Buried seeds

Dedicated to my friend Sacha:

 

All the buried seeds crack open in the dark the instant they surrender to a process they can’t see.– Mark Nepo –

Change is a transformative process that grows out of buried seeds, seeds that surrender to a process they can’t see.  We, contemplate breaking out of the plan we made for ourself and for a better life. We, consider going back to the job we hate, returning to relationships that step on our heart, taking that drink or pill instead of continuing to make amends and deal with our shit.  Change is terrifying by its very nature.

We like to see ourselves as good people, as people who do the right thing, as people who say “please” and “thank you,” as people who care about other people and devote time and energy to others. It takes a tremendous love of truth to allow whatever that picture of ourselves is to fall from its elevated position on the wall, and shatter. It takes faith, trust and a willingness to enter the darkness of failure and the unknown.  The irony, however, is that the wall and the elevated image of ourselves is what imprisons us. The ground that shatters could be viewed as the painful, but freeing, action of Love. Picking up the pieces of that shattered image and continually placing it back in its prison cell on the wall is a safe and familiar solution.   And, transformative change, like love itself, can never be forced upon us.

Transformative change requires our participation to germinate and grow. No matter what our situation, we have a choice. Continue to open to the heart-renching action of love? Or shut down, harden, and quit.  Why do you think so many people walk around virtually dead in this world? Because reaching for life is scary. You have to be out of your mind to do it, and I mean that literally.  I’m scared too.

”Blessings on your journey”

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Co-creators

To co-create, we must first begin with a foundation of mutual respect.

 Gardens offer us a perfect opportunity to reconnect to our true selves and remember our place in the natural world. Rather than approach our gardens as mere investments of energy, we can look at the entire process of gardening, from planting seeds to harvesting food, as a way of deepening our conscious relationship with the creative force of the universe. If we are willing to shift our intention from dominating, or at least directing nature, to co-creating with nature instead, we may discover a deep peace and renewed sense of wonder.

To co-create we must first begin with a foundation of mutual respect. As you create your garden in partnership with nature, you can respect the earth, water, insects and animals by using organic seeds, soil and fertilizers. You can also communicate with the plants, insects and elements involved in your garden, and create a regular practice of stillness to listen for any messages they may have for you. When it comes time for harvesting fresh vegetables or picking beautiful blooms, you might even ask permission first. If you ask with an open heart, you will always receive an answer.

When we recognize ourselves as allies, co-creators, with the earth and the natural world, our relationship to our environment begins to change. We no longer feel the need to control the circumstances around us and can relish in the perfection of all that is.

From my friend Madisyn

“Blessings on your journey”

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God loves a parade!

Some days I wake up with a message from a dream, some days a feeling and some days a headline.  Today it was the headline “God goes on parade”.  During my meditation I thought what the heck do I do with this?? What does this mean?  I wrote this post in my head at least five different ways.  One way was just say “God goes on parade” and let you figure out what that means   the other way was to give some explanation or share my view point of what it means to me.  This should be good, as I never really know what I’m going to write until I do.

Many of you have heard, “everybody loves a parade”, or that’s what they say.  I have a hard time with parades because I came hard wired to direct things and keep people safe.  Whenever I see large groups of people gathered together I struggle with the logistics of who goes where, what’s the parade route, where are the escape routes, where’s the best place to park and to sit, what’s the timing of it and how do I get out of here after!!! etc…etc…..etc….. Others just enjoy being there and enjoy the excitement of the participants and the crowd, in fact they could sit anywhere   We all have hard wiring that makes us different.  It has been one of my greatest discoveries about co-creation, to learn we all have a part to play, we’re in it together, and no one is more important than the other.  Without our differences there would be no creation and the parade would be very boring!!  Our differences are our greatest gifts in co-creation.

Who would have thought that a parade would be a great example of co-creation.  A parade can represent hundreds, or thousands, or hundreds of thousands of people coming together experiencing life from different positions, view points and angles.  Like our daily lives, we wake up with a plan for our day, a parade route we will take.  We dress or put on our costume.  We enter the parade route, or the best parade viewing location and begin our day.  During our daily parade many people with different viewing positions and viewpoints will be witnessing our journey along the route and reacting with sincere joy and excitement or struggling with the thought of how do I get the hell out of here, amongst many other experiences.  This is life.

The main story behind “God goes on parade” is, God meant parades to be fun, to bring out the child in each of us, to bring us all together and infuse joy in our lives all while co-creating and celebrating our differences.

”Blessings on your journey”

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Co-creating

Co-creating day three.  Co-creating is like listening to the radio, you realize that you are listening to a channel, your channel, yet continue to recognize that there are many other channels playing out there.  While you do not have to tune in to the other channels you have the option to play with them whenever you’re moved to.

The key to co-creating is recognizing and being “willing” to hear these other channels.  They are always playing (like your channel), and they offer different energy pathways that move and grove to different beats that may challenge you.  While it seems easier to keep it on your one channel, the universe is challenging you, reaching out and calling you to hear what is being played.  No intention (no pressure) to make anything happen or expect anything, just play!!!

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Creating

Creating vs wondering and waiting! As I sit here writing I am creating, and as you sit there reading, we are co-creating.  Co-creating is my new reality, an interaction and moving energetic taking us on an adventure from place to place.  Yesterday as I drove around and did what I do, I realized that while my creating might be the center of my universe, it is not a much needed higher reality.  This higher reality is my creative universe connecting and co-creating with yours!!  We do it every minute of every day but often we only see our part in it, we stop and wait for those we connect with to agree or fall in line with our thinking (wondering and waiting).

As I navigated the day yesterday, I noticed many things. The greatest of them; realizing my creating is for “our” universe, “our” world, not for me.

“Blessings on your journey”

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Wondering and waiting

Wondering and waiting.

Sometimes I find myself wondering and waiting. Wondering and waiting seems easy and safe because it doesn’t require I do anything. Wondering and waiting feels like being stuck in the mud, immobile.  You can still see the sun come up and hear the birds singing and the children playing, but stuck, all while the world spins around me. Wondering and waiting is not creating!!

Creating, is jumping into the stream, feeling the pull of the waters and energy that moves all around me.  Like wondering and waiting, I’m still witnessing all of those things spinning around me.  The difference with creating is recognizing and feeling that my place in it has meaning, has purpose, has an impact!!  In fact when I’m creating, I may even be at the center of it!!  We were meant to create, rock on!!

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What if?

What if there was a place where no one would judge us, or think less of us. A place where no topic was off limits, a safe place, where one would be listened to.  A place where you could find your authentic self, your authentic voice and be supported and encouraged to be all you can be.  A place where you were important.  A place where you didn’t feel alone anymore and a place you could go anytime.

What if there was such a place?

“Blessings on your journey”

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