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When the going gets tough…

20170910_083531And then there are days where dreams seems illusory, goals seem out of reach and the news washes over you until you are rendered silent.

It is in that quiet that peace will be found. Even the warrior takes a few moments to breathe in deeply. It is in that receiving of all things unwanted that we are asked to listen, question, find the spirit that abides within no matter what.

Sometimes there is nothing to do. Sometimes there is only a heartfelt prayer. Sometimes the only answers arise from our own deep receiving of all that comes our way. This is where faith comes in.

Faith in the divine order of things, even when the earthly scenario makes no sense. This is when we are called to stand tall, like the sunflower, in the face of it all.

Dreams in action

20170910_172422Little did I know that when I created my Dreambook, the book itself would start teaching me things. Perhaps I should have known based on my impatient motivation to complete the book. As you can see in the picture, time is ticking.

My first realization is that much of what I dream for is already taking place in my life. It’s a matter of deleting the mental models or long-outdated thoughts about how I view myself. For example, on one of the pages in the Relationship section, I jotted the names of just the people I feel closest to, and the page got so full! I was jolted awake to see that even though I am basically an introvert and sometimes think of myself as a hermit, albeit an artistic one, this is really not the truth of the matter. Relationships that have rhythms of their own keep me inspired, uplifted and comforted.

And secondly, now that the book is completed for the time being, I don’t have to think about it anymore. I look at it once in awhile or share it with a friend and elucidate the dream. But in terms of desire, or working towards the goals, I’ve turned it over to Spirit. My order is in with the Universe, and I can be at peace. It’s actually brought me right back to the present, living life daily and often asking, “What’s next?” rather than feeling an obligation to work on those dreams. They are already being worked on! And my assignment is to live as authentically as possible, only guided occasionally by a word or image that has been part of this process. It reminds me of a Tibetan sand painting – create it and then let it go, sending the message to Heaven.

Keep dreaming my friends!

PS Thank you to all of you who have brought me such positive feedback on my Blog, even if I haven’t thanked you here or elsewhere. It encourages me to keep writing!

 

Aloft

20170904_135726Even though the eclipse is over, September has begun and the air is often filled with wildfire smoke, this was the scene across the street from me on Labor Day – reminding me to lift my spirits.

When everything is going well and all seems in equilibrium, it is easy to have faith and be grateful. When health or wealth or dreams are suffering the realities of life, it is necessary to stretch, to chase away disappointment, to change gears. To launch ourselves upwards, to celebrate small victories, to know that this too shall pass.

Sometimes it is very small actions that make the difference. A phone call to a friend, a stop-and-think moment, a meditation on all that is holy, a long shower. Whatever moves us to a point of distanced and creative observation.

Look for the hidden blessing and soar above it all. Go deep and allow your spirit to soar.

The sun and the moon

20170709_074649As circumstances would have it, I watched the solar eclipse from a lawn chair in a cemetery where my brother is the groundskeeper. Anynegative thoughts about cemeteries evaporated very quickly, because it was where I was meant to be.

We were surrounded by deer and bunny rabbits and tall pine trees, all representing peacefulness to me. As we watched the predicted movement of the moon, the light became a beautiful dusky blue. We didn’t witness 100% totality so it really didn’t get dark. It reminded me however of summer evenings when I was a child. My parents would be sitting outside in their own lawn chairs, and we would be chasing fireflies to catch in glass jars as the darkness approached.

And then there was the silence. A nearby highway, which had been packed with cars that morning, became perfectly still.The temperature went down and you could almost hear a pin drop, as if even the rotation of our planet had stopped for those brief minutes. The sense of quiet was all encompassing.

For just that short interval, all the division, hatred, violence, uncertainty and even the daily challenges of life were eclipsed. We all existed in harmony on this beloved planet earth, the sun and the moon overshadowing us. My brother and I said, “Cheers!” and celebrated the moment.

As I return to the ups and downs of living, I am striving to create an imprinted memory of that moment – the silent   space where my heart was at total peace.

What was your eclipse experience?

PS I took no pictures, choosing to just be present instead.

Dreams in Progress

20170808_120628I am creating something new – and I’m calling it a DreamBook. It’s an interactive version of a vision board, making space for progressive revelation.

I’ve started with heavy weight sketch/art paper and am creating pages in the categories of life, like the Circle of Life exercise I use in my coaching or perhaps like the Feng Shui Bagua. So it’s areas like Home, Health, Abundance and Love but then you take it from there to suit your needs. For example, I’m combining Work/Career with Creativity and including many emotional issues in the Health Department and calling it Wellbeing. The categories are flexible – they are your categories.

And because life is moving as fast as it is, and transforms in the blink of an eye, I’m putting it all together with a ring that opens and closes. You can expand the sections, insert or remove pages, change your mind, add and subtract. You can use magazine pictures and words, add drawings, stickers, your own photographs, quotes and comments. You can take out a category and hang it up to focus on or write a new chapter of your book anytime.

And you can include your wildest dreams, not just your current vision. Maybe it’s more like a 5 or 10-year plan. Or a forever future. It’s based on the belief that if we take action and create, we can move in the direction of making our dreams come true. There will surely be changes along the way – re-calculating as they say. It has much more to do with the process than the eventual outcome. Three cheers for creativity!

Create

20170731_063146Bunnies have been coming my way for quite some time and in numerous ways. When I was about 4 or 5 I got baby rabbits for Easter. They soon got very big and my Dad built a big hutch out back. I dutifully served my bunnies lettuce and water every day. Now I see them on my morning walks. This little guy was frozen in position as rabbits are want to do, but made a great photo shot.

Among other things, rabbits represent creativity. Reminders to express ourselves. If you don’t like something about your life, create something new. If you have a story to tell, a picture to share or a song to sing….go for it. As Wayne Dyer said, “Don’t die with your music still in you.”

I pulled into a parking space the other day and the license plate on the car in front of me said, CREATE. When the universe wants to get its message across, it spares no effort. I am creating photo cards, a renewed sense of wellbeing and an interactive vision for my own future.

What are you creating?

 

Sidewalk wisdom

20170723_073303_001Adults talk about authenticity, living your full potential, dealing with your subconscious issues and discovering who you really are.

All valid, but it occurs to me that maybe kids say it best.

This is on my morning walk, so I’m getting the message over and over. I love it that these are the kinds of catch phrases the younger generation is using. I suppose I’m dating myself, but we never wrote messages like this in my day.

Be the one and only unique and divine YOU!

We are so closely connected

20170713_073931These daisies are a tribute to a brave soul who recently passed from a tragic fire in Russia. She was a determined spirit with a heart of generosity.

I really didn’t know her personally. But I know her because of the wonderful stories of her dedication and love for others. Sometimes we feel close to someone because they have touched so many other lives. There are many individual daisies here but they are touching one another so gently.

No matter distance or even intimate knowledge of one another’s lives, we remain so closely connected. And despite the annoyances, social media has brought us together in an previously unimaginable way.

May your hearts expand today.

Listening for alerts

20170707_081245This bunny is hard to see as he is disguising himself as a mulch rock. His little eyes were watching me as I framed him in a photo. When he heard the click of the smartphone camera, he took off.

What followed next was like an animated cartoon. A black and white cat, who had been stealthily watching him from somewhere behind both of us, took off after him. That little cotton ball tail was bouncing, with the cat in full pursuit. Down the block they went flying over sidewalks and lawns. The cat’s long legs were racing, but that little bunny was quite a bit faster.

Once I caught up to where I’d seen them round the next corner, I saw a glimpse of black and white well hidden behind a bush, crouched and ready for more fun. And the bunny? Nowhere to be found.

The tiny click of my camera doesn’t seem like much of an alert, but it proved to be the impetus for that bunny. Sometimes the message of alert we receive is quiet and almost unnoticeable. Sometimes it comes from the least expected source.

However it was a reminder to me to listen. Listen carefully. Don’t doubt the messages you are getting, wherever they may come from. You may be alerted to danger or to a bit of fun. You may discover a clue to the next step on your journey or to an amazing inspired opportunity.

The back roads

20170530_124637Another way to open the heart….the magnificent back roads of Montana.

Between me and the future, only sky. Occasionally a pickup truck or a cow. Impossible to even breathe it all in.

Thousands of others visit in the summer, heading to the national parks.

I prefer the quiet places where I can hear the sounds of silence and relish the untarnished beauty.

Whatever brings you back to your center, your inspiration….that is your destination.

 


Comments

Winks & Wisdoms — 4 Comments

  1. Hi Susan, So glad to find your blog – I enjoy reading your loving wisdom. Especially can visualize you unpacking your pencils and goodies to read, while basking in nature – which I’m sure basked itself in all the love you are. Thank you for all you share!

  2. Hi Susan, I love your new website! Thank you for sharing it. I love the “winks and wisdom” because it reminds me of all the special little gifts and hints I receive when I’m searching for solution or answers to even the simplest, every day ‘rocks in my path’. And from now on, I will pick up the pennies. I used to leave them, hoping for a quarter or a dollar instead, but now I will cherish them as gifts as well. Thank you 🙂

  3. Forgot to say thank you, Donna for your comment. It was indeed a magical day at the picnic table!

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