Monday, May 30, 2011

Opening the gate of transformation

Turtle is sometimes known as the keeper of doors. Turtle slows down time and thus extends life. Turtle energy is the antidote for our times connecting heaven and earth. We learn from Turtle to carry Home wherever we go.

Frog is a symbol of coming into your own personal power. He stays connected to the Creator, the Source of Life, as represented by the Water of Life. In his masculine aspect he represents the ability to detach from a particular emotional level as he matures and to stand his ground on dry land.

Frog knows when to make a leap into a new way of being. He sees his own beauty along with his ugliness teaching us to know our own strengths and weaknesses. When the Frog Prince allows the Princess, the Divine Earth Mother, to kiss him he finds his faults transformed and his majesty restored.

The Mother as Wolf speaks of the disciplined ritual that is required if we are to follow the path of the Core Heart. Wolf draws on the strength and self-knowledge that comes in solitude and open-hearted relaxation. From this stillness grows the awareness and self-assurance of belonging in the pack.

Knowing your own strengths and weaknesses brings you to the doorway, the gate to the path of personal power. Pause and open the gate of transformation that leads to forgiveness and respect.

Earth Service Practice

1) When trials come, breathe three times, slow down and feel deep into the heart space. Feel completely whatever you are feeling including sorrow and fear, then invite your hopes and dreams as well.
2) Now audibly or mentally repeat three times, “I choose and gratefully accept the path of forgiveness and respect for myself and all life. I am free, I am free, I am free!”
3) Look up for a moment and offer the feelings deeply into space above the crown of the head. You may wish to visualize a milky white or golden light. Continue to breathe into the brain cells, down through the spine, past the heart, core and belly to the ground.
4) Allow the sensation to flow out through the feet and base of the spine into the center of the Earth. Now draw up the Mother Love from her Core Heart with Gratitude.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Whale's Song and the Presence

I’d love to talk a little about being Present, what it means to be present and why it is important to healing, awakening and spiritual renewal. I’ve discovered that presence of mind is completely different from being truly present. More often than not the mind distracts us from the present moment by creating a commotion, and “ego dance,” every time it notices we’re starting to calm down and approach real Presence. Being present gives us access to our pure potential in the core heart. Our joyous essence is connected to the Infinite Source and being present connects us to that fountain of unlimited power. But the core heart not only contains this pure essence it also contains the core wound, the delusion, the play of the divine that creates a sense of separation along with our individual nature. That’s why the initial stages of learning to be present may involve remaining in the body/mind even when pain and suffering show up. It may not always be pleasant, but he benefits are great in the long run: Connection to Source, Inspired Action and Divine Grace.

How do we access the present moment? Breath, Silence, Attention, Awareness, Gratitude. These are all a great start, but can we really “access” something that is ours already?

In the Animal message Whale has become a symbol of the Presence and of the Joy that wells up when we are freed from the burdens of past and future time. This freedom comes not through great effort, but from open-hearted relaxation and letting go into the grace of this moment.

Swan speaks to the surrender that leads to grace...

"Don’t ever give up on Joy. Remember the story of the Swan song.
Often the most beautiful joyous vibration comes just when you are
about to give up all hope."

I am Whale. I swim easily into your seas with a song of great joy.
From Joy I came, in Joy I live and in sacred joy I melt at last!

This is true of all Creation – it begins and ends in Joy. As the
Navaho night chant says, “With beauty before me I walk, with
beauty behind me I walk… it is finished in beauty, it is finished in

I carry the constant memory of Beauty and of the Truth of Joy which
underlies and overlays all Creation. This is not a “metaphysical”
truth or mere “pie in the sky when you die.” This is the very real,
pure bliss at your very core just waiting to be realized. All that is
necessary is to open your eyes and ears to the song of Peace and
ever new joy. As the song says, “Who feels it knows it….”

So much fuss and drama keeps 99% of our energy blocking out the
waves of pure happiness that you may be convinced that it does not
even exist, that the drama is real. So at those times your life is dull
or worse, a terrible nightmare.

So many people are currently engrossed in the terrible motion
picture show that you feel waves of collective grief, fear and pain
even if you are generally balanced with a solid emotional
foundation. That is all right.

Let the pain awaken a deeper understanding and it will be seen as a
growing pain. Grow in compassion for those who are lost in this
moment and you will find your own unique way, your own song of
Joy, your Soul song. Use the gift of breath to sing a song that none
have sung, a song that only you know.

In this way your life is gradually and beautifully transformed and
All Life is deeply affected. With abiding Respect and appreciation I
offer all the love and kindness from the Heart of our Mother
through my own heart for the awakening Joy.