Category : Wisdom

Keep The Channel Open

Martha Graham offered this brilliant advice–these famous words–when, according to Agnes de Mille: “I was bewildered and worried that my entire scale of values was untrustworthy. … I confessed that I had a burning desire to be excellent, but no faith that I could be. Martha said to me, very quietly,

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique.

And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it.

It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.

You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. … No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.” ~Martha Graham

I read the first part of this quote many years ago but it was only recently that I discovered the rest of it. Tonight it really spoke to me–the part of me and so many others I know who struggle with doubts and wonder sometimes why we do what we do and when we will finally feel we have it right.

Here’s to all the artists.

Time Is On My Side… Yes it is

“Chronos is clocks, deadlines, watches, calendars, agendas, planners, schedules, beepers. Chronos is time at her worst. Chronos keeps track. …Chronos is the world’s time.

Kairos is transcendence, infinity, reverence, joy, passion, love, the Sacred. Kairos is intimacy with the Real. Kairos is time at her best. …Kairos is Spirit’s time.

We exist in chronos. We long for kairos. That’s our duality. Chronos requires speed so that it won’t be wasted. Kairos requires space so that it might be savored. We do in chronos. In kairos we’re allowed to be … It takes only a moment to cross over from chronos into kairos, but it does take a moment.

All that kairos asks is our willingness to stop running long enough to hear the music of the spheres.” ~Sarah Ban Breathnach

I’ve been thinking a lot about time, lately. The longer I live the more precious time is to me. When I find myself caught up in a flurry of activity that I know means nothing to me I’ve learned to stop and check in with myself to see how I got there. The next time I won’t be so quick with my yes. Giving myself time to feel into something before I decide makes all the difference in the quality of my life.

It’s taken many decades for me to realize I could change the way I relate to time. I see now that time is my ally, here to serve me, if I allow it. Time creates a framework for experiences; it offers the grace of a supportive structure in which to learn and love one another and make wise choices that allow us to live well.

And with one simple breath I can transcend that structure and experience the expansiveness of Being. That always gets my Yes.

Time, like energy and attention is one of the natural resources with which life blesses everyone. We all have the same amount of each to spend or squander, as we choose. How do you experience your relationship with time? What is time telling you?

Sacred G and The Way of the Heart

I wrote the first passage in October 2008 on a call with a group of women writers with whom I have written, off and on, for many years.

My heart has taken command of my life, of late. After years of being ignored and pushed aside like a nagging, insistent child by a mother who is too busy to listen to one more word, my heart is having her say.

“Stop!” she said. “If you don’t, I will. I’m hurting and sad and angry. Can you feel me now?”

Yes, I feel you. I get the message. It is time to come clean. It is time to let go of all the trappings and mindless, heartless distractions and come home. It is time to sit quietly with you and give you the reins. We both know I’ve always wanted to follow you.

Fear has had his reign; his day in the sun. Now is the time for the heart to shine.

At the time I wrote that, my heart was literally aching and I didn’t know why. I felt my life contracting around me and nothing I did seemed to make any difference. The tide was out, a major cycle in my life was completing and I had no clue how to make it different than it was. Something in me knew though, that my desire to feel more vital and alive would somehow prevail and I would get to the other side. I was aware that a lot of the things I had been doing were not working for me anymore. I also knew that I was the only one who could change it. And since I didn’t know how to move forward I did the only thing I knew to do; I start letting go of the situations and things and ideas that I knew weren’t right for me anymore. I purged and cleaned and purged some more.

Fast forward to March 2009. Someone I know through an online group sent me a link to a site about Sacred Geometry called WISH FOR LOVE. (The WISH FOR LOVE–LOVE is an acronym for Laws Of Vibrational Energy–website has been replaced by the new CORY HERTER website.) I started watching videos of webinars and reading what I could find on the site that explained what it was about. I kept thinking, REALLY? Sacred Geometry can help change a person’s life? REALLY? I joined the WISH FOR LOVE online community and started meeting and reading about the experiences of others who had been using the Sacred G technology. I kept feeling drawn to learn more and experience the effects of using Sacred G for myself.

I started with a couple of cases of Sacred G posters and saw changes in my sleep and dreams immediately. Beyond that, I started to have insights about how to solve problems, my intuition was sharper and answers came more quickly. Before long, I had some undeniable experiences of my own. And my heart stopped aching. And I started to make remarkable discoveries about myself–what was true for me and who I am beyond all the stuff I have or haven’t done or been or had.

It has been almost eleven months since I was introduced to Sacred G and Cory Herter, the brilliant creator of Sacred G Technology. So much has happened in that time it feels like it’s been eleven lifetimes. In a good way. I’m happy to say that my heart does have her say today. I feel more vibrant and alive and truly myself than ever before. I have a phenomenal network of friends, creative projects and work I enjoy, my relationships with those I am closest to have improved and I am finally at home in my own body.

As I mentioned in a previous post, at the beginning of last year the message from my Inner Guidance was that 2009 would be The Year of Miracles. I can say without a doubt that it was indeed a miraculous year. And in 2010 it keeps getting better.

What is your heart telling you?

Writing to Get Right

I’m taking another shot at National Blog Posting Month. February seems the perfect time for it. I’m in the mood to write and it’s a short month.

I love the idea of daily blogging. I have been writing Morning Pages, a la Julia Cameron, every day save two or three for over seven years now. I started writing Morning Pages in October 2002, while living at the beach in Hawaii. We had just realized it was time to leave our island home and head back to California. It was a time of nonstop transition–things had already been shifting rapidly for the past few years and we were facing down yet another major change.

There was nothing external to hold onto so I grabbed a colored pen and retreated into my journal to find refuge from the storm and get my bearings. Morning by morning, one day after the next I sat down to write my three pages, longhand, before I did anything else. When all else failed I could still write. When I had no idea how to put one foot in front of the other anymore, I wrote.

Slowly but surely, and I’m talking years here, a new phase of life began to take form. I forged a new relationship with myself that was reliable. I grew to trust myself by coming back to the page and pouring it all out without censoring or judgment. Over time it became easier to see what was true for me and what I had taken in or taken on that really had nothing to do with me.

My new awareness came not from the writing, alone, though writing has served me well as witness, guide and mirror. The real teacher was Life. Letting go of what wasn’t me and whole-heartedly embracing those things that moved me, like running, dancing, singing, breathing, hooping, spending time with those I Love and living life as it comes, allowed Life to right me.

It isn’t easy to let go, and yet there are times when there is nothing else to do. In the end it is what we are and not what we have that matters. The irony is that the more I have let go, the richer and fuller my life has become. Try it and see for yourself.

Thanks for stopping by. I’m looking forward to the unfolding of this month-long adventure of daily blogging. I have discovered that there is an interesting phenomenon that happens with disciplined writing. New insight and awareness come to light when we reach for more words than we think we have. Stay tuned. And please come back soon.

More on Magic

I have had a nagging feeling there was more to say about 2010 being a year of magic so I looked up the journal entry I wrote on the morning of New Year’s Day when I first posed the question:

So what about this fresh new year?

This is the year of Magic. The year in which old rules are broken and new possibilities are realized. A year in which I (you) learn to command energy and create transformation and inspiration follows fast on the heels of it.

This is a year in which dreams are realized, changes happen swiftly and beautifully and that which was once thought to be miraculous becomes commonplace.

This is an extraordinary year being born right now. A year in which empowerment is understood and wisdom prevails.

There is much that will take place in these first three months as the pieces move and a new design is created. The picture will change in a way that will awe and delight you.

I am already seeing evidence of magic manifesting in my life–the picture changes daily in ways that truly amaze me and boggle my mind. Life is good. Have you noticed?

Thank you for taking the time to stop by. I’d love to hear your thoughts on magic or hear about how it is playing out in your life. Enjoy!

2010 ~The Year of Magic

I like to check in with myself as each year begins to get a sense of what the theme is for the year-to-come. Last year my intuition was very clear that it would be a year of miracles. And without question, miracles occurred. One after another. Some came wrapped in the cloaks of challenges. Others have been, well, miraculous. 2009 was quite a year.

So, on the eve of 2010 I sat down, again and asked what would be the theme of this new year. “2010 is the Year of Magic!”, said the familiar voice in my head. “This is the year that you will see your own hand in the fruits of the changes that occur. You will find new and better ways to do things. Ease will replace effort as the most efficient way of getting things done. You will be astonished by what you and many others will accomplish despite what may appear to be overwhelming odds. It is time for magic. It is time to move in the direction of playfulness and laughter and joy. Be open to the possibilities and see what is revealed. It is time to follow the shiny breadcrumbs and see where they lead.”

I have been hearing from my Inner Guidance about shiny breadcrumbs for many years now. Unlike the breadcrumbs in the Hansel and Gretel story, shiny breadcrumbs are not edible. In fact, they are not visible to anyone but the one to whom they belong. They mark the way to back to the heart of who we are; coded just for us, so that when we are ready we can find our way to those things which evoke the joy that is our essential nature. Magic is many things. We have been led to believe that magic is nothing but illusion, trickery and slight of hand. Real magic is what happens when we let go of the things that really don’t work anymore and start to embrace our lives whole-heartedly, choosing the path that calls to us rather than the one so many others are soldiering down. Magic happens all the time. It is up to us to open not only our eyes but our minds to see what we are capable of when we put our heart into something.

Here’s wishing you and yours a year of Magic and Miracles.

Celebrating the Fruits of Summer 2009

Last Days of Summer 2009

Today is the last full day of summer. The Sun is about to enter the final degree of Virgo. Mercury is retrograde and the Moon is, once again, waxing. Beginnings and endings coalesce and caress the senses. Every open door we enter marks the end of that which came before.

I love summer. I have always loved it and after living for a time in Hawaii, know that one season is plenty for me. Some more summer, please. I was born in late spring. The vibrancy of color in bloom on green hillsides, fresh warm breezes and extra-long days–sun high and bright in the clear blue sky–are etched upon my soul.

My summer has been full of inspiring changes, unexpected pleasures, delightful new companions and a new-found passion for, of all things, hooping. Remember the hula hoop from the 50s and 60s? Well, it’s back and this time it is for grown-ups. We call it Hoop Dance and it has opened my world in remarkable ways in just a few short weeks.

All of this new energy and inspiration has worked to open my mind to fresh perspectives and potentials, as well. I am rethinking the subjects on which I wish to write and the kinds of work I do with clients. I have called myself an Intuitive Astrologer for the past dozen or so years, now. Today, that title feels limiting. While I still find benefit in referring to the astrology chart, the astrology I am interested in practicing today is what I am calling the ‘new astrology of potential’. The world really has changed. This is a new day. There are potentials and possibilities available to each of us that did not previously exist.

As my work has evolved over the years I have come to understand that one of the things I do when working with clients is to channel the wisdom of their Expanded Consciousness. I can no longer count the number of times a client has remarked on how fascinating it is to them that I used ‘that word’ or brought up ‘that subject’, as it is something they have been thinking about or feeling for some time. They light up when they recognize the voice of their intuition coming through me. I cannot tell them anything they don’t already know, on some level.

Today my work is evolving to that of an Intuitive Advisor and Consciousness Teacher. I love to remind people of their own potential and assist them in recognizing their own empowering truth.

I am off for a run in the sun on this beautiful day. Thank you for joining in my celebration of the expansiveness of this remarkable season.

Eclipses, Emotions and Sacred G

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I have spoken to so many people over the past week who are feeling upset about one thing or another. These are people who are normally pretty rational, together types who are finding themselves whipped into a dramatic frenzy about something that has either felt like a personal affront, or completely baffled them. I was surprised to find myself in this group, last week, too. Though I have weathered many of these emotional storms, it takes a while before I realize that my big reaction has little or nothing to do with the situation that has triggered those feelings.

As I wrote in my previous post, we just completed a series of three eclipses between July 7 and August 5. Eclipses work like magic to unearth old emotional patterns that have been held for years or even decades in the subconscious. Unawareness of these emotionally-charged patterns doesn’t mean they haven’t had an affect on one’s experiences. In fact, these unconscious patterns form the basis upon which many, if not all, of our beliefs about ‘the way life is’ were created. That which we experience is what we know as true for us. It is what we lived, after all. Over time this ‘truth’ has been reinforced so often that most of us come to feel we are helpless to change it. Even when we want to. Even when we see that others don’t have these same issues. We don’t understand how they are being created since the origins of these patterns are stowed away somewhere that the brain cannot consciously access. At the time the original event occurred we did not have the capacity to deal with the it. Our systems are designed to protect us from being aware of things we cannot yet handle. So now, even though we are older, wiser and much more experienced, until we can process the memory and release the emotional charge that has kept the pattern active, we will continue to see it in our current reality.

The key to changing this lies in our willingness to explore an issue that comes up and feels all too familiar. We are often aware that this isn’t the first time we have felt this way; though we are hard pressed to understand why it is happening, yet again. Unprocessed memory holds the pattern active in our energy field until we can finally see it for what it is and discharge the emotion from long ago.

Eclipses touch off sensitive areas in our lives, activating them to give us an opportunity to process the experience and integrate the energy that was previously stuck and replaying the same verse, like a broken record. Liberating yourself from that old story that is not the truth of who you are is the reward. By taking a little time to be with the way you are feeling and recall other times when you felt this way, you begin to free the energy that has bound up a portion of your life-force until you were ready to know more of the truth of who you are.

The best thing I have found to free up more vitality by clearing these old memories and their emotional charge is Sacred G. I have been using Sacred G since March 2009 and highly recommend it. My life has changed in remarkable ways since then, simply and easily. Check it out at CoryHerter.com. Cory is a remarkable person who has been through a profound healing journey. He has used what he has learned to create Sacred G. The benefits are too numerous to recount here. He has posted lots of videos in which he explains in great detail, how Sacred G works and what you can expect to experience. He is currently making Sacred G available as a file you can download so you can experience for yourself what it can do for you.

Rx For Living Well

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Time, energy, attention and money. These are the precious personal resources of our lives. Too often, I find mine have disappeared without me even noticing until they are gone.

I feel that the process of getting to know and accept oneself wholeheartedly is essential to understanding one’s values and value as an individual. We have all been exposed to the conditioning that says, “No one will ever love you if you are honest” and “It is selfish/wrong to think highly of yourself” and “Sensitivity is a weakness” and the unspoken but pervasive idea “Love is something that you have to earn”. Only by being honest with yourself is it possible to know what is true of you.

Here is what I have learned. The art of living well is based in having cultivated a loving relationship with oneself. This means learning to trust your heart and body and questioning the knee-jerk judgments of your mind and other people. It means coming out of auto-pilot-living and noticing the things that spark your energy and enthusiasm, lift your spirits, feel expansive and draw you forward. It means knowing what matters to you and investing your personal resources in ways that support your life and your values.

It all comes down to this: Roses don’t last forever. Smell them while they bloom. Life is precious. Spend it wisely. Love yourself. Love your life.

NoMoNaBloPoMo ~Live True

Las Trampas Hiking Trail
I had blogging on my mind yesterday, off and on all day. I had blogged nine straight days. I was proud of my efforts and knew that being almost a third of the way there, I could accomplish my NaBloPoMo goal of a blog post a day for thirty days running.

The thing is, though, I wasn’t feeling particularly taken with any of the ideas that came to mind. I considered posting something just for the sake of fulfilling my intention to do so. That didn’t feel very good to me, though. I blog to share ideas, images and information that feel inspiring. If my heart isn’t in it, it is just a mechanical act.

So, No More National Blog Post Month for me unless the spirit moves me that many days in a row. We’ll see. My days of doing something just because I said I would in a moment of inspiration are long gone. When I stretch beyond that with which I am aligned it never turns out as I had hoped it would, regardless of my good intentions.

Living true to who we are means allowing for the fresh insights and deeper realizations that emerge as we are making our way down a particular path. Things are seldom what we think they are as we begin them and sometimes everything we need to fulfill our reason for choosing that direction happens quickly. Other times the path continues to draw us forward and our horizons expand in wonderful ways as a result of that journey. Only in honoring that which is true for us in the moment do we stay in the flow of our own river of life. Loving yourself means trusting what you feel and honoring it with your actions. No one else needs to understand or approve. Only you know what is right for you.

My friend, Nicole, and I hike once or twice a week in the forest pictured above and the surrounding hills. We share a passion for being out in nature, for getting exercise in a natural and uplifting way; we are willing to push ourselves a little and aren’t afraid to slow down or stop if that’s what we need to do. Some of the trails are super steep. Others, like this one, are gentle and winding. Sometimes we follow the trail to the end. Other times we turn around and find a way that feels better.

Go boldly in the directions that call to you, live true and love you.

Current Planetary Positions

Sun 25° Gemini 20' 12"
Moon 18° Sagittarius 24' 52"
Mercury 19° Cancer 06' 02"
Venus 09° Gemini 23' 48"
Mars 20° Cancer 19' 03"
Jupiter 18° Sagittarius 42' 01" R
Saturn 18° Capricorn 49' 57" R
Uranus 05° Taurus 22' 42"
Neptune 18° Pisces 43' 04"
Pluto 22° Capricorn 32' 15" R
Chiron 05° Aries 43' 35"
TrueNode 17° Cancer 39' 53" R

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