The Secret Ceremony

it started in a dream.  or was it a dream, really? turtles.
Turtles, crossing the road, moving forward. Traveling slowly, as turtles do, while cars whizzed by them. The turtles, unfazed by the speed of that which was moving around them.  Steady, slow, determined.
This crossing to where?  why? I wondered these things as I witnessed their travels.  Cars stopped.  A momentary pause in the buzz of activity.  A driver gets out,  helps the Turtle reach a safer place on its journey.  Everyone is patient, no one gets irritated.  In a brief moment we are all connected to this turtle, her journey, and we are all reverent in the process.
This is a gift, this crossing.  To those who witness it, not just to the one initiated.  I see this scene, not once, not twice, but 3…4 times played out. Exactly the same each time.  I am always the car right next to to the car who stops the traffic for the turtle.  Like a co-pilot, a prime witness, to this event.  I wonder in vain, ‘what does it mean”?  But meaning is often difficult to ascertain in the moment. There is only being present to what is happening.  meaning follows presence.
 And then the turtle enters my dreams.  Night after night I dream of turtles.  The last night of these dreams, the most potent.  A beautiful huge sea turtle who is trapped.  something heavy tied around its back leg holds it to the sea floor.  I saw this injustice happening.  Someone did it intentionally. I felt it like it happened to me. And so I am searching for the sunken sea turtle, with little hope for its survival. With diligence, I find it. I see her limp body weighted to the bottom of the sea.  I go in to bring her out, and as I lift her out of the water, I see her still struggling to free herself.  Her limbs fanning the air around her in an invisible dance.  My heart leaps. She is alive.  More than just alive, she is totally fine.  I untangle her foot and place her on the waters edge and for a moment she turns around and we lock eyes. The turtle and I.  And the depth of her gratitude washes over me as a gift of tremendous bounty.  I am humbled.
 And she turns and dives into the water.
 Free.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Energy Musings.  Here. Now.

Today!

Look into the places where you feel afraid.  Peer inside with tenderness and care.  Be willing to see the places that scare you.  The dark places.  The shadowy corners.  What lurks there?

These hidden fears are often representations of something tender, raw, vulnerable.  We make them into monsters in our mind, but they are more like prey.  If we ask these places what they need, we can shift them and bring ourselves into deeper levels of balance in the process.

What are you concerned about, worried for, right now?   Remember this:  All of us, ALL of us, regardless of class, race, upbringing, religion, belief systems, share in this human quality of wanting to survive.  In this survival place, we all have our concerns which sometimes get triggered into fears.  We wear these fears very similarly:  as anger, pride, self-righteousness, stubbornness.  But really, we all just need to be safe.  If I look around at those yelling the loudest, at those who are most accusatory, at those who have been ignored or those who have the most, I see people who just want to feel secure. Who just want to know they, and their loved ones are protected.

Are we, as a Human race, able to look beyond the chasms of our differences, and see this common need for stability , this shared interest of being healthy and whole, as a unifying trait?

Start with you.  Start with now.  Start right here.

Song of the Day: Safety Dance by Men without Hats

Friday June 9, 2017

Energy Musings. Here. Now.

Today.

On the cusp of the Full Moon.

Beautiful Dreamer.  Moonbeams aglow.  Sinking into the watery darkness shining our inner light.

Preparing for the impact of the Full Moon, we practice softening and creating space in our breath, our being, our mind, our day.

Slow down.  Pause between things.  Notice the details.

Bring an extra dose of patience into everything you do today.  Give yourself the room to look around, pay attention and acknowledge.  In each moment of acknowledgement, let go of judgement, hooks, triggers.

It doesn’t matter how busy or slow you day and work are.  Theres always time for an extra breath, a moment of awareness, a time-in. Take as many of these as you can today.

Then dream well, sleep well, restore well, heal well, relax well, and sink deeply into well-ness riding the waves of the Full Moon.

 

Song of the Day:  

Beautiful Dreamer sung by Cheryl Crow

1. Beautiful dreamer, wake unto me, Starlight and dewdrops are waiting for thee; Sounds of the rude world, heard in the day, Lull’d by the moonlight have all pass’d away! Beautiful dreamer, queen of my song, List while I woo thee with soft melody; Gone are the cares of life’s busy throng, Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me! Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!

2. Beautiful dreamer, out on the sea, Mermaids are chanting the wild lorelei; Over the streamlet vapors are borne, Waiting to fade at the bright coming morn. Beautiful dreamer, beam on my heart, E’en as the morn on the streamlet and sea; Then will all clouds of sorrow depart, Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me! Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Energy Musings.  Here. Now.

Today!

The last post I wrote, was about dis-connecting.  In that time, I have reluctantly been forced to dis-connect from social media and the swirl of life & people that it brings.  Through this process, I have noticed so much.  Here are some of my current observations and understandings (to be continued).

  1.  Social Media is totally addictive.  It doesn’t matter if you are simply a “lurker”, post every day or use it only for your “business”.  Its important to remember the addictive quality of these outlets.  Some of us are better at navigating “addictions” than others.  You know your Nature.  Pay attention.
  2. Social Media is a distraction to your work & your discernment.  It doesn’t matter if you are simply a “lurker”, post every day or use it only for your “business”.  Its important to remember the distractive quality of these outlets.  Some of us are better at navigating “distractions” than others.  You know your Nature.  Pay attention.
  3. Social Media fills the empty spaces in you (making you feel either good, bad, angry, motivated, etc) instead of YOU filling them consciously yourself.  This is a bad idea.  Period.
  4. Social Media has an energetic long term impact that is hard to disentangle from once you are in it on any level.  It becomes impossible even to see.
  5. Social Media emphasizes comparison to others thereby making it increasingly difficult for self awareness to blossom authentically.  We are in deep danger of having this collective work of our conscious evolution being thwarted in this manner.  There’s research on this (framed as depression and anxiety as related to social media) gathering out there.  Look at it. This means you.
  6. Be aware of the lurkers, the unseen and unknown, entities on social media tracking and following you.  I’m talking energetically here again, as I know there are safeguards in place and information accessible to help you protect yourself from more ‘tangible’ hackers and predators.  The unseen world is far less understood .
  7. Be aware of yours/others resistance to looking at, considering or admitting any of the above as it pertains to you. There is a vast culture of denial around social media pitfalls and the aspects of it that are unhealthy.  We are the opposite of “risk-averse” when it comes to technology, the internet and social media.  People think they can self-regulate and navigate this virtual world in a conscious way but I have not seen much evidence of that yet.

 

Theres so much more I could add.  And I just might come back to this topic, because it feels incredibly important to me right now.  I’ve been feeling a huge hole, a vast leak, in our collective energetic field.  Right now, I’m registering that as social media (more specifically Facebook).

For now, the questions I am asking myself are this:  what do I want to be a part of? what do I want to contribute to long term to this society and this world I belong to?  how can I best contribute my time and energy to create the kind of evolution I believe in?

Its OK to go against the grain. Its OK to not buy in to what “everyone else is doing”.    Its OK to question, to be critical, to challenge, and to wonder:  in the name of progress, are we stepping into patterns and places that will support or destroy (either physically, emotionally, spiritually or energetically) us in the long run? In fact, its our work to ask these questions.

peace.

Word of the Day:  Luddite.  (from Wikipedia: The Luddites were a group of English textile workers and weavers in the 19th century who destroyed weaving machinery as a form of protest. The group was protesting the use of machinery in a “fraudulent and deceitful manner” to get around standard labour practices.[1]Luddites feared that the time spent learning the skills of their craft would go to waste as machines would replace their role in the industry.[2]It is a misconception that the Luddites protested against the machinery itself in an attempt to halt progress of technology. However, the term has come to mean one opposed to industrialisationautomationcomputerisation or new technologies in general.[3] The Luddite movement began in Nottingham and culminated in a region-wide rebellion that lasted from 1811 to 1816. Mill owners took to shooting protesters and eventually the movement was brutally suppressed with military force.)

Song of the Day:  People Have the Power by Patti Smith

 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Energy Musings. Here. Now.

Today!

Disconnect.  For a moment, a breath, a day, a week.

Disconnect from media.  From electronics. From drama.  From news.   From gossip.  From busy-ness.

Disconnect from triggers.  From toxic people.  From destructive patterns.  From negative thoughts.  From bad habits.  From addictions. Disconnect.

Disconnect from suffering.  From judgement.  From expectations.  From criticism.  From anger.  Disconnect.

As you disconnect, it becomes a shedding, a release, a letting go.  Temporary.  For just this moment.

As you disconnect from the outer experiences of your life, connect In to YOU.

In to your deeper truth.  In to the subtle sensations that create your experiences.  In to awareness.  In to reconciliation.  In to ease.  In to spaciousness.  In to forgiveness.  In to alignment.  In to attention.  In to intention.

For as long as you like, or need, or dare….. disconnect from everything that is a distraction to the inner experience of YOU.

 

Song of the Day:  Pink “Disconnected”

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Energy Musings.  Here. Now.

Today!

Remember.  remember a piece of who you are.  before you were told what to be or how to act or who to please.

Remember.  remember the things you used to do that engaged you in a place where you lost all track of time and the world and its worries melted away around you.

Remember.  remember the moments of connection you’ve had through your life. the people who touched you. the places that resonated you.  the memories that filled you.

Remember.  remember pure joy, how it overflowed from your being.  remember how you expressed that joy.  how you let it out to fill the world.

Remember. remember where you’ve been, who you’ve walked with, what you have accomplished.

Remember.  remember who you are.

 

Song of the Day:  Little Big Town. Free.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Energy Musings.  Here. Now.

Today.

Truth.  why do we seek it?  why do we need it? why are we so concerned with Truth? who’s truth are we seeking?  Is it Truth we really want or are we seeking something else under the guise of Truth?  Is there an avoidance of uncertainty that drives this need for Truth? Are we uncomfortable with doubt? What lies beneath this need or search for Truth?

What do you think the Truth will bring you?  happiness?  love?  ease?  peace?

“Only tortured people seek “truth”” says prominent Buddhist teacher Ken McLeod.

Will Truth really set you free?  If you know the Truth will it really make everything else clear? Or has our drive toward Truth simply become a coping mechanism in an out of control, chaotic, world and life? What if Truth is completely contextual?

Whenever you find yourself really latching on to something, like needing to know the Truth,  raising your fist in rage and passion, get suspicious.   Bring discernment to this place.  How do you FEEL in your body when you tune in to this latching on to Truth?  Is there an emotional trigger, an attachment?  Remember this clouds your ability to discern. Always.  Step back. Do nothing.  Let go.

 

Get off the Truth wagon.

 

Song of the Day: The Verve: Bittersweet Symphony