Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Whispers of Wisdom {A Poem}


 Water rippling down the river - calming, cleansing - Wind rustling through the leaves - able, willing to change - Earth and stone under my feet - solid foundation - Nature guides in whispers of wisdom - root down, reach high - Flow in her peace and stability


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Monday, September 28, 2020

You Are Creative. You Can Change.


“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.” - BrenĂ© Brown

As human beings, we are all creative. We create all the time, both consciously and unconsciously.

We tend to think of creative people as ones who draw or paint or write. However, every time you build, cook, or express an idea, you are being creative.

The transitional energy of Autumn supports our personal growth. Being creative helps us be more adaptive.

We make choices everyday that affect our lives in big and small ways. Our creative experience helps us choose wise actions towards manifesting our desires.

Change is difficult. When you begin to build a habit or shift out of a limiting story, you feel vulnerable.
You have the tools of creativity already in you to adapt and grow into the person who will fulfill the desire of your heart.

Say this with me: I am creative. I can change. I will make my dreams a reality.

Peace and Love,


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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Autumn Equinox 2020 + Journal Questions



The Autumn Equinox offers a theme of balance. During this time, day and night are balanced, thus is light and dark.

From here the days will begin to get shorter and the nights longer. This seasonal shift brings more time for introspection and receptive energy.

Use this natural transition to encourage an exchange of energy within your own life. Make shifts to rebalance what feels off.

Look at your life through an honest lens. Do you feel stuck? Have you outgrown parts of your life? What do you need to cut or change?

When people lived closer to the Earth, the Autumn Equinox brought the harvesting of crops. This perspective of a physical harvest parallels that of your soul’s harvest.

You eat food to receive sustenance, nourishment and energy. You must also feed your soul through meditation (introspection), creative expression and connection.

To move forward, first take some time to look back and reflect over the summer season.

The reaping of a harvest brings great celebration and the blessing of abundance.

What abundance can you celebrate from your experiences this summer? What blessings have you received?

A harvest doesn’t come with effort. What accomplishments are you proud of this summer? Consider the physical, emotional and creative aspects of your life.

As we gain experiences, we learn more about ourselves and the world around us. From this knowledge we can make wise choices and grow.

What is changing within yourself and around you? How have you grown this season?

The equinox offers a theme of balance: light and dark, day and night. What is feeling in balance in your life right now?

What is feeling out of balance? Why do you think that is? Give yourself one action step to bring things back into alignment.

Another aspect of balance is between life and death. As autumn blows in, the leaves begin to die and fall from the trees. This transition is necessary to make way for new growth in the spring.

As with the trees, we must also let go of our old leaves, the old patterns and habits that no longer serve us, to make way for new experiences and growth.

What are you ready to let go of? What do you need to shed in order for new life to grow?

Harvesting big changes is a process that will help you bring balance to your life this season. You must take them in, be grateful for the lesson and accept the transformation. Your power lies in your choice to grow and change.


May this season bring balance to your life. Have compassion as you flow through the transitions. Remember, you are not alone, dear Soul. 

Peace and Love, 



Monday, September 21, 2020

Error Reveals Truth



“Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also.” ~Carl G. Jung

Knowledge is a clear perception of truth. To find truth, you must be willing to try things that may fail. By eliminating what is not the reality, we can better understand the state of our own path. 

What are you letting get in the way of your dreams?

For me, especially in my writing, it is trying to have everything perfect before I get started. I want to know exactly what each step will look like and have all the pieces in place. The trouble with this is, that after spending so much time and effort before I even put pen to paper, I tend to change details as I go anyway.

We have to make errors to get things right. We have to do something to make those errors. Stop procrastinating, take a step without fearing the errors. They will help us grow and find our truth.

What step can you take towards your dream today?


Peace and Love,


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Thursday, September 17, 2020

New Moon Journal Questions and Energy Reading - September 2020

                                       


The new moon is tonight, September 17, 2020! Make time to reflect and set intentions.

Journal Questions:
  1. What is the theme for this month?
  2. Where do I need to focus?
  3. In what ways have I seen growth?
  4. What magic can I tap into?

Be honest - Reveal your true nature and desires

We are entering a time of transition. It’s time to begin turning inward and reflect over your goals for the year. In what ways have you risen to the challenge? In what ways do you still need to improve?

This is a time to choose what you truly want and expose what is standing in your way.

You will move forward in the direction you are looking. Be honest with yourself as to what you are focusing on and if that is indeed what you want to accomplish during this next season. Step in confidence on your path.

Still your mind through meditation (introspection) to reveal a message, the answer to the question lying heaviest on your heart.

During this time of transition of season, seek balance in your life between action and contemplation, just as the day seeks balance with the night.

Spend some time sitting in stillness. You can call this meditation, contemplation or introspection. Pay attention to what comes up during these moments. This is how you reveal your deepest desires as well as your greatest struggles. What’s coming up?

When we pay attention to the feelings that surface in the quiet moments, we can better understand what we really want and what is holding us back. Then we can begin taking steps to fulfill these desires and process through the blocks.

This soul work will nourish your spirit as you acknowledge what is stirring within your inner Self. By making space for these thoughts to be heard and cleared, you create room for your ideas to grow.

Set clear goals and intentions

I find the fall incredibly busy. We can get lost in all the movement. You may find that your creative desires and time for quiet gets lost in the need to take care of everyone else.

Know that you are better when you take care of yourself and the desires of your heart. Making time for soul work, to understand what you want and what is getting in your way, is a priority in your life. You will find yourself more patient, understanding and calm towards others (and yourself).

Once you understand your desires and struggles, begin to take action. Set a small goal and accomplish it. Follow your creative path by making yourself a priority. Ignite your creative confidence and it will spread into every part of your life.

Awaken your power

We are a week away from the equinox, the balance of day and night. As the power of the night begins to overtake the light, remember there is nothing to fear.

The need for introspection is great, especially during this transitioning time of year. Our senses are heightened during the twilight hours, which calls upon our sensuality, receptivity and devotion.

Spend some time at the end of your day to embrace the darkness. Rest in the calm and receive healing. When we are quiet, we allow our mind to sort the restlessness and over-stimulation of the day.

During these times of healing, you can contemplate what is coming up. Taking even just a few minutes each day to unpack emotions, fears and desires will create space for creativity to spark. These are the moments we decide our path and take steps in confidence.

There is nothing to fear in the stillness except the awakening of your own power.



May the New Moon’s energy guide you as you seek clarity, confidence and peace. Be honest with yourself. Sit in stillness. Set small goals and accomplish them. Awaken your power. This is your life and your choice. What do you choose?


I send you peace and love sweet Soul. 


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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

{Wordless Wednesday} Western USA Fire and Smoke

 




Hoh Campground
Olympic National Forest
Forks, WA

I walked out to the river and could not even see the mountain. Unlike the mists from the sea, this smoke is thick and brings an orangey haze to the air. I feel an eerie silence as I stand among the trees. The fires are burning all around us, from Eastern Washington, Oregon, and California. May the rains of this week begin to get them under control. 

Are you in the smoke paths? Wishing safety for all. 

Peace and Love,


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Monday, September 14, 2020

Experience Makes It Real


I published my book, “Leap of Faith,” last year. I had so much emotion tied up in that release. I spent the previous three years writing, editing, wishing and fearing to get the end result. 

It was a big deal when “Leap of Faith” finally hit the presses. I thought I would feel a lot of things that day. The overwhelming feeling was relief. I did it. No matter how it was received, I was successful because I did it. 

I always wanted to publish a novel, but the experience of it made it real. The hard work I put into it and the ability to stabilize my emotional health is what made it possible. Finally, it became a reality. It is an accomplishment that I will always have with me. 

“Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced.” - John Keats

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Saturday, September 12, 2020

Fire and Smoke Clouds West Coast



Hoh Campground
Olympic National Forest
Forks, WA

I woke up this morning wondering if this was the set of an apocalyptic movie. Then I thought that was a scary question to ask right now.

The campground seems somber this morning with the talk being of air quality. We are in hazardous conditions now. We could see the smoke yesterday, but it has settled into the valley overnight.

I walked out to the river and could not even see the mountain. Unlike the mists from the sea, this smoke is thick and brings an orangey haze to the air like using a yellow filter. The picture above does not allow you to experience the same eerie silence and chill that I feel standing among the trees.

As bad as it feels here, Forks is worse and Portland even more so.

This year continues to keep us on our toes.

There were rumors that Portland may have to be evacuated. I don’t know where people would go. There are fires spreading all over the North west including Northern California and Wyoming.

It is cold today. With a fire ban, there is no way to get the chill out of the air.

I am thankful for our RV and even more so that we have power and heat. I think about the campers out in tents and hope they are well.

Many have gone home earlier than anticipated. Probably trying to get away from the smoke and the cold. Several more have come in, mostly in RVs.

As I talked with one camper, it’s just a matter of where you want to ride out the havoc. Many have no place to go back to with cities covered in smoke and still closed down by Covid.

A few are heading further north, though there is not far to go unless you seek the San Juan Islands. I heard some campers say Montana is clear if you can get across the mountains. The wildfires are closing us in.

I am thankful to be among the old growth forest where there is some natural resistance to the smoke and fire. It is amazing how well the trees absorb some of the carbon dioxide.

Dear Travelers, please be careful out there and stay safe.



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Monday, September 7, 2020

Experience Builds Character



Understanding anxiety doesn’t mean it goes away. Instead it is about mindfulness. Part of the practice is to apply techniques to cope so you can move forward and stay in control to communicate well and make wise decisions.

Time is one of my anxiety triggers. When I feel like I’m running out of time or I have a lot to get done in a particular amount of time, I begin to panic. I stress out and hurry, which means I make mistakes and miss sometimes very obvious details. In essence, I lose my logic and become overwhelmed with emotion.

I’ve been feeling this pressure of running out of time as my stay in the Olympic National Park comes to a close. I still have three weeks, but I have to get the pieces in place for what comes next together now. There are people to see and things to do, all in a small amount of time before I head off to an unknown location. 

Thinking about these uncertainties and trying to fit everything in has triggered my anxiety associated with time. Can I do it all? Will I have enough time? Will I upset someone I love? Will I be able to accomplish my goals? Will I be good enough?

The unknowns are uncomfortable. What I do know is that I will make time for what is important. I will not have to do it alone. I get to decide. I am most definitely, without a doubt, enough.

I have lots of details to sort out in the upcoming weeks. I have a lot of aspirations and I don’t want to let myself down. I also want to take time to connect with people I care about. I don’t know exactly how it will all fit together yet. I am learning to be comfortable with the uncomfortable. This comes from experience.

Experience is how we learn and grow. Also, how we are able to have peace amidst unknowns because we know it will be okay in the end. We can process, adjust and move forward. Experience allows us to know something we didn’t before and be able to make better choices in the future.

“People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

This week’s theme is experience. May you learn lessons and find joy, and most importantly, have lots of experiences.



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