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.

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All is Well

Can you trust these words?

Despite all that you see around you

Can you trust that all is well

And that your life is unfolding exactly as it should?

Dear One, it can be difficult for you to view your life and the world around you and still accept the words that we say to you. All is well. For you see strife, inequality, suffering, greed and many other challenging components of the human condition occurring around you. Can you trust enough to believe that all is well?

It depends on the perspective that you take as you walk through your world. You can view the happenings as terrible injustices, or you can see opportunities for growth. For each occurrence of a perceived negative condition is an opportunity for someone to step up and make a difference; to change their way of walking through this world.

Each occurrence can be an impetus for someone to make a conscious choice to contribute loving kindness to this world; to counteract the greed and suffering. If the world in which you lived was without these challenges, what would the purpose be for existing here upon this physical plane?

You, Dear One, are a participant in a world that is inter-connected with all of creation. And yet, by perceiving this world only through your human senses, you are failing to see all that is occurring on an energetic level. We have told you before that you are energetic beings, temporarily embodying these physical forms for the purpose of your own personal growth.

The choice is yours, whether or not you will participate and share the gifts you have been given, in order to raise the vibration of this physical plane; or to sit back, criticize and judge what is occurring without getting involved. This is your choice.

You have been given the perfect form, placed in the perfect location, and given the most perfect gift to use in your life to help others. You have the power to change your world, if only by spending moments each day sending loving energy out to those around you.

Can you walk through this world without judgment of how others live their lives? Can you instead treat all of creation with respect and gratitude for all that they offer you? Yes, even if they are challenges that force you to action you did not want to take. You are ever powerful. You are filled with love. Begin by being kind to yourself and trusting that you have everything that you need to move forward in the most perfect way.

Do not become dismayed by your perception of lack in your personal life. It is so easy to focus on that which you feel you do not have, rather than realizing all that has been provided for you. It might be as simple as a spot of shade on a hot and sunny day or a place to rest your body after a hard day’s work.

Dear One, open your eyes and see what you have in your life, which serves you daily. Know that whatever comes your way, you will survive; perhaps not with the outcome you intended, but certainly with the personal growth needed to move you forward.

Trust that your unseen companions are but a breath away; ask for help when you need it and they will provide it. Reflect on all the time spent worrying about that which never occurred. Know that your human mind cannot fathom all the possible outcomes to a situation, that many of the outcomes are better than you could ever have imagined.

Be patient with yourself and with others. Remember that you all are on this journey together; each of you has specific lessons you chose to learn this lifetime. Understand that synchronicities are but an avenue to get you to where you need to be next. Perfectly situated for a perfect outcome.

Dear One, no matter what occurs to you in this lifetime, please know that you are loved and are never abandoned. We have told you before that it is impossible for you to be alone, even though your physical senses may not be able to perceive this truth.

You are a part of an eternal web of connection, always linked to the Source and never alone.

Dear One, trust that all is well, even though it may not appear that way at this very moment.

Trust that the cogs in the wheel of life are constantly moving you forward.

Choose to move forward with grace, with love and with kindness.

For like attracts like and you will be the recipient of that which you share with others.

 

You are a Dear One, precious to us, held close to our hearts.

You are one with the Source, at all times, at ALL times.

And truly, All Is Well with You.

All is well.

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.

Trust

How do you move through your world?

Do you anticipate every potential problem

That could occur?

Or do you move forward with peace in your heart,

Knowing that all will unfold exactly as it should?

Dear One, it is time for you to open yourself up to the infinite possibilities for joy and growth in your daily life. You, in your human mind, cannot fathom the range of opportunities every moment of your life offers you. Can you begin to allow these blessings, these joyful moments, to come into your life without the fearful anticipation of what if?

This human existence can most certainly be challenging for you, but it can also be a joyful existence, surrounded by love and beauty. Yes, you came here to learn, and your lessons are presented to you at the most appropriate times over the course of your life. Some lessons were planned, but some others may occur because of choices you made in your forward movement. All will contribute to your personal growth and to the growth of the All.

What would help you in your daily life is to release the worry of potential pitfalls, of life going totally wrong, from your human perspective. If you can release your propensity to fret, to worry, and to continuously replay the many ways you could fail, your life would be so much more joyful. Can you accept the fact that you are not able to fail? All that occurs in your life is a step forward-all that occurs.

How often have you anticipated a certain outcome which never occurred, but in hindsight, you realized how the actual outcome was a greater gift to you? Again, we tell you that your human mind is not capable of seeing the infinite number of possibilities. Your conscious mind may not remember the lessons planned for this lifetime. And with limited sight, your Ego does not account for the web of connection and how everything must fall into place before an event can occur for optimal outcome.

Can you trust that you are being guided forward towards the most wonderful experiences with gentle lessons for you or for others? Can you release yourself from the bindings of fear which hold you back from unanticipated joy and beauty in your life? Can you close your eyes and fall back into our loving embrace, trusting that we will hold you close, with gentleness and love?

Dear One, if you can allow yourself to trust that all is unfolding in the most perfect way; you will spend less time and energy worrying about the future. Remember that you are more powerful than you realize and that which you fear can easily be called to you, if you continue to repeat the dreaded scenario in your mind. Can you instead, free yourself from worry and trust that all will be well? All will be well.

Think of the energy you put into these fearful thoughts every day of your life. What would you do with that energy if it was no longer spent on future or past events? We remind you that all that exists is the present, the now. How free would your heart feel to trust that you are being led forward with a loving touch?

Try it for a day. When those fearful thoughts of the future begin to creep in from the shadows, shine light upon them. Radiate joy and faith that all will occur exactly as it should. Know that you will have enough time to do exactly what needs to be done at this time. And by shedding that dark cloak of fear, you will be more receptive to following our gentle guidance to move you forward in the most wondrous way.

It is all a matter of trust. Trust that the Universe is unfolding in the most perfect way. Trust that you are a part of the beauty of this Universe and  trust that the strength of your connection with the All will guide you forward. There is nothing to fear, Dear One.  If you can accept the loving nature of the Universe, then you will realize that there is no failure, there are no mistakes. There is only love, and beauty and joy.

Allow us to guide you and encourage you to shine your brightest to illuminate the fear that hides in the corners of your mind. For when brought to the light, that fear will wither and fade away, for it is nothing. It is only an illusion of your mind.

Trust, Dear One.

Love and dance.

Feel the joy, see the beauty

Around you and within you.

Dear One With All of Thee.

 

What of ………Purpose?

 

Dark Hedges of Northern Ireland Image credits: Stephen Emerson

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Image credits: Stephen Emerson

Why are you here?

What must you do to live a purposeful life?

Are you doing enough?

Or must you change your way of being?

Dear One, your life here upon this plane is an experiential life to be lived with peace and joy. The peace and joy arise when you live as your authentic self, without shame, without fear, only with love. Can you act with pure intent, allowing your inner radiance to shine in every interaction you have?

You are the Divine Incarnate. This means that you are filled with grace, with light, with love. You are connected to the All securely and completely. The feelings of disconnect come when you allow Ego to convince you otherwise. When you allow Ego to tell you that you are not enough of this, or too much of that; this is when you begin to falter.

Dear One, you are perfect in every way and your purpose in being here is to learn more about yourself. Again, we tell you that you are filled with a radiance that shines brightly, apparent to us as we follow you, encouraging you, reminding you of your true nature. Your true state of being.

Your presence here upon this plane in every situation of your daily life makes a difference. Your very presence contributes to the learning of others, to the growth of the Oneness of All. Your existence matters! Your every breath is filled with love. We can see this even though you may not.

You are teacher, you are student, you are comforter, you are the one in need of comfort. The cycle, the sacred spiral continues throughout your life as you take on different roles every day. Every moment is a sacred moment never to be quite the same again. And in each moment you are a part of the forward movement of the entire cosmos of being. The changes that occur on this plane because of your existence affect all other planes as well, for all are connected.

We tell you this not to fill you with fear of not doing enough, of not being responsible enough. But to impress upon you that your life, exactly as it is unfolding, your life matters. Your purpose is to continue on your journey of self-realization and as you move down that path, you help others on their individual journeys.

Trust, trust that the lessons you came here to learn will come to you in many ways. And they will continue to come until you have learned them. Give gratitude to those who came into your life in order for you to experience those lessons. For as they help you on your way, their contract has been served, the contract agreed upon before you came here. In the heat of this learning process you may not understand or see this connection. But after the emotion, after the immediacy of the interactions, upon reflection, we ask you to see how those experiences allowed you to grow.

It is the same with you as you help teach others, often unbeknownst to you. In the intricate web of connection here upon this plane, a brief encounter with another may bring a mighty lesson. Trust that all is unfolding as it should. Trust that the ebb and flow of your life is woven to perfection in allowing you to follow your own chosen path. Trust that you will survive and grow in leaps and bounds as you navigate through your personal web of connection.

Dear One, your purpose is to live your life in love, without fear of the unknown.

For in every new situation is the possibility of a joyful moment of creation.

Be at peace with who you are and allow your inner radiance to shine.

You are a part of the Divine.

You are Love.

You are Light.

You are One With All of Thee.

Your Gifts

Accept them as your own

Use them daily

Give gratitude for them

Dear One, each and every one of you has unique gifts given to you to use in this lifetime. Do not deny the truth in this. Do not say you are unworthy of them. For you are a radiant being, here upon this plane to use those gifts for the highest good.

The world needs each and every one of you to begin the process of raising the vibration here upon this plane. You chose to come here to be a part of this process. And for that choice we are very grateful to you.

If you do not realize what those unique gifts are for you, sit quietly and ask for guidance. Before you close your eyes to sleep, ask that you will know upon awakening what those gifts may be. No gift is too small. No gift is too large for you to use in your life. Guidance awaits you, but you must first ask for it.

Dear One, you are connected to the All, to the IAM. Your entire physical frame, within every atom of your being, is connected to the All, to the IAM. That human mind of yours projects what you choose to see and many choose not to see their own greatness, their own power, their own gifts.

Accepting your gifts needs not involve ego. By allowing ego to interfere with the natural flow of their gifts, many have been led astray.

You need not be known by the masses to use your gifts for the highest good. Many quietly use their gifts as they move through their daily lives.

By accepting your gifts, by using them, you are connecting with your higher self, with the stream of consciousness that is raising the vibration here upon your physical plane. Honor your gifts and the gifts of others. Combined, there is so much you can do to begin to change this physical world.

Dear One, allow your true radiance to shine. Walk each day free from fear, free from worry, free from judgment and self-doubt. Walk in grace and gratitude. Connect to the IAM by sitting and chanting that mantra in a quiet space.

If you are still unsure of how you can serve, ask for opportunities to use your gifts and they will come to you. Again, do not place judgment on the size or the form of your gift. For each gift given can serve many. Remember the ripple effect of your actions, your words, across humanity.

Do not judge yourself thinking that you have not done enough. For whatever you can do, whatever you have done, IS enough. More is not necessarily better. Often it is just the smallest, simplest acts that create the greatest results.

You may never know how your gifts have served others. It is not important for you to know this. For requiring this feedback invites ego into your life.

Trust that all is well.

If you have acted with pure intent, then know that you have done your best.

Do not judge the outcome as positive or negative.

For you cannot see the interaction from the highest perspective.

Shine your radiant light.

Share your gift.

And live your life in joy, in peace, knowing that you are part of the All.

Never alone.

Always loved.

One with All of Thee.

Release

Breathe in and breathe out

Release that which binds you.

For it holds you back

From shining your brightest light

Dear One, there is much you continue to hold tightly to your breast. Much of it no longer serves you and yet, the fear of release keeps you from shining your brightest. For those feelings of inadequacy, negativity, self-judgment have been with you for so long, you have become comfortable in their presence.

Consider releasing them from your inner self. See the cage door open and allow them to fly away. And as they leave, the cage, the bindings that have held you back for so long will dissolve in front of your eyes.

You no longer need those words, those thoughts of old, many which have been with you since childhood. They are such a part of your daily life that you do not recognize their negative impact on how you approach your day.

Can you, for a day, become aware of all negative thoughts that enter your mind? Can you, for a day, ask why not instead of why? Can you, for a day, turn those negative thoughts around with the courage and the excitement of taking a step forward into your next wondrous adventure?

You, Dear One, are a beacon of light capable of wondrous things. You have the knowledge, the strength, the guidance, the capability of changing the world. It begins by saying NO to those negative thoughts that permeate your existence.

What was said to you in the past is no longer serving you if it keeps you from taking a chance. What do you have to lose by opening your heart, taking a deep breath and moving forward? Did you not come here to this physical plane to experience life?

Dear One, you are capable of so much, do not hold yourself back. Breathe in the light that you are, breathe out the thoughts that hold you back. Bless them for the lessons learned and then send them on their way. For they are no longer needed in your current state of being.

Walk away from those who continue to hold you back. Bless them and walk away from their negativity. See the light that surrounds you, feel the love that embraces you, and accept the knowledge, the guidance offered to you every moment of your day.

You are so much more than you could ever imagine and it is time to begin your journey once again. Why not? New experiences await you. New beginnings are there with each breath that you take. For each moment is a new possibility, each moment.

Follow your heart, follow your internal guidance. Trust that you know what to do next, where to go. Remember your connection to the All and the knowledge that comes with that.

Release and let go.

Take wing and fly.

Listen to the song that sings within your heart.

Offer gratitude for these opportunities that lay ahead for you.

Hold them in love, see them in light.

Follow them until you know it is time to move in another direction.

Your internal compass will guide you.

Trust yourself and take the next step.

Why not?

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