Monday, 16 July 2018

Comparing Self to Others

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A big lesson that many of us have to learn is that we cannot keep comparing ourselves to other people.  If we were all exactly the same, then we could compare.  Since each of us is unique, comparison does not work.

In fact, the Angels say, that when we start comparing ourselves to others, we are really reacting to a mirror of a part of ourselves that we have not yet dealt with, and that we need to put to rest.  That is a huge idea!

In comparing to others, we are pulling out the parts of us that need to be worked on.  Whether it is physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual work, when a comparison pops up, now is the time to do the work.

Ask yourself:


Why is this comparison of "xxxx" so important to me?
  • Why do I need to learn this at this time in my life?
  • What is the bigger lesson here?
  • Who else is affected by my lesson?

Many blessings.


Sunday, 15 July 2018

Tricycle is Offering a "Dream Yoga" Class

Hi Everyone!

If you like yoga, and if you want to find out more about your dreams, check out this on-line course from Tricycle Org. 

Dream Yoga

Each year we spend at least 720 hours dreaming. In fact, most of us spend about one-third of our lives asleep. Dream yoga is a unique and transformative practice that allows you to explore your mind while dreaming, so that this significant portion of your life is being used to your greatest advantage. In this six-week course, you will learn about the mental and physical benefits of nocturnal practices and discover how awakening in your dreams can profoundly transform your waking life.

Here's what to expect each week:

Week 1: Benefits of Dream Yoga
Week 2: Remembering Your Dreams
Week 3: The Sacredness of Sleep
Week 4: What to Do When You're Lucid
Week 5: Obstacles and Antidotes
Week 6: Advanced Stages and Spiritual Benefits

You can digest the course material at your own pace, on your own schedule. Once you've enrolled, the course is yours to keep.

Go here to see more about the class which starts in July…

https://learn.tricycle.org/courses/dream-yoga

Thursday, 12 July 2018

July 12 Partial Solar Eclipse

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Picture of Partial Solar Eclipse

An eclipse brings change.  Read the following information, and then go and read the whole article.

This is from the site - https://astrologyking.com/solar-eclipse-july-2018-2/

The New Moon on Thursday July 12, 2018 at 20° Cancer is a partial solar eclipse. The Solar Eclipse July 2018 astrology is influenced by a powerful opposition to minor planet Pluto. This indicates some sort of crisis with your self-esteem, a relationship or an event. An equally intense fixed star brings the potential for neurotic distress triggered by a deeply buried subconscious fear of disaster.

The July 2018 Solar Eclipse signals the right time to transform something in your life holding you back from happiness and success. A fortunate Grand Trine configuration allows you to apply this transformation to your love life, finances or creative work. Hard work and determination will unleash the potential and opportunity held within the grand trine to help avert a personal crisis.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Nourishing Ourselves

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The Angels say that we must nourish ourselves continuously as we move through the next several years.  The changing energies, weather, and fluctuations in our abilities will cause us to feel very tired and almost depressed unless we take care of ourselves. 

We are in a beautiful time of change.  We see the light move around us and we see new acts of kindness and goodness.  In the upheaval, we see Nature take on a new role where she spews out lava, rocks the world with earthquakes, and drowns the Earth with rain or drought.  We can get through all of this with a little self care. 

Many blessings.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Self Care

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I have been quite busy with work and family stuff.  The Angels have been telling me that I need to make sure that as well as taking care of others and other things, that I must take care of myself.  They say that I need more rest and more fun.  I am planning some fun things! 

As always, when I need something to spur me to action, a nifty article comes my way. Here is a fantastic meditation or mantra on self care from Louise Hay.

I love my body.
My body is perfect for me at this time. My body weight is also perfect. I am exactly where I choose to be. I am beautiful, and every day I become more attractive. This concept used to be very hard for me to accept, yet things are changing now that I am treating myself as if I were someone who was deeply loved. I’m learning to reward myself with healthy little treats and pleasures now and again. Little acts of love nurture me, doing things that I really like, such as quiet time, a walk in nature, a hot soothing bath, or anything that really gives me pleasure. I enjoy caring for myself. I believe it is okay to like myself and to be my own best friend. I know my body is filled with star light and that I sparkle and glow everywhere I go.

-----Excerpt taken from Meditations to Heal Your Life by Louise Hay






Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Happy 4th of July 2018

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To everyone that reads my blog and lives in the United States, Happy 4th of July.

I wish you many blessings.  Make this Fourth of July memorable by counting your blessings and truly appreciating your freedom.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Let's Talk About Kindness

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I often wonder how people were raised when I see people act unkindly to others.  I wonder why bullying in schools, and via social media, has gotten to be such a huge problem.  Bullying is so unkind.  And then, I wonder why so many people have decided that they must kill other people that they know.  This is the ultimate unkindness.

The light is an amazing gift – that is – the light to be kind, courteous, mindful, and compassionate.  The light helps people to be kind to others and to recognize the "right" thing to do.  A good example of goodness/kindness is three people in Toronto who rushed to lift a blind person from the train tracks where the person had fallen off the platform.  One of the heroes said, "It was the right thing to do!"

Kindness and the ability to be kind is being tested harder than it has ever been tested in the history of mankind.  How will you answer the call to be kind?

Many blessings.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Happy Canada Day–July 1 2018

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Happy Canada Day!  For me, Canada Day is a reminder that we need to celebrate this wonderful country of ours. 

If you cannot think of a reason to celebrate, check out this article by MacLean's News.  It will show you how very many reasons we have to be excited about living in Canada.

https://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/151-reasons-why-its-better-to-be-canadian/ 

Now, I need to get back to my celebrating.

Many blessings.

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Why You Are Feeling Sad? – By Osho

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Sadness is nothing but the same energy that could have been happiness.

When you don’t see that your happiness is flowering, you become sad. Whenever you see somebody happy, you become sad: Why is it not happening to you? It can happen to you! There is no problem in it. You just have to uncondition your past. You will have to go a little out of the way for it to happen, so just make a little effort to open yourself. Even if it feels a little painful in the beginning…. In the beginning it will feel painful.

Start one meditation in the night, from tonight. Just feel as if you are not a human being at all. You can choose any animal that you like. If you like a cat, good. If you like a dog, good…or a tiger — male, female — anything you like. Just choose, but then stick to it. Become that animal. Move on all fours in the room and become that animal.

For fifteen minutes enjoy the fantasy as much as you can. Bark if you are a dog and do things a dog is expected to do — and really do them! Enjoy it and don’t control, because a dog cannot control. A dog means absolute freedom, so whatsoever happens in that moment, do. In that moment don’t bring in the human element of control. Be really doggedly a dog! For fifteen minutes roam around the room…bark, jump. Continue this for seven days. It will help.

You need a little more animal energy. You are too sophisticated, too civilized, and that is crippling you.

Too much civilization is a paralyzing thing. It is good in a small dose

but too much of it is very dangerous. One should always remain capable of being an animal.

Your animal has to be freed; that is the problem as I see it. If you can learn to be a little wild, all your problems will disappear. So start from tonight — and enjoy it!

Editor’s Note: This article comes from “The Passion For The Impossible” by Osho © The Osho International Foundation

Monday, 25 June 2018

Keeping Close to Nature

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The Angels tell us that now that Summer Solstice is past, we need to spend much time outside, in Nature, assimilating all the light that is available from other places in the Universe.

Now is the time for the energies to be re-charged with new light from far away.  This charging of the energies will bring new challenges for us.  We will become empowered and not easily swayed by corporate messages, political messages, or media influence.  We will become more awake to the manipulating that is happening to us and around us.

Being outside will allow us to detox with Nature.  The trees will cleanse us of disease, EMF, and toxic substances that we ingest when we eat food from elsewhere.  Don't worry if you get flu-like symptoms, that is part of the process.

Enjoy.

Many blessings.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Taking a Break

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Life sometimes gets too busy for us to cope with everything that is going on – work, family, friends, illnesses, hobbies, socializing, memberships…. you get the idea. 

Since April 2018, I have been taking a break from some of the things that I have been doing for a long time.  So, if you are still following the blog, you will see that I am ready to start up again.

Thank you for all of you readers that have sent special emails to see if I am okay, and to offer support for me taking a break, and encouragement to start up again.  I appreciate all of you!  Thank you!

My Angels want me to remind you to listen to your heart and soul and act upon what you feel.  Taking a break is a good way to re-energize and find your passion for doing something, again.

Many blessings.

Saturday, 7 April 2018

FROM JUDY’S KITCHEN ~IRISH SODA BREAD WITH ROSEMARY AND CHEESE

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Our family loves soda bread.  We use this recipe because it tastes good, and it feels like it lifts our spirits. 

If you feel down, try the soda bread.

IRISH SODA BREAD WITH ROSEMARY AND CHEESE

--Makes 16 servings..

1 ½ cups of all purpose white flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

2 tablespoons of granulated sugar (I use brown sugar)

1 ½ teaspoons of baking powder

½ teaspoon of baking soda

½ teaspoon of sea salt

1/3 cup of grated cheddar cheese (for a different taste, use raisins or currents)

1 tablespoon of rosemary flakes or crushed rosemary or fresh herb rosemary as in the picture

1 egg 1 ¼ cups of buttermilk (I use regular milk with 2 tablespoons of white vinegar)

3 tablespoons of vegetable oil

In a large bowl, combine all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir together well. Stir in cheese and rosemary seeds into flour mixture.

In a separate bowl, combine egg, buttermilk and oil. Pour liquid ingredients over flour mixture and very lightly combine together into rough dough.

Place dough in 9 inch by 2 ½ inch spring form pan lined with parchment paper. Bake in preheated 350 degrees Fahrenheit oven for 50 to 55 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on rack.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

SPIRIT ANIMAL–SPARROW SINGS

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Several days ago, I was feeling sad because my Dad was gone, and I was feeling glad because he was now released from the body that was starting to weigh him down. As he said, "It just doesn't work right anymore!"

I went out and sat under the arbour and mountain ash tree. I relaxed my body back into the swing chair, and closed my eyes. Within minutes, I could feel something watching me and there was bird song all around. I thought the birds were eating the berries in the tree. I looked up. There were about half a dozen sparrows hopping around the tree and looking at me, like they were concerned. Yes, I do put birdseed out, however, it's not like they are dependent upon me for food.

I wondered what was up. Then they started flying past me, quite close to my face. The dogs came and sat with me, and watched the birds. Pretty soon they were swooping over the dogs. It was quite a show! They were trying to tell me something.

Sparrows are noted for eating a wide variety of insects, and will fly up around the house. This year, they have kept our garden quite free of the normal pests that eat our lettuce and spinach and tomatoes. Chairman Mao Tse-Tung learned, with disastrous consequences, what happens when one dishonours the sparrow. He calculated that a sparrow could eat almost ten pounds of rice per year, and that if he killed a million sparrows, he'd have enough rice to feed an additional 60,000 people. The Chinese people were commanded to kill as many sparrows as possible. In Shantung province, the locals killed an estimated 2.7 million sparrows. The amount of rice did not increase with the death of the sparrows. It diminished. The insects that the sparrows normally killed, ate and damaged rice well in excess of what the sparrows ate. Chairman Mao decided he'd had a bad idea and ordered the people to be friends with the sparrows so the population would return to normal.

Sparrows are noted for representing abundance - both substantial and spiritually. The Japanese have a story about a sparrow’s gifting an old woodsman with gold and silver. There is also a story about a sparrow singing to Jesus as he hung on the cross. Songs have been written about the relationship between God and the sparrow. In ancient times, sparrows were thought to carry the souls of the dead up to the Gods. Our ancestors believed it was bad luck to kill a sparrow because this stopped them (the sparrow) from fulfilling its task.

Taking all of this information into context, it seemed to me that the sparrows were telling me to cheer up. They were saying that I was well taken care of, and that Dad was also well looked after. Sparrow’s song was a reminder to stay grounded (as are the colours) and stay in the present moment. The present is full of joy and peace and wonder. Their aerial acrobatics were reinforcing that I should use the gifts of my third eye and connect with the Divine to see the perfection in everything. It is good advice!

Many blessings.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

April 1 2018–This Month, Walk With Nature

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April Fool's day – a day for playing jokes.  This blog is not about joking.  It is about waking up and realizing that we need Nature in our lives.  It is about remembering that we come from Nature – from the Earth.  Our blood flows red with iron richness and lots of mineral and gases that are part of the Earth's structure.

We need to be out in Nature to restore our calm and to remind ourselves that we must care for the plants, animals, birds, etc. because they are our cousins.  They carry the same ingredients in their bodies.

It is sad that we want to destroy the parks and rivers and lakes to "develop" them.  And, yes, in some places, wild lands are being reclaimed so that new life can flourish in those spots.

Today, decide to be out in Nature for one hour a week.  Then slowly increase the time. 

Many blessings.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Spirit Speaks - The Spiritual Path is Stepping Into the Unknown

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The mystics in the world are writing about the opening up to spirituality that will be transforming people over the next twenty years.  Spirit tells us that this spiritual path is different for everyone. People seldom have the same experiences and processes.  Each of us is wired to experience life differently and so we each must have a unique spiritual experience.  Each day will open up new experiences for us to process and to grow with.  It will be challenging.  It will be frustrating at times.  It will help us grow into the being that will make a difference.

Many blessings.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Spirit Speaks - On Being Happy

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When you ask someone if they are happy, chances are that they will respond with "not really", or "not usually", or something like that.  Spirit tells us that many people want to be happy but that they are looking for someone or something outside of themselves to make them happy. Most people do not understand that happiness has to come from a place inside you.  It is the spark that makes you see the beauty in Nature and to feel playfulness to play with your children or pets.  It is the feeling that all is well regardless of what the complainers and nay-sayers are telling you.

Being happy is the gift of not caring about the drama going on around you.

Many blessings.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Angels Speak - On Being Humble

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One of the challenges of being around people today is having to deal with people who have huge egos.  Through their ego, they believe that they are right all the time, that they know everything, including all the answers, and that we, the audience are just ignorant, and must listen to them.  Truly, it gets tiring!

We see the egos at work, in stores and restaurants, and sometimes in our family and friends.  When people are so egotistical and rude, it is really difficult to wish them "loving kindness".  Yet, the lesson for us is that those with egos are the ones that need loving kindness.  We can be humble and we can help others, quietly and lovingly, without the noise.

Many blessings.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Spring Equinox March 20 2018

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This spring equinox is part of the beginning of the 19-Year cycle that started with the January 31 Full Moon and Eclipse.  It is a time of karmic changes that look at Love, Relationships with Others and with The Earth, and a time to look at our spiritual gifts.

I think that this prayer is an awesome prayer to offer up on this Equinox.

Earth, Teach Me!

Earth teach me quiet ~ as the grasses are still with new light.
Earth teach me suffering ~ as old stones suffer with memory.
Earth teach me humility ~ as blossoms are humble with beginning.
Earth teach me caring ~ as mothers nurture their young.
Earth teach me courage ~ as the tree that stands alone.
Earth teach me limitation ~ as the ant that crawls on the ground.
Earth teach me freedom ~ as the eagle that soars in the sky.
Earth teach me acceptance ~ as the leaves that die each fall.
Earth teach me renewal ~ as the seed that rises in the spring.
Earth teach me to forget myself ~ as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me to remember kindness ~ as dry fields weep with rain.
--Ute Prayer

Many blessings.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Spirit Guides in Black and White - Penguin

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This blog is in answer to several readers who have sent in questions about Penguin showing up in their dreams or during the day in a picture or on television.  And, this blog is a partial answer to why some guidance seems to be in black and white.

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Penguins have been around for 30 to 40 million years as verified by the six foot fossils found. This makes Penguin one of the older spirit guides.

When Penguin first appears to you, do not be surprised if she bows. As well as looking formal in their black and white attire, Penguins have an intricate social pattern that includes bowing to one’s mate upon leaving and arriving in the nest, bowing to others as they move throughout the society. Bowing represents a tool for appeasement and to maintain social structure. Those who have Penguin as a guide are encouraged to become more polite and attentive to how the social structure around them is holding together. Perhaps you are being called to pay honor to your mate or to your friends. Perhaps you need to appease someone where you have been harsh with your words or actions. Penguin also moves in straight lines when they are gathered in groups and moves with orderliness and a sense of purpose. They are determined and focus. If you lack determination and focus, ask Penguin to assist you in strengthening these areas.

As Penguin has become smaller (see side bar about height of six feet) and more aquatic, its ability to see out of water has diminished. It sees best in the water. As water also represents emotion, then Penguin has the clarity to see through the emotion and get to the heart of the issue. Additionally, Penguin moves through the water with the style of an acrobat or ballerina. They may be awkward on land, but Penguin is graceful and fluid in the water, twisting and turning and shooting upward, achieving speeds of 25 miles per hour. Penguin then teaches about tuning to your inner rhythm, and how to move with speed through emotions, shortening the time you would otherwise spend there.

Pay attention to Penguin’s color. Black and white, ying and yang, magic and mystery! The whiteness of the Penguin represents the awakening spirit and the light of all that is – as does the whiteness where it resides. The black represents the unknown, the density, and the different dimensions. The balance in Penguin’s color shows you how to balance and merge the darkness and the light, and to move between worlds as the Penguin moves between the sea and the land – two different worlds. Feel honored that Penguin is your guide for your journey of magic and mystery is moving in a new direction.

Many blessings.

Ancestors Speak - A Personal Creed

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A quiet place for reflection in Fish Creek Park - by Judith Hirst-Joyeux





(This blog is a reprint of an earlier blog from January 2009.  Enjoy!)

When one thinks of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, one thinks of valour, and of a creed of goodness or honour.  It will not surprise you to find that "Creed" means a "set of beliefs or guiding principles" (from the Merriam-Webster.com online dictionary).

History admires knights or anyone who seems to hold fast to principles of integrity and truth.  Why?  Because today, we no longer work with truth and integrity as part of our every day lives in business.  A popular sales tool is called "bait and switch".  The goal is to get the buyer interested in a mythological set of goods, and then actually sell the buyer something quite different.  Where is the integrity in that?  Corporations sell based on making money and producing revenue for shareholders. Shoddy workmanship, falsified lists of ingredients or list of parts, and mis-labelled packages are all part of the "game" to improve the bottom line.

With such examples in our every day lives, it almost seems impossible for an individual to avoid replicating the examples from the workplace.  Buddhists have the five precepts that they live by:

  • Abstain from destroying life
  • Abstain from stealing
  • Abstain from sexual misconduct
  • Abstain from lies
  • Abstain from intoxicating drinks

These five precepts are actually their creed for their way of life - a way of life that has been around since the first day of Buddha.  Many people find these precepts difficult to understand.

Shaman suggest that each of us create our own creed or way of life.  Therefore, when we violate our creed, we immediately "feel" the breach of trust with our self, and we react to repair the damage.

Here are some ideas for a personal creed.

  • I will be good to my body.
  • I will be truthful to myself and others.
  • I will treat all living things with respect.
  • I will honour the rights of all human beings to be the individuals they are with their own Sacred Points of View.
  • I will embrace my faith, and I will trust the Creator's divine guidance.
  • I will see all experiences in my life as ways to grow with lessons to learn.
  • I will strive to be my personal best without comparing my path to others.   (Suggestions from "DANCING THE DREAM" by Jamie Sams)

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  • When each of these ideas is examined, one says, "Why wouldn't I follow these beliefs?"  The interesting answer is that often, in order to work at a job each day, one cannot have many of these beliefs because the beliefs at work conflict with the beliefs of the person.

    When one sits in Meditation and asks how to resolve the incongruity of the work place and the person, Angels may answer and simply tell the person to leave their job.  To work at something that does not treat humans with respect is not healing or loving.  When we have a creed of honour, we crave the feeling of Oneness with all things -much like the Shaman of old were seen to be filled with peace and a spirit that directly linked to the Heavens.

    The creed that our ancestors lived with was about being in balance, recognizing Nature/Mother Earth as the provider of all food and water and air - simply, the provider of everything.  Corporations with all of their material goods, do not provide everything that we need. Perhaps it is time for all of us to develop a creed.

    What would your creed be?

    Many blessings.

    Saturday, 10 March 2018

    Smudging Has Medical and Spiritual Benefits

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    Anyone that starts on a spiritual practice learns about smudging with sage, juniper, lavender, palo santo wood, or with frankincense, myrrh, or any other number of products. Many incenses are also pure enough to be good smudging agents. Smudging is a way of clearing the energy or aura around one's self or around others to get rid of negative energy. Anecdotal evidence provides many reasons to keep smudging:

    • The feeling of being lighter or clearer
    • Feeling one can breath better
    • Feeling that the space that was cleared is less dense then areas that are not cleared

    However, there is now scientific evidence showing the benefits of smudging.  Because a remarkable 2007 study titled, "Medicinal smoke reduces airborne bacteria," published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, we now know that smudging may be one of the most powerful antiseptic technologies ever discovered.

    Here is an excerpt from the article:

    We have observed that 1 hour treatment of medicinal smoke emanated by burning wood and a mixture of odoriferous and medicinal herbs (havan sámagri=material used in oblation to fire all over India), on aerial bacterial population caused over 94% reduction of bacterial counts by 60 min and the ability of the smoke to purify or disinfect the air and to make the environment cleaner was maintained up to 24 hour in the closed room. Absence of pathogenic bacteria Corynebacterium urealyticum, Curtobacterium flaccumfaciens, Enterobacter aerogenes (Klebsiella mobilis), Kocuria rosea, Pseudomonas syringae pv. persicae, Staphylococcus lentus, and Xanthomonas campestris pv. tardicrescens in the open room even after 30 days is indicative of the bactericidal potential of the medicinal smoke treatment. We have demonstrated that using medicinal smoke it is possible to completely eliminate diverse plant and human pathogenic bacteria of the air within confined space."

    Not only did the burning of medicinal herbs clear aerial bacterial populations by 94% within one hour, but a full day later, the closed room was still effectively decontaminated. Even more amazing, a full month later, seven other pathogenic bacteria in the open room were still non-detectable.  There is evidence that smudging is more effective than Lysol type air purifiers. 

    Action Plan

    Go out and buy some sage, sweet grass, lavender, or any combination, and give your home a good cleansing.  Post a comment telling the rest of us how it worked for you.

    Many blessings.

    Wednesday, 7 March 2018

    Buddha Speaks - We need a Spiritual Life

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    You may have heard the saying that you need something to believe in.  For some, this means that you need religion.  For others, it means that you need to believe in some guiding principles or creed, to help you live your life to its highest potential. 

    The spiritual life that we lead keeps us grounded when circumstances become dangerous, or filled with grief, or with uncertainty.  By having guiding principles such as the Buddhist Eight Precepts or Don Miguel Ruiz's Four Agreements, or whatever belief system you have, we keep a light burning that keeps us on a path for our highest good.

    We can use our spirituality at work, play, or whenever we need it.  The big thing is that we need to remember to use it.

    Many blessings.

    Sunday, 4 March 2018

    Angels Speak - You Create Your Reality

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    So often I hear people say, "Why is this happening to me?"  The short answer that no one wants to hear is "because you willed it".  By repeating thoughts, and by validating them by speaking out loud, both  positive or negative energies are created around us.  They attract the very circumstances that we may have been trying to avoid.

    The example that comes to mind is a lady who repeatedly said that she wanted to be the center of attention.  Within several years, she had incurable cancer that made her the center of attention of her family and doctors and nurses at the hospital and cancer treatment center.  Obviously, this was not the type of attention that she wanted.  Because she did not put any qualifications around the "dream or vision", the Universe provided the circumstances to grant her wish.

    The Angels tell us to be very careful with our thoughts and words for we may get exactly what we asked for.

    Many blessings.

    Thursday, 1 March 2018

    Welcome March 2018

    imageThe season in the North is beginning to change from winter, with its snow and cold, to a milder, lighter time as March rolls in.  We equate March with the return of the sun and look forward to the equinox on March 20 this year.  We are anxious to smell the changes that come with the melting snow, and the rising rivers and rising sap in the trees. 

    It is a time to start clearing and cleaning out those things that we no longer need/use/want.  It can be physical things or spiritual things.

    It is a time for letting go.

    Many blessings.

    Tuesday, 27 February 2018

    Spirit Speaks -- The Hardest Lesson–Don't Take It Personally

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    Have you ever wanted to slap someone because they were being quite rude, or even vile, to you or to others?  When a bully acts out, it is so difficult not to take it personally.  We don't need to.  It is their stuff, their issue, their problem, and not ours.  Yet often we get sucked into the drama.

    Today, let the drama go.

    Many blessings.

    Saturday, 24 February 2018

    Spirit Speaks -- Allow The Universe

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    We move through space as we go about our daily activities on Planet Earth.  We already have an immediate connection with the Universe.  Yet, we do not realize the connection because we are so busy being isolated in our own ego.

    When we work in harmony with the Universe, a team like no other is created.  We can move through life and the routine with grace and ease.  We are kinder, laugh more, and recognize the fragility of life and the blessing we get when our soul has a chance to carry out its passion.

    We are now in that place where we can allow the magic of creating something new for ourselves.

    Many blessings.

    Wednesday, 21 February 2018

    Spirit Speaks -- What You Seek is Looking For You

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    The wonderful thing about life is that it really is a long, long, vision quest.  As you search and seek (not hide and seek), you send out energy to the Universe, telling the Universe what you want.  The Universe responds to thoughts, words, and energy, and She does her best to send what you need back to you.  It's really a lot like little kids sending out letters to Santa, outlining their wishes for Christmas presents.

    When you receive what you have asked for, the cool phrase that describes the process is "manifesting".  You have manifested your desires.  What are the prerequisites?  That the wish is good for all and harms no one.  Therefore, you cannot wish for people to become ill or to die, or to be harmed.

    Many blessings.

    Spirit Speaks - What is Spirituality

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    There are many definitions of spirituality.  Often, I think, different words are part of the meaning of spirituality.  Words like:

    • Universe
    • Light
    • Service
    • Harmony
    • Compassion
    • Letting go
    • Connectedness to all things

    Spirituality is not religion.  It is the relationship with all things, and the support that one gives to all things.

    Many blessings.

    Sunday, 18 February 2018

    Spirit Speaks -- Do Your Thing

    imageIt is really difficult to be your own person if people ridicule you by saying things like "you're weird", or, "you are a freak".  People do not like to see you happy or plugged in to doing your own thing. Why? Because it frightens them that you may be doing something better or greater than what they are doing. 

    To maintain our peace, we must learn to say the hard things to those who try to criticize and "you should" us.  The hard things are sayings like "your way is not my way.  Leave me alone."

    Today, decide what you would like to do to be doing "your thing".

    Many blessings.

    Thursday, 15 February 2018

    Spirit Speaks - Wisdom Comes

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    When I am asked, "How can I get back into balance with my life?", my answer is, "Go to Nature".

    Yes, it really is that simple. Yet, most people seem to want a long, difficult method of rebalancing.  I think it is because, over time, we have learned to believe that everything is complicated and that we need to go through a lot of steps to get to the end goal.  After all, that is what work is.

    Being in balance is a natural state, so, it seems to me, that the best place to balance is in Nature.  It doesn't matter what the season is; it only matters that you go out into nature willingly and with an open mind.

    My best drive home from work is one where I have time to look at the trees along the river and, if I am lucky, I see the Eagle guarding the river bank.  The sight of the river, trees, Eagle, and what ever else shows up brings me firmly into the present moment so that all that has been floating in my mind clears away.  I feel refreshed.

    Many blessings.

    Monday, 12 February 2018

    Spirit Speaks - Have a Vision

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    The interesting thing about a vision is that so many people tell you that it has to be long term and very big.  Really though, all you need to do is have small, easy to accomplish visions that help you to move through your day, and, eventually, you find that you have moved quite a bit in your life.

    Let me give you an example. Suppose you plan a birthday party or retirement party.  You need to see what the end result should look like, in your mind.  Then, you take the pieces of that vision, and break them down into the smaller steps like – catering – and then smaller steps about how to get the best caterer.  You can go back to your vision and see what the food looked like.  Then, you make sure that the food order supports that vision.  You can do the same thing with decorations – what do they look like?  Then find them or find a close match to the vision.

    Today, try the visioning process to see where it takes you.

    Many blessings.

    Friday, 9 February 2018

    Spirit Speaks - Just Let Your Light Shine

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    When someone asks you what your purpose is, tell them that it is to hold the light, and shine in the darkness.  While they may think that you are goofy or weird, you are really telling them the truth.  All of us just need to be beacons of light in the denseness. 

    Many blessings.

    Wednesday, 7 February 2018

    What Do You Need To Know?

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    How do you approach troublesome problems with people or with situations that seem to re-occur in your life?  Do you view them as bad people and bad luck? Or, do you ask, "What can I learn from this person or from this situation?"

    I read a quote that said, "Our eyes are in the front of our head and not in the back because we need always to look forwards, not backwards". While I think that quote is mostly true, I believe that we sometimes need to stop and take stock of what has been happening to us to see if we can see a pattern. 

    When we observe a pattern, then we are beginning to have an insight into our life.  For example, is there a situation where a friend has dumped us as a friend, several times in the last three years?  That is a pattern that shows there is an issue of some sort.  One can say that the problem is theirs.  Yet, we are learning that what happens around us and to us is a reflection of us.  So, the issue is also ours.  Now comes the fun part of figuring out the issue and owning it to resolve it.

    Today, take a look at some ongoing issues that you have had over time.  How will you resolve them?

    Many blessings.

    Monday, 5 February 2018

    Nature - About Stillness

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    This is a time of great changes, and the stillness is calling to some people.  It is in stillness that we quiet enough to hear the sounds in the silence.  When the sound of traffic, building exhaust fans, and hordes of people talking on their cell phones, disappears – then we reach that place where we can touch the energy of Mother Nature.  Plants, streams, wind in the trees, birds, and insects weave the energy of source.  We feel like we are brushed with a slice of restoring energy.  The stress falls away.  We feel our shoulders and our chest fall open with relief.  We feel grace move into our bodies and we are grateful.

    Many blessings.

    Saturday, 3 February 2018

    Never Give Up On A Dream

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    If you wonder what your passion is, the quote above tells you so well – it is what you cannot stop thinking about.  It is what you dream about and doodle on pages about.  It is the thing that over powers everything else in your life.

    For some people, it is cooking and recipes and food.  For others, it is carving or sewing or showing dogs or, whatever.  The passion is what makes life so much fun. 

    Today, pay attention to what you think about and see if you can discover what your passion is.

    Many blessings

    Thursday, 1 February 2018

    February 1, 2018

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    February – a time of snow and cold and tempting, warm weather from the chinook winds.. it is a time of change.  The birds are beginning to be more active.  The rabbits are beginning to race around the bushes and dance on the snow.  They can feel the change in the weather.

    With confidence, we all begin thinking of warmer weather and sunnier days.  Those of us with vacation time are taking trips to hot, sunny places, preferably with sandy beaches. 

    February is the "shaking off the winter" time.  We become energized and we plan things.  We become more active. We become alive.

    Many blessings.

    Monday, 29 January 2018

    The Power of Patience

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    The Power of Patience

    A Long time ago, there was a son who was extraordinarily respectful to his father. On his deathbed the father said: “My son, you honored me in my life time and now you must honor me after my death. I command you, if you should ever be overcome by anger you should hold back your angry until the next morning.

    After his father’s death, the son was forced to embark on a prolonged journey, which took him to distant lands for tens of years. Unbeknownst to him, the wife he left behind was expecting his child.

    After his years of absence, the husband returned home unannounced, hoping to joyously surprise his wife. But as he approached his bedchamber he saw his wife embracing a handsome young man, a stranger. The husband became fiercely jealous and reached for his dagger - when he suddenly remembered the pledge he made to his father: He must hold back his rage overnight.

    The next day he was shocked to discover that the young man in his wife’s embrace was none other than his own son, the child that his wife had borne during his long absence. The man was thus saved from tragically slaughtering his own family.

    Source: “A Letter for the Ages” Mesorah Publications 1989

    The greatest remedy for anger is delay. –Seneca

    Saturday, 27 January 2018

    Recipe– Ham and Potato Soup

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    Delicious Ham and Potato Soup

    Prep Time: 20 Min Cook Time: 25 Min Ready In: 5 Min 8 Servings

    Ingredients

    3 1/2 cups peeled and diced potatoes

    1/3 cup diced celery

    1/3 cup finely chopped onion

    3/4 cup diced cooked ham

    3 1/4 cups water

    2 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules

    1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

    1 teaspoon ground white or black pepper, or to taste

    5 tablespoons butter

    5 tablespoons all-purpose flour

    2 cups milk

    Directions

    Combine the potatoes, celery, onion, ham and water in a stockpot. Bring to a boil, then cook over medium heat until potatoes are tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in the chicken bouillon, salt and pepper. In a separate saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour with a fork, and cook, stirring constantly until thick, about 1 minute. Slowly stir in milk as not to allow lumps to form until all of the milk has been added. Continue stirring over medium-low heat until thick, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir the milk mixture into the stockpot, and cook soup until heated through. Serve immediately.

    Thursday, 25 January 2018

    Energy–Thinking about the Circle


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    Today, as you move about the tasks that you need to perform, think about the ways that you move/work/plan in a circle.  How does it feel?

    Many blessings.

    Tuesday, 23 January 2018

    Energy - Taking Things Too Personally

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    Everyday, I see people that do not know how to deal with other people's opinions.  They see it as criticism or being put down.  These folks have never learned to separate coaching, criticism, and negative comments.  Everything is take personally.  They over react.  It makes them difficult to deal with and difficult to have as an employee.

    As a generalization, this trait is dominant in people who are only children. Perhaps it is because they didn't have to share and get along with others, and there fore did not develop a "thicker skin" along the way. And yes, there are exceptions.  Remember, this is a generalization. 

    It takes a lot of time, kindness, trust, and willingness to change to alter the behavior.  Once the change is made, the individual seems to go on to achieve goals and to grow in abundance. 

    Many blessings.

    Sunday, 21 January 2018

    Energy - Caution Signs

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    We are all used to traffic lights that have a green for go, red for stop, and yellow for caution.  What if we took all the good, practical sayings and put them in yellow, like caution signs?  Would we pay more attention to them?

    Would it make a difference how we see and hear things like….?

    • If I'm not back in five minutes, just wait longer…
    • You are not your past.  You are free.  For you are, this instant, how you choose to be.
    • Things take time.  So just be patient.
    • Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.
    • Anger is only one letter short of Danger.
    • The bridge you burn now may be the one you have to cross later.
    • Troubles, like babies, grow large by nursing.
    • The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.
    • Your time is limited so don't waste it on living someone else's life.

    Most of us do not have caution or yield lights in our life. We barrel ahead based on an adrenaline rush or the red haze of anger.  (Just think for a minute about the red… which means – stop.) And we get ourselves into trouble. 

    Today, be mindful of the yellow caution signs, and stop for the red light.

    Many blessings.

    Friday, 19 January 2018

    Energy - Believing in Self

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    It really is true that you have to believe in yourself or no one else will.  Self belief is wrapped around self confidence, being grateful all the time, feeling love for others and for yourself, being positive, and having a soul full of "I believe in me!".

    There is a great deal of negative energy floating around that wants us to believe that we cannot complete tasks or achieve any goals without the help of some guru or coach or mentor.  While it is true that some people find it easier to achieve with that sort of help, they also find it easier to blame someone else if things go awry. 

    Today, sit down and have a talk with yourself.  Talk about how you believe in you, and what you can do. 

    Many blessings.

    Wednesday, 17 January 2018

    Energy - Pain In Your Body

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    I banged my knee on the corner of the bed when I was making it.  It bloody hurt, because I punctured the skin on the corner of the post.  Within fifteen minutes, I banged my head on the corner of the kitchen cupboards.  I never do that.  I couldn't figure out what happened.  The last straw was stubbing my toe on the step as I was going upstairs.  It hurt, and I never stub my toe, either.

    What is going on?? I kept asking myself what was happening and what I was supposed to learn.  And then I got it!  I was not being mindful.  I was not paying attention to what I was doing.  Instead, I was allowing my mind to wander, and to distract me from the task at hand.  I am all attention, now.

    Many blessings.

    Monday, 15 January 2018

    Energy - Be Positive

    imageEvery time that we start over, we need to learn to be positive again.  It is a difficult thing – to learn to be positive.  We have years of ingrained training inside us to please others, to fear change, to deny our gifts, and to over think everything.

    When we begin a new part of our life, we need to please our self and to push for change.  We need change to break out of our rut.  We can stop looking at the past because it is in the rearview mirror, and we do not need to care about it.  Ignore the comments, "Look what happened to…".

    As we begin, we need to find ways to build ourselves up.  It is a new way of thinking for us.  It is a time to for us to look at our gifts and strengths, and use them. 

    Many blessings.

    Saturday, 13 January 2018

    Energy - Stretching

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    Stretching For Energy

    Have you ever watched a cat or a dog after they have awakened from a deep sleep, or even from a nap? The first thing they do is to stretch. And, it is not just a little stretch, it is a front paw, open jaw yawn, gut arranging, to the back paw stretch. The stretch energizes the muscles as fresh oxygen rushes through the blood and muscles. How may of us take time to stretch like this in the morning?

    Do give yourself permission to stretch for energy and health each morning and when you need a break during the day. Start with your toes and stretch them wide apart. Stretch your calves, knees, and thighs. Stretch your abdomen and hips by sucking your gut in and out with a deep inhale and exhale. Stretch your ribs and stomach by arching backwards and extending your arms over your head and backwards. Then tilt your head back and yawn. The first couple of times that you stretch really hard, you may hear tendons creak, and you might even see stars! This is a good indicator that you really need this regular stretch. Think about adding stretching to your New Year’s resolutions.

    Many blessings.

    Thursday, 11 January 2018

    Energy - Beyond Abundance

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    Are you caught up in the battle to earn a living doing a job you don’t particularly like? Are you feeling slightly desperate trying to ensure that you have enough money for your family? Are you wondering whether your job is “good enough” to provide the income you need? Well, you are not alone in this feeling. Millions of people across North America get out of bed each morning and travel to work at something that they dislike. Because they are not happy, the effect cascades through their lives and the lives of their family. Just like the water in the Cascading Falls wears down the rock over time, the spirit is eroded by the feeling of futility and depression.

    Why do so many people fall into the trap of living in a fashion that may earn them money but leaves them feeling unfulfilled? Most people are unaware that there is anything in life beyond satisfying the safety and security issues. They have not heard that there is tremendous abundance in the universe and that this abundance is available to all. For examples of abundance, look into nature. A tree produces more than just one leaf or one piece of fruit. Most vegetables produce more than one pod or bean or ear. The idea behind producing this abundance is that there is some to reproduce with and keep growing and there is some to give away. This is nature’s way of showing what is beyond abundance – that is, GENEROSITY.

    When one fulfills what is needed to be happy and comfortable, when a person feels like they have excess - that is the time to show one’s abundance by giving to others. Have you noticed that even the people deemed the richest in the world give away a good portion of their wealth? Bill Gates, Oprah, Bono to name a few. Even Warren Buffet, the second richest man in the world, according to Forbes Magazine, gave his wealth to Bill Gate’s Foundation because he believed in the good work that the Gates’ were doing. When people are generous, it restores their spirit if they do it from the heart. When they do it because they want the accolades and want to be noticed, the act becomes part of the quest for security, and continues the erosion of the integrity.

    People who seem to make lots of money, but don’t share it or share some of it grudgingly, do not seem to find the same peace as those who give generously. It does seem that one of the major differences between the “have” nations and the “have-not” nations is the degree that the wealthy of the country, on a per capita basis, donate to charitable causes or to where the help is needed. The have-not countries do not contribute back, but keep pulling the wealth from the land and the people, and from organizations that move in to try and help improve the overall situation. It seems that where activities out of integrity have been happening for a long time, the earth is rising up and taking back its generosity. Some recent examples are the Tsunami in 2004 and various earthquakes, floods and volcanoes in many third world countries. Time is a constrained resource and yet in the prosperous nations, people are willing to donate their time - that is to volunteer, for various activities from fund raising to working for free (planting trees in reforestation efforts, Habitat For Humanity, coaching, church fundraisers, delivering baskets to those families that need them, to name a few activities). Nations that do not have the wealth also do not have the same level of volunteerism. One could argue that they have a much harder time simply living. However, there does seem to be a correlation between how well people look after others through volunteerism and those that simply look after themselves.

    The main point is that by recognizing that abundance already exists, and spreading that abundance through generosity, all people become part of the activity of making abundance. This abundance then circles back to all in the form of more abundance. The circle represents spiritual realms in sacred geometry. Therefore, when one goes beyond abundance, into generosity, one does the work of spirit. And, that is as it should be. And, it is.

    (Article reprinted, by permission of the author, from Angels and Ancestors Magazine Volume 1 Issue 4 January 28 2007)

    Many Blessings.

    Sunday, 7 January 2018

    Energy - Job This Year

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    Everyone seems to wonder what their purpose or job is – the purpose of their life.  I think that it changes from time to time, depending on what is going on in the world.  I hear mystics talking about all the things that need to be done this year to change the tide of negative energy.
    I think that the number one job this year for all of us is to keep our cool and to bring peace and calm to where ever we are.  Calmness inspires others.  It gives one an identity.  It brings healing to anger and aggression.  With calmness, we can show kindness and positivity.  It is a chance to change our environment.
    If we each change our environment, then eventually, the environments will link together to form a net of calmness and peace.
    Many blessings.

    Friday, 5 January 2018

    Energy - Do What You Were Going To Do

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    This is the start of a new year.  You have had dreams and ideas about how to change your life.  This is a beginning.  It is a great time to make changes.  Sometimes, before we can move on to something different, we have to learn to let go of what we have.  We don't have to do it in one big stroke of letting go.  We can do it in small, baby steps. 

    Learning to live life to the fullest is the biggest change most of us will make this year.  We know that we can achieve anything.  The Archangels and Angels have told us so.  The rest is up to us.  We can ask for help along the way, but, we do need to let go of our ego. 

    So when someone offers you a bunch of "free" advice, smile, agree, and move on!

    Many blessings.

    Wednesday, 3 January 2018

    Energy - Smiling

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    The Angels say that smiling was a gift given to humanity to help them change their emotional thermometer.  It seems when the Earth was dark and the vibration very low, humans, such as they were, gave off an angry, aggressive vibration.

    For mankind to progress, the Angels say, the humans needed to be able to raise their vibration to pull in the small rays of light that were beaming to Earth.  The Angels pondered the problem.  They tried to give humans games, songs, and other activities to raise their spirits.  Nothing worked. 

    The Angels took their problem out to the Universe and asked what might change the humans so that they were not so angry and aggressive.  The Universe, in turn, pondered the problem, and determined that a physiological solution was required.  The Universe realized that the humans needed to have some kind of self worth and needed to feel tranquility, and perhaps contentment.  Further, the humans needed to be able to express that they were not angry or feeling like fighting. 

    The Universe decided on some physiological adjustments to the human DNA.  One of the mechanics placed in the DNA was the ability to change the face muscles to shift upward to show a relaxed countenance.  And, the Universe shifted the DNA to include some emotion and self awareness.  Over several generations, humans began to smile to show that they were content and happy with themselves and with each other.

    Many blessings.

    Monday, 1 January 2018

    Happy New Year 2018

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    I wish one and all a very happy and prosperous 2018! 

    I thank all of you who have followed my blog since its inception in 2006. And thank you to each of you who took the time to send me emails or phone me to encourage me to keep going.  We are all a team.

    This year, I believe we will see more big changes in life around the world.  We will all experience roller-coaster-like emotional swings as wonderful things and tragedies occur.  We will each need to be able to ground and center and find that ability to be the observer and not get caught up in the drama. It is a tall order.

    Remember to reach out to friends and family for help when you need it. 

    Many blessings.