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Metaphysical Christmas — Joseph

    If we look at the Bible, not as a literal text, but instead as a book of the Soul, then we can sit in the energy of the Bible stories and ask what they mean to us today. As we do this, we can look at the characters that exist in the stories and the characteristics that similarly exist within us. This personalizes scripture and allows us to utilize scripture as Spiritual Food and insight. My last blog explored the Christmas story from the perspective of Mary; Jesus’ mother. This was followed by a meditation to connect with our own inner Mother Mary. Today’s blog will look...

Metaphysical Christmas — Mary

Merry Christmas. I LOVE this time of year. I like the symbolism, the Christmas cards with long letters from friends I miss, the decorating, the music, the lights around the cacti, and the corny Christmas movies that end with fairy dust sprinkled lavishly across the tv or movie screen. And, I enjoy revisiting the story of the birth of Jesus through the lens of the Soul. For the next few weeks I am going to write about the metaphysical meaning of Christmas. In addition, I will post meditations to move us into the energy of the story of the the Christmas story; the birth of Divine Love in human...

The Holy Sacred Razor Clam

    The last three days I have been in mostly silence, mostly meditation, mostly prayer and 100 percent alone. Energetically I’d become overwhelmed, and it was time that I broke from my availability to others, and dove within my Soul. This quiet, natural progression led to writing my Christmas letter last night where I stopped myself because it was too heavy. I could see on paper I was still carrying my past year without processing and integrating ALL of it. The note felt leaky and a bit whiney, so I put it down realizing I had more inner work to do. Then I tucked myself in bed; and...

Meditating through Illness to Health

Let me give you the greatest gift I can ever gift you. Here it is … a reminder to enter into daily mediation. That’s it. Meditation is one of the most powerful practices on this planet, without exception. Saturday I attended a manifesting workshop at a local bookstore facilitated by a long time friend of mine whom I adore. She  ordered lunch for all of us, which included a beautiful Caesar salad made of crisp, green, Romaine lettuce. Within 24 hours I was writhing on my living room floor screaming as I held my stomach in pain. Shortly following was a fever of 104 degrees. Whammo. Fine one minute...

What Do the Grinch, Scrooge, Moses and Joseph Have in Common?

As a Christmas lover, I rushed to the local movie theatre to watch the NEW Christmas movie. This year it was The Grinch. A full length movie about how the Grinch became a Christmas-destroying menace. Guess what happened in his childhood that lead to his self-perception and his behavior? Yep, you guessed it. Like Scrooge, Moses and Joseph … he was abandoned. The experience of abandonment, like abuse, and neglect can be a prescription for self-destruction and violence towards others. In the case of Scrooge, his form of self-destruction was withholding generosity from himself and others perpetuating a miserly experience for all involved. His financial and love withholding had...

Renewal in the Woods

  “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to...

What Question Are You Living Into?

The Buddhists have a meditative practice where they sit and ask the question, “who am I?” Once an individual has gone through their list of labels — mom, daughter, teacher, friend, woman, etc. what remains is that which is beyond definition; The ISNESS that IS. It is a great question to live into. Once beyond the form of life, we can access a Life Force and realize it is THAT which is alive. The Buddhists also have an inquiry process when it comes to emotions. It is called Taking the Seat. It is a practice I did for ten years anytime an emotional arose from within me. I would...

Curiosity … The Great Revealer

Becoming curious is one of our greatest spiritual practices. It opens the stuffy mind to let a soft gentle breeze in. Once open; Spirit has a chance to direct us. I saw a friend post the book cover Outrageous Openness on her Facebook page. I asked myself (curious) if I ought to pursue this title and my answer was YES. The author shares a practice she used when forgiving someone who stole money from her. I have done this practice for twenty minutes each day, now for ten days. I left in the reference to money because it feels good, and I could change the words to reinforce Love...

What a Difference ONE Change Can Make

Every change and choice we make, has the potential to create a new self. When Mary quit smoking, she wasn’t giving up a habit as much as becoming a non-smoker. Shifting this habit changes how she invests her time. What she does now during breaks at work changes from smoking with a group of friends to utilizing that time in a different way. Now she checks in with her mother, says affirmations, takes a walk or updates her bank records. Being a non-smoker changes the way she breathes; ostensibly deeper. How she walks is different. She finds herself paying attention to her environment, moving her legs more quickly and...

Honoring 9/11 through Spiritual Practice

Seventeen years have passed since 9/11. There is an entire generation that doesn’t know what it was like to bring a diet coke on the airplane and walk through a metal detector with their shoes on. Terrorism is part of the new generation’s vocabulary; which wasn’t part of mine as a kid. According to 247wallst.com there are 15 ways that our country has changed since 9/11: 1. tightened security at the airport, 2. increased national security measures (Patriot Act, Department of Homeland Security formed), 3. increased government surveillance, 4. the perception of public gatherings shifting into “hot spots” of concern, 5. America entered a constant state of war, 6....

Designing Your Own Memorial Service

I was 19, maybe 20 years old sitting in my college classroom following the instructions of my professor. “Write down the names of the three people you love the most on the three slips of paper in front of you.” I write down “dad,” “sister,” and “best friend.” Then we are to pass the paper to the front of the room. The teacher proceeds to burn the papers and tell us that our most beloved have died. I couldn’t and wouldn’t let go. I was angry. I hated this exercise. I was only 19 and hadn’t yet experienced the death of my beloved grandmother, let alone two generations younger....

Celebrating Productivity

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” Rumi Happy Thursday before Labor Day Weekend. As I researched the history of Labor Day, I find it ironic that we would be taking a day off of work to celebrate work. And, I love a good irony. Productivity is a high value of our culture. Doing, making happen, creating, and leaving a contribution tend to be an American staple. I know the satisfaction I feel when I complete a blog, give a talk, teach a class, pray or meditate with a client. As I stand witness to a...

My Friend Died This Week

  My friend died on Wednesday. We had been the closest of friends for twenty plus years. We witnessed each other, grew ourselves in the presence of each other, shared secrets and passions between us, and celebrated each other. We were in love with each other. And, she died. She was on the planet on Tuesday, and is in the invisible realm today. And I am feeling many things. Sadness; I will miss her. Pure joy; that we loved each other so completely. Expectancy; for the possibility of her spiritual visitations. An energy doctor told me that each time a friend or relative dies, they are passing the baton...

Who Am I Becoming?

I walked through hell for two months. Okay, I don’t really believe in hell, but if I did, I was walking through it. As an emotional empath, I was experiencing in my body the impact of shifts in the cosmos, country, and casa. And the shifts in my home were enough to take a weaker person down. Through the hellacious stroll, I continued to be grateful that I believed in a God of Good, not punishment. This meant while taking each deliberate step forward I knew I was surrounded by The Presence of Peace, Love, Joy, and Prosperity that regardless of my perception, I was completely and totally held....

Endings … Sweet Endings

  Today, the first Momentum and Miracles group ended. We met for the month of July with each of us focused on “One Thing” to accomplish or move forward. As this particular group is coming to an end, it got me thinking about endings. As Infinite, multi-dimensional Beings, one of our primary forms of currency is energy. It is the Quantum realization that we are more formless than form and all of Life is a spectrum of light to dense energy. We are always circulating energy, and as Einstein said, “Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another.” And how does...

Rebooting Yourself

  I am facilitating an online group for people who have a goal they want to accomplish, a direction they desire to head in or a habit they want to break within a thirty day period. The group is called Momentum and Miracles and it is offered through FaceBook Live. Momentum because I had been in a rut and wanted to jump start my ministry into an every day practice with a community of cool people interested in inner and outer movement. And, Miracles as I had become dull to the splendor and magic of waking up in the morning when 6,775 people in America didn’t (that’s the daily...

Starting New

  Starting new doesn’t always require an ending; but it often does. Sometimes a new start is birthed out of love or lust. It isn’t expected, you meet someone, and then a relationship begins budding on its own volition yet with our permission. Sometimes there is an inner desire that bubbles to the surface inspiring you to take dance lessons, paint, read poetry or engage in art. And sometimes the most memorable beginnings start with an ending (or two or three) which require extra effort in order to claim our space and self. This is where I have been sitting. An intimate relationship of mine has ended after two...

The I Am that I Am

  And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you. Exodus 3:14 Moses was afraid. Maybe part fear and part awe would be more accurate. He was walking through the desert when a bush on fire caught his attention. He first saw “an angel of the Lord” on a flame. Then he looked more at the bush itself. It was unique because it was burning fire; but not burning up. Then God appeared to him and asked Moses to visit the Pharaoh and talk him into freeing the Israelites...

The Seven Spiritual Practices: A Path of Devotion

Mystics all share the common thread of having a direct experience of God that transforms them from one perception of the world to another; what Christians refer to as a born again experience. This experience includes a shift of living out of the mental realm of judgment, figuring things out, naming and organizing, linear thinking, living and projecting our thoughts onto the world to living from the Eternal Heart where Love directs the mystic. This shift happens in one of two ways — through Grace prompted usually by what we would refer to as a “tragedy,” like a near death experience or the death of a loved one. This...

Creating Momentum and Opening to Miracles

I am in the Holy Moment of coming out of a fallow time into one of action. With each step I take I become aware of just a small bit of momentum that starts to build. It is fragile, weak, and lonely; yet I am aware that the more movement I make internally and expressed externally, the stronger this momentum becomes and I can feel a build of energy happening. It is no accident that the word “momentum” comes from the Latin word MOVE. I am also keenly aware that I live in a world of Miracles. According to the dictionary, the word miracle means “of Divine Agency.” And...

The Reasons I Love You

Friday evening I attended a memorial service for a man who loved greatly while he was on this planet, and as a result had approximately 500 people show up for a service that lasted over two hours. His god daughter was one of the speakers who had written a letter/poem for her adopted father-figure entitled “The Reasons I Love You.” Her list included the slumber parties he and his wife hosted at their home for her, the game nights and gatherings, the teaching of principles and more. As she read her list I wanted to compile a list for everyone I love. What a beautiful way to honor oneself...

Inspiration on a Hotel Bathroom Wall

  In early metaphysics there is much written about Truth (with a capital T) as being a healing and restorative balm. The idea of affirmations and denials came out of the concept of speaking that which is Eternally True to the thoughts within your mind that are temporary and will not sustain themselves. For example. I am love (affirmation), hate is NOT who I am (denial). So, it was kind of fun to walk into a public bathroom in Port Townsend Washington to find a Truth to the right of the toilet paper…You are enough. When I arrived for my writing retreat, at the SeaTac airport, just outside of...