Watching this show on Chaco Canyon. The narrator said, “..the ancients were marking the center point of time, where Heaven and Earth meet (Equinox – even day and night), and the powerful ones lived in circular houses. They could communicate with all of Earth’s creatures and elements”.
I realized at that moment a rainbow from a crystal in a distant window was shining onto the fireplace, or “place of fire”. Spirit communicates to me like this – in very symbolic fashion.
When we are balanced within we are the still point in the center of time, we are the conduits between Heaven and Earth. The rainbow body is birthed at the place of fire, in our heart(h). It is in our ❤️ where the 🔥 of Spirit resides. When we reside in our circle of Light (illuminated) we are clear conduits of the Light in all its spectrum of colors. We are children (Beams of Light) of the Great Sun, who touches upon this planet thru each one of us, via our hearts.
I slept outside last night to be closer to the Earth. I don’t want to be homeless or surrounded by noisy tourists in a campground to know the feel of the planet under my body. I awoke this morning a little achy but way more alert.
Why choose to occasionally sleep in one’s own backyard rather than a cozy bed? Let’s say I was inspired by some tree friends. 🌲❤️
Recently I shared a little video footage on FB of historic trees local to my work that are likely to be cut down in the near future, making way for man-made construction. Acknowledging them now in their vibrant, life-giving state even amidst my deep feeling of grief seemed the right thing to do.
For me, healing medicine lies in choosing to document and share Nature’s story. I am a traveler on this little planet 🌏 and sharing these diary entries feels to be my mission!
Inevitable change at an unprecedented rate is happening on Earth and shows no signs of easing up. In posting Nature images I feel there is a message being shared from the Spirit of the wild:
Astounding beauty, endurance, and ability to rise from the ashes of destruction and decay is a gift we all have within. While not everyone will take advantage of this gift, some may not believe it even exists, the seed of regeneration is there nonetheless. We choose to acknowledge, nurture then act upon it with our awareness, courage and gratitude for this precious and unique life we are experiencing.
To access the beauty and renewal sometime means you won’t be same person you were when you began this sojourn. We see this in a forest that’s been engulfed by wildfire and completely burned to the ground. Amidst the ashes lies the seeds of life the original plants left to continue their legacy, but the forest that emerges from the ashes will not appear the same as its predecessor.
Likewise, each day we rise to a new dawn we are not the same person, subtle changes are occurring all the time. If you should go through harrowing life experiences that devastate body, heart and mind you’re like a forest that’s been ravaged by the 🔥. The seeds of great power, resurrection, and love remain within you full of potential. Having free will humans may choose to remain (consciously or unconsciously) in a state of overwhelm, loss of identity, and even soul loss which may hinder the Phoenix from rising. There is no judgment either way. Simply to say that Nature is here to remind and inspire humanity of the eternal and enduring life force that exists, in this life and all other planes of existence.
So, long story short, I slept outside to remember the beauty, grace, support and vitality of Nature all around. I wanted the planet to feel my tiny body and heartbeat pulsing in harmony with the planetary heartbeat. I wanted to remember this moment, this landscape and this beautiful night and I wanted it to remember me, for however long either of us last in physical form.
A bright, white star emerged in the sky overhead, powered up to a magnificent glow, then swiftly faded. I knew my star family was close by, honoring my presence and choice to sleep in the great outdoors. The stars have shared their songs with me many nights so this evening I returned the song and played my shakuhachi flute.
What an honor to be amongst the indigenous life forms of this tiny corner of the world: trees great and small, summer flowers, little bugs sleeping in their cozy earthen homes, baby squirrels curled up in their tree burrows, and tiny birds huddled in their nests. I sang them a little song then rested. Today was a good day. ❤️
Took a walk this evening at the local park to catch the setting sun and the cheers of a little league ball game in action. Then I saw this curious little thing wedged in the fence. All I could think was what a strange place for a strange looking leaf to get stuck. On closer inspection I realized it was a painted rock! The very same rock my friend sent me a photo of some days ago while she was walking this park, only it was in a completely different location!😄
Huh! I thought as I walked on with my little dog. What a fun find!
Admiring the field of cattails in their velvety brown attire another, small something caught my eye. I squinted to get a closer look and saw it had a face! Oh my gosh! Another little hidden gem! Now I was really paying attention. What delightful fun!
It even had strands of “hair”. The little kid in me was squealing with delight. I wondered how many other people have seen these little art gifts wedged in the trees?
Only a few steps farther ahead another impish face peered up at me looking like a mini pumpkin 🎃 .
Man! How many of these characters are out here I wondered?
Just before leaving the path one more smiling face popped out, as if to wish my dog and I a fair adieu! Right then a gentleman with an ear bud in one ear came walking with his dog up the path. Figuring he probably saw me inspecting and photographing trees I smiled and said, “Someone’s put little painted stones in the tree crevices!” I had hoped he would find these whimsical treasures as intriguing as I did. But no. He sort of smiled, walked on past and replied, “That’s cool”. 😕 Well, I guess these rock people sightings weren’t intended for everyone.
What a journey. So glad I decided to take the dog for a walk! ❤️ Hope this little story has inspired you to leave love notes, painted rocks or some other uplifting charms in your neighborhood! 🌸🌷🌲🧚♂️
“Pay attention to the 🌎 world around you, to the flight of 🦅 birds, the movement of ⛅️clouds, and the dance of 🍃 leaves 🍁 in the air. Listen to the song 🎶 of the wind, the murmur of the 💧 river 💧, the sounds made by insects in the grass,🕷🐝 bees on the wing, the chatter of crows, and the barking of 🐶 dogs. From these things lies the patterns of all Creation, of which you are a part. When you can hear the sound of a 🦋 butterfly opening its wings, then you can hear the sounds of your own immortal being.” 🌀❤️
– message from the Sidhe, via John Matthews, and his book, The Sidhe | Wisdom from the Celtic Otherworld.
Dana O’Driscoll’s latest publication, “Sacred Actions-Living the Wheel of the Year through Earth-Centered Sustainable Practices” is a kindred companion for all who desire to step lightly on this beautiful planet. Her many years of experience in permaculture and love for Nature shine a bright light into the heart of those seeking ways to draw balance, healing, simplicity, and creativity into their life. She offers practical advice, such as ways to recycle compost, and store food to name a few, as well as thoughtful considerations on how our lifestyle choices impact the world around us. Her inspirational, sacred ritual ideas invite the reader to synch with Earth’s natural rhythms, whether we’re living in a busy city, the suburbs, or homesteading in the country. “Care as a Spiritual and Lifestyle ethic” is the theme, heart and soul of every chapter in this book.”
What better way to celebrate a sunshiny day than a fruit smoothie! Especially if, like me, you bought a giant watermelon that wasn’t quite ripe! 🤪
Not wanting to waste the watermelon (tho I fed a fair amount to the horses- they were happy), I decided to throw a bunch of fruits on hand into the blender with it. Turns out if you add little strawberry, banana, and a touch of maple syrup (optional) you get a mighty pretty, tasty little summer drink! 🍉🍌🍓💚
What causes a loss of libido, poor concentration, lack of creativity, excessive & exhaustive thinking, negative monkey chatter, low self-esteem, and at its worst no hope or joy? Well, living on Earth these days may be part of it! But let’s not blame the innocent planet. No, no. It’s just the accumulated stress of this particular human paradigm.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, and really any traditional indigenous medicine, it is understood that day & night, hot & cold, action & rest and so forth are constantly seeking homeostasis (aka balance). When you fall out of balance which, let’s face it is super easy to do these days, the yin (cooling/introvert) and yang (warming/extrovert) elements of one’s life, mind, emotions, and body fall out of kilter.
Today we’ll briefly cover yang qi (“yong chee”), which has a warming, active, outgoing, passionate, excited, motivated, fiery nature.
Lots of folks are running on steam these days, eating on-the-go, consuming lifeless “food”, gaining weight, feeling completely unmotivated, not sleeping enough or very well, and overall feeling pretty meh. Be kind to yourself. There’s no blame, it’s fixable, but to reverse out of it requires commitment. Ok, maybe commitment sounds too daunting. Let’s say, it requires a little “fake it till ya make it” excitement about loving and paying attention to yourself more than any stress factors or old habits that scream for your attention. Be forewarned: The more you back out of the old, tired, angry, addictive, fear-mongering paradigm, the more its tentacles will try to pull you back in.Find your inner strength and hold on!
What causes the loss of yang qi? A sample list:
-over-exposure to cold temps, either in outdoor weather or an indoor job in the refrigerated section
-eating cold foods and drinks in excess
-wearing summer clothing on cold and/or brisk, windy days
-excess weights at the gym, excess aerobic exercise
-staying too busy at work or in the brain for what your body can handle
-lack of restful sleep and quiet time to recupe
-being in a state of chronic fear and worry and constantly bullied. Yes, even the media can be considered a hardcore bully these days for its severe lack of positive news and inspirational articles.
And how does one go about healing the deficient yang qi? Some easy steps:
-eat live foods, as in fruits & veggies, preferably steamed or sautéed
-wear layered clothing in weather that flip flops from super hot to windy cold
-drink chai or other teas that include ginger to warm up the digestion system (the core of your health and immunity).
-nap like a cat, as often and frequently as needed
-avoid bullies, and that includes social and mass media, because seriously.
-rest in the warm (not hot) sunlight. Earbuds in for soft music, lying on a cozy blanket under a tree with dappled sunlight and shade… ahhhh … perfect! Then you get your “earthing” in too!
-ease off the excess everything. Be the Goldilocks. Find the happy middle-ground of all you do in life.
-listen to uplifting music, comedy shows, people, bird songs
-gaze at the moon and stars at night, breathe in the morning and evening sunlight
-get some bodywork (massage, energy healing, reflexology)
-and this one you can’t do enough:GET OUT IN NATURE EVERYDAY!
As a young child I was a sincere “Trekkie” before I ever heard the term. Each evening I faithfully watched the latest episode of (the original tv series) Star Trek. I just knew flying cars and spaceships would be in our future (you can imagine my profound disappointment at our current state). Spock, with his unwavering sense of calm togetherness, unquestionable logic, and nice smile was a legit role model. Capt. Kirk, on the other hand, always perturbed me a bit with his excessively emotional outbursts and womanizing behavior. Although sometimes he was right in arguments with Spock, and he could even be funny!
Only after many decades of watching William “Bill” Shatner (the original Capt Kirk) in other tv shows, movies, commercials and, most recently, his interview on the youtube radio show, “q on cbc” did I really come to respect this diverse, genuine, down-to-earth, and amazingly creative individual. He’s managed to have one of the most prolific acting, writing, directing, producing, and Star Trek convention attending careers out of all the original cast members.
In his YT interview (see link at end of blog) he was asked what it was like to act the part of an elderly man losing his memory while still having to deal with the world in his latest, dry-comedy, rom-com movie, “Senior Moment”. He replied that only a good sense of humor helps one face the fear of death, the fear of losing one’s memory, and the loneliness.
“Loneliness,” said Bill, “is endemic to being human.”
I was moved by his frank honesty, and surprised to hear that a famous, active, public figure who on the surface never seems to lack for company or projects to be involved in, felt chronically lonely.
On being asked how he felt about his upcoming 90th birthday – yes, 90!! (no waaaaay!) he replied he hated the idea, and how getting older was terrifying. Health history insight: Five years ago Bill was diagnosed with prostate cancer…. mistakenly! He was walking around in a completely depressed state, having to come to terms with the “death sentence” until he went in for another test and the diagnosis was reversed!
To resolve the shock to his system he really invested on focusing his attention to “the beauty of life”. He lives everyday to the fullest, especially now. He keeps himself very occupied mentally and physically, even during lockdown. His favorite past-times are racing cars, performing “Reining” events with his horse, playing with and training his dogs (who are also his best friends), releasing an upcoming music album titled, “Love, Death & Horses”, creating a podcast, and going on car rides with his two Dobermans – he said they travel in the car with him “everywhere!”. He loves eggs, mountains, horses, dogs, tea, the taste of orange, and the “sensory and philosophical beauty of life and its interconnectedness”.
I wanted to share his story as inspiration, and as part of an ongoing series I will blog on now and again with focus on our elders. Our culture is woefully lacking any real respect for the living history books who are our senior citizens. This fact became horrifically evident as stories surfaced from 2020 about elderly folks being literally locked away in the retirement centers, apart from their families, pets, Nature, everything that makes life worth living – all in an effort to “protect them”. The ongoing fear and isolation was a death sentence in itself for many, I’m certain.
In my line of work I’ve also heard heart-wrenching stories from nurses who tell me about prior work experiences they’ve had in retirement facilities involving a nightmare of paperwork bureaucracy, lack of staffing, and everyday witnessing the deep loneliness and isolation of elders whose families completely ignored them. It is nothing short of a crime what’s happening to our country. We must find a way to reinstate the value and respect of the generations who came before us. Listen to and share their stories. Spend time, whenever and however, with the ones who made our lives possible.
They have tales of adventure and nuggets of wisdom to share!