Sunday inspiration: Take off the mask!

In honor of today’s conjunction of the Sun to Chiron in Aries, the sign of initiation and identity, I offer this beautiful piece from Jeff Foster. We can’t heal wounds which we cover with a mask. The healing of old wounds of not-enoughness is simplified when we present ourselves in true Aries fashion, with the confidence and innocence of a new babe. 

There is nothing more liberating
than being yourself.
Not your ‘self’,
but yourself.
Not the ‘self’ you invented in order to win love.
Not the mask you wear in order to please people,
make them like and approve of you,
win fame and money and build your status.
Not the façade, the games and roles you play
in order to prove how loveable you are, how kind,
how compassionate, how sexy, how wise, how funny,
how nice, how intelligent, how ‘spiritual’,
how free from worldly concern.
But your True Self.
The One that was there before you invented ‘self’,
before you put on that false and suffocating mask.
The One that isn’t afraid of being exposed,
of being seen, of being ‘found out’,
because there’s nothing to hide and nothing to lose.
The One who speaks truth and only truth.
The One you will return to upon death.
The One that no mask can create, destroy,
or truly hide.
Let yourself be seen, today.
Only illusions can be lost.
And all masks will […]
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By |2022-04-03T07:53:21-04:00April 3rd, 2022|Inspiration|3 Comments

Sunday poetry: Ode to Gaia

Ode to Gaia

With the world speeding towards midnight on the doomsday clock, it’s easy to forget the beauty of the world around us. There is still magic everywhere, in the midst of chaos. I offer this poem of healing and beauty as a prayer today. ❤️

I woke to soft mists over the river,
A chilled, liquid, world where dew falls as rain
From the trees in muted musical notes
And the air is faintly luminescent…
A surreal place of contrasts and shadows
In pastel hues applied with a soft brush.I kneel beside last night’s campfire and brush
Away ash, which settles on the river…
A fine, white, snow swirling in dark shadows
Of mist and water…a breeze brings more rain,
Drops hissing on coals, red and luminescent
As birds announce the sunrise with bright notes.Upon my pad, a monarch reads my notes.
Later in the day, I will hear the brush
Of its wings in my mind, luminescent
Beats, which bubble in memory’s river.
Another breeze and more dew falls as rain,
Some glimmering pale gold in the shadows.Slowly, the mists flow into the shadows,
There to sleep ‘till crickets play the first notes
Of tomorrow…dew is no longer rain,
Each drop a glowing gem at the first brush
Of the sun, which also turns the river
Into gold, molten and luminescent.

No better word would do…luminescent…
Glittering light dances where once shadows
And mists were pastels over the river…
And the music! Nature’s symphonic notes!
The birds, the river and the whisk-whisk brush
Of leaves form harmonies as soft, warm rain.

Sadness fills me and tears fall as rain.
These days are fragile things, luminescent
Once-was-could be’s…for man chooses to brush
Such beauty aside…he prefers shadows,
His music consists of discordant notes
Of waste which pollutes earth, air and river.

How beautiful the river! […]

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By |2022-03-13T08:20:10-04:00March 13th, 2022|Inspiration|1 Comment

Sunday poetry: The world was made to be free in.

Art by Melissa Chen

The yearning to be free is a hallmark of the Aquarian energies in which we find ourselves. Mercury and Saturn have been in Aquarius, and now they are joined by Mars and Venus. The invasion of Ukraine by Russia is creating ripples of political conflict that sets basic rights of freedom against authoritarianism.  We cannot change the world, but we can change our own inner state of self-repression and despair. Towards this end I offer a beautiful poem by David Whyte.  ❤️

Sweet Darkness
When your eyes are tired
the world is tired also.
When your vision has gone
no part of the world can find you.

Time to go into the dark
where the night has eyes
to recognize its own.
There you can be sure
you are not beyond love.

The dark will be your womb
The night will give you a horizon
further than you can see.

You must learn one thing:
the world was made to be free in.
Give up all the other worlds
except the one to which you belong.

Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
confinement of your aloneness
to learn
anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive
is too small for you.

~ David Whyte ~

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By |2022-03-06T07:55:41-05:00March 6th, 2022|Inspiration|2 Comments

Sunday inspiration: Something sacred is coming this way

art by Thomas Blackshear

In honor of the US Pluto return this week, when transiting Pluto returns to its place in the US chart (a planetary configuration which has been building for quite some time), I offer these words from a spiritual leader of Native American descent. The philosophy of karma isn’t typically found in western culture, but Newton’s Law, that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, reflects the idea that for every action there is a consequence.  The seeds that are sown will grow fruit – will we plant seeds which grow love and tolerance, or will we plant seeds which grow hate and fear?  This is the choice of free will. 

Meanwhile, the world is changing all around us and I found this piece of writing to be spectacular in the face of it. I hope you too will find it inspirational!

“Something sacred is coming this way.

That is how my ancestors would have said it. In the midst of all this turmoil and confusion, when we cannot clearly see the path before us, when we feel trapped in a situation we cannot control, then I believe the wise elders of my holy heritage would climb to the high place of the heart, draw the circle of reason and faith around them, and stand to sing their prayers into the open sky of the history to come.

They would not shrink into a corner afraid, but rise up to catch the first light of what was coming into being all around them.

We are living in a time of emergence.

We are the witnesses to a great renewal.

The world is full of the fear of birth and change, but that transformation will […]

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By |2022-02-19T08:00:00-05:00February 19th, 2022|Inspiration|5 Comments

Sunday inspiration: Mending the world that is within our reach

art by Jorge Ramirez

In this time of chaotic change, it can be exhausting trying to figure out how to repair the world. Climate change, political strife, war, hatred… we want to be responsible citizens of the world but we don’t know where to begin. Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes has just the words to inspire and encourage. ❤️

Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach.

Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another Soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely.

It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good.
What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts, adding, adding to, adding more, continuing. We know that it does not take everyone on Earth to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group who will not give up during the first, second, or hundredth gale.

One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your Soul.
Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the Soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire.

To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these — to be fierce and to show mercy toward others; both are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity.
Struggling Souls catch light from other Souls who are fully lit and willing to show it.
If you […]

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By |2022-02-06T08:49:35-05:00February 6th, 2022|Inspiration|3 Comments
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