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What if she doesn’t really like me?  That’s the thought that popped into my mind the other night.  I was at the threshold of a doorway.  Cue the “Jaws” theme song here … the doorway into Thoughts. That. Suck.  Now the good news: I noticed where I was about to go before I stepped even one more brightly painted toe into that doorway.  More good news – I decided if I could entertain thoughts that suck and run with it like there’s Olympic gold at the end, then I could do the very opposite.

What if she really does like me?  What if she does?!  My neural pathways were virtually scintillating with joy entertaining the potential of this turnaround.  I just landed at a new threshold!  Cue music from “I Can See Clearly Now” …  I sashayed through that doorway into *Thoughts That Sing*.

Dang, come on Beth, you know this stuff.  Why don’t you choose the prize behind Doorway no. 2 all the time?  You can hear it, can’t you – the scary, tense music creeping in … woops, did a little side step back into Thoughts. That. Suck.

Thank goodness, I lovingly chose on behalf of my well being this time.  Thank goodness, I really care about me.  Thank goodness, I never give up on me.  And if my thoughts really could sing, they’d be saying — love really is all I need to help me know my name.*

*(adapted from the song “Love’s Divine”)

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Were you born between November 29th and December 17th?  I was!  Well, you and I just might have a new sun sign, Ophiuchus.  But not if you talk to an astrologer.  I say, not fair, first media tantalizes us with a whole new Zodiac set up from 12 signs to 13 and then bam, astrologers put the lid on it.  Well, screw that!  It’s down right boring living with the same astrological sign for a lifetime.  I’ll be the judge of who I really am.  So here’s my frank and sometimes irreverent evaluation of just how Ophiuchus-y I am.

– The Ophiuchus loves to seek change in their life.

Duh!  Why do you think I want a new sun sign?!  Score 1 for Ophiuchus!  God, could they change the name to something a little more palatable than an “uchus”?!  It sounds like my Yiddish grandmother came up with this zodiac sign based on it rhyming with tukhus.

– They hate the mundane routine in their everyday life.

You betcha.  Score 2!

– They tend to get very impulsive and will follow their guts, even if they tend to get it wrong most of the time.

Shhhh, yes, but let that be our little secret.  Score 3!

– These are people who love to have fun.

Yes, fun is my middle name.  You should all hear my laugh, you can hear it a block away.  Score 4!

– They are a tad too honest.

Blunt and blurt.  Guilty as charged.  Score 5!

– These people are described as intellectual and clever beings.

Of course!  Score 6!

– The Ophiuchus tends to think with their hearts not their minds.

Hmmm, just depends.  I am a big thinker but I’m also very emotional and ok, yes, I do tend to make decisions from my heart not my mind.  Score 7 for Ophiuchus.

– The Ophiuchus personality traits shows these people are very creative and imaginative and love to feed their curiosity.

Curiosity never killed this cat!  Score 8.

– They can be called human magnets. This is because they rank really high in the charisma quotient. These empathic beings can easily pursue people once they turn on their charm along with their knack of persuasion.

I pursue no one.  I let them pursue me.   But if the word arrogant comes up in any of Ophiuchus’ personality traits, don’t believe a word of it.

– They do not like any kind of restrictions, rules or authority over them.

My favorite bumper sticker: question authority.  Score 10.  Does it say anywhere I suck at math?

– They are proud people who tend to be a bit arrogant.

What did I say?  Don’t believe a word of it!

– So, keep telling them they are the best, the numero uno and they will eat out of your hands.

Yes and no.  I don’t eat out of anyone’s hands.  God are you kidding me, you don’t know where those hands have been!

– They love to seek the unknown and gather new wisdom.

That’s what me blog is all about.

– They are also not a very popular being on the social circuit due to their arrogance and pride.

Shut up!  What do you know anyway?!

– They can be called the apple of the eye for their parents when young.

I was, am, and always will be, Daddy’s little girl.

So that’s it.  Ok, well, there was a whole list of so-called “bad” personality traits but they were all irrelevant to sweet little ‘ol me.  I still can’t figure out who I am, Sag or Ophi.   Maybe I’m just Simply Blessed.

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Just sit there right now
Don’t do a thing
Just rest.

For your separation from God,
From love,

Is the hardest work
In this
World.

Let me bring you trays of food
And something
That you like to
Drink.

You can use my soft words
As a cushion
For your
Head.

~Hafiz~

The Gift: Poems by Hafiz
Translations by Daniel Ladinsky

 

Yes, it’s hard work, very hard work…”your separation from God, from love is the hardest work” of the world and with such great suffering.  It matters not why we separate or even that we do, only that we wake up and remember there’s another way.  It’s a holy precious path that will ask you to leave doubt and fear behind you, like yesterday’s old news.  It will ask for your consent to hope, to faith, to belief, to knowing.  It will ask you to move your gaze ahead to the horizon of new beginnings.  It will ask only and all of this and nothing more.  Will you give that holy precious path a chance?  I will.

 

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“Never try to save a dying person.  Never try to save a poor person or enrich one. Never try to cure a diseased person.  Always instantly remember that you are dealing not with a person, not with a condition, not with a thing, but with an hypnotic suggestion, with an hypnotic influence, with an hypnotic picture which has no existence outside of the human mind, human belief, human appearance. Then you will find that you destroy the entire fabric of which all error is made.

Every condition of limitation, whether it is limited finances, limited health, limited morals, limited living conditions is but the expression of a universal hypnotism, a universal illusion, a series of universal beliefs. The beliefs, actually when you reduce them to individual experience is:

•    a belief of a selfhood apart from God,
•    a belief of a cause apart from God,
•    a belief of a law apart from God,
•    a belief of a being apart from God,
•    a belief of a life apart from God,
•    a belief of substance apart from God,
•    a belief of wisdom apart from God,
•    of knowledge apart from God.

This whole series of beliefs put together constitute a mesmeric influence making us see limited persons, places, things and conditions.” ~ The Secret of the Healing Principal by Joel S. Goldsmith

I do believe this and know it to be true in my heart.  I readily admit I can be quite seduced by outer appearances.  I’m smack dab in the middle of a doozy of a hypnotic suggestion right now, yet I found so much comfort in reading this today.

Shortly after reading it, my husband texted me that he was in a meeting from hell.  I texted back to him: God is in that room.  I knew in that moment that’s all I need to know in life.  God is present everywhere.  Inside me, you, my house, your house, that meeting.  God is in that person on the other end of your life who seemingly could drive you up one wall and down the next.

I can look beyond appearances and see no thing except God.  Oh yes, I can.  And that’s all I need to remember.  I threw the windows and doors wide open and fresh air swept itself into my heart.  God is in the house.

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“Life has an astonishing way of taking care of you when you no longer mind what happens.”  J. Krishnamurti

I love the language of this quote.  The author didn’t say, when you no longer care what happens.  Instead it is written, when you no longer “mind” what happens.  I love that differentiation.  It’s not asking you to shut down your feelings or deny them.

Now the mind will want to make sense of it all, try to figure it all out, maybe come up with a plan, a solution at best.  At worst, to go up in the mind, is to draw conclusions about what it all means, make judgments and categorize.  Ultimately then, to let mind lead the way, is to cement yourself deeper in problems that need your solutions.

Funny … would you pilot a plane without knowledge of its workings?  It’s very similar when we think it’s our job to take care of things with our limited resources.  There’s something working on our behalf every moment of every day with unlimited resources.

What about letting the heart take the lead?  What about showing up empty with openness, willingness and trust?  Knowing and trusting deeply that everything always works itself out, and a corresponding willingness to be moved upon by something so grand and mysterious.

So the next time something out there in the world leads us to forget momentarily, it’s easy to remember and rely upon two simple words: thank you.  Thank you Life, Source, God, Universe, Spirit.  I know you are, at this very moment, taking care of me in ways I couldn’t possibly ever orchestrate on my own.  I defer to you and your infinite wisdom and guidance.  I am an open, empty vessel willing to be filled.  Thank you.

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I thought I’d give you all a little introduction into the world of Chinese face reading.  This is what I’m currently studying and taking training in to become a certified practitioner.  It’s an area that I find endlessly fascinating.

The above is an image of a man recently in the news.  He hijacked a Greyhound bus in North Carolina.  To my knowledge, the police are still looking for a motive.  One look at his face and even a novice face reader could tell you this guy didn’t need much of a motive, he was a ticking time bomb.

Notice his eyebrows, now pay particular attention to the left eyebrow.  See how it spikes and arches upwards and significantly so?  This is the mark of an individual who is highly emotionally reactive and impulsive.

It’s a feature you can easily notice about someone.  Someone with this eyebrow pattern and you would want to give careful thought in hiring them for a job.  If this were a potential boss with these eyebrows, think twice about accepting the job.  Potential boyfriend/girlfriend, same thing.  I’m not saying everyone with this eyebrow pattern will hijack a Greyhound bus, I am saying impulsivity and emotional reactivity would be a challenge they confront.

There’s actually a lot that can be learned from a person’s eyebrows.  Someone with eyebrows that are shaped in a straight line, tends to think logically and generally give matters careful consideration before making a decision.  Rounded eyebrows add a little kindness to the person’s interaction with you. Eyebrows close together and this person will be more of an independent individual and won’t need a lot of input from others and won’t necessarily enjoy other’s input either.

Rod Serling, creator of the Twilight Zone, had eyebrows that were close together.  It is said that he pretty well was fed up with politics behind TV and moved on from a very successful show because of said “politics”.

It’s of note also that we live in a world where it’s often said to be male dominated.  The strength of our eyebrows speak to one’s confidence and ability to assert oneself.  Interesting then that many women pluck their eyebrows.  And food for thought, the proverbial question: which came first – the chicken or the egg?

I am currently seeking volunteers in the Seattle and surrounding area for a face read as part of my case studies towards certification.  If you are interested, access me through the “contact me” button in the right hand column, for more information.

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Good Night

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No duties.  I don’t have to be profound.
I don’t have to be artistically perfect.
Or sublime.  Or edifying.
I just wander.  I say: “You were running,
That’s fine.  It was the thing to do.”
And now the music of the worlds transforms me.
My planet enters a different house.
Trees and lawns become more distinct.
Philosophies one after another go out.
Everything is lighter yet not less odd.
Sauces, wine vintages, dishes of meat.
We talk a little of district fairs,
Of travels in a covered wagon with a cloud of dust behind,
Of how rivers once were, what the scent of calamus is.
That’s better than examining one’s private dreams.
And meanwhile it has arrived.  It’s here, invisible.
Who can guess how it got here, everywhere.
Let others take care of it.  Time for me to play hooky.
Buena notte. Ciao. Farewell

~Czeslaw Milosz~
New and Collected Poems 1931-2001

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I found this a very intriguing poem.  It drew me into it bit by bit.  Then I had to read it again a second and third time.

My favorite lines: “And meanwhile it has arrived.  It’s here, invisible.  Who can guess how it got here, everywhere”.  I would love to hear your take on what you think he meant by this.  I think he might be referencing the night, itself, but I don’t know. What do you think?

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