That’s it! Just look at the picture. Fill in the blanks around what best friends do.
The other night, I had a vision just as I was dropping off to sleep. In that vision, I became Toad of Toad Hall, and I was setting off on a journey to see the world. I had not travelled far when my car ran out of gas. I got out and walked. I walked until I ran out of road. I then walked through the fields and trees until I came to what seemed to be the edge of the Earth. I had no place to go, except up or down.
I took a deep breath, and stepped off the edge, and went up! I felt like I walked on invisible stairs. I reached the top, and I disappeared! I waited for me to re-appear. Nothing happened. I went to sleep.
Over the past few days, I realized that my vision was a metaphor for the things that were happening around me and to me. I laughed.
What does my dream tell you?
Since the beginning of time, we humans have loved to hear a good story. The story below is not mine. However, it begs to be widely read and celebrated.
Updated Aug 10, 2012 at 1:59 PM EDT
A Wisconsin man has been thrust into the spotlight after a picture of him and his 19-year-old dog went viral on the Internet.
According to a story from Granite Broadcasting sister station of Northland's News Center.
The image of John Unger and his dog Schoep has been viewed millions of times on Facebook, reaching people across the world.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words but, it's safe to say one of Hannah Stonehouse Hudson's newest snapshot is worth millions.
He loves this dog, he takes care of this dog, his life is about this dog."
John Unger and Schoep have spent almost twenty years together; he was rescued as a puppy.
"We both wanted to work with a dog that had been abused, we talked about it and that's what we wanted to do, to help out an animal and bring out his full potential," said Unger.
It's hard for Unger to talk about their time together because 19-year-old Shoep is nearing the end of his long, happy life.
"What he means to me? I can't put into words."
He suffers from arthritis and has trouble sleeping, so to ease his pain, Unger takes him swimming and Schoep will fall asleep in his arms.
"Not too many more times are we going to be able to do this. So every time now it's a pretty special feeling. The buoyancy it gives him in the water relieves the pain, or at least some of it to the point where he's relaxed," said Unger with Schoep by his side.
Hudson's picture captured this moment perfectly and her snap shot, viewed three million times, comes down to one word...love.
"They are two amazing beings and if you can take anything from this photo, take the love from it and pass it one to other people," said Hudson.
"You give love and that love will return ten fold, that's what I want people to get from this photograph," said Unger.
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When we are fully present and able to pay attention in a sustained way to our experience we can begin to see directly, uncolored by our ideas and concepts. Placing our trust more in loving attention and less in analyzing the story can allow space for a new way of holding the question.
- Narayan Liebenson Grady, "Questioning the Question"
The funny thing about life is that we are repeating what has happened before. Yes, it is different from other stories because it carries our uniqueness. The story, though, has been told many, many times before. This has allowed the story tellers to create models of stories that are timeless and that are recognized, regardless of the culture the listener is in.
What makes a good story? A good person and a bad person, someone wronged, and someone bent on revenge, some money, and a lesson learned. These things happen to us every day. Perhaps not all together, but, they happen over time such as a week or a month.
Perhaps it is time to let the stories go.
Today, my day needed a pick-me-up. Some days are just like that. You get out of bed and the world looks a bit greyer than it did yesterday.
Then, I read my email, and one of my good friends sent the link to the video below. The world is a wonderful world! Thank Great Spirit for people like Matt Harding and Melissa Nixon.
Here is a very uplifting video http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap120710.html
Explanation: What are these humans doing? Dancing. Many humans on Earth exhibit periods of happiness, and one method of displaying happiness is dancing. Happiness and dancing transcend political boundaries and occur in practically every human society. Above, Matt Harding traveled through many nations on Earth, planned on dancing, and filmed the result. The above video, the latest in a series of similar videos, is perhaps a dramatic example that humans from all over planet Earth feel a common bond as part of a single species. Happiness is frequently contagious -- few people are able to watch the above video without smiling.
May your heart dance with the joy of today!
Always, the Universe surprises with the way she orchestrates events to happen. Have you ever felt barely alive, or barely in synch with what was going on around you, or even barely awake?
What happens if you change barely to bear-lie? “ I feel bear-lie awake. I feel bear-lie in synch with my friends anymore. I feel bear-lie alive!”
Perhaps you can see how one’s choice of words might show you which spirit animal that you are aligning with. When Bear is getting ready to hibernate and ready to wake up, she is difficult, slow, and sometimes down right cranky. Do you see any resemblance to your self?
Dear ones, this is a thought to explore.
As I got ready for bed, two small moths, similar to the one above, came and danced around my head, and then settled on the wall. When I left the bathroom, they followed me, and settled on my lampshade.
Moth, like butterfly, represents change. Because Moth goes through four transformations, and butterfly only goes through three transformation, some believe that Moth indicates a bigger magnitude of change.
Some of the ideas to keep in mind if Moth pays you a visit are:
If you are one of the people that felt incredible energy shifts yesterday, then you may want to check out some of these articles by different writers. Note that there are very many articles on this topic and I am only including a few.
Please remember that links change over time. If you cannot connect to a particular article, try a Google search.
Expansion of 10-10 Energies http://spiritlibrary.com/expect-wonderful/acclimating-to-expansion-10-10-10-qualities-re-visited
The Divine Feminine http://spiritlibrary.com/dana-mrkich/october-2012-hearts-opening-birth-push-time-and-the-divine-feminine-roaring-to-life?utm_source=Spirit+Library+Updates&utm_campaign=f94a2e8a12-Weekly_Update&utm_medium=email
If life isn’t going the way that you imagined that it would, then life is telling you that you need to change something. For each of us, that “something” is different. Yes, it is because we are unique. Our differences mean that our choices must be different.
If someone is telling you and one hundred others that you must make a choice to do “something”, then recognize that all one hundred and one of you are being treated the same, and your differences are not being accounted for.
If you keep making the same choices over and over, you are not only in a pattern, you are in a rut! The only way that you can get out of the rut is to choose to climb out of it.
If you want to make changes, ask the Angels for help. They will stand with you and help you shift.
If you want to read more about Changes, check out these posts.
I get up early to walk the dogs in the morning. The beauty of this act is that I get to see incredible stars and sunrises.
When I am out under the stars in the early morning, I get a glimpse of what it must have been like for our Ancestors to see these “beings” who would appear and disappear, it seemed, at will. The stars were the reason for mysticism, belief in spirit(s) and the need for a person who could interpret all of the information “out there”. The stars gave birth to shaman, medicine men, wise women, and priests and priestesses.
Go out and stand under the stars. Do you feel their energy?
From the Unicorn Tarot written by Suzanne Star and Illustrated by Liz Hilton
Humans have always used Oracles to help them see into the future. I chose these three cards and thought that they are so appropriate to all of us at this time.
If you want to see the meaning for you, look up the cards online, or in the book in your own deck, and see if the explanation fits. It will help you focus on what is going on presently in your life. We do have the ability to make changes in our lives by the choices that we make.
Perhaps today is the day that you make a different choice.
For some more thoughts around this idea, see these blogs:
Releasing That Which Is Harmful
Resentment is Frozen Anger
Doing The Right Thing
Love is a Choice
Finding that place of strength, courage, and compassion is the lifetime journey for all of us. Most will never achieve it because there is so much that gets in the way. If we find strength, often our courage will fail us. If we find courage and strength, we can become bullies because our compassion is lacking.
The learning journeys that we are all on are so amazing. The best learning, for me, happens when I can stand back from a situation and see what the bigger story is. I ask my Eagle guide to help me stand back and see the facts, and to help me ignore the emotions and story that are being played out. It is so hard for us to “stay out” of the story.
To read more on strength, read about Elephant http://angelsandancestors.blogspot.ca/2008/09/spirit-animal-elephant.html and about Buffalo at http://angelsandancestors.blogspot.ca/2011/03/spirit-animals-buffalo-kin.html
Heart's-ease in the king's garden
You cannot improve upon yourself. And I am not saying that improvement does not happen, remember--but you cannot improve upon yourself. When you stop improving upon yourself, life improves you. In that relaxation, in that acceptance, life starts caressing you, life starts flowing through you. Nobody else has ever been like you and nobody else will ever be like you; you are simply unique, incomparable.
Accept this, love this, celebrate this--and in that very celebration you will start seeing the uniqueness of the others, the incomparable beauty of the others.
Love is possible only when there is a deep acceptance of oneself, the other, the world. Acceptance creates the milieu in which love grows, the soil in which love blooms. - From OSHO, The Transformation Tarot
I have been chatting with many people who are noticing trouble in their relationships – with partners, spouses, children, family members, and co-workers. Why? The big question, is always “why?”
I am observing that whenever we have self doubt, then the mirror for that doubt shows up in the difficulty in a relationship. The key, it seems, is to have great confidence in self. I don’t mean that one should be egotistical or have a chip on their shoulders. I mean that each person should have a knowing of their skills, that they are valuable, and that there is no need to please anyone else.
Some helpful mantras are at http://angelsandancestors.blogspot.ca/2010/01/spirit-speaks-affirmations-are-gift.html
I had a phone call from a lady who wanted a session with me because she had trouble keeping a boyfriend, and she thought that there was something wrong with her.
When she told me about the different men she had been dating in the last two years, it was clear that she was quite perfect for her space and lifestyle, and that the issue was the men… they did not fit.
I saw this sign, and knew that this was a token that I needed to send to her. My guides said that I needed to share this with everyone, because, well everyone seems to have doubts about whether they are worthy.
The answer is “You are Perfect. Everyone is worthy.”
This is a time when strange things happen. Over the last several days, I will see what looks like a large, white Tiger, out of the corner of my eye. It seems to step through the walls, and pace me at what I am doing. It is not threatening. It does not say anything.
What I know about white animals appearing to a person is that the white animal, a spirit animal, is confirming that you are on the right path for you. Others may not see the perfection of what you are doing, but Creator, Angels, and the spirit animals acknowledge your choices.
May you have the blessing of the White Tiger.