Archive for June, 2014

Charlie Chaplan ~ “As I Began to Love Myself”

via Galactic Free Press

[UPDATE from commenter Sharon: Charlie Chaplin didn’t write this. It is someone else’s work that he read. I tried searching for the proper author but the internet is failing me today. He was clear that he didn’t write it though, just recited it. Haven’t found a good link but did discover the piece is a work of Kim and Alison McMillen.]

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“As I Began to Love Myself”

As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering
are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth.
Today, I know, this is “AUTHENTICITY”.

As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody
As I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time
was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this
person was me. Today I call it “RESPECT”.

As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life,
and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow.
Today I call it “MATURITY”.

As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance,
I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens
at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm.
Today I call it “SELF-CONFIDENCE”.

As I began to love myself I quit stealing my own time,
and I stopped designing huge projects for the future.
Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do
and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in
my own rhythm. Today I call it “SIMPLICITY”.

As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for
my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew
me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude
a healthy egoism. Today I know it is “LOVE OF ONESELF”.

As I began to love myself I quit trying to always be right, and ever since
I was wrong less of the time. Today I discovered that is “MODESTY”.

As I began to love myself I refused to go on living in the past and worry
about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where EVERYTHING
is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it “FULFILLMENT”.

As I began to love myself I recognized that my mind can disturb me
and it can make me sick. But As I connected it to my heart, my
mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this
connection “WISDOM OF THE HEART”.

We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems
with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing
new worlds are born.Today I know THAT IS “LIFE”!

-Charlie Chaplin

A Reader discusses the New Age movement, contentment, the ego, consciousness, etc. . . ~J

Some very good observations on a topic I’ve posted on before, as well. The New Age movement is a (purposely) watered down mish mash of real, powerful traditions that actually do hold potential for awakening the sleeper. By contrast, the New Age “contentment” stupor and passivity, filled with platitudes and the “negative thought police” goes a long way towards explaining how we got where we are today, despite the initial awakening in the 1960’s. Let’s hope that with all those Uranus-Pluto squares, we live into the potential of the original Peace Movement and Summer of Love.

2012: What's the 'real' truth?

Graham is referencing this article: What is Spiritual Growth? from Neale Donald Walsch

The “new age” movement was created decades ago to purposely induce a “passive” attitude. When you encourage people to practice certain things, they are highly unlikely to become “pro active” and instigate real change where it is required. That change would essentially entail keeping the government and corporate industry in full check. The consequences of the Vietnam war had a lot to do with the alphabet and institutionalised funding of it. Few seem to realise this.

Contentment is actually directly linked with the ego, because the ego quickly creates discontentment. You are therefore no longer content. Vicious circle. Marketing and advertising companies are purposely geared up for creating discontentment, hence the cycle of unabated consumerism. America is notably more brainwashed in this department than any other nation. It’s called corporate business for profit. This cycle depletes natural…

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Flowers and a Reminder

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yarrow, mint and lavender bouquet

yarrow, mint and lavender bouquet

zinnia, lavender, veronica, yarrow, mint and lovage bouquet for David's mom

zinnia, lavender, veronica, yarrow, mint and lovage bouquet for David’s mom

Also a quick reminder that Monday’s the last day to sign up for the June Special:

JUNE 2014 SPECIAL

I’m only offering one special this month, because clients have been having so many breakthroughs right now through past life work. In an effort to support more people liberating themselves from old patterns and situations, all Past Life Readings purchased today through June 30, 2014 will be $122 instead of the usual $175. Please contact me if you have questions or would like to sign up. Many blessings!

Kelley Hunter ~ Shelter from the Storm

Happy New Moon! Thanks to Gillian for this one:

Kelley Hunter ~ Shelter from the Storm
New Moon @ 6 Cancer, June 27, 4:08am EDT, 1:08am PDT, 9:08am GMD

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Image: Eve of Hurricane Georges, collage by K Hunter, 1998.

During this Cancer New Moon, we seek shelter and safety during what may feel like a rather stormy, yet exhilarating July. For the next week or so, fireworks ignite in the global transformation process as the Sun moves into the potent Pluto-Uranus Square. We hunker more deeply into our core for this intense, opportune offer of dynamic consciousness awakening. Already this year has been the peak of a rare planetary pattern that brings us to the next level of The Sixties. At moments during this process, like now, we may feel a very sweet, compassionate sensation, as if a divine mother is soothing and guiding us. We are helping each other in many ways as we make our way through these rough waters to safe harbor.

The Sabian Symbols are images that amplify the meaning of each degree of the Zodiac. This New Moon is at 6 degrees of Cancer with this essentially Cancer image:

In Spring, Game Birds Are Feathering Their Nests

Attention to home and hearth, inviting growth and well-being, preparing the ground for the inevitable change of the seasons.

Astrologer Lynda Hill, in her book, The Sabian Symbols as an Oracle, pictures “the desire for security amidst a rather risky situation…in readiness for new beginnings and new life.” She further writes, “Any security might only be temporary. Be careful not to become complacent, and ensure that you aren’t frightened at any sudden surprises or moves.”

These times we live in are relentless, urgent for growth. As the Sun in Cancer moves further into the Uranus-Pluto Square, we may have to relinquish cherished situations, relationships or experiences that we are growing beyond. It is time to stretch out beyond the crab shell that is pinching, tightening, like the womb when it becomes too small to contain the new life ready to be born. As we open to and welcome the new, have faith that it is for the best, we are feather our nests with a level of emotional comfort and stability that we need. We find safety and security blossoming from the inside out.

One of Cancer’s profound lessons is to realize that change is one constant we can count on; there is no holding on to the past. Change = growth in some form, even as we expand beyond limitations of that old shell. A little feng shui is in order to attune our inner space to the emerging energetic fields. The landscape in and around us is changing. Do you feel it? Of course. As we find the note, the tonality that pleases, that feels most resonant, we find our pathway to go with the flow. We rearrange our lives. Be radical. Trust yourself. Remembering, as Edith Wharton wrote, “Life has a way of overgrowing its achievements as well as its ruins.” Too much of a good thing is not good anymore. It is time to let go and move on to greener pastures.

Wisdom planet JUPITER is finishing its enriching year in Cancer. At this New Moon, Jupiter is at a pivotal point, stretching us to fulfill our destiny. It feels like a warm, big hug, giving us a hearty send-off—”Go forth and prosper!” Big Planet Jupiter prepares to move into the creative fires of Leo in mid-July. Let’s see what else Jupiter suggests from its Sabian Symbol of 26 Cancer:

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Home again, we turn to the wisdom of the ages, learning new things and, perhaps, stretching our hearts and minds beyond old belief systems that no longer ring true. We consult with the ancestors. We feel resonance with something greater than ourselves. We share what we know. We offer what we have to give. We find support and comfort in the perennial wisdom of the ages, as we take each step, remaining fully in the present as we move into today’s future. Indeed, with this New Moon cycle, we are moving into a key turning point of 2014, with Jupiter opening expansive opportunities to become more of who we truly are.

RETROGRADE MERCURY reverses its direction in a few days, turning with the calendar month. We had PLENTY (a Jupiter word) of introspective, retrograde reflection and reconsideration all year. Now is the time to move on. The caravans are pulling into formation. The wagon trains are heading west. What is our modern equivalent of the pioneering trails? That’s where we are all going, listening to our “compass rose,” our heart’s directive.

Along with the forward movement of Mercury, the end of June features two other planetary patterns with very different flavors.

MARS directly opposite Uranus on this New Moon can play out in a challenging, potentially nasty power punch leading to sudden breakthroughs, split ups, and outbreaks of revolution or violence. We already see such activity in several global hot spots. We can’t assume we are being told the truth about what is going on amidst hidden negotiations behind the scenes.
No matter. Let’s attend to our clarifying our own energy and how we plan to proceed. I like what Aussie Astrologer Maggie Kerr wrote:

“With change agent Uranus opposite activator Mars in the New Moon planetary mix there can be apparently ‘unexpected’ moves…which are not really so unexpected…you’ve just been putting them off. Remember not to project any confusion or anger at others, as the whole point of this past year has been to become aware of old limiting feelings, clear & release them, dismantle our defenses, and give ourselves permission to trust our feelings in a whole new way.”

A basic life choice is to fear or to love. The results of these extremes are evidently playing out. All year we have been weighing our options in view of fresh possibilities. Something must be done and we can’t do it the old way. We each count. We each make our choices. Bridges are burning behind us, as we reach toward a cosmic beckoning hand. A lovely and loving flow of sensitive, caring energy saturates our feelings, highlighted by some special moments where everything synchronizes beautifully like an uplifting symphony, a prayer, a divine decree.

How do we juggle these two streams in our experience? It likely requires a paradigm shift. It can happen inside any moment. With this New Moon, a strong, incoming creative rush of delight in alternative possibilities gives us the heart and courage to go for the gold.

Baci e abracci— kisses and hugs!
Namaste—I salute the god/goddess in you.
Aloha — The shared spirit within us is in harmony with all that is.
Vaya con Dios — Go with God.
Shanti, Shalom, Dona Nobis Pacem — Peace, peace, grant us peace.

Source: Kelley Hunter June 25 2014

Realities of Your Own Creation – My Reflections and Photo Shares from My Week Away

More gorgeous photos from Tania Marie’s visit to Reno/Tahoe. Having lived there twice, I can attest that she has perfectly captured the energy and spirit of the place. Just beautiful!

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tania4When you begin to view life and all things having a divine order and purpose, which stems from a deep inner/intuitive knowing without the need to ego-comprehend it all the time, nor have a mapped out reasoning and proof always, then you begin to move rapidly through realities.

You make a decision every day to make something your source of authority. When you decide to stop listening to everything other than your intuitive self and decide that IT is the sacred source, then you will need no other validation.

No one will be able to validate it anyway because it is an experience that is yours alone to know.

There are many realities of experience available, which is each person’s choice.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if this experience was a magnified version of your greatest opportunity?

meadow4While I was away this past week visiting family in Reno and my…

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Recent Relationship Patterns as Realities Split

I’ve alluded many times to a splitting of realities/timelines and what I call the “Cosmic ‘Are You Sure?!'” but wanted to share today about how I see these two factors affecting relationships. Many clients and loved ones have experienced simultaneous breakthroughs in stuck areas of their lives, only to find breakdowns of long-term relationships. This pattern often occurs anyway, because as we shift our own restricted energies into new, expansive directions, those who felt comfortable with the lesser version of us can feel threatened by the change. That dynamic just seems majorly magnified right now, so I wanted to assure people that if you’re experiencing it, you’re not alone. Entire swaths of our culture are choosing either perpetual victimization, fear and ignorance or liberation, love and joy.

Fence sitting continues to become uncomfortable and borderline impossible, which can result in fence sitters lashing out at people who represent the side they’re afraid to leap into. Aggressive rejection or the icy shoulder and silent treatment seem to be the most common manifestations of these splits, although I prefer to recognize the concept of vibrational matching rather than flat out rejections. A split of energies doesn’t need to mean one person’s right and the other wrong, although there may, in fact, be quite moral grounds for the split. Practically, though, it doesn’t matter: for whatever reason, the two participants are simply “not a match.” Attempting to glue together radically incompatible energies strains both sides.

Multiply this dynamic exponentially, and we can see how recent relationship challenges really exist as a microcosm of what’s happening in our macro world. We shift as individuals, but with 7 billion individuals receiving a megaphoned, Cosmic “Are You Sure?!” that macro world feels disjointed, surreal and yes, sometimes painful.

In addition to their own bewildered hurt feelings after a preemptive rejection by people afraid to be left behind, I also hear people undergoing profound positive transformation express such heartfelt sorrow when someone close to them chooses to wallow in the same old dysfunctions and excuses. This grief isn’t some kind of condescending way to feel superior, but rather a recognition of what kinds of miraculous opportunities are being rejected and discarded. We cannot choose for others, though, especially not at this time. The Hopi prophecies make clear that every living being will need to decide for themselves. To do our part, we must live in our own integrity, listening to intuition, heart and soul, feeling our way through the maelstrom and allowing ourselves to experience the blessings that we ourselves have chosen. Refusing to honor the joy of our own choices alters our own chosen timeline.

Everyone is receiving ample opportunities to choose differently than they have before. The differences between realities have become so stark that no one can honestly claim they cannot tell the difference between options. Ultimately, those on a transmutation or ascension path need to live the commitment to be in the world but not of it. Our world is changing, and blessings abound for those with eyes to see and hearts to receive.

The following Chatauqua article provides more background on the current energies and choices. The greater our understanding of the timeline options, the more clearly we can respond to the Cosmic “Are You Sure?!” Thanks, G!

Chautauqua ~ Shifting Timelines, Free Will & The Power Of Choice

Have you been feeling of late that someone turned up the treadmill on the rat race? Perhaps the world has begun feeling a bit like an accelerating merry-go-round threatening to toss you off if your grip fails. Does it feel as if insanity gains more ground every day while decency and morality continue to be given the Rodney King treatment? Have ya noticed that we’re not in Kansasanymore? I don’t know what is worse; the fact that there are now school shootings nearly every week – or that we’re getting used to it; accepting it much as the slave endures yet another lash from the walking boss.

These are just a few of the symptoms of the spiritual evolution currently well underway; and although it gets very little mainstream news coverage it is an irresistible wave of change, happening all around us right now. We can try to surf the crest of these changes, or be pummeled &pounded by them. The tired old paradigms of the Piscean age are crumbling now because they have to; they have no choice in the matter, their time on the stage is over, and thus we have the two opposite and divergent timelines separating from one another. One timeline remains in 4th dimensional frequency resonance, the other simply moves uphill an octave on the evolutionary scale, to 5th dimensional frequency resonance. This shifting of the timelines is rather like an election in the realm of spirit. Decide which frequency you wish to express in, and vote for it by giving it all your mental energy and focus…and it will become your reality.

Energy follows thought. If you focus primarily on the hateful and negative side of life, and always feel like a victim; that is what you will attract, and vice versa. Understanding this is key to resolving which timeline you will embrace. How much change are you willing to accept in order to raise your frequency resonance? We are witnessing the shifting of the timelines more every day now; as each day brings even more reports of high strangeness, crumbling paradigms, and a visible, growing rift throughout civilized society. Even as the warmongers are wringing their claws in glee at sending “Advisors” back into Iraqas if we’ve never heard the term and never lost a war there. You see it isn’t about changing the people in control, or “good” overcoming “evil” or even changing society: it’s not about that at all. It’s about individual transformation, and spiritual growth from childhood, into adolescence.

It’s about free will, and the power of choice. It’s about taking responsibility for our own spiritual destiny, before someone else does it for us by consensual proxy. It’s about taking our power back and consciously choosing the reality we wish to exist in. The 4th dimensional world will continue on as it is essentially unchanged, for those who are not yet ready to make the transition, and still need it. For others the way is now open to make that transition into higher vibration, and higher consciousness, but ya gotta leave the baggage behind, lighten the load. I know it is much harder than I make it sound; but then if it was easy, everyone would be doing it. You could say it’s kind of a rite of passage, I suppose. The key here is in your intention! Whatever your intention is, focus on that, because by so doing you are essentially programming your uplink to the Unified Quantum Field. If your heart’s desire is to stick around and see how this all plays out, then by all means, keep obsessing about the current state of world politics, wars, and rumors of wars; and your wish will be granted. If however you desire a more refined, more spiritual environment; now is the time to place your order, as the veils are lifting, the timelines are diverging. Wherever your thoughts & intent are focused the strongest & longest, that is where your energy will flow to. It has to. It doesn’t have a choice~but we do.

Free Will vs Fate

My personal belief is that this is not a dimension of pre-determined, immutable fate, but rather one where we have each been endowed by Source with free will, to choose our own path, and destiny. I have seen far too many people overcome having life stack the deck against them, and emerge whole, happy and successful people, to believe any other way. When life gets hard, and knocks people down time and again; it’s easy to take the view that it’s fate, and there is no escaping it no matter how hard you try. When ‘the rules’ change without notice and the futures of millions are decided by a select few behind locked doors; it’s only human to become discouraged, then jaded in one’s world view. But, there is always more to it than just that, of course, it goes much deeper and farther back than most people realize. All too often folks use the unfairness of life and the harshness of reality to kinda shut down, give in, and quit trying. It becomes just too hard to make sense of the madness, so we just work around it the best we can and try to find some meaningful happiness.

Peoples belief systems are a lot like setting a long string of dominoes on end, with each one representing a certain belief. Great care is then taken to ensure that nothing be allowed to topple this chain of beliefs, especially the first ones, the foundational beliefs upon which all subsequent beliefs are structured. If something is allowed to topple those first few beliefs, the entire system comes cascading down, one after another. Our ego’s cannot tolerate that, so we protect and defend our belief systems against all comers, including logic. Logic and facts are a dangerous threat to belief systems founded upon illogical presumption.

Belief systems are also a lot like a life preserver at sea. If the one you have barely keeps you afloat in calm waters, it is likely to fail you all together when the winds of change whip up a storm. Isn’t it more appealing to believe in the power of free will, which permits you to overcome nearly any obstacle, than to limp along with the crutch of “fate” being responsible for all your woes? I think so! Another nice aspect of free will is that it doesn’t require others to validate your belief system with their agreement. On the other hand, proponents of fate often feel they must insist on such agreement for their views to have merit; all the while rejecting all contrary views out of hand.

These diverging timelines are a great stressor on simply everything, especially us frail and flighty humans. We have moved out beyond the reach of history into uncharted waters with no landmarks to guide us onward. Our comfort zones are being squeezed & stretched with each new assault on our decency and dignity; and all we have to cling to are our belief systems, most of which are firmly rooted in the now-dying paradigm. Not such a great flotation device after all. As the dichotomy & duality of life we’ve always accepted become more distorted; and society seems to be leaning more each day toward Bat Shit Crazy, our souls become a bit restless as our egos try to maintain our outward composure. Pretending to those around us, and those who depend on us that we have it all figured out adds a tremendous amount of stress to everything else stressing us out.

Now the owners of this crumbling paradigm are frantically pulling out all the stops; in a desperate effort to prop up the facade a little longer so they can milk it for every last possible dollar. Unfortunately for us average folks, one of their nastiest tricks is to keep us distracted by setting us against each other with a mine field of controversial “hot button issues” which only serve to divide us further than we already are. They are succeeding. No matter what the issue, abortion, gay marriage, global warming, chemtrails or unicorns; these days nobody wants to debate the actual issue, instead they unleash a pack of feral ankle biters attacking the character of those who believe differently with a litany of subterfuge and linguistic tricks; and they fill up every “news cycle” with exactly that. Because a citizenry capable of critical thought is “their” worst threat, those in power are waging an astonishingly effective war against science; seeking to not just dumb us down but to drive us back into the dark ages. They know that energy follows thought, and that if they can keep our thoughts & minds focused here rather than on the 5th dimensional frequency resonance, our energy will trap us here as the timelines complete their separation, and the opportunity to choose is lost to us. Its working.

One good reason why it is working is because with the nature and pace of modern life, nobody makes the time to do the necessary reading & research to be well versed on so many different topics. They just repeat the last thing they heard that sounded intellectual, and once repeated a few times, it becomes belief. Even with the internet on your smart phone, who takes the time? Let’s walk thru this a minute: Today’s advanced state of technical, medical and computer wizardry with all the modern conveniences we depend upon and enjoy – is a product of science. Now suddenly this cult of science deniers has sprung up to dispute everything that is already established fact. It does no good to argue with these people because all they do is deny and attack. Anything they have no answer for is simply ignored, like the issues themselves. They’re like telemarketers, and have a snappy but hollow comeback for whatever you may say, and like telemarketers, they operate from a script. I cannot help but think of how very difficult it must be to believe in anythingwhen your knowledge is so very limited. The locked room.

The Power of Choice

I don’t think many of us could get thru the day, much less function efficiently without making choices; we make a multitude of them every day, many of them on the fly, so to speak: without having much time for analysis or contemplation. We make some choices so subconsciously as to be hardly aware of them until afterwards, in hind sight. Life is all about choices, because its about free will, the freedom to pick one thing or way over another, and we do it constantly.

There are basically three types, or levels of choice we humans make; and they follow along these lines: The first level of choice includes the multitude of relatively small decisions we tend to make on a daily, weekly and monthly basis, the stuff of everyday life. The second level of choice is represented by the fundamental choices we make around which our life will operate, and determines our comfort zone. The third level of choiceinvolves mid-to-long range plans and the decisions necessary to guide us there. Now, on the surface this all seems straight forward enough, but as life so often teaches us; there is a hitch, and its not small. The hitchis that no choice or decision can exceed the parameters of the second level of choice. By example, if one of your second level choices is to have only a minimum of responsibility in life; then your third level choice to become president will never become your reality. Energy follows thought!

The thing that makes this so critical is that the vast majority of us form the core of our second level choices while still adolescents…teenagers. Society places a tremendous amount of pressure upon teens to compete, do your best, beat the other guy and be a winner! Parents and peers are little help in this case, as they also encourage the same things in us, it’s even said to be a healthy thing. Well, maybe. Now factor in all the other pressures bearing down upon the average teenager in western culture, echoing the mantra of success thru competition; acceptance, rejection and beauty…and then try to relate! All too often this cumulative pressure becomes too overbearing; a nagging thing from which there seems no escape, and in an instant the choice is made. Being a winner is too much hard work, too much competition and way too much stress – and being a loser is unacceptable for a whole raft of reasons. The choice is then made to be neither a winner or a loser, but rather to seek the middle ground between those extremes, and it nearly always is made in the grips of pain, angst, confusion &low self esteem; during a dark night of the soul.

When you argue in favor of your limitations, you get to keep ‘em

This decision; this choice to be neither a winner or a loser in life becomes a core directive because in it there is safety, and insulation from the abuses of this world. Being a second level choice it automatically trumps any other or subsequent choices that would exceed the built in parameters, and limitations. Because life becomes somewhat easier after making the choice to not be a winner, it hangs around long enough to become habit; and long after that dark night of the soul, our tendency is to forget the pain that caused us to cripple our entire future with failure. We forget making the choice, but that does nothing to limit its powerful effect. Years later when full of potential and passion to achieve, we cannot understand why we just never seem able to grab the brass ring no matter how hard we try. We forget that night we chose not to be a winner because we simply cannot believe choices made by tormented teens can be so powerful, but indeed they are!

Now, if the choice made by a confused teenager in pain can be that powerful for that long a time: Imagine the power of a choice made by a spiritually conscious & aware soul with a focused intention! Just imagine that! Remember that hitch in the three levels of choice? I said that no subsequent choice can overturn a second level choice…but I never said you cannot go back into the system and update the firmware, because you can! If this scenario sounds familiar to you, and you now wish to break the cycle by changing that cornerstone choice to a better one, there’ll never be a better time than right now. The power to do this all rests within you. Indeed, avail yourself of whatever technique or tactic that will help; (as long as it harms no one) but the power is all within you. Once you understand that; and that energy follows thought, the rest is a piece of cake, or easy as pie if you’re a cake hater.

One thing is certain, those who keep on sleepwalking thru this life by refusing to face the harsher realities of it, are most likely destined to remain in 4D frequency resonance until they figure it out. Spiritual growth doesn’t arise from defending a belief system inconsistent with evidence to the contrary because one is too afraid of change, or truth. It, in fact is exactly oppositeof what most folks embrace. It isn’t about believing it after you see it. Its about seeing it when you believe it. When Columbus landed in the new world, those who were already here saw only white puffy clouds approaching just above the water because they had no concept of a “ship” in their belief system. Therefore they were unable to see the wooden ships, just the white canvas sails. Within a very short time those who greeted Columbus could all see the ships just fine, once they had a concept of it. In the exact same way, we are blind to those things we don’t make room for in our perceptions of this world.

It doesn’t help that we are programmed and conditioned from birth to conform, fit in, don’t rock the boat and most of all; to be good consumers who never question authority. As the old saying goes, “the nail that stands up gets hammered back down.” Generation after generation just keep accepting the imposed structure of the 40 hour work week (once upon a time) and whatever benefits the employer feels like giving. With things being as they are economically a great many people feel lucky to even have a job; so they silently endure whatever draconian measures the employer may now impose that allow him to exploit the situation for more loot. Once signed on to the grist mill of earning a living by building other peoples dreams; we automatically give up a whole lot of choice in the way our personal & collective futures will unfold. Slavery was never abolished, it was just expanded to include everyone; your smart phone & smart meter are your newest manacles.

Modern life and those who call the shots have an abrasive way of grinding the human spirit down gradually over time; to maximize productivity & minimize problems. They’ve been at it a very long time now and gotten it down to a real art form of sorts. We call it the Rat Race because there literally is no way out other than the grave. At least that’s what they want us to believe; that we have no options, when in fact we have several at any given time. We just don’t know how to recognize them anymore, being that we’re out here beyond the reach of history, in uncharted waters and all.

So, yeah, if your getting the feeling lately that the world is a runaway train headed for a washed-out bridge with no one at the controls; and everyone is fighting over seating arrangements; that’s actually fairly accurate, and if you aren’t concerned now, you really should be. Maybe it’s time to quietly get up, leave the baggage, and find your way to the nearest exit. This train is gonna crash whether you are on it or not, whether you believe it or not; so why stick around? There is still time to make a hasty transfer to that train on the next track over, headed for 5D, but at this late date you may have to jump for it.

May the Source be With You!
SF Source AugureyeExpress June 23 2014

Garden Update from Summer Solstice

I spent the morning of Summer Solstice finally — after nearly a year — putting pots of gifted black raspberry bushes into the ground. Those guys are spiky, and I just couldn’t for the life of me decide where to locate them, since I really want to add three serviceberry trees and two Nanking cherry bushes along the side fence where it would have made sense to grow them as a thorny hedge. Anyway, they went into the ground on Solstice, where they await installation of a small trellis and my next load of wood mulch. It’s sad that it took an Earth holy day for me to get them in the ground, but it also felt like a great way to honor the day:

black raspberries

I’m starting to get the hang of succession planting and harvesting, so last Fall’s garlic came out, in order to make room for bush beans and the Brussels sprouts taking over the “Guarden” Bed. I harvested several more bulbs after this, and holy, moly does our basement smell like garlic! Wowzers, that’s potent stuff before it dries!

garlic

I took the rest of these photos in the afternoon on Solstice before David and I went out for a little celebratory dinner. We’ve had so much rain since then that everything has noticeably grown, but guess what? It’s raining again now, so these photos go up. Meanwhile, the trend continues of me amending the soil with rock dust and compost and then an unscheduled rain shower washing it all in. Thank you, faeries and Nature spirits! 🙂

Front beds from driveway, looking North

Front beds from driveway, looking North

Our butterfly garden continues to grow on the far North side of the front yard. Milkweed, zinnias, liatris, dill, yarrow, sunflowers, dianthus and more continue to grow in preparation for Monarch season.

Our butterfly garden continues to grow on the far North side of the front yard. Milkweed, zinnias, liatris, dill, yarrow, sunflowers, dianthus and more continue to grow in preparation for Monarch season.

Some Fairy Tale Pumpkins have finally taken, and they're growing well. The fava bean bushes came out yesterday, because rain finished them off.

Some Fairy Tale Pumpkins have finally taken, and they’re growing well. The fava bean bushes came out yesterday, because rain finished them off, making room for pink okra.

Our cantaloupe have reached across the aisles.

Our cantaloupe have reached across the aisles.

If you look closely, you can even see some watermelon already growing.

If you look closely, you can even see some watermelon already growing.

I love the afternoon light in the backyard! (And yes, that busted out garage roof has inspired much of my vertical gardening. Little do the neighbors know, but they will soon be getting paw paw trees, too, if I have anything to do with it. There's more than one way to hide an eyesore!)

I love the afternoon light in the backyard! (And yes, that busted out garage roof has inspired much of my vertical gardening. Little do the neighbors know, but they will soon be getting paw paw trees, too, if I have anything to do with it. There’s more than one way to hide an eyesore!)

Lots of areas ready for more wood mulch, but overall, the gardens themselves are growing well.

Lots of areas ready for more wood mulch, but overall, the gardens themselves are growing well.

Garden Tower June 21st

I spoke to one of our neighbors in the blue house today, and he’s very excited for the soon to be arriving compost bin I bought them last night. Apparently, they throw away “tons” of food scraps, and they’re excited to contribute to the constant need for compost. I love how our yard has become a community hang out for the neighbors and their friends. Not only have they planted zinnias by their front porch, but the kids also planted some sunflowers in the backyard. They’ve had a very late start, but they are growing. It’s great to see the kids having friends over and really noticeable how they now hang out near the front gardens with all the flowers. Before I started gardening, this yard was such an eyesore that we never really saw them hanging out much here.

Flowers! They really make a difference, even in the ugliest environment — beautifying not just landscapes, but lives.

Many blessings!