Thursday, Jan 31, 2019

Energy Musings.  

Here.  Now.  Today!

Boundaries.

a line in the sand.  the word “no”.  a fence.  a wall.

What do boundaries serve?  WHO do boundaries serve?  This, as in most things, all depends.  Depends on who you are, where you are and what is happening.  Boundaries divide. That is true. But boundaries also protect.  Division.  Protection.  When are these necessary? When are they problematic?  This is the real question.  

Examine your boundaries.  Personal.  Private.  Familial.  Societal.  In your work, your ideas, your relationships, your words.  

Many have a tendency to believe that a life that is unbounded, is the most creative, expressive and desirable.  Many have a tendency to believe that setting limits is restrictive and confining.  

But limits and potential need each other. 

If you try to fill a cup with no edges, what exactly are you filling?  If you can’t fill, how can you experience your wholeness?  If you cant experience your wholeness, how do you know who you are, what you are doing in this precious world?  If you are  the universe (which you are) and have no container for your being, what is your work here?  How do you direct your life force without boundaries?  

This physical form of ours is form of boundary, and it serves us in this time and place.  We are energy bodies in a human form.  If we leave this form, we no longer exist here (some call it death).  But to be alive, is to understand this form, this place, these boundaries.  And to know how to work within them.  We can touch the infinite and have a connection there, but we live in this body.  Our body of boundaries.  

Boundaries can both powerfully serve us and others as well as potentially harm us or others.  By examining your beliefs about boundaries and being honest with yourself (aye, theres the rub!)  there is an opportunity for deeper connection, deeper work, deeper understanding and greater clarity.  Its easy to be deceived by our belief systems, so being as neutral as possible with this examination is key.

When boundaries are up, its time to examine your own first.  Then look to the manifestation of these patterns in the world around you.  Everything becomes a reflection of it all.  The infinite and the individual are not separate.  We are bound together.

 

Song of the Day:  

The Walls Came Down.  by The Call.

 

Saturday, Aug 18th, 2018

Energy Musings. Here. Now.

The Weekend Report.

Your Authentic self shines behind the clouded sky.  A blanket of grey, like a dusty lens, covers the clarity you seek.  Its only a matter of cleaning a small place to see through, a before you can get a glimpse of the work of your soul.  But when we clear off just one small spot in the midst of  a large dusty surface, it can quickly become consumed again.

This weekend, find a moment to cleanse an area of  your awareness.  There are many ways to do this:  meditation, coaching, yoga, QiGong, art.  You might choose where you go and what you do to “clear your mind”.  From that “clear mind” place, pay attention to what you notice.  This is but a partial view what and who you really are.  And an important starting point.

The question is:  will you remember it the next day? And the day after?   or rather:  HOW will you remember it the next day?  And the day after?!

This is a place for you to be creative and playful.  Write it in a journal, compose a song, make a picture, call your best friend, put sticky notes on your computer.  Find something you do every day anyhow, and add a reminder to the activity.  For example:  I light a candle each evening before going to bed. If I put a beautiful note right next to my candle with my insights, I will see and read it every night.  Then remembering becomes part of my evening ritual.

Eventually, you will be ready to clear more of the lens, take a bigger look: see more, be more.    For now, start with a peek, and let it in.

Song of the Day:  Johnny Nash.  I Can See Clearly Now.

 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Energy Musings.  Here. Now.

The energy of this moment.

What happens today, when you stop.  Just stop.  Like right now.  STOP!

Stop doing, stop trying, stop moving.  Really stop.  How long does that “stop” take?  As you ‘stop’, what parts of you have stopped?  what parts of you keep going?  Did you really stop?

Stop the excess.  The extra.  The “more than”.  Stop the thoughts, the mindlessness, the triggers.  Stop being lost.  Stop creating suffering.  Stop worrying.  Stop projecting.  Stop.

Then ask: What is essential?  What never stops?  What is vital to your being?  What is vital to this Earth?  What is vital to life as we know it?

We stop so that we can listen, see, hear, feel.  So we can notice.  So we can pay attention.  So we can create IN-tention.  We stop so that when we “go” we go forward with clarity, connection, calm, centeredness and true discernment.  We stop so can remember who we are, why we are here and what are work is.

Sometimes, we think of a stop as a “pause” or a “time in”.  But really, that pause must be a full on, no faking, 100 % STOP.

I remember once a cop pulled me over at a stop sign.  He noted that I came to a sort of “rolling stop” but not a full stop, and he kindly and patiently explained the difference.  A Full Stop is just that: giving your wheels the full amount of time to truly and completely stop.  And then waiting (like a full breath!) before you start again.   And when you start again, it feels like you are starting from the the very beginning.   Like when you first start your car in the morning. How long had I been mostly coming to a “rolling stop” at stop signs and not even noticed?  After that, I paid much more attention to stop signs.  I was grateful to this police officer for calling my attention to a place I had lost awareness.  Now, when I come to a stop sign, (especially the ones back in quiet neighborhoods where I find its easiest to sort of kind of roll to a stop-ish, and keep going because its clear no ones around…) I really, truly STOP.  This is my practice.  And it feels different.  I notice what it means to stop and what it feels like to start again from a place of really stopping.

When did we lose connection to what it really feels like to stop?

Today, re-connect yourself to the experience of truly stopping.  Throughout your day, as you remember to, whenever and wherever you are.

Stop.  Look.  Listen.  Then see how the very next moment unfolds for you.

Word of the Day:  Stop!

Song of the Day: Stop and Smell the Roses by Mac Davis

Monday, March 27th, 2016

Energy Musings.  Here. Now.

Today!

New Moon on Monday!  Theres an amplification in the air.  Asking you to look at the “stuck” places in your being, in your body, in your mind, in your life, in your home, in your relationships, in your work, in it ALL.

Its a bit of an organic process. Noticing one holding pattern, seeing it reflected somewhere else and asking yourself where and how you can best shift it.  If you can find these places on and in the physical body, down to the most subtle sensations, and shift them their,  that shift will ripple out from the inside and subsequently shift the places where it is magnified and represented outside you.  But this requires intense personal work.  On a very deep, engaged, discerning and skilled level.  When this level of work is not apparent or appropriate, we begin to look around and see where we can ‘unstick’.

Sometimes you might just have to dig in the dirt. Move it, toss it, aerate it, free it up to receive oxygen.  Then notice in your body what you register. Release.

Sometimes you might need to build a fire.  Gather wood, build a structure, set it ablaze and watch the transmutation of one form into another.  Then notice in your body what you register.  Let Go.

sometimes you need to rake leaves, plant seeds, move furniture, clean the house, make art, scrub the sink, climb a tree….

If you don’t know what to do, look around with the question “what is stuck”?  It might show up as very literal, glaringly obvious, quite subtle or totally metaphorical.  But its there, its there.

Take some quiet time today to find that stuck place that is asking for your help.  Listen. Listen.  And then, with the dark moon as your ally, let it go.  Then give yourself time to notice the changes that will begin to unfold for you moving forward.

 

Song of the Day:  The Long Day is Over by Norah Jones

 

Monday, Feb 13, 2017

Energy Musings.  Here. Now.

Today!

Listen to the wind. She sings for you today.  Her gentle whisperings, her hushing tones, her howling rage.  If you close your eyes and listen, what do you hear?

Watch the wind.  She dances for you today.  Her playful rhythms, her wild demonstrations, her subtle gestures.  If you look closely and watch her move, what do you see?

Feel the wind.  She moves for you today.  Her light tickle, her intimate hug, her powerful push.  If you open your arms and embrace the wind, what do you feel?

The wind is your messenger today.  Use her to fill, ground & clear.  She will show you everything you need right here, right now.

Word of the Day: Wind

Song of the day:  Wild is the Wind by Nina Simone

Friday, October 14, 2016

Energy Musings.  Here. Now.

Today!

This weekend, reflect on this past week.  Messages from the animal world have been present.  One at a time, they have stepped forward to inform, guide and help.  As you put the pieces together from their collective voices, what picture does it paint?  Pay Attention.

For me, the Owl, the Fox, the Raccoon have featured prominently in my periphery.  The owl has been bringing pre dawn calls consistently.  Right before the sun rises in the still darkness. Right outside my bedroom window.  Bringing my awareness to that transition time from sleep to wake, from dark to light.  The in-Between.

The Fox, has left scat everywhere.  Particularly, It lines the entire route I walk my dog every day.  This brings my attention to the paths I walk, to the new paths I may be making, to old outdated paths.  It also brings my attention to the indigestible:  what needs to be discarded after it is processed.

The Raccoon, has shown up in alarming numbers, as roadkill on my driving route.  Mostly these have been on the side of the road.  But yesterday, as though I wasn’t getting the message (or maybe its urgency has increased),  a very dramatically splatted Raccoon smack in the center of the road (on the yellow line even) of the way I drive every day (alongside the river).  And then, another.  And, another.

Its like this with animal medicine, they tend to get louder and more persistent if you don’t get the message.  The Raccoon reminded me of pathways, roadways, rivers.  Of the dangers that are present as others are not paying attention.  Of the need for tremendous protection.  Of the sacrifices made through history and time by others so that we may be here, present, safe, now.  She also reminded me of the center line, the place I live and work, and the need to have 360 degree awareness at all times while in this place.

In my personal work, I then put these pieces together in understanding and vision.  I listen, I weave, I listen again, I integrate.  Its important not to just see the individual pieces, but to see the collective wisdom as well.  Otherwise, you risk being “blindsided”.

I bow in deep gratitude to all this from my animal friends and then I breathe it in.  My greatest gift of appreciation is to listen to them.  And to understand the call for action they are asking of me.  The interpretation is personal.  No book will tell you what it means.  No teacher or friend can give you the answer. You must find that still place in side and be willing to look and listen without fear, judgement or expectation. Its for YOU to hear. This is why we spend so much time and focus on understanding and clearing the space TO that place beyond judgement and hooks and triggers. Precisely so that when information comes in, it has a clean place to land, and you/me/we have a clear channel to listen through. This is called discernment, and it is of the utmost importance right now.

Allow your discernment to give you access to the messages from the animals. They have wisdom, knowledge and direction to share.

Word of the day:  Discernment

Song of the day:  Buffalo Soldier by Bob Marley