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Sometimes the best laid plans, the ones I was certain would be fulfilled are not to be. Sometimes things crack wide open, so light can fill the spaces and make room for something much grander than I could ever have imagined.

Friends, how often have you found this to be accurate in your life? It seems an oft proven principle to remember when life takes a left turn, when we meant to turn right. It wasn’t what we intended, but in time we find that something even better is down the road. Or an encounter with an important other happens while we are being steered off course, someone whose influence shapes and changes our lives in the future.

The possibilities are endless, and looking back we all have our stories of how this has proven true in our lives. And so a sustained trust comes to mind for these left turns, that, and a pinch of curiosity for the wide open potential that lies before us. Together, these shall be our guiding light…

*image by needanewname @ Deviant Art

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I love what Wendell Berry writes of in this poem.  A Mother’s love
that is so willing to rest always in love.  No matter what little or big
things come up, that love remains.  In other words, those things
that can come up — she ‘pays it no mind’.

Believing in someone is always a force for the good.  It is to merge
Heaven on Earth, as Wendell Berry brilliantly reflects in this tribute
to his Mother.  Enjoy and Happy Mother’s Day!

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To My Mother

I was your rebellious son,
do you remember? Sometimes
I wonder if you do remember,
so complete has your forgiveness been.

So complete has your forgiveness been
I wonder sometimes if it did not
precede my wrong, and I erred,
safe found, within your love,

prepared ahead of me, the way home,
or my bed at night, so that almost
I should forgive you, who perhaps
foresaw the worst that I might do,

and forgave before I could act,
causing me to smile now, looking back,
to see how paltry was my worst,
compared to your forgiveness of it

already given. And this, then,
is the vision of that Heaven of which
we have heard, where those who love
each other have forgiven each other,

where, for that, the leaves are green,
the light a music in the air,
and all is unentangled,
and all is undismayed.

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The words below in quotes are by US Andersen and adapted by Kelly Howell from “The Secret Meditation”.  My comments are sprinkled throughout in italics:

“I know that I am pure in spirit and that I always have been and always will be.”

Breathe in, I am pure in spirit.  Empty the breath into a golden pool immersing you in pure spirit.  Feel what it means to say and feel this about yourself: I am pure in spirit.  Honor whatever comes up and breathe with it.  From the time you were a mere “seed”, you were pure in spirit.  This is a Universal Truth that is an unending, never changing, constant. 

“I am one with Universal Mind and I know this mind is perfect and I may rely upon it for guidance in all of my affairs.”

I am not alone.  I was never really alone, though I could pretend otherwise.  When puzzled for answers, I needn’t try to figure things out all on my own.  I can ask for Divine Guidance at any time.  It is always available to me.  The answers come when I rest in the quiet, open, receptive places.  Actually they come no matter what, but I can’t hear them if I’m not in receiving mode.

“I rely upon this power for guidance in all of my affairs.  I know and recognize my one-ness with all things.  I know that all form and all circumstance are the creation of an Infinite Intelligence that is within and around me.”

By relying upon this power, it leaves my mortal mind with nothing to figure out.  Relying on this power means faith and trust are my constant guides.  Beyond mere words, trust and faith, is the umbilical cord that keeps me continuously connected to Divine Infinite Intelligence.  I take action now when the prompt comes from within, inspired action.

“I know my purpose in life is to reach ever upward and outward to expand in knowledge, and love and unity.  I place my future in Divine hands.  I turn over each problem of my life to that great All Knowing mind to which all things are possible.”

“I am merged with the infinite power of love that surges through me.  The limits and inhibitions of my past are gone and each day is a new birth, another step on my journey towards one-ness with God.  I do not seek, I know.  I do not strive for I am guided.”

How can one not be seduced by: I am merged with the Infinite Power of Love that surges through me?  Doesn’t it make you want to drop everything right now, be still and breathe that precious life giving breath and melt into the arms of Divine Love?  Certain now you are renewed forever lying here, resolve to remember this and return the moment should you ever forget.

This I must repeat:

“The limits and inhibitions

of my past are gone

and each day is a new birth,

another step on my journey

towards one-ness with God.

I do not seek, I know.

I do not strive for I am guided.”

I hope you all enjoyed the writing of US Andersen, Kelly Howell and my comments today.  It moved me to tears.  I plan on printing it, so I can carry it around in my back pocket.

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It was a bright and sunny morning when I walked downstairs and saw this, not one but four 16 oz. glasses, all of which had held milk on the kitchen countertop. My son had consumed them all that morning. Never underestimate the ways in which an awakening can come.

Some background, my son is a 19 yo differently-abled person. A healthy impulse you may have to inhibit or choose what is most personally beneficial, my son does not always have ready access to this.

But back to the glasses. This is important because it’s 20 years of exposure to “A Course in Miracles” and never quite grasping the material fully. So I decided to pick up the workbook lessons from the VERY beginning.

When I got to Lesson 7: I see only the past  ___________. This is when I was graced with a direct experience of the lesson.

I walked downstairs to the morning dishes and I saw four of those 16oz. glasses, with pools of milk drying at their bottoms. I did not see four glasses of milk as if I had never seen them before. Instead, I felt: “Oh no, not again. I can’t take this anymore. When will it stop?” Followed by “I’m so burnt out”.  Every single one of those statements were rooted in the past! And burnout cannot exist without a past, a story, a history, a chain of pain!!

I had a lot of opinions about the empty milk glasses discovery that morning. But just then I said: “I see only the past in this glass.” And all the inner commentary stopped to give way to a broader wisdom.

Seeing the past in this glass was a gateway to seeing just how often thoughts limit me (and even those I love), thoughts imbued with only the meaning I give them. Everything I saw in the glass was the past – the sense of being tired, burnt out. These are constructs of the past that have to be fed regularly to keep the untruth of them going. But if all we have is right here and now, and I’m not fully here, then I’m locked in the past.

Lately, I spend my days checking the credentials of every thought that wants to get a foot in the door, aka scare me, or cause suffering – as soon as I hear their inner commentary – I affirm the truth: I have no neutral thoughts. None of us do actually.

Would you like to know what’s well beyond self-limiting “not neutral thoughts”? I sure did. Even though the Course compels us not to fill the void, I feel a sense of what has to be beyond the limitation, the human propensity to assign meaning to everything. It has to be that all knowing, all encompassing field of infinite potentialities. This is God, Source, Spirit, All That Is.

Still learning and sprouting my wings, but will say “I have no neutral thoughts” is a very powerful exercise to practice during the day. And if you would like to do the daily lessons, many websites and apps now support this.

Be well and at peace my friends.

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Whimsy

 

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I came upon him in the forest, imagining that he could be anything.

Perhaps an ancient bearded wooly mammoth.

Or maybe it’s the shroud of the original unicorn.

Maybe it will begin to rise up and stretch after centuries of sleep, and then lean down for me to hop on.

Maybe that’s why they put the horn on top, for the holding on place. And off we would go, where time turns on end, fantasy is reality, and wonder and curiosity are the shiniest coins in my pocket.

 

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Knowing

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I continue to read “Talking with Nature/Journey into Nature” by Michael Roads. Again, I’ll quote from him below.  This passage is about doubt and faith.

I highly recommend this book for all those who have a deep connection with nature.  He channels the wisdom of nature throughout this book, although he never labels it that.  This passage is from his talk with a river one day:

“Doubt is the part of your mind which fights to retain control.  Doubt seeks to speculate and, from speculation, to walk a known path.

You cannot do this and enter a higher conscious awareness.  There is no room for doubt, no place for doubt to express its fear.  …Faith knows not, nor seeks to know, for in faith this moment is complete.

The path of faith is a journey beyond time, space, or dimensional limitations.

The mind may not go ahead seeking to make the way known.  Instead, the mind is controlled, neither by leash nor techniques, but by the faith of this moment’s “knowing”.

Please understand.  Known is the past, while “knowing” is only of this moment, the eternal “now”.

Can you accept a challenge of this magnitude?”

To be sure, he’s not writing of the faith that “knows” a specific outcome for whatever it is that our heart desires.  The river holds no doubt or fears that it will spill over its banks one day, or dry up and become parched, cracked earth.  No … the river, the trees, the flowers, the clouds, and on and on, live in this sacred, grace-filled moment.  Fear, vulnerability, the need for safety and specific outcomes don’t exist here.  To live, to die, to be re-born in all its many shapes and flavors, is to always be an expression of All That Is.  Faith is to relax and soften into this infinite circle of knowing.

When in doubt, be with a tree, or a stream or anything that lives in the fluidity of this immeasurable moment.

 

 

 

 

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Mt-Rainier

 

My post Mother’s Day blessing ~

To honor the mother of all: Mother Nature. She has fed us well with her bounty and her beauty. There is no concept of lack or not enough, all is provided for in perfect balance and harmony.

Here, I am surrounded by church. I worship here at the church of the great Blue Herons, church of the rainforest, church of the volcanoes, church of the take-your-breath-away Mt. Rainier, church of the Pacific waters, church of the old forests, church of the snow covered mountains, church of the year round blossoms.

All That Is made manifest in the veins of one singular leaf, in the grand magnificent design of even just one flower petal. How could I not weep for joy at all that you have bestowed on us?!

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