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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Walk in Peace

Breathe in peace.

Breathe out peace.

Know the power which rests within you,

The knowledge at your fingertips

If only you will accept this truth

In your heart and your mind.

Dear One, it is time to start trusting yourself and accepting the truth of who you really are. We have told you many times that you are a being of light inhabiting a physical form for a short period of time. But for many, we know, this is a difficult concept to grasp. And so, we will try to explain with a little more depth for you to reflect upon as you move through your day.

The difficulty of this life comes from the major contrast to your natural state. In that natural state, you are very aware of your connection to the All and how your energy moves in synchrony with that of others. You are like a part of the breeze which gently blows across your cheek here in the physical. You have form, but it is much more fluid, and much less cumbersome to move.

In your natural state, you are aware of the love which surrounds you at all times. You have the choice of what you would like to learn to further grow, for yourself, but also for the collective consciousness. You are an individual being and yet you are aware that you are never alone, of the impossibility of that concept.

You are gently guided forward by elders who have existed much longer than you. There is never any judgment, only encouragement for self-discovery and personal growth. You are aware of places you have existed, be they here upon this physical plane or in other realms much lighter and easier to navigate without such a fragile human form.

You are connected in many ways which cannot be explained at this time. And you have free will, always, in how you choose to move forward on your path. And for the purpose of expanding your knowledge of self, you chose to come here to this physical plane for a short time. For as an eternal being, truly your time here in this life is but a blink of an eye.

Not all of you embodied in your human form for it is too fragile to contain all of who you are. This means that there is a part of you left behind in that realm of higher vibration. It is often referred to as your higher self. And it is this part of you, with the help of others around you, which gently guides you as you walk here on this earthly plane. And often when your physical body rests, you travel and return to consult with your guides who view your life here from a higher perspective.

If you could see your life from the same perspective as they do, you would understand that this physical existence is a gift and chosen by the courageous ones who wanted to go further on their personal journeys of self-discovery. You would understand that the connection which you have with the All also connects you to the knowledge of the Universe. But just as a child is given only so much information at a time, this knowledge is revealed to you in small doses until you grow further and are better able to accept more knowledge.

We are trying to reveal to you what will help you on this journey. Perhaps a word will spark a memory of time spent in another realm, of a loving atmosphere, surrounded by others who gently guide you forward.

You have come here to practice creation as you have the power to create your own world. You have been told this before. But you have yet to grasp this concept and instead accept the illusion that you are incapable of changing your life. You continue to give your power away to others and allow them to create your world which often causes you much pain and distress.

Walk in peace, Dear One, and begin to test the waters of your own personal power. Awaken with the intent of having a most wonderful day. Know, truly know, that the outcome of any interaction will be the most perfect outcome for the highest good. Begin to test these possibilities and see how your day changes. It takes practice. It takes faith in yourself. But you are ready. You have begun to awaken and now it is time for you to begin to stretch your wings.

Accept your power

And use it to create a world of love.

Just like the realm from which you came.

It begins with trusting yourself and your intuition.

Listen to the guidance from your higher self.

It will come from your heart.

In the most opportune times.

Listen, accept and love.

Love like you have loved once before

In another place.

A place you called home.

Dear One With All of Thee.

Question Everything

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What is your truth?

Is it the same as another’s?

How do you know

What is truth

And what is imagery?

Dear One, what is your truth and how do you determine that indeed it is truth? Do you believe in the words of those whom you trust and therefore accept without thought that what they say is true? Or do you question everything, including these words, before you accept them as true? How do you accept something as truth?

Consider these questions as you continue to move forward upon your spiritual path. For indeed, you are strong enough and knowledgeable enough to accept something as truth even though others may not. You have the tools in order to determine truth when it is presented to you.

How? Your internal compass, your intuition, will tell you what to believe and what to discard as fabrication. The path forward includes honing in on what your higher self, your internal guide, your gut, is telling you about what you hear or see or experience. And as you continue to grow, you will recognize the feelings that you have when either truth or lies are shared with you.

With the human condition comes much emotion, desire for events to occur in a certain way, at a designated time. Feeling this way does not include the understanding of divine connection or divine timing which affect how and when events/interactions occur.

As you continue to grow, you will begin to understand this and begin to move through your day with an inner calm and peace. You will also learn to allow the intense emotion that arises to settle down before you make a decision on how to move forward. For like unfiltered apple juice, once it settles, clarity will become more apparent allowing you to see unencumbered by the chaos around/within you.

Dear One, all the knowledge you need is within you, for remember that you are connected to the Source and that connection lies within your heart. It is time for you to begin to trust yourself in how you feel about something or someone. But again, this is best done when you have allowed your emotions to settle down to provide more clarity.

As you move forward, we encourage you to question everything, yes, including these words. Notice how they make you feel and then decide if this is truth for you or not. Do this in all aspects of your life. Practice discernment without judgment. For each person has their own truth which is determined by their life experiences and where they are on their spiritual paths.

Allow yourself time to listen to others even if you do not agree with what they say. For they may still provide you with some insight on how best to move forward without judgment or blame. The human condition provides opportunity for personal growth and often much suffering accompanies this growth.

But as you become more aware of who you truly are and what your place is in this world, you will discover that you are able to view others with compassion rather than judgment. Do you see how this all works? Trust, faith and inner peace allow for more compassion and less judgment. And those on the receiving end of this loving compassion will be helped to find their own inner peace allowing them to continue the chain of loving embrace.

It begins with you. It always begins with you as you allow time for self-reflection. This begins a chain of events that continues forward on and into infinity. You are the source of love. You always have been. It just takes time to unveil this truth in the midst of such suffering and chaos.

You are never alone, for you are a part of the Divine with all the knowledge you need within you. Self-reflection will reveal your truths to you and provide you with the strength, courage and compassion to move forward in love.

For indeed, you are love incarnate

On a journey of self-discovery

Surrounded by love.

Remember you are connected to the All

In love

And you are never alone

Dear One With All of Thee.

The Wonder of It All

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When did you last look upon your surroundings

Through the eyes of a child?

When did you last take a deep breath

And notice the aroma that fills the air?

When did you last tell someone

You loved them?

Dear One, this physical journey is often seen as a trial and a challenge to just make it through another day. But it is also a gift beyond measure. And every day you are in the presence of greatness, be it Mother Nature or other people in your life. And if you remember what we have told you before, you are a part of this greatness, connected to all of creation.

You are not living this life alone. Your fears are felt by others. Your joys are felt by others. The energetic connection between all allows this to occur. Those of you who are very sensitive are already much aware of this phenomenon. For others, just awakening, you have not yet discovered this connection across lives, across miles, across dimensions.

You are the wonder of connection who can contribute either chaos or serenity to the world and beyond. You can choose to disagree in the most belligerent of ways, or you can calmly embrace the connection between you and all things.

Of course, you have a right to your opinion. Although connected, you are also an individual soul with your own personality. But remember that all sentient beings come from the same Source and will return to the same Source. This physical plane is an opportunity for you to stretch your proverbial wings and explore your strengths and weaknesses.

You, each and every one of you, have a unique gift to share with this world. The question is ‘how will you share it?’ Will it be to unite with compassion or to divide with vitriol and anger?

It begins with love, Dear One. And it ends in love. It is that simple. What happens in between is your choice on how you move through this wondrous place of learning.

We ask you once again to remember that all of your thoughts, words and deeds move out into the world, into the cosmos, affecting all with the energetic imprint you have sent with them. You do not realize the power that you have to contribute to this world and its way of being. We are here to tell you that you affect all sentient beings every moment of the day by of how you are in those moments.

This is not to cause you distress if you are already feeling depressed or alone. For indeed, there is much love surrounding you, love being sent to you from the awakened ones whom you have never met. Accept this love and understand that there is always help available to you, that you are worthy of this love, no matter what your past or present.

You are connected by an invisible wave of energy that ebbs and flows with each breath you take. And you can make a difference by sending out positive energy, by sending out love into this world and beyond.

All that is in your presence is vibrating, even what you perceive as inanimate objects. For you live in a field of energy that affects you daily. This energy is most beneficial when it can move and flow around you. This is why you often have the urge to get rid of the old, of that which no longer serves you. This is why certain objects affect you in a certain way, either positive or negative, depending on the charge, the memories, they might ignite within you.

Dear One, it is time to reassess how you move through this world of wonder. Can you remove that which no longer serves you? Can you move with grace, compassion and love whether or not you are in agreement with another? Can you begin to realize how others are affected by your energies and you by the energies around you?

You are a source of light

Contained within a physical form.

This is a journey of self-discovery for you.

In a world filled with wonder and love.

The negativity can be changed

By you.

With each breath, with each step

Send love to all.

And to yourself

Dear One With All of Thee.

This Moment in Time

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How do you feel at this very moment?

Are you happy, sad, neutral?

Can you give attention to what you are feeling

At this very moment in time?

Can you bless that feeling with the knowledge

That it will soon change

To another emotion, another feeling,

As you move through this day.

Dear One, there is a duality here upon this plane, purposefully designed to give you the optimal environment for growth. The human body is filled with emotion, some described as positive while other emotions are deemed negative. But do they all not have the same purpose in your life; to move you forward on your path?

Even the greatest teachers of your time have felt a plethora of emotion, ranging from ecstasy to despair. Your life is a kaleidoscope of emotions, each with a different frequency of vibration. And indeed, if you could see the colors emitted you would see a rainbow of colors swirling around you. For some of these emotions bring with them a chaotic energy which can cause you to be out of balance.

What to do? Accept what it is that you are feeling. Pause and take note of it and allow it to work through your body. Breathe as calmly as you are able and ask it why it is here with you at this moment in time. Give gratitude for the message that it brings to you, for it does have a purpose for being present at this time.

If it is an emotion that has been suppressed for a long time, perhaps now is the time to move forward and allow it to emerge, providing the release needed for you to continue on your path. You have grown since the event that caused that emotion and may now have the strength to review and release what has been buried for so long.

If it has been a constant companion for you, perhaps it is now time to seek help. Time to allow yourself to heal, physically or emotionally, for your entire being is affected by the vibration caused by what you are feeling.

If there is celebration to be experienced, then do so with full abandon and honor the lightness that surrounds you. Share it with others and give gratitude for the joy you feel at this moment.

Dear One, rather than trying to suppress any emotion, instead sit with it and try to see what it is telling you. It may be as simple as the need to feed your physical body. It may be telling you that it is time to get involved to help change the world, in any way you can help. Or it may be telling you that your body needs rest. You have done enough for this day.

Your intuition will help you as you move through these different states of mind. But in order for it to do so, it is necessary for you to acknowledge how it is that you are feeling. If you are sensitive to the energies of others around you, find a quiet space to replenish and ground yourself. Mother Nature will gladly show you relief. You are loved, Dear One, and have an abundance of help waiting for you to ask for assistance.

Emotions are a driving force to help you move forward on your path. Honor them for how they can teach you. Life here upon this plane can easily encourage you to over-commit, to ignore what your intuition is trying to tell you or to just push back that what is trying to help you move forward.

This moment is time is different from the previous moment and from the next moment to occur. For there is always the potential for change, acceptance, forgiveness and gratitude. Every one who is embodied at this time has struggled with raw emotion. And for those who are sensitive, you feel the emotions of others as well as your own.

Acknowledge and respond to what you are feeling. What is needed may be as simple as taking a breath and walking in nature. Or it may require taking action over a longer time period, for yourself or for others.

There is purpose in what you feel

It is a gift for you

To better understand yourself

And where you are on your path.

Have enough compassion for yourself,

To listen to what you are being told.

And always know that there is help

Just a breath away.

Dear One With All of Thee.

Balance

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Can you navigate this world

With grace?

With so many things to do,

And the perception of

Such limited time.

Can you move forward

With mindfulness,

Being present in the moment

Appreciating the gift

Of each moment of time?

Dear One, so many of you complain of how many things you have to do in such a short period of time. You speak of your ‘task lists’ and how long they are with more items added daily. There is almost an unspoken pride in how busy you are. The art of just being has been replaced with frenetic activity and worry.

It is time to restore the balance and reassess the true priorities in your life. For the human condition causes you to move to and fro in a frenzy, sacrificing integrity and grace to just ‘get things done.’ Ego comes into play when you decide that things must be done this way and in this time frame, rather than letting life flow gently and smoothly in Universal time.

Dear One, we have mentioned the web of connection and how there are energetic fields working to move your evolution forward. You are unable to see the larger picture from your perspective and so focus only on your one piece of the mosaic. When in fact, there is a forward movement despite what you believe. The web of connection is in constant motion moving forward, pulling here, slacking there to embrace all of creation in the Universal dance of grace and love.

By focusing only on your portion of the mosaic, thinking it is the ONLY part that you play in the ascension, you become judgmental, of yourself and others. For you haven’t done enough, you haven’t done it fast enough, you haven’t done it properly. The list of recriminations goes on and on.

It is time for you to stop and breathe. Stop and take a moment to remember the steps of the Universal Dance. You know them. For they are housed within you, awaiting your physical mind to quiet so they can emerge in joyful abandon.

You have forgotten how to flow, like water, from one moment to the next. You have forgotten how each segment of your life is connected; that when one segment is out of balance, it affects all other aspects of your life. Stop, sit, breathe and reflect. The world will not end if you do not accomplish these items on your list to be completed today.

You, Dear One, are a child of the Universe, gently and completely loved by the All That Is. Can you stop winding yourself tighter and tighter in the web until you are hopelessly bound and unable to do anything? Instead, begin to trust that all is happening as it should, in all aspects of your life.

Can you begin to focus solely on the task at hand and not attempt to do multiple tasks at once? Can you allow the gifts of abundance to naturally flow in your direction by being open to the help and guidance that is always there for you? Can you sit for a moment and breathe, trusting that you are not alone in this physical adventure of human existence?

The point of this life is to achieve personal growth through awakening to your true self, to the connection you have with all of creation. Remember the steps to the Universal dance and take a moment to allow your spirit, your soul, to flow in that universal stream of music and love.

When your life seems not to be working at all, it is time to stop and begin again. But not before you take a moment for gratitude, for honoring yourself for how far you have already come. You have made it this far, Dear One, and you have much further to go. Your glow increases every day as you begin to move forward in grace.

Acknowledge the connection you have to the All. And call for help when needed. Remember that no matter how you define success, you are awakening in the most perfect way. You are a child of the Universe. Play with that. Dance and pause when necessary to replenish yourself.

You are not an automaton.

You are a divine being in a physical body.

This segment of your journey is temporary

And yet will provide you

With much knowledge and personal growth.

Trust, in yourself

And in the perfect flow of the All of Creation.

You are a part of this.

For you are indeed

One With All of Thee.

Mis-perception Causes Doubt

 

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Can you trust what you see with your physical eyes?

Or do you need to look from your heart

To understand exactly what is happening

And why?

Dear One, this physical world in which you live is filled with illusions which can lead to mis-perceptions and doubt of who you really are. Remember that the physical senses help you navigate a physical world. But there is much more to existence that this. And in order to see beyond, to understand what is really happening, requires looking through your third eye; using your intuition and seeing with compassion and love.

You are so much more that you realize as you walk on this physical plane. For years, you have accepted the reality which you have experienced with your physical senses. This has brought you joy at times, while on other occasions has caused you to lose faith in yourself and in the forward movement of creation.

Today we wish to remind you that there is more to existence than what you can experience through the physical body. The lack of experience you have in using your other ‘senses’ is causing you much distress and promoting fear and doubt. We encourage you to acknowledge and to work with the entirety of your being, which includes your energetic bodies and senses.

You have had glimpses into this world when you had a spark of an idea, an impulsive moment to take another route or to say words which you had not planned to speak. If you were to pay closer attention to your days, you would recognize more of these moments which you cannot quite explain. These are the times when your other self, your higher self, is guiding you forward as it reaches through the barriers of physical existence to reach you in your most natural form.

Dear One, can you begin to allow yourself to accept that there is more to your existence that what you perceive with your physical senses? It is time. For now, as the vibrational energies of this physical plane are rising, there is a part of you that yearns to be free from the chains that have kept it hidden for so long.

In order to move through your world, with the higher vibrations coming into existence, it is necessary to begin to accept the gifts of these additional senses that are so natural for you. Deny them no longer and accept them for the gifts that they are. The physical senses brought you only so far. To continue the journey, it is time to cease listening only to that human mind and to begin to see through your heart center; that energetic space whcih exists around your physical heart area.

There is an awakening occurring across this planet of yours and your help is required to continue to move the collective consciousness forward. Can you set aside those feelings of unworthiness, of doubt and fear and to begin to move forward with your innate grace and power? Giant leaps of growth are not required. But opening up your heart and coming from a place of love and compassion will begin to unwrap the bindings that have held you back for so long.

When you perceive of a situation or a person and begin to make a judgment, stop. Take a breath and revisit what you think you are perceiving. Open your heart and your mind, ground yourself and surround yourself with the loving embrace of the Oneness. Then look again. Be open to all possibilities, for there are an infinite number of possibilities, unlike the minor few conjured up by your physical mind.

Send love and blessings to that person or situation, not judgment. View through the veil of compassion and see what is happening as an opportunity for growth, for all involved. For truly, that is all that it is. An opportunity for growth. An opportunity to come from love and compassion. An opportunity to walk in grace. And remind yourself that love is much stronger than fear. Always.

True power, true peace, does not come from physical strength but through internal love and acceptance of all that is. You are unable to see the larger picture from your vantage point here upon this physical plane. You are, however, able to send blessings and love to all, even if you do not agree with their actions.

Remember, with compassion, the times you were wounded and wanted to lash out to ease your internal pain and confusion. Remember, with compassion, the times when you felt so alone and ignored by others. Remember that you are a being of light and love, capable of seeing clearly through your additional, non-physical senses.

You, Dear One, are the instrument of change, not only for this physical world, but across realms, as all are connected. In love. Allow your true nature to emerge. See things as they really are. Love your fellow travelers on this plane, unconditionally. Love as you wish to be loved. Bless as you wish to be blessed. Cease judging, as you wish not to be judged.

You are greater, stronger and loved more than you realize.

Extend your hand behind you to pull others forward, just as you reach forward to be held in love by those ahead of you on their journeys.

Love, Dear One.

For love is all there is.

 

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