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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Just What I Needed To See/Hear/Know

This has been such a lovely Christmas. Chris and I spent it quietly at home. The only time we ventured out was in the afternoon, just before sunset. We walked up a nearby hill to view Lake Sadawga and the mountains around us; serene and so very beautiful. Blessed. We walked back through a forest path; quiet and comforting. Content.

There have been amazingly positive things that have happened to me this year: the BOOK was published; I'm back in school studying a curriculum that feeds my soul and makes my heart sing; I get to spend treasured time in-person and online with a multitude of friends ~ old, new, and renewed friendships; I continue to feel pride as we witness our children...David, Alexander, and Emi...loving, learning and growing; Chris and I celebrated our 30th year of marriage; and so much more.

But sprinkled in amongst all this Light during the year were doses of shadow. Sadness. Sorrow. Anxiety. Illness. Fear. Pain. And more. The holidays weren't without shadow, as can often be the case. Betrayal isn't something I can remember dealing with at any other time in this lifetime, but it showed up recently. Shocking? Yes. Wow, I wouldn't wish this on anybody and I sure didn't expect it to happen to me. But rather than hate it or any shadow that darkens my life, I try to look at it as a learning lesson. Often prior to meditating I pick up one of the books nearby my altar and open randomly to a page. I trust that whatever I see is what I need for what I'm presently dealing with. The trick is to be aware of the guidance that is coming in just for you.

Below is a passage from "Tao Te Ching," English translation by Stephen Mitchell. Here's what was gifted to me today:

Can you coax your mind from its wandering
and keep to the original oneness?
Can you let your body become
supple as a newborn child's?
Can you cleanse your inner vision
until you see nothing but the light?
Can you love people and lead them
without imposing your will?
Can you deal with the most vital matters
by letting events take their course?
Can you step back from your own mind
and thus understand all things?

Giving birth and nourishing,
having without possessing,
acting with no expectations,
leading and not trying to control:
this is the supreme virtue.

Today on Facebook, I saw this quote:
“The hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn.”
~ Scottish classical Guitarist, b.1942

Yesterday on Facebook, I saw this quote:
"When you think that everyone around you is wrong and only you have the right answer, your arrogance blocks the flow of intuition and energy. You will miss so much of life this way."
~ James Van Praagh

Also yesterday on Facebook was a link to these words of wisdom:
"To find forgiveness while endeavoring to heal anger, you must evaluate whom you're dealing with, the good and the bad. Often, people are just doing the best they can, which may not amount to a hill of beans where you're concerned, but it does represent the sad truth of the situation. Accepting that truth of someone's limitations will help you to forgive."

"Compassion opens a hidden door to a secret world that exists beyond anger. Notwithstanding, the feelings of anger or forgiveness aren't mutually exclusive. You can simultaneously experience varying degrees of both. Perhaps, at first, you're a little forgiving and very angry. But when you progress, the scales increasingly tip toward forgiveness as your attachment to anger recedes."
~ Dr. Judith Orloff, M.D.

From my friend, Ravenstar, author of The Healing Room, came this in an e-mail recently:
"We have to let go; the desire to justify what we're going through is futile. They won't listen because they can't comprehend. That's the challenge to you...the test to embrace and not let go of yourself in trust that it is the right process for you no matter what others may think."

"When we're vulnerable our Inner Spirit comes forth, and we have to make room for it to rise's not easy, especially trusting the process.....we have to let go of all our earlier teachings....But...when we do we see that it teaches us to find that courage, that leads to the inner strength (the fortitude of the spirit) and allows us to keep going.....until we 'arrive'.....with a stronger and greater conviction than ever. No one else can fully understand where we're at while the process unfolds unless they understand initiation through their own experiences.....There's no way to fully explain it to someone who hasn't been there. You have to walk it, experience it.....this is why you are doing all those readings and healings."
~ Ravenstar

Have you experienced just what YOU needed to see/hear/know today? Be open to finding it in unusual places. There are times I can't get a song out of my head and I wonder how it got there in the first place. If I stop and take time to evaluate the lyrics, often I'm amazed to find it's just what I needed to hear. Listen. See. Know.


  1. A very interesting and informative blog Jenny! In your quote by James Van Praagh, he says arrogance blocks the flow of intuition......arrogance also blocks the flow of blood to the heart and all the body organs. An open heart is full of compassion and joy, motivated by love. An arrogant heart is a hardened heart, full of fear and barricaded by fear....this can cause a dis-ease called atherosclerosis, which causes plague to build up and block off the flow of blood in the coronary arteries.

    "research by Dean Ornish, M.D, reveals it is now possible to reverse the trend of blocked arteries through diet, exercise, support groups and meditation......the meditation technique he incorporated....involved dismantling the barriers of ego and opening the heart--first spiritually, then anatomically.....[this] has now become a recognized program practiced nationwide.
    Brian Luke Seaward Ph.D

    And another quote by the same author:
    "What is soul work? Perhaps it can best be described in our capacity to love, a capacity exercised through each of our inner resources. The soul is called to work when it encounters intolerance, blame, greed, anger, fear and negativity. Jungian scholar James Hillman refers to this as a 'downward movement in the psyche; where we are called upon to bring light into a place of darkness. The human body maintains its physical strength by exercising; the soul also needs exercise to grow and evolve. This is done through relationships with family and friends or interactions with aquaintances and strangers and the challenges we encounter on the human journey. The path of least resistance may look say and appealing, but in the words of author Steven Levine, "Safety is the most unsafe spiritual path you can take."
    Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D.

    ravenstar xoxoxo

  2. Thank you, dear ravenstar. You NEVER fail to give me food for thought.
    Much love,