Or, you can raise the vibration by seeing it in growth towards a loving end.

We have told you before how powerful your thoughts are as the veil between worlds continues to fade and you continue to grow. With each passing day, you personally become stronger and closer to the Source. You are being given choices on how to move forward. And it is in these choices that you begin to spread your wings and fly.

Dear One, remember that your world can be seen in many different ways. Just consider the differences in opinion that occur over the description of one event. Many see it as positive while an equal number will see it as negative. This is where the growth occurs, as you have been given free choice as how to move through this holographic world of existence.

Your thoughts send out energy into your surroundings. They can affect others just as others can affect you with the thoughts they send out into the universe. Those of you who are sensitive are already very much aware of this concept. But many others may not understand the power of this exchange.

When you see something or someone broken, requiring healing, you continue to hold that event, that person, in a lower negative light, in a lower vibration. This continues to support a static condition, unchanged in its negativity.

Can you instead, see that person, that situation, as positive, as whole, not requiring healing but only loving support, as growth continues to move this person or event forward? If you can view all before you as whole and already healed then you are supporting positive growth by helping to keep their energetic vibration high.

This is why sending love, walking in love rather than fear, will support the growth of this physical plane, of the entire Universe. Although you continue to see the world through your physical senses, what you see this way is an illusion. The reality of your existence is within your energetic vibrations. This is where the strength, the power lies.

We understand that it can be difficult for you to accept the power of what for many is an unseen force. But consider the effect of a loving glance sent to you. Do you not feel that warm embrace of love? Contrast that to one filled with anger and pain. Both of these actions send equal and opposite energy to you.

Consider the difference when you see someone as whole and already healed rather than broken. The thoughts you send either help raise the vibrational field surrounding another or support the lower vibration that has contributed to perceived negativity and stunted growth.

Dear One, see your world, your fellow travelers, as whole and moving forward in grace and love. Send loving, supportive thoughts rather than contributing to any negative views of the person or situation. This is not to say that you should not take action that will help others to see the world in a similar light. But can you act in a loving fashion, rather than allowing yourself to contribute to stunted growth?

The power of love, the power of working with positive energetic vibration is greater than you could ever imagine. Take action, if you feel called to do so, but do it in the spirit of love rather than fear or anger. The most powerful action you can take is to send love to all concerned while seeing the person or situation already healed.

Dear One, sit today for a moment and consciously send out love with each breath that you take. If you find yourself unable to sleep, begin to send love out to the world with each breath. When faced with a volatile situation, send love rather than escalating the situation with anger or fear. This can be used in all aspects of your life. And as you begin to practice this meditation, it will become second-nature to you.

For Dear One, you are filled with love. This is who you are.

Allow your true self to emerge with calm and steady breaths sending love out to all.

Trust the power of this.

Trust your own power, for it is greater than you realize.

Dear One With All of Thee.

A Personal Note Today

I woke this morning feeling intense sadness, wanting to throw the covers over my head and weep. I know that I am not the only one affected by the state of the country and election coverage, the state of the world in all of its growth and change. And I know from all of the teachings I have received over the years that the best thing I can do is to keep my spirits, my energies, high and not allow the oppression permeating the present to bring me down along with it.

Am I so naïve to think that we as a people can rise above this negativity that has been dividing our country, our world? Am I being unrealistic to believe that there is hope that we will learn from these times of strife and contention; learn that there is a better way to live side by side with each other, allowing diversity to enrich us rather than diminish us?

My guides, whom I trust implicitly, continue to talk about unconditional love, for each and every one of us. If we are a part of the Divine, which I truly believe, then can we begin to see that spark of the Divine in everyone around us? Can we find that piece of the Divine within, bring it forth and allow it to guide us rather than follow the fear-based rhetoric of others?

For I do believe it begins with us. I do believe that each and every one of us has the potential to make a difference as the acts of kindness we generate extend out and beyond our inner circles.  And I will hold onto those beliefs as I begin my day and move through it with the grace I know lives within me and within all of creation.

There are so many of you out there doing the work to help make this world a better place. And often that begins with doing the inner work, healing our personal wounds with compassion for self and others. It is to you I say thank you. Thank you for the courage and the determination to be the best that you can be. For it is not always easy to move forward in this human condition. We get distracted, just as children do, by the loudest voices, the dramatic scenarios and the promise of quick fixes.

As these posts have stated repeatedly, the truth lies in that quiet voice within, that voice which many still do not trust when it speaks. Trust it. Give it time and space to guide you during moments of stillness throughout your day. We, each and every one of us, have more power than we realize to create a world of love.

Thank you for allowing me to voice my thoughts. I feel better already just in reminding myself of the potential for love that lies within us all. No matter what happens, I believe in you, in all of us. And I hold divine space for you to walk in your power and love. I join you in the healing process of this world of ours by sending out love, showing compassion and honoring the uniqueness of our individual soul gifts.

The sun is still shining. Mother Earth still supports me in all of her beauty. And I know that my guides continue to cheer me on as I take those baby steps every day. The same is true for you. Believe in yourself and in the miracle of love.

Rumi says ‘The wound is the place where the Light enters you.’

We are at a place today where we are primed for the Light to envelop us with all of its grace.

May we all be filled with that grace and share it with others from this moment on.

Namaste.

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