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Sunday inspiration: The kingdom is an open window

art by Gary Colet

This week we hit Peak Retrograde, with seven planets retrograde until the 12th when Jupiter turned direct.  Since Jupiter is the planet of faith and religion, as well as optimism and good fortune, I thought this from Thomas Moore was an appropriate quote for today.  When the world changes around us, our ideas of what give life meaning, facets of Jupiter, need to change along with it.  As we bridge the doorway from the Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius, many of our religious theologies and beliefs have fallen away, and in their place we are crafting new philosophies.  


The kingdom [of God] is invisible, empty. It’s more like a color than an object, more like a sound than a structure. It isn’t anything more than a point of view, but it is a perspective on life that makes all the difference. …

The kingdom is like an open window, nothing in itself, and yet it allows everything. It is transparent and translucent. It allows the fullness of life to shine through. It is a way of seeing and living, but it is not an entity separate from ordinary existence. It is not a set of beliefs as much as a slant on life. In some ways it’s a door opening to a new life, but even better, it’s a window you can look through and see another world.


Thomas Moore, Writing in the Sand

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By |2020-09-12T09:34:48-04:00September 13th, 2020|Uncategorized|3 Comments

Sunday inspiration: Why me?

Art by NC Wyeth Art by NC Wyeth

I have two good friends with cancer, so this question is coming up a lot these days. And recently I did a reading for someone who was taken ill with pneumonia and since then suffered a seemingly never ending series of health problems and pain.  I’ve had clients who have been in terrible car accidents that paralyzed them.  Horrific abuse as children. Being fired from a job at which they excelled.

These events may seem terrible on the surface, and it would be easy when undergoing a drastic and terrible time to feel like Job in the bible on whom Jehovah visited a never ending series of trials.  But hidden in nearly all of these events is a kernel of magic that can transform our viewpoint and the way we see our world.

Cancer has been much on my mind lately because of my friends.  The last thing they want to hear from me is that there is a gift of magic hidden in their cancer.  I’ve never had cancer, so how do I know?  And is that really helpful?  What if they can’t find that gift, does that make them somehow a lesser person?  And yet there are many stories of people with serious illness who have found a new way of looking at their lives that completely transformed them.

Nine years ago I wrote this article about “the bright side of cancer.”  In this article I quote a number of people, including Lance Armstrong who said “Cancer was the best thing that ever happened to me,” he said. “I don’t know why I got the illness, but it did wonders for me, and I wouldn’t want to walk away from […]

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By |2016-10-08T12:17:06-04:00August 14th, 2016|Favorite posts, Inspiration|2 Comments

Sunday inspiration: Living wide open

Photo by Isac Goulart Photo by Isac Goulart

Living Wide Open:
Landscapes of the Mind

I will not die an unlived life.
I will not live in fear
of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days,
to allow my living to open me,
to make me less afraid,
more accessible;
to loosen my heart
until it becomes a wing,
a torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance,
to live so that which came to me as seed
goes to the next as blossom,
and that which came to me as blossom,
goes on as fruit.

–poem by Dawna Markova

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By |2014-01-26T09:25:21-05:00January 26th, 2014|Inspiration|0 Comments

Sunday inspiration: Simplicity, patience, compassion

“Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being. Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are. Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world.”

― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

art from The Mandala Way

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By |2011-09-18T08:29:14-04:00September 18th, 2011|Inspiration|2 Comments

Sunday inspiration: A blessing

John O'Donohoe Art by Michael Green

May the light of your soul guide you.
May the light of your soul bless the work
You do with the secret love and warmth of your heart.
May you see in what you do the beauty of your own soul.
May the sacredness of your work bring healing, light and renewal to those
Who work with you and to those who see and receive your work.
May your work never weary you.
May it release within you wellsprings of refreshment, inspiration and excitement.
May you be present in what you do.
May you never become lost in the bland absences.
May the day never burden you.
May dawn find you awake and alert, approaching your new day with dreams,
Possibilities and promises.
May evening find you gracious and fulfilled.
May you go into the night blessed, sheltered and protected.
May your soul calm, console and renew you.

May the light of your soul guide you
From the works of John O’Donohoe, an Irish poet and mystic

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By |2011-08-21T08:18:34-04:00August 21st, 2011|Inspiration|4 Comments
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