We can all agree that 2020 has been like no other year we can remember. As I acknowledge the many blessings in my life of friends like you, family, a warm cottage, nourishing food and the spaciousness of prayer, I also realize it is time to be grateful for the things that appear to be stumbling blocks on the path.
Although boulders may present themselves, whether small problems or large, we often take the approach of hoping to remove them by magic, more prayers, ruthless action or denial. It is usually the case that none of these is the solution. We seem determined to accomplish a certain outcome, by hook or crook. However, it may be that we have profound lessons to learn from the apparently unfortunate incident or ongoing situation. The divine has many ways of speaking to us and providing grist for the mill as they say, to propel us to a higher walk and a deeper understanding.
Acceptance of all that comes our way, no matter our preferences, may seem a passive act but is in reality an assertion that we are being watched over from heavenly realms – and that we are not in charge of everything! Accepting all the gifts we are given, whether we view them as good or bad, is the direction we will ultimately find most rewarding. It has oft been said that what you resist persists. Going forward then requires welcoming those unexpected packages that land on our doorsteps, listening with the heart to a rhythm new and yet to be learned, and finding the peace and faithfulness to keep moving forward.
Happy Thanksgiving 2020 to my Blog readers. May you find joy in every step!
Dear readers, I know I’ve been quiet lately. Some days it seems there is just nothing to say in the face of …..everything. Other days there is entirely too much to consider.
When I posted early in September, I announced my return to using HeartSupport as the name of my Life Coaching practice. I was also prompted to give my card readings a new name: Heart2Heart. As I have traversed the last couple of months, I’ve discovered that listening to the voice of my heart has become a deeper and more profound practice in my life. I gave myself the names and have then been required to take the training course myself!
Heartfelt communication, no matter how distant or virtual, is a place where I find hope. Watching a wedding streaming across the country, chatting with a young neighbor who restrung my favorite bracelet, communing with friends in the face of struggle, offering prayers for the blessing of souls.
And so joyfully I repeat my 20/20 offer: a 20 minute Heart@Heart Reading for $20 via phone, Skype or FB Messenger video. Good until this end of this unbelievable year. I would love to commune with you, heart to heart. Contact me at email@example.com.
It’s Labor Day and I’m excited to finally to make an announcement about my sacred labor. Because of technical difficulties, my website was down for awhile recently. It became an opportunity to refresh and renew the site and my view of the things I love to do to assist others. I’ve revived HeartSupport Coaching and renamed my card readings Heart2Heart, along with listing some other Blue Heaven services that I offer.
If there ever were a time to support one another, listen to our hearts and find ways to live life more vibrantly, 2020 is definitely the time. Here’s the site: www.livelifevibrant.com.
And I am re-posting my 20/20 offer: a 20 minute Heart2Heart Reading for $20 via phone, Skype or FB Messenger video. Offer good until the end of this unbelievable year. I would love to hear from you! Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This word keeps coming to mind. It’s an action to be taken, perhaps even a directive. It’s defined as “to oppose with equal weight or force.”
But in my book, it’s not about opposing. Or the kind of force we are witnessing. Or the kind of either/or where we have to choose. It’s about counterbalancing the state of affairs with the bright light weight of our heart’s wisdom.
It’s about marching right through the battlefield and stepping aside, listening instead to our most self-honoring beliefs and activities. It’s about offering up our love and compassion anyway.
I see friends doing this all over on their individual pathways: rescuing cats, actively spreading joy, writing novels, tending gardens, letting us in on their transformation, moving across the country, caring for the elderly, baking vegan goodies, sharing spiritual insights, being brave in the face of the unexpected. You know who you are.
Take a moment to assess the weight within. Are you counterbalancing today?
It seems these days that people are having to make a lot of difficult and often polarizing choices. The news is full of the directions that people are heading or the group or opinion that they are choosing to side with.
When you think about it, we are making choices and decisions every day and every hour. We can start with what’s for breakfast and proceed from there. It seems difficult when it appears that certain choices have been taken away from us. But even then we have a choice. As many have said, it’s not what life brings us, it is how we choose to react.
Many are choosing to see this unprecedented period of time as an opportunity. We can even learn to embrace the confusion, the conflicting information and the ongoing changes. I am attempting to approach it in a Buddhic or perhaps Zen fashion, stepping back and watching it all happening without having to choose preference or opinion. There’s even some humor in the absurdity of it all at times.
For myself, I am choosing to insert more structure and discipline into my life while also remaining attuned to the flow. Being kinder to myself and others, reaching out further even while we are distanced. Delving into projects long neglected. Staying creative. Attempting to cast aside old notions, patterns of behavior and ways of operating. They all seem to be outdated and no longer useful. A great time to become more mindful.
I recently found an oracle card image that seems to say it all for me. A table for two with a tea setting is in the foreground on an expansive green lawn. Far in the background you see trees, a house, some mountains and a rosey brilliant late afternoon sky. All looks peaceful and yet at closer examination, one of the teacups is broken and a hawk is crossing the scene, indicating messages of minor disruption or potential worry. However, in the sunny portion of the sky is found an angelic image, the dove of the holy spirit, shining light down upon all that is taking place. This is where I want to find myself – involved and yet overlooking it all at the same time. We have the capacity to make the decision to reside in that deepest place of peace within – a dificult choice but we are surely up to the challenge.
Considering all that is taking place upon the earth right now, it is reasonable to imagine taking off for heaven, although I am NOT recommending it. There is work to do right here, shifting with new and unfamiliar energies and holding on to our hats. What about the idea of bringing heaven to earth instead?
When I first started my fledgling small business for photography and various other services about 10 years ago, I decided to name it Blue Heaven. The name embraced all I felt about the big beautiful skies and wide open spaces of Montana. I also remembered the old standard My Blue Heaven from somewhere in my youth, a lovely little song. On my website page (currently under re-construction) I said: Blue Heaven is a place in Montana and is also a place in my heart where we can meet, connect, create and live jubliantly in the spirit. And it is still true.
When I pictured these splendid wild yellow roses on Facebook a few weeks ago, I said the roses were reaching up to heaven. A friend commented that I was “bringing heaven to earth.” She being an artist herself, I was very touched. I also realized that this has been my goal for many years. And how much more appropriate in the midst of all that we see playing out on the stage of life in these troubling times?
I feel it is my duty, and perhaps yours, to help bring more of heaven onto the earth. There are so many ways, be it photography, writing, compassionate care for children and the elderly, painting, meditation, coaching, gardening, yoga, prayer – the list is long. If we go about our callings with divine co-creation in mind, we can provide a counter balance to all that we are seeing on the endless newsreel, and lighten the lives of those we contact.
I thank my friend for reminding me of this valuable lesson and am happy to pass it on.
I posted about Hope a few weeks ago, but we seem to have entered an entirely new chapter of this mystery novel called 2020. We are on a road going forward and there is really no other direction to take other than off into the wilderness. That feels like a great option at times, but we know better. I’m talking about the bigger picture here.
Going forward, Hope must be renewed. I find myself having to dig deeper. For some it’s a creative project, or offering help to a friend, loving those close to us in new ways. But it’s also tracing our spiritual roots right back to where they began and blessing those traditions in our lives. It’s turning on a light so we can see our authentic selves a little better. It’s seeking joy in a tiny wildflower or the song of a bluebird.
It’s the small stuff which is really very big – gratitude, forgiveness, kindness, trust and faith – all for both ourselves and others. Maybe it’s wise to step back and look at the whole situation from the vantage point of the angels. Even though it all seems like a scene from Alice in Wonderland where everything is upside down or backwards or making no sense at all, perhaps there’s a good reason for it all yet to be discovered. There’s an ancient Sufi tale whose moral is: “Good thing, bad thing, who knows?” I’ve had to adopt this as my motto this year.
I remain concerned, prayerful and yes, still hopeful. I would love to hear where you are finding Hope, where Hope is finding you.
I know I post about bunnies a lot. They’ve become a symbol for my creativity and a friendly reminder from the universe. My blog is titled Winks and Wisdom, but sometimes I think I should change it to Bunny Tales.
Today’s little guy decided to play the “I am invisible” game. Although he clearly saw me out of the corner of his eye, he didn’t move a muscle or even blink. Comfortable in the grass, he waited while photos were taken and I moved on. Thank you, Mr. Rabbit!
Creativity is taking on new dimensions in light of everything playing out on the stage of our country, as well as in our collective hearts. I am having to instill more discipline into my life in order that I can see and hear the messages I am meant to hear. I am learning to set more specific goals with the understanding that they may change in the process. I am having to trust that there are things I know, things I think I know and things that are not yet meant to be known. I am having to remember to walk through the appearance of chaos with fearlessness and joy.
I would love to hear what you are discovering during these green, green days of June.
Yesterday I had the blessed opportunity to spend time among some pine trees. Although the wind was blustery, the pine trees stood strong and brought me back to a more heart-centered sense of peace. I’ve always been drawn to areas where these wonderful trees are found. Today I thought I’d look into the spiritual symbolism.
Traditionally, the pine stands for wisdom, renewal of life and longevity. The oldest tree in the world is a pine named Methusaleh! Pines make you feel “at home” – oh, I can relate to this. I’ve often gone to retreat where tall pines stand. Pines offer a sense of peace, love, hope and inspiration. We could all use a big dose of all of this right now.
Pines are also noted for being strong and stubborn, willing to fight for survival and at the same time adaptable. All of these qualities appeal to all of us who pursue the path of spirit, yearning to overcome all that would impede the evolution of our souls. When today’s alternate realities strike close to home, we are required to make choices that preserve our own sense of balance and survival, without ignoring all the incoming information.
Finally, pines offer protection. This is how I’ve always felt in their presence. They are also said to provide the opportunity for balanced and penetrating insight. And so, with this dose of pine energy, I feel supported in my pursuit of deeper truth and my ability to communicate it with my readers.
See if you can get close to a pine tree sometime soon!
I woke up this morning dreaming of a beach scene kind of like this. I’ve borrowed this photo from a dear friend who lives in Hawaii. In the dream, I was riding on a bus to destination unknown. At a given moment, the bus stopped and parked on a grassy plateau. I turned around in my back-of-the-bus seat and saw a wide expanse through the window. My eyes were resting on that serene and cloudless scene when I awoke.
It seems more difficult to determine what is real and what is not these days. A few days ago, I took a neighborhood walk on a sunny and fluffy-cloud kind of day. People were working in their yards, kids were riding their bicycles, trees were leafing out and blooming and dogs were sleeping on front porches. I decided to claim that reality right then and there. Then listening to the news tends to get me rather confused.
I’ve been planting a few more flowers in my outside pots. Pansies and marigolds are waving. Chard and oregano are sprouting up. My geraniums travel inside and out depending on the wind and the weather. Caring for these happy plants is another reality claimed, balanced by prayers that encircle the planet for all those who need them.
The dream seems to have come to remind me that there are other realms where we also dwell, other universes both within and without. It’s not an either or situation, but we do have the freedom to choose our realities.