Thursday, 25 July 2013

Angels Speak – Appreciate Your Parents


I have nothing that I can add to this.



Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Angels Speak – Your Task Today

I love this poster!  If there ever is a blanket statement for one’s mission on Earth, this is it!  Bring Forth The Best In Humanity!  Awesome.

Get to work!



Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Spirit Speaks – Be Still

There are days when the noise is so great that you cannot hear yourself – or from your higher self.  It is in those moments that you lose your identity.  These are the times when you can repeat, “I AM”.  This phrase defines you, the Universe, Great Spirit, and everyone around you.

It is identity.



Monday, 22 July 2013

Buddha Speaks – Suffering and Unhappiness


Whether we are suffering at present or have suffered in the past, there is no reason to be unhappy. If we can remedy it, then why be unhappy? And if we cannot, there's no use in being unhappy about it—it's just one more thing to be unhappy about, which serves no purpose at all.    - H.H. the Dalai Lama, "Enduring the Fires"



Sunday, 21 July 2013

Spirit Animal – Antelope In The Sun


Antelope comes to everyone with a message as it strolls about the hills, in the Sun and Wind. She says that it does the Soul good to go out and walk the hills of Nature.  The hills contain plant life that is full of healing and that helps each of us to remember what it is like to be without technology links to the rest of the world.  The peacefulness envelopes the walker and the Wind brushes over the head and back, giving a gentle massage from Nature.

It is time for you to walk in Nature.



Saturday, 20 July 2013

Spirit Speaks – Life Has Many Faces

Often, we thing that someone is beautiful, or we think they are homely, or we think that they talk funny.  Often, we have judgments about others that has absolutely nothing to do with the other person.  It has to do with us!  It is our ego, comparing everything outside ourselves to attempt to protect us.  The ego keeps us from learning about others and about ourselves. 

When we see someone or something, we are seeing a reflection or ourselves; our thoughts; our emotions; and our dreams or imagining.  This becomes how we see the world.  Indeed, what we are seeing are the many faces of life, and how we participate in life.  WE see OURSELVES as we see the many faces of Nature, the Ocean, the Sky, and all of the people. 



Friday, 19 July 2013

Spirit Animal – About Black and White


I was sitting in a meeting several days ago, and someone said that nothing is ever black and white, quite emphatically. My mind began to spin!  So many things are black and white… horses like the one above, or skunks, or pandas, or penguins, or rabbits, or magpies.  My mind whirled.  Zebras and Holstein cows and Dalmatian dogs and Puffins and Orcas (killer whales).

So what is that special coloration about?  I wondered for a minute.  In the material world, we have created so many things that are black and white like soccer balls and barcodes and cars (police cars).  I began to think that black and white is a warning that we need to look beneath the wrapping to see what is really going on.  Black and white is a warning for us to find our own truth and follow up on it until we are satisfied that we have learned what we need to learn.



Thursday, 18 July 2013

Spirit Speaks – White Buffalo Calf Woman on Peace

In my dream, the white buffalo walked across the prairie, all by itself.  I looked around and saw no herd.  That is a very odd thing to see a buffalo without its herd.  The buffalo headed towards me.  I wondered if I should run.

Then the air rippled.  And the shell of the white buffalo morphed into a beautiful women whose skin changed from red to white to brown to yellow to blue, and then the cycle continued again.  She smiled and I knew that we were kin.

She called me and asked me to walk toward her.  I walked quickly. I could see that she carried something. 

“Priestess, I greet you. I ask that you tell the people that they must achieve peace or all will be destroyed.  Man is the caretaker of the land; the land does not serve man.  What is the benefit of profit?  The wisest men of all time have lived simply, in harmony with the land.  So it shall always be.”

With that, she turned around and walked away as a great, white buffalo.

Abruptly, I woke up.



Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Spirit Animal – Beaver Says Clean Up Your Act


Beaver has been showing up in strange places.  Mostly, though, she shows up in places that have been contaminated or wrecked in some way.  Her message is clear!  “Clean up your act!” she says. 

The clean up is about getting rid of junk – compressing it down into the smallest component and giving it away.  She also is commenting on the throw away stuff that is so prevalent in the city world.  She wants to get rid of containers that are plastic and harmful.

She points to the north where beavers have built a huge inland lake to clean up the toxicity of the land.  If the animals can do it, you can do it too!



Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Buddha Speaks - Mandala

Sometimes, you find a mandala (a spiritual symbol) that resonates for you so loudly that you can hardly hear.  The symbol may be quite specific or it may be filled with indefinite shapes.  Whatever the layout, there is “something” in it that helps you focus and to become balanced.

A mandala may be used to set and hold sacred space for something, or, for clearing, if the mandala is highly regarded.  It may be what helps you find your center in meditation.

This is the day that you start looking for your mandala, if you do not have one.



Monday, 15 July 2013

Recipes - Grain Free Biscuits

I love biscuits with fresh fruit and with breakfast, and with pretty much everything.  I have quit eating them because of the flour content.
However, here is a great recipe from Elena’s Pantry. It’s easy and delicious!
2 ½ cups blanched almond flour, plus about 1 cup for dusting the dough
½ teaspoon Celtic sea salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ cup earth balance natural buttery spread (soy free)
2 eggs
1 tablespoon agave nectar or honey
  1. In a medium bowl, combine almond flour, salt and baking soda
  2. In a large bowl, blend together buttery spread, eggs and agave
  3. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet until a nice dough forms
  4. Roll out dough between 2 pieces of parchment paper to 1 ½ inches thick
  5. Dust dough with extra almond flour if it is sticky and/or misbehaving
  6. Cut the dough into biscuits using a mason jar with a 3-inch wide mouth
  7. Using a spatula, transfer biscuits to a parchment lined baking sheet
  8. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes, until biscuits are browned on the bottom edges
  9. Serve with gravy, jelly or whatever else your heart desires
Makes about 10 biscuits Many blessings,

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Spirit Animal – Tiger Affection


What is affection?  The word is a noun meaning “a gentle feeling of fondness or liking”. In some definitions, it is a form of love.  So, can Tiger, who is a solitary animal, have affection for another Tiger?  The answer seems to be, “Yes”.  And, it can happen to male and male or female and female.  They are friends.

Perhaps the message here is that we all need to show affection to others – gently of course – for affection builds confidence in one’s self and in the other person.  It is win-win.



Saturday, 13 July 2013

Angels Speak – Firing Across The Mountains

The Angels remind us that often, when we see disaster, that newness is happening.  In the Tarot, the Tower card has fire in it.  The card is about change.

The fires that plague forested areas and put residences in peril, are part of a natural cycle of renewal.  Most things in the natural world have an expiry date.  Sometimes, Nature takes a hand to cause a forest to re-grow with a different main tree, or a meadow to re-grow without a certain week.  We may study Nature for ever and not understand the cycles and attrition that happens as a matter of course.

When fire happens, there are some messages:

  • What is it that needs cleansing?
  • Is it time to ignite your life with passion for something?
  • What part of you burns with anger, and why?



Friday, 12 July 2013

Angels Speak – The Real Journey


I have many friends who are currently changing their job or career, their home, and even their spouses/partners.  It is a time when we are being called to a different path then the path we have been on.  For some, it is joyous, as they now get to do what they have always wanted to do.

For others, it is an adventure, and with it comes some fear, because the path is unknown, and sometimes, it means leaving everything behind.  As we walk forward, what we had, drops away.  We cannot go back!  Yes, people say you can go back.  However, the truth is that everything changes and even in going back, you do go back to something new.  Sometimes, going forward is the better option.

What do the changes mean?  More and more, I think it is about choosing to recognize what is right and what is wrong.  We are born with this kind of intuition.  Yet, many of us trade it for unanimity.

What is your choice, today?



Thursday, 11 July 2013

Spirit Animal – Badger Says Dig Into The Task

One animal that is very in tune with the Earth is Badger.  She digs many dens and will burrow after prey, if it is worthy prey.  She is always busy and it is not often that she is at rest.  When she is resting, she provides her teachings.  This time, her teachings are about “digging in”. 

  • If you decide to take something on, then dig in and do it with the utmost thoroughness.  There shall be no sloppy work!
  • Find a healthy diet and dig into the farmer’s markets to get the best and freshest of the produce.  This food will nourish your body and spirit.
  • Find your passion and dig into it to make it your life work.  All people with passion create “something” that lasts and becomes a legacy.

Read more from Badger:



Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Spirit Animal - Rooster Opens The Show

Early in school, we learn that the day starts in the country with the Rooster crowing up the Sun, and telling the animals and humans that day is starting.  From that place, think of Rooster as the Master of Ceremonies for each day.  Rooster crows that “a really big show is starting” and that truly describes the miracles that happen each day. 

Unfortunately for many people, because their head is down, and because they are self absorbed, they miss the beginning of the show.  They miss the commentary by the master of ceremonies, and they miss the magic and the miracles.  If people do pay attention, they focus on those things that are dark and appear broken.

What if you had a rooster to awaken you each day to the beauty of the rising Sun?  What if you could harness the energy of the miracles? What would you do? 

Do it now!

Find other wisdom from Rooster here at Spirit Animal – Rooster.



Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Spirit Animal – Giraffe Says Stretch Yourself

We have all hear the motivational words about working harder to go beyond our limits which implies that our limits are self imposed.  Perhaps they are; perhaps they are not.  Who is to say?  What is interesting however, is that Giraffe has been appearing almost daily to me in some form.  She may be in a picture, a painting, a vision, on a blog, or even on a billboard.  Usually this kind of repetition means that there is a message on hand.

Giraffe brings messages about:

  • Stand taller; stand with confidence
  • If you can reach your dreams, your aim is too low
  • The higher the leaves, the more energy they carry from the Sun and the Universe
  • Sometimes, change does not happen unless you stick out your neck

See more from Giraffe:  Spirit Animal – Giraffe Gives a “Heads Up!”

Spirit Animal - “Heads Up” Says Giraffe



Monday, 8 July 2013

Buddha Speaks – Meditation For Health

This meditation is a re-statement of 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!


Many blessings,


Sunday, 7 July 2013

Spirit Speaks – Counting Our Blessings

One of the things that I have observed through the Calgary flood is that with all of the devastation, there are moment of grace.  In these moments, one can count their blessings.  I was talking with a friend, and we began a list of blessings.

  1. First Responders
  2. Rain easing off
  3. Amazing ability to fix a road and railroad in several days
  4. Good people who donated food
  5. Good people that cleaned out flooded basements filled with water, sludge, mold, etc.
  6. Volunteers that organized food and clothing drives
  7. Volunteers that drove people for medications or ran errands
  8. Workers that toiled twelve hours to get the downtown cleaned up in one week
  9. The openness of strangers to others
  10. The re-examination of housing development policies for the city and the province
  11. Getting funds out to people who lost everything
  12. The people who took in friends and strangers when the friends and strangers were evacuated from their homes
  13. The stores that are offering additional discounts to flood victims
  14. etc.

The idea is to get the energy going around the blessings.  Yes, there are lots of people that lost everything, and have to start over.  As one announcer said, sometimes, that is a blessing too.  How many people get to start over half way through their lives?

What are your blessings?  Did you count them today?  Here is a good example of one way to count them.



Saturday, 6 July 2013

Angels Speak – Don’t Be Surprised When You See Us

More and more of you are finding that you see us – as sparks, as bright lights, as globes, as shining people, as crosses with lights, or in so many different ways!  Yes we do have different shapes that resonate with what you level of comfort will allow you to see.  We are around, and we will be around.  Ask us for help and ask us for signs.   We are happy to be part of your life.

For more on angels, see:

Angels Speak - Learn The Attitude of “Hope”

Angels Speak - Dealing With Another’s Anger

Angels Speak – Contemplate

Angels Speak - Allowing Time For Yourself



Friday, 5 July 2013

Spirit Animal – Butterfly Touches A Friend


This is one of the greatest pictures – a butterfly blessing a golden retriever.  Some days, you feel like no one loves you, and then someone unexpectedly gives you a blessing.  This is what friendship is about. 

Let a friend give you a blessing today!



Thursday, 4 July 2013

Recipes – Grain Free Granola

grain free granola

I have not written about a recipe for a very long time.  However, I thought this recipe was worth sharing.  I have been experiencing some intolerance for gluten and therefore, for some grains.  I love granola in the morning because it carries me through my longest meetings right from the time I eat it, at around 7:00AM to 12:30PM and beyond.  Granola also makes a wholesome snack at the office.  This recipe is very, very good, and very easy to make.  My husband now likes to take it on the truck for a filling breakfast.

Grain Free Granola

2 cups sliced almonds or 1 cup each of almonds and crushed walnuts

1 cup each sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds (raw and unsalted)

3/4 cup each unsweetened coconut and raisins (raisins or other fruit is optional)

1/2 cup each sesame seeds and ground flax meal

1/4 cup each honey coconut oil or a bit of almond oil and olive oil

1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)

1/4 teaspoon almond extract (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine nuts, seeds, flax meal, coconut and raisins. In a small saucepan, combine butter and honey and heat until melted. Add vanilla and almond extract to the butter and honey, and pour over the rest of the ingredients. Mix well. Spread granola onto a large baking sheet and cook for 30 minutes. Let the granola cool, then break into small clusters. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Let me know what you think of this recipe.    Other good recipes are: 

How To Make Soup To Serve To Buddha
Ancestors Speak - Recipe For Wild Rice Muffins
Ancestors Speak - A Recipe For Hamburger Soup
Nourishing Body, Mind and Spirit – Raw Oatmeal Cookies



From Judy – Happy July 4th To All Americans

Have a very happy and safe July 4th celebration.



Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Buddha Speaks - The Eight Rights of Buddhism

I had a friend come over on the weekend.  She was devastated because she had been fired from her job, by email, based on third hand gossip.  I was so sad for her!  I wondered why an employer would act this way.  And, as I was scrolling through the sites in Chrome, this picture popped up. 

I had an AHA! moment where I knew that  someone had not honored right speech, and the employer was not honorable and ignored right view and right action to spoil someone’s right livelihood.  If ignorance is power, than this was an example of hurtful power in action. 

Always, I ask, what is the lesson here?  The answer that I got was that the person that got hurt (fired) had not been discriminating about who they would work for.  Sometimes, this is hard because you get hired by a Human Resources department and you do not meet the immediate supervisor.  I think that one of the issues is that sometimes, when we find there is a problem, we do not say, “Whoa and stop!  This is a mistake!”  Somewhere, we have learned that “when we make our bed, we must lie in it.” 

I don’t believe that for a second!  We can make choices and we can take right action by saying that we honestly made a mistake.  And, we can start over.



Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Angels Speak – Doing Better

June has been a tough month because of all of the project stuff, the family stuff, and the flood stuff.  I have not had any extra energy to write, or to do anything extra.  My time is mostly about what I have to do.  I was thinking about how to do better and I realized that I was still weighted down by all the things people expect me to do. 

I was feeling like I needed some answers to clear up what was going on with my thinking, and I saw the poster at the start of this blog.  I believe that you have to go through a growing or percolating stage, before you get to the place where you understand a situation, and know “better” about it.  I will get to that point, and celebrate when I do.



Monday, 1 July 2013



From Judy – Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day to everyone in Canada and to all the Canadians elsewhere!





Four Strong Winds

Songwriters:  IAN TYSON

Four strong winds that blow lonely, Seven seas that run high,
All these things that don't change, Come what may.
But our good times are all gone,
And I'm bound for moving on.
I'll look for you if I'm ever back this way.
Think I'll go out to Alberta,
Weather's good there in the fall.
Got some friends that I can go to working for,
Still I wish you'd change your mind
If I asked you one more time,
But we've been through that a hundred times or more.

If I get there before the snow flies,
And if things are going good,
You could meet me if I send you down the fare.
But if you wait until it's winter,
It will be no good
'Cause that wind sure can blow way out there.