Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Angels Speak – You Are Now In A New Frontier

For the last two months, the energies have been shifting around the planet.  Those that are capable of absorbing the new energies have been receiving high vibrations of the Divine Feminine and the Divine Creator.  These energies are necessary to help us shift from the attraction of the lower vibrations of power, greed, and lack of integrity.  These are the energies that have pervaded the consensual reality

The new frontier is where many of you  are now questioning the stories about disasters on one hand, and wondering about the cover up of disasters, the arrival of aliens, and all the diseases and food crisis stories that are flooding the information pool.  In your gut – your intuition, you know that many of these stories are not true.  In your gut – you feel that there is a greater truth.  Did the recession really happen the way it was presented?  Does it matter? The answer is that it does not matter. 

There are three things that all of you in this new frontier must remember.  The first is to stay in the NOW moment.  Here you will not feel the pressure and power of the past.  Nor will you feel the fear and anger and blame of the future.  The NOW is your safe place.  Second, you need to let go of any guilt and judgement or resentment/anger around those in your circle who are still caught in the fear.  Your purpose is to hold the light, and to radiate love, compassion, and generosity to all beings.  The third piece of knowledge that you need to have is that all of you that are living in the NOW, in love and light, are able to cross dimensions to a place where the lower vibrations cannot touch you.  Here, you need to be and gather energy that will allow you to work back in the density to continue to hold the light.  As you do this, you will see those who did not believe in life purpose or an unseen world, suddenly seek knowledge in these areas and they will look to find ways to heal their old wounds.

You are a part of this, and it is time!

----These words are from Archangel Zadakiel, Archangel of Mercy and Benevolence.  He works with us to find forgiveness for ourselves and others, and he spreads kindness.  He looks forward to the upcoming days of gentleness that are now ahead in the new frontier.

  Angel  in the Sky from an email – as there are not any good pictures of Archangel Zadakiel, this beautiful picture seems to fit the gentleness that surrounds him.





Channelled by Judy on September 30, 2009…   Join Angels And Ancestors at the Planetary Healing Mandala on Thursday, October 1 at the SAIT Heart Atrium, Calgary, AB from 7:00pm to 8:30pm


Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Spirit Animals – Bear Moves Into Winter


  Picture of American Black Bear From Wikipedia


I was out walking with my dogs in Fish Creek Park, and we hooked up with a First Nations Grandfather with his grandson.  As we walked, we talked.  Both of us have been noticing signs of a black bear or cinnamon bear along the river, and in the surrounding field.  First, there is the scat of the bear that draws attention. It is quite distinctive.  Then there is the smell it leaves behind for about two to three hours after it has travelled a trail – it is what we would call “rank”, and seems to be a cross between wet dog and badger, along with the smell of old socks.  And, there are also beehives, torn up and discarded in the field as well as sucker fish chewed up and the carcass and head left either along the river or in some unlikely places amongst the trees.  His paw prints are around the muddy places on the bank.  He even was rolling over some logs, looking for grubs.  It is clear that he is getting ready to hibernate and is stocking his body to carry him through the winter. 

What is most interesting is that Bear, invisible to us, is leaving a trail that we can follow.  In many traditions of the First Nations Peoples, Bear is a powerful, invisible ally.  Bear is considered to be fearless, and is said to be sent by Great Spirit to “care take”  Mother Earth by digging for grubs, pulling apart dead trees, and culling the insects and fish and small animals that multiply more quickly than the food supply.  Bear is said to have a path that it can take from Earth to the Heavens.  This path was lit by “Great Bear”, in the sky.  Today, we know this as Ursa Major.


Picture of Ursa Major or “Great Bear” from  Notice that Ursa Major incorporates the Big Dipper


Why is Bear, then, showing up without showing himself?  Perhaps it is that Bear moves around both day and night.  He is aligned with both Father Sky and Grandmother Moon.  This means that he has both solar power – high, sustainable energy and great strength as well as knowledge, and lunar power – how to walk with the moon and the stars without fear of the darkness, and how to harness the sixth senses – clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience, clairgustance, and claircognizance.  Bear is telling us that not all of our senses are physical, and that we must learn to use our intuition and third eye abilities.

Bear also reminds us that even though our strength may be invisible, it has power.  We must learn to use our power, even if it feels strange and new to us.  Like Bear, we must be discerning in how we appear to others.  When we show strength where none is expected, people are afraid, and will hunt us and kill us, rather than try to understand us – as they do Bear.

May your interactions with Bear be full of true teachings and laughter because Bear does like to play!   See access to “THE STORY OF LIGHT” on    See list of upcoming events as well.

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Buddha Speaks – The Useless Eyebrows

Have you ever complained about something, and called it useless?  I know I have.  When I read this Buddhist teaching, I was cast into a place of asking forgiveness from all those “things” over the years which I labelled useless.  Just because I could not understand their place in the system of “things” did not give me the right to call them useless.  I felt quite humble after I finished this story, and, it stays with me.


The Useless Eyebrows                                               
(told by Ven. Master Hsing-Yun)

Note:  rough drawings from Judy…

imageOnce, a person's eyes, nose, and mouth had a meeting. First the  eyes said, "We, the eyes, are of utmost importance to the body. Everything must be seen by us to know whether it is beautiful or not, big or small, tall or short. Without eyes, walking around will be very difficult. So we, the eyes, are very important. But we have been improperly placed under the eyebrows, which are of no use. It is just not fair!"

Next, the nose said, "I, the nose, am the most important. Only I can distinguish a good smell from a foul odor. The act of breathing is also dependent on me. If I do not let the breath pass through, everybody will die. So I am the most important. As important as I am, I have been unfairly placed beneath the useless eyebrows. I am most unhappy."

Then the mouth said, "I am the most important part of the human body. I can speak; if not for me, there would not be any communication among people. I take in the food; if not for me, everybody would die of hunger. Such an important part as myself has been placed in the lowest part of the face. The useless eyebrows, however, have been put on the highest part of the face. This I cannot accept!"

After the others had spoken, the eyebrows spoke slowly, "Please do image not fight anymore. We, the eyebrows, are surely the most useless things; we admit defeat. We are willing to be placed below you." Having said this, the eyebrows settled down below the eyes. Unfortunately, the person no longer looked like a human being. Next, they eyebrows settled down below the nose. It was still horrible; it still did not look like a human being. Then the eyebrows settled down below the mouth. This looked even more ghastly! The eyes, nose, and mouth huddled to discuss the situation again. They concluded that it was best if the eyebrows returned to their original place on the face; it was the most appropriate spot for them. When the eyebrows returned to their original spot, the appearance was once again that of a human being. Thus, we can see that what appears to be the most useless thing can be indeed the most useful.

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Friday, 25 September 2009

Spirit Animals – Crow’s Place in Legends


Picture from



In the fall, the crows flock together and make some practice runs before they head south.  As I was watching them, the phrase “as the crow flies” came to mind.  I realized that we have many stories that reference crows.  For some reason, we believe that Crow, as black as he is, carries with him a sense of the supernatural.

This is a Welsh counting rhyme that children used to learn their numbers, and also to teach the children a belief system around the ways that crows congregate.

One crow for sorrow,
two for joy,
three for a girl,
for for a boy,
five for silver,
six for gold,
seven for a secret, never to be told,
eight for a wish,
nine for a kiss,
ten for a time of joyous bliss.

Some of our best teachings come from stories about crows – such as Aesop’s story about The Crow and The Pitcher.

A Crow, half-dead with thirst, came upon a Pitcher which had once been full of water; but when the Crow put its beak into the mouth of the Pitcher he found that only very little water was left in it, and that he could not reach far enough down to get at it. He tried, and he tried, but at last had to give up in despair. Then a thought came to him, and he took a pebble and dropped it into the Pitcher. Then he took another pebble and dropped it into the Pitcher. Then he took another pebble and dropped that into the Pitcher. Then he took another pebble and dropped that into the Pitcher. Then he took another pebble and dropped that into the Pitcher. Then he took another pebble and dropped that into the Pitcher. At last, at last, he saw the water mount up near him, and after casting in a few more pebbles he was able to quench his thirst and save his life.

It is from this story that we understand how very intelligent Crow may be. This intelligence is not confirmed in another story by Aesop called The Crow and The Fox because the fox comes out best.

A Fox once saw a Crow fly off with a piece of cheese in its beak and settle on a branch of a tree.
     "That's for me, as I am a Fox," said Master Reynard, and he walked up to the foot of the tree.
     "Good day, Mistress Crow," he cried. "How well you are looking today: how glossy your feathers; how bright your eye. I feel sure your voice must surpass that of other birds, just as your figure does; let me hear but one song from you that I may greet you as the Queen of Birds."
     The Crow lifted up her head and began to caw her best, but the moment she opened her mouth the piece of cheese fell to the ground, only to be snapped up by Master Fox.
     "That will do," said he. "That was all I wanted. In exchange for your cheese I will give you a piece of advice for the future: "Do not trust flatterers."

Then, there is Crow’s place in First Nation People’s lore.  One of my favorite stories is how Crow brought fire to the animals in the harsh winter.  And, because the trip from heaven was so long, Crows bright feathers were burnt to a black.  As a reward for this noble behaviour, Great Spirit gifted Crow glittering feathers, and made his meat taste like smoke so that no one would hunt crow to eat, because the flavour was awful.  Do you have a favorite crow story to share?  Post it in comments, or send it to me.    Join Angels And Ancestors at the Planetary Healing Mandala on Thursday, October 1 at the SAIT Heart Atrium, Calgary, AB from 7:00pm to 8:30pm



Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Spirit Speaks – Autumn Equinox 2009 – Some Meditations

September 22 2009 is not only the time of the celebration of harvest, it is a time of preparation for the winter – packing away food to be used through the fall until Winter Solstice, and deciding on what it is we want to keep (harvest) in ourselves, and what we want to discard (pulling out the weeds).

bridge in fall

   Fall leaves from an email I received.


This is also the time that we prepare Mother Earth for her winter sleep.  Traditionally, farmers harvest their fields, and then bale the straw for animal use, or, plough it under.  At the same time, they are preparing for the next crop.

Releasing a Habit

What are you doing to prepare for the winter?  For the next crop?  When you are sitting in meditation, why not release one bad habit that plagues you? These are the “weeds” of our lives.  Create sacred space by calling in the Angels to be with you and keep you safe while you do sacred work.  Simply sit quietly, and breath in and out on a three count cycle. When your breathing is regular and comfortable, say out loud:  “I freely give up my habit of ________ and I ask the Angels and Great Spirit (substitute the name that you are most comfortable using – God, Jehovah, etc.) take this habit, and take it to the Sun to be cleansed. I offer this request, without any qualifications or strings attached.”

Now, breath deeply and clearly, drawing in sunlight on the in breath, and releasing the habit on the out breath.  This process may take fifteen minutes, or longer. Do not rush it.  When you think you are clear, stop, and check in to see if you can feel the habit.  If you can, continue.  If not, then stop and give thanks.  Release sacred space.

Healing Mother Earth

When the Universe/Great Spirit does something good for us, then we need to reciprocate. This is called “The Law of Reciprocity”, and means that we balance the energy by doing something good ourselves.  In this mediation, you will need a candle, and a comfortable spot to meditate. Light the candle.  Then, create sacred space by calling in the Angels to be with you and keep you safe while you do sacred work.  Now sit in front of the candle, with the candle a comfortable distance from your eyes, and express to the Universe that you will be working on healing a part of Mother Earth.  Close your eyes, and think of the one place that you know of that bothers you because it may need so much healing.  It may be a park, a play ground, someone’s yard, a beach, a forest, or anything that you know of.  Now open your eyes, Stare at the flame, and hold the image of the place that needs healing.  Next, in your mind’s eye, start the process of cleaning up the site, and replacing it with grass or trees, or what ever it needs to make it healthy.  Stay with this process until the site is completely healthy looking.  Now, feel the energy that arises in you from working with the Universe to co-create this beautiful place.  Give thanks for this opportunity to work with Mother Earth.  Release sacred space.  See

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Monday, 21 September 2009

Ancestors Speak – The New Moon Sept 2009

Autumn leaves at our house – Judy Hirst September 2009



The beginning of the New Moon phase was on Sept 17th and four people joined me for the New Moon Meditation.

The New Moon has the power to set intention for projects and for self work.  This month, we worked with the Goddess, Demeter.  We asked for a safe harvest for all of the crops and gardens still unharvested.  (Roger and I still have about two hundred tomatoes to harvest.)


  Harvesting wheat from




We started our meditation with the Buddhist “Loving Kindness Meditation”.


(Take a deep breath in)

(Speak this line on the out breath) May I be filled with loving kindness,

(Take a deep breath in)

(Speak this line on the out breath) May I be well!

(Take a deep breath in)

(Speak this line on the out breath)  May I be peaceful and at ease

(Take a deep breath in)

(Speak this line on the out breath) May I be happy!


The next part of our mediation evening focused on quieting our minds from the days happenings.  We did this with a focusing technique that allows us to touch our eyes and be calm.  

Our next mediation was on focusing on harvesting food, and what would best serve us to keep us healthy and happy, and what would give us energy.  This meditation also called for us to be grateful for the bounty of the Earth.

Our final meditation for the evening was a guided meeting with Demeter, in the realms of the Gods and Goddesses.  In this meditation, she walked and talked with each of us, granted us each a gift, and answered questions about what was holding us back from our heart’s desire.

The evening finished with a closing of the circle and a thanking of the six directions, and the beings that represent the directions.

Each individual had a story to share about their walk in the heavens, as we shared a light snack.  Watch for October’s newsletter in the last week of September.

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Sunday, 20 September 2009

Spirit Animals – The teachings of the birds

The other morning, the dogs and I were walking along the river, when we heard a lot of noise in the sky.   A Belted Kingfisher was chasing and attacking a crow, by picking at its head.



Belted Kingfisher picture from




The crow was flying for the nearest shelter and cawing away for help, and telling the Kingfisher to take a hike.



Crow in flight…from



Following along the two fighters, was a Magpie, who obviously was cheering for the Kingfisher. 100_0177

Magpie in the park by Judith Hirst July 2008



      Crow, of course, is known for its habit of stealing eggs from nests, and even sometimes taking baby birds.  For many birds, Crow is a predator to be feared and fought. 

It seems that Kingfisher had a real anger on for Crow, and chased him across the meadow and into the woods.  The size difference between Kingfisher and Crow is that Kingfisher looks about one-third of Crow’s size.  Magpie was cheering for the underdog. And, Magpie never interfered.

The short story of this scene seems to be that if you wrong someone, it is likely that they will never forget.  And, if others know that you have wronged birds/people, they will not rush in to help you.  Rather, they will cheer the protagonist, and hope that the wrong-doer suffers.  Such is the way with the birds, and so it is with people.  Join Angels And Ancestors at the Planetary Healing Mandala on Thursday, October 1 at the SAIT Heart Atrium, Calgary, AB from 7:00pm to 8:30pm


Friday, 18 September 2009

Spirit Speaks – New galaxies  The infrared images from Hubble's new Wide Field Camera 3 show 16 galaxies that are 12.9 billion light-years from Earth and another five that are 13.1 billion light-years away.


The Hubble Ultra Deep Field, taken in 2004, is one of the Hubble's famous images. It shows the 'deepest portrait of the visible universe,' and galaxies so far away that light comes from the first galaxies to emerge shortly after the Big Bang. (NASA, ESA, Hubble Deep Field team)

There will always be new places that humans will find as they expand their ability to love themselves, each other, and the cosmos.  Dr. Brian Swimme tells the amazing story of how this is possible in his book, “The Universe Is A Green Dragon”.

Our Ancestors have always looked to the stars for guidance, and for inspiration, and for strength.  At some intuitive, or gut, level, they understood that the light required for human development and evolution, came from the stars.  Archaeologists have discovered evidence that even 6000 years ago, humans were naming the stars.  The word “constellation” is a Latin word that basically means a configuration of stars.



The Milky Way is our own galaxy viewed from the inside.  It is a vast collection of more than 200 billion stars, planets, nebulae, clusters, dust and gas. Our own sun and solar system are also part of the Milky Way galaxy. From and picture copyright by Jerry Lodriguss and John Martinez.

The word “galaxy” comes from both Latin and Greek, and basically means “stars that look like milk” and is what they called the group of stars that we now know as The Milky Way.

What makes these discoveries fascinating, is that Spirit wants us to know where all of our light comes from, and that most of our light is externally supplied.  Spirit also wants us to realize how connected we are even to the farthest reaches of the Universe.  If we can see it, we need to acknowledge its existence, and that we have a responsibility to care-take it. 

The Universe Is a Green Dragon: A Cosmic Creation Story

The Universe Is a Green Dragon: A Cosmic Creation Story  (Click to buy)

A dialogue between a youth and wise elder becomes a fascinating exploration, into the creative force in all matter. This explication of physical forces is both mystical and ecstatic.

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Spirit Animal – Dolphin










From the website  The picture is entitled “Happy Dolphin”

Over the last while, in my dreams, dolphins appear and come and play with me.  Dolphin is ten million years old, and has a brain size that is larger than humans.  We, humans, believe that Dolphin has a high intelligence, and therefore, Navy and animal behaviourists love to work with these beings. Some of us love dolphins simply from the very creative book, “So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish!” by Douglas Adams, a book that is part of his Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy series. 

As an animal guide, Dolphin is often referred to as “The Inner Guide”.  She swims through the water, and comes up for air.  In many traditions, the water is seen as the emotions and subconscious.  So, Dolphin guides us through our emotional traumas, as well as leads us down the deep paths of self exploration, much like diving deeply into the ocean. 

Early pictographs on tablets and on cave walls, show a dolphin like being with a big bubble of water around its head.  Speculation is that Dolphin may have come from another time or planet to assist humans on their developmental path.  Part of the teaching that comes to us from Dolphin is that playing is a necessity of life as is breathing and eating.  If we leave the joy out of our lives, we feel joy-less or depressed.

I have read that dolphins are examples of joyful community, or of community living in balance and harmony with the surroundings.  We can take this lesson from Dolphin and apply it everyday.  Man unnecessarily rips up the environment, or tries to control it, and therefore, destroys harmony.   Enjoy our free newsletter online at   See the September issue.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Tarot Discussion – Osho Card 2 – Inner Voice


                                                                                                               Osho Card II  of the Zen Tarot Deck entitled “Inner Voice”


Last night, I had a dream about dolphins and a big sea turtle.  I have not been able to connect it to my life.  So, I asked the cards to explain what the importance was around the dolphins and turtle. 


This is one of the cards that I pulled in a group of five cards.   I have listed them in case you want to reconstruct the layout.

  • The first was “Change”  -  Card 10  - The issue. 
  • The second was “Integration” – Card 14 - Internal influence that you are unable to see
  • The Third was “Inner Voice” – Card 2 - External influence of which you are aware
  • The Fourth was “The Master” – Card 22 - What is needed for resolution
  • The Fifth was “Breakthrough” – Card 11- Resolution: The understanding

What made this an exciting card for me is that it is a clear explanation of the dolphins in the dream – that my Inner Voice or Soul – working with me in different ways, and always giving me the truth. 

Here is what Osho has to say about this card.  “The Inner Voice speaks not in words but in the wordless language of the heart. It is like an oracle who only speaks the truth. If it had a face, it would be like the face at the center of this card - alert, watchful, and able to accept both the dark and the light, symbolized by the two hands holding the crystal. The crystal itself represents the clarity that comes from transcending all dualities.

The Inner Voice can also be playful, as it dives deep into the emotions and emerges again to soar towards the sky, like two dolphins dancing in the waters of life. It is connected with the cosmos, through the crescent-moon crown, and the earth, as represented by the green leaves on the figure's kimono.
There are times in our lives when too many voices seem to be pulling us this way and that. Our very confusion in such situations is a reminder to seek silence and centering within. Only then are we able to hear our truth.”  Join Angels And Ancestors at the Planetary Healing Mandala on Thursday, October 1 at the SAIT Heart Atrium, Calgary, AB from 7:00pm to 8:30pm


Friday, 11 September 2009

Spirit Animals – St Lawrence Tiger Moth



   Picture of St. Lawrence Tiger Moth from



On Thursday evening, a St. Lawrence Tiger Moth flew into our family room as we let our dogs in, through the patio door.  She flew around each of Roger and I, through our kitchen, and into our dining room.  As moth is regarded as a nurturer, I found her actions funny.  She could have flown several ways, and perhaps ended up in the living room.  However, she picked the kitchen and dining room, where I make meals, and then serve them to our guests.

She definitely had a message for me.  Like most moths, she is able to sense many things with clarity.  At one point, she seemed to want to light on our hands. The message was clear that we needed to work with our hands, perhaps do more healing and writing.

When she stopped, she shivered out her wings, and then drew them up around herself.  She was being careful with herself, and I felt her say that I needed to take care of myself. I had been working at building retaining walls in the yard, and I was tired.  And then she fluttered once more, and her colours were so beautiful, I felt that she said that it was time to shake off all the negativity that is in the world, trying to grab hold of our mind. It seemed, too, that she asked me to look for the joy and beauty in everything. 

As I said these things in my mind, she grew still.  We gathered her up with a glass and paper, and took her outside so she could fly away and deliver other messages.    New Moon meditation… September 17th at 7:30pm

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Ancestors Speak – Sept 9, 2009 (9.9.9)

Today is a special day – the day of “nines”.  The number nine has many different meanings in different cultures and mythologies.  Some of the meanings of “nine” that I am familiar with are: completion, attainment, realization, regeneration, spirituality, dreaming, mystery.  Some of these meanings are used within the various tarot decks that are available. The following information on 9’s comes from Carl Calleman’s site, and his discussions on the Mayan Calendar.  Please read the rest of the article on his website.

The number nine has been endowed with a special significance in many different spiritual and religious traditions. Nine was the number of muses in Greek mythology and Nine were the number of worlds in the Scandinavian. Nine was the number of doors to the holiest part of the temple in Jerusalem and the month of Ramadan is the Ninth in the Muslim calendar. Moreover, the counting system used by most of the world today includes nine numbers and so the relevance of this number is much ingrained in us. Also, in the Mayan tradition the number Nine plays a predominating role. The only existing inscription from ancient times that discusses the meaning of the Mayan calendar “end date” for instance speaks of Nine “deities” that will descend then as its crucial event. This would in modern wording mean that Nine energies, or Nine cosmic forces would fully manifest then since the ancient Maya would look upon time periods as “deities”. As far as we can tell these “deities”, or cosmic forces, are like evolutionary wave movements, built on top of one another where we are currently riding on the eighth one getting ready to ride on the ninth.

The Nine Cosmic levels (Underworlds) that according to the only existing Mayan inscription about the calendar end date (Tortuguero monument 6) will manifest then. Currently we are in the eighth level (The Galactic Underworld) gearing up to the Ninth and highest level, the Universal Underworld. Photo of the Pyramid of the Jaguar in Tikal by the author.)  FROM

My experience with this energy portal of 9.9.9 began about 1:30am this morning and continued until about 4:30am.  I could feel energy raining down on me, and it had a different vibration than anything I have seen so far.  When I asked my guides what the energy was, they responded that it was the vibration of “divinity”, without gender, offered as a strengthening of the link between Creator and the Creator in each of us, so we may begin the next phase of co-creation.  I believe that everyone has been feeling the intensity of this new vibration since about the beginning of September, and that the intensity has increased up until today, when it has the strongest sending of any day before it.   I felt the deep love of the sending, the peacefulness, and found myself chanting various meditations such as the Buddhist chant of loving kindness and the 23rd Psalm. I am happy and grateful that I was aware during the downloading and anchoring of this energy in me.  I hope, for each of you, that the energy is a loving and kind integration of changes into your body. September newsletter issue 3 12 is now online at

Monday, 7 September 2009

Buddha Speaks – Facing Oneness

I have recently watched Series One and Two of the TV show “Life”.  One of the things that I love about the show is the main character’s (Charlie Cruise) love of and student interest in, the school of Zen.  Throughout the series, Cruise toys with the idea of “Oneness” and what it means.  He has some interesting ideas around the concept.


Picture from


Coincidently, (and Charlie Cruise will tell you that there are no such things as coincidences), I came across this Koan by the Zen teacher, Ummon.  When asked what was the teaching of Buddha’s lifetime, Ummon responded, “Preaching facing oneness.”

While Zen master teachers are to deliver their lectures while facing the Buddha, this koan is really about “truth”.  Oneness equals truth – about yourself, all people, the media, the world, the animals. Everything needs to be seen in the light of absolute truth.

Try this – it is difficult because we refer to our story when looking for the truth. And, as we all know, our story tends to be biased. Sign up for Free Newsletter September issue is now online at

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Ancestors Speak – Dreams Speak To Us

bridge in winter

Picture from email…


Many people do not remember dreams that they have during the night.  For a very long time now, (since 1995), I dream vividly and have good recall of dreams, especially what I call ‘big dreams’.  Big dreams warn us (precognitive dreams), teach us (school with our guides and angels), or confuse us (because we do not clearly understand the message). 

I have had the following dream several times now, with several minor differences.  I am still trying to figure out what the message is about.  Is it for me? Is it for others? Is it both?  Feel free to respond with your interpretation.

The dream begins with me and five others in a court yard of a building.  The courtyard is quite large and surrounded on three sides by the building, and on one side by a fence.  One gets into the courtyard from either the various doors in the building or through the opening in the fence that borders another small clearing before changing into thick woods.  The time must be October or late October because the air is chilly, and we can see our breath.  The six of us have gathered to dance to the full moon and I have a rattle, and the others - who do not seem to have faces - have other hand instruments.

Music begins to play, and I wonder where it is coming from.  We are dancing around, moving in a clockwise circle. As the tempo increases, we start leaping and almost turning cart wheels.  I am starting to get breathless, and I glance to the opening in the fence.

There  is a little girl, possibly four, squatting and watching us, with big blue eyes, a smiling face, and wild naturally curly strawberry blonde hair poking out from under a funny hat.  I smile too, and go over to her. I tell her my name, Judy, and ask her what her name is.  She ducks her head, and then looks up and grins.  I ask her if she wants to dance.  She claps her hands, and I hold out my hand, which she takes, and I pull her into the circle.  One of the others asks me what I am doing.  I say, "It is alright. She is a fairy.  She only wants to dance with us."

We are all dancing and laughing, and we go around about three times when the little girl stops, squats down, and suddenly changes into about a ten year old boy wearing blue shirt, blue jeans, bare feet, and a cap from the 1800's. His hair is dirty blonde, and his eyes are greenish.  He jumps up and begins dancing.  We are not afraid, because he is fun.  He too dances around for about three rounds, and then squats down, and changes.  This time he becomes a girl in her late teens.  We are now feeling unsettled.  The music stops.  We stand and watch as the teenage girl swings around three times, and on the third term, changes into a thirty year old woman, and then a man in rapid fashion - minutes only.  We are now scared.  One of the dancers runs away into the woods, even though we yell at her to stay with us.

Meanwhile, the thirty-something person keeps whirling and changing images to older female and then older male.  I start shouting, "What are you doing?  Stop Changing! How can we help you."  The whirling and changing finally stops when the fairy changes into an old woman, stooped and grey, with a cane, who then rapidly becomes a man with a cane.  He then says, "You can not stop it, you cannot stop it.  It is useless to try, unless you have the key!"  We all begin asking - what key?  I get a picture in my mind of an old fashioned big metal key, with a cloverleaf at the top, and three prongs of different lengths at the bottom.  I then move out from the image, and see a set of three tiles, and that behind one of the marble tiles is the key - to what, I do not know.  Then the old man vanishes.  And the night gets dark.  We feel afraid.

I tell the others we must go into the building and find the key.  We enter the center door on the building, and a long hallway appears, that stops at a T and continues either way to the left and right.
There are many doors off the hall.  Halfway down the hall there appears to be a recess of some sort, on the right side.  We head down the hall, and as we get to the recess, the hall seems to become shorter.  Two of the girls say they will go down the hall and then to the right.  The other two will take the left.  I am alone, and I say I will look behind the two doors off the recess.

I open the first door, and it appears to be a storage closet of some kind.  I know the key is not there.  I open the second door, and see it is a men's washroom, with urinals and sinks and showers.  I feel that the key is close.  I walk fully into the room, and look around.
I see that there are marble tiles over the sinks, and I also see that three of the tiles look broken and loose.  I pull the first tile up and get nothing.  I pull up the next two together and find the key on a little shelf.  I grab it, and I feel like someone is coming to take it.  Two of my friends dash in behind me and yell, "Did you get it?
Someone is coming!"  We all feel danger, and I hang onto the key,
wondering what it opens.   And then I wake up.

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Friday, 4 September 2009

Spirit Animal – White Tailed Deer Stag

White Tailed Deer Stag on Poplar Island

Picture copyright by Judith Hirst-Joyeux, Aug 2008

This morning, the dogs and I walked along the channel that separates Poplar Island from the rest of Fish Creek Park. I was astonished to see two stags grazing about 1/8th of a mile from each other. Both stopped to turn and look directly at me. The picture is of the second stag, even though the picture was taken a year ago. The deer seldom stray from the park, and therefore establish relationships with those of us that walk each day.

Our pagan Ancestors, who are also known as Earth Ancestors, saw Deer as one who represented the goddesses and gods. There are legends around Deer. In one legend, the Goddess Artemis hunts the stag in the winter, and kills it with an arrow. The Stag then transforms into the god, Cernunnos (Rome, Gaul, Celtic), who then calls to the Mother Earth to allow spring to begin, and the animals in uterus to be birthed.

Stag, therefore, brings messages around creation – being the creator that you were meant to be. He asks that you allow your self to birth the new idea and impregnate it with life, to become a full blown project. Many different types of artists have Stag as a power animal or spirit guide. Stag, for all his power, is gentle with himself. He knows how to stay hidden, and offers that you too may be in a time of transformation where you must keep to yourself to allow the change to happen, untainted.

As Stag’s antlers grow and harden through the summer into September, he becomes more visible to all of those he considers worthy. His message is to choose your friends carefully, and reveal yourself a little at a time. Discretion is a tool and a gift that distances you from those with greater density. Stag’s antlers are above his ears and act like tuning forks, picking up additional vibration that his ears cannot. For those that are developing their psychic abilities, Stag suggests that you reach out with your third eye sense of sight and hearing to touch more deeply into the other dimensions.

If Stag is your guide at this time, allow him to enter your dreams and day dreams. Ask his advice. He will answer. Sign up for Free Newsletter September issue is now online at See the article on “A Spiritual Conspiracy”!

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Spirit Animal – Wood Caribou


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During August, Roger and I spent a week in Jasper, and hiked the mountains and explored springs, falls, and natural wonders. One of the natural wonders that was a surprise is Wood Caribou. I had no idea that caribou existed as far south as Jasper National Park. Every where we went, we saw signs up advising of Caribou crossing, and notices to stay away from them because they were quite aggressive with humans. We thought that seemed fair since humans are the predator that has caused the most damage to the Wood Caribou.

In spring, Caribou climbs to the high alpine meadow of the Rockies. Since hiking trails now lead to some of these meadows, we expected to see herds of them. However, they were invisible. Perhaps this is part of their message to us. Knowing that the males are significantly larger than females, and that both of them will each weigh 450 and 250 pounds respectively, it is hard to believe they could hide so easily. Most Caribou are predominantly brown to olive, with whitish under parts, buttocks and legs. There is some geographic variation. Some populations in Greenland and northeastern Canada have nearly white coats. Both sexes are antlered.

Caribou offers many messages.

- every year, take two big trips. A change of scenery allows you to appreciate what you have.

- learn how to use your environment to your advantage to feel safe and to enjoy the abundance of it.

- do not be afraid of adventure. Being a risk taker keeps us interested in life and helps us stay alert for predators (those who would use us to their own advantage).

- enjoy the wilderness and protect it. Everything came from it, and most life depends on it (logging, gas, oil, coal and mining in general). Sign up for Free Newsletter  September issue is now online at

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Buddha Speaks – Meditation

The past several weeks, the push to sit in mediation has been quite strong for me.  Normally, I mix active mediations with still meditations.  I was working through some information on meditation when the following Q&A caught my attention.  I love the idea that the Pali word for meditation means “to make grow”.  When I sit in meditation, I feel my ego become quiet, and I feel my soul grow upwards and outwards.



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“QUESTION: What is Meditation?

ANSWER: Meditation is a conscious effort to change how the mind works. The Pali word for meditation is 'bhavana' which means 'to make grow' or 'to develop'.

QUESTION: Is meditation important?

ANSWER: Yes, it is. No matter how much we may wish to be good, if we cannot change the desires that make us act the way we do, change will be difficult. For example, a person may realize that he is impatient with his wife and he may promise himself: "From now on I am not going to be so impatient." But an hour later he may be shouting at his wife simply because, not being aware of himself, impatience has arisen without him knowing. Meditation helps to develop the awareness and the energy needed to transform ingrained mental habit patterns.” 

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