June’s Full Strawberry Moon

Back in the day, when the Original People lived in tepees, longhouses, pueblos or other types of homes and dwellings, this was the full moon of ripened berries (e.g., strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries), green leaves and the beginning of hot, sunny days. It is a time of growing abundance; of food sources, warm weather, freedoms to hunt and roam the lands, of available water to drink, bathe, cook and use. And, it comes during the month of the Summer Solstice.

The 3-days of June’s Full Moon runs from Thursday, June 8th – Saturday, June 10th, and is about growth and the movement forward. Use the fullness of this time to see your full potential, and to prepare to set a coarse to reach that goal.

The Full Moon is about completion and reaching the full expression or goal. As you begin to prepare your own coarse, remember these simple truths…

  • There will always be things that can hold you back, if you let them;
  • There will always be people, places, things, and events that can appear negative, if you choose to see them in that light;
  • There will always be things that seem heavy and burdensome, if you decide to put more time, energy and weight into them than they need or deserve;
  • There will always be things that limit you and your ability to experience life, if you want to be confined or inferior;
  • There will always be things that can scare or frighten you, if you choose to live in fear; and,
  • There will always be excuses available, if you simply don’t want to take responsibility for your own health, happiness, peace and contentment.

Make this the Full Moon that moved you to begin the process of reshaping the person and life you want to be and live.

 

June’s Revelations

June is a month for revelations. Dictionary.com defines revelations this way … something revealed or disclosed, especially a striking disclosure, as of something not before realized. The Universe has a way of presenting to each of us exactly what we need to know or experience so we can continue on our journey of self-awareness, self-discovery and conscious living. These revelations come when we are open to truth and honesty within ourselves. When we are willing to listen and hear a different voice, perhaps a ‘voice of reason’, speak words with a different message, or provide a different ‘slant’ or view that reaches something within you. It is a moment of discovery; of a revelation.

Too often we stay stuck in our position, opinion or idea of how things or people ought to be. Throughout our lives we have responded and reacted to people and events based on those deeply coded positions, opinions and ideas. We often have beliefs that have been with us throughout our lives, and maybe have served us well. But what about those times when they leave you feeling less than honest? Less comfortable? Miserable? Embarrassed? Maybe even a little ashamed?

How many times in the last year have you questioned yourself about how you were feeling after you reacted to a stressful, disappointing or personally intimidating event? How many times, in the past year, have you found yourself in a joyful, lighthearted, upbeat frame of mind, only to be brought down by some event or some other person’s actions, deeds or words? And, how did you respond? Did you carry the attitude with you for awhile?

Negative energy, and negativity, isn’t as easy to shed as it used to be, back when you were a kid and life seemed a little easier. As you move through the month of June, you may find yourself feeling bombarded by negativity.  As though a continuous storm of chaos, hatred, selfishness and narcissism has somehow descended upon our beautiful planet Earth. No matter where you turn, it is there…feeding on the reactions of pent up fear, anxiety, frustration and hostility here and around the globe. This negative energy is so prevalent, it sometimes goes unnoticed…as though it has become the norm. So, maintaining a positive state of mind and attitude can be difficult at best.

Through this month of June, take the time to reveal to yourself and to others the opposite energy. The energy of positivity. June is a time of celebrations, e.g., graduations, weddings, Father’s Day, warm weather, picnics and parties. Can you carry that same uplifting, celebratory energy with you? Look around you.

  • What is it that moves you into that place of negativity?
  • When experiencing your own sense of negativity, where does it come from?
  • Is it coming from old beliefs or does it feel personal?
  • Who among your friends, family and co-workers tends to lift your mood?
  • Who among them tends to darken your mood?
  • What is the quickest way for you to pull yourself out of a negative mood or situation?
  • What can you do this month that will move you towards your own personal revelations?
  • What part of conscious living do you practice?
    • Can you listen without judgment?
    • Are you willing to hear an opposite viewpoint?
    • Can you accept without prejudice another’s opinion?
    • Can you drop the idea that you are, of course, right?
    • Can you honestly, openly and truthfully question your own ideas and beliefs, while looking at what others hold as their own ideas and beliefs?

A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. ~James Dent

The New Moon of May

As we wind down the month of May and head into Memorial Weekend here in the USA, the light in our nighttime sky begins to disappear for a few short evenings, and prepares a space for each of us to go deep within our own personal darkness.

Darkness should not be considered a bad or scary place; even though movies seem to always paint it as a place where demons, monsters and horrors hide. Instead, think of the darkness as a thick, warm blanket of empty possibilities and potentiality. As a blanket, every aspect of you is wrapped in its boundless ethereal space, providing an unlimited expanse for you to be present, create and/or release that which you no longer choose to endure or entertain.

Wednesday, May 24th, is the start of May’s 3-days of the New Moon.

  • Take some time to embrace the quiet power of this New Moon.
  • Give yourself permission to view the darkness inside and outside your sphere of existence.
  • Feel the differences between the 2, then allow them to merge in and around you.
  • Surrender your thoughts while you open your heart.
  • Relax your muscles as you quiet your breath.
  • Now, slowly and patiently, allow all of the Universal Healing Energies to move in, around and through you; synchronizing your Body, Mind, Spirit and Soul with the natural flow and rhythm of Mother Earth, Grandmother Moon and the heavenly celestrial bodies.

The Sun watches all I do, but the Moon knows all of my secrets….J.M. Wonderland

April’s New Moon

The 3-days of April’s New Moon begins Tuesday, the 25th, reaching its apex on Wednesday, the 26th, at 8:18AM eastern time. A New Moon always signifies a time of new beginnings, rebirth, and regeneration. And, while the new moon cycle runs for a full 28 days, the best time to begin any new projects or plans is during the first 2-weeks of the cycle (until May 10th).

This New Moon comes in the middle of a Mercury Retrograde. As many of you know, most planets go retrograde from time to time, with very little effect felt by most of us mere mortals. However, Mercury in Retrograde is more like Murphy’s Law in action…’what can go wrong, will go wrong’, especially in the areas of communications, computers, and relationships. With Mercury in Retrograde, you can expect to feel its influence during this New Moon, especially in the areas of communications and relationships.

During this coming New Moon, influenced by Mercury Retrograde, take time to tend to your own wants and needs.

  • On Tuesday, the 25th, pick one thing you want to accomplish within the next 28-days that is simply, just for you. Too often when setting goals for ourselves, we try to chose goals that will benefit others as well as ourselves. Don’t do that this time. With Mercury in Retrograde, it could back fire on you.
  • Be realistic. If there is a chance you won’t accomplish the goal within the next 28-days, establish a milestone that is achievable.
  • On Wednesday morning, as the moon begins to set, make an offering to Grandmother Moon while stating your personal goal or intention. Visualize the results. Then, live the day as though you have already accomplished your goal.
  • Wednesday night, if possible, fill a tub of hot water and add your favorite scented oils, bubble bath, Epsom salts, etc., and commit again to your personal goal or intention. Bathe yourself in the image and sensation of achieving what you set out to attain.
  • On Thursday, establish a plan to achieve your goal or intention. Keep the plan simple. Make changes when necessary, but never lose sight of your goal or the milestones you want to reach.

Achieving your goals will take more than a simple commitment. It will take effort each and every day. It may take some ‘self-talk’ and reminders of why this is important to you. As the New Moon grows in its light, so too will the results of your effort.

“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

 

 

Something to Ponder… Passion or Purpose

I started this month writing about passion…as this April happens to be the month of passion. I presented questions that would hopefully lead you towards discovering or uncovering your passion(s); those things that fill you up, send energy coursing through your veins, or put you in a space of contentment, feeling alive and engaged, or in some way, committed. We can get a glimpse of what our passions might have been by looking back at our childhood hopes and dreams.

When I think back to my childhood, I remember seeing myself growing up to be a lawyer, criminal psychologist or a vice president in some business organization. And, while I did manage to attain the title of vice president and president, I never became a lawyer or criminal psychologist. As a young person, how was I to know that my passion was about justice, equality and taking care of those who needed a helping or guiding hand?

That passion has never left me. In my corporate days I sometimes found myself at odds with corporate policy; leaning backwards to help the employee before holding firm on some pointless policy. In my free time I volunteered at a women’s and children’s abuse center, giving support, direction and assurances to those in domestic or sexual abuse situations.

As my interest or commitment to the corporate arena began to wane, I found myself getting more and more involved in helping others physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. I questioned what my purpose was; why was I getting so involved in other people’s lives and trauma? Was I here to right some wrong? To develop a healing technique that would cure cancer? Remove emotional scarring? Free the troubled spirit? Bring about world peace via my psychic abilities? How grandiose was my purpose? Or, was I just a wandering soul with no purpose at all?

Years have passed since I wandered into the world of spiritual coaching, healing and mentoring. I have spent decades coming to better understand my passions, thoughts, beliefs, intentions, and the deeper desires of my soul. I have learned that I am a part of the whole; not more or less, but an equal part. I believe that if you see yourself as part of the whole, then you see the inter-connectedness of all that is; that we are all connected as one living, breathing, vibration of loving energy.

I’m sure you have heard it said that ‘we are all connected’, but what does that mean? How can you comprehend something that you can’t see, touch or smell? I am me and you are you, separate and individual. Right? So how do you go from ‘seeing’ separate and individual to feeling and knowing the deep, penetrating connectedness? The wholeness? How do you move from seeking ‘your purpose’ to recognizing ‘there is but one purpose’?

Take a look at a teacher. Teachers don’t just teach. Their ‘life’s purpose’ isn’t to just stand in front of a classroom and teach a subject. What they do is commit to helping others; all those who enter their classroom or their lives. By standing in front of a classroom and teaching a subject, they come to know the students they teach, pass along life lessons to help guide and direct them through their coming years, while acting as a knowledgeable, available resource to those who need one. The same can be said about police officers, fire fighters, nurses, and military personnel. We can even include politicians, corporate CEOs, entertainers, sports figures, etc. (although they are often not quite as obvious).  The list goes on and on. Why? Because we are all connected and here for a single, all inclusive purpose. It is time to change how you ask the question … ‘what is my purpose’. Changing that question to ‘what is the purpose’ takes the separate, individual idea of self and turns it into a global, ‘we are all connected and one’ concept.

Trying to figure out what your specific and unique purpose is can create a lot of pressure. What if you get it wrong? What if you aren’t any good at it? What if you are so good at it, it takes over your life and you die from not being clever enough in its use or execution? If you think about it, passion and purpose are pretty closely linked. If your next question is, ‘what if I don’t know what I am passionate about?’ … then you need to think back to the ‘good ol’ days’ when you were a child. What did you do that kept you so engrossed that you lost track of time? Or, what did you do that never got boring? What did you dream of becoming or doing when you grew up? What things were or are so interesting, you just want to keep reading, learning or doing more of? The key to finding your passion lies in the answers to those questions.

As I walk slowly into the world of retirement, I have found a passion for making jewelry. I love the creative aspect of it, and the healing properties of the stones and designs. Not only are the pieces often intended to help the wearer physically, mentally and spiritually, but each piece seems to become an intimate experience and expression of its own.

But my passion for justice, feeding hungry children and equality for women still reigns strong, and at times, fiercely within me. Whatever I do in those areas supports the purpose. Whatever jewelry I may make, is part of the purpose. Whatever joy I feel or am able to give to others, is for the purpose … the purpose of all, all life, all consciousness, all creation, and all that lives within the web of connectedness.

I no longer ask the question ‘what is my purpose’. Instead, I know that no matter what I do that engages my passion, will bring me joy, happiness, peace and contentment. And in that inter-connectedness, that same joy, happiness, peace and contentment will filter throughout, moving us closer to our true essence of love.

 

 

Spring’s Full Moon

Don’t you just love spring? Everything the sun touches seems to suddenly come to life. The days no longer end at 5:30 or 6:00pm. The warmth of the breeze is almost mesmerizing as it blows through the trees, the grasses and across your face. You can sense the return of life once again in all that surrounds you.

Tuesday, April 11th at 2:08am, Grandmother Moon will be at her fullest and Venus will be nearing the end of its retrograde and going direct in 4-days. The passion of this month, this cycle, will be nearing its peak this week. As its intensity begins to ebb, carrying you gently with it, where will you find yourself emotionally? spiritually? energetically?

  • Will you continue to put forth the focus and energy to take responsibility and get involved in your own personal goals and passion?
  • Will you let go and relax into the awareness of the shifts and changes that are making themselves present within you?
  • Will you embrace your passion or set it aside?

We are continuously given opportunities to engage and embrace those talents or passions that exist within us. They excite us, drive us, tease us, and lift us in our minds and spirit. Too often we kick them to the side thinking they are silly, irrelevant, impossible, or a waste of our valuable time. Or maybe, stymied by the fear of being thought a fool or of failing in its pursuit.

Whatever your talent or passion, it is one of the gifts that is uniquely yours. While we are all unique in our own way, it is that uniqueness that contributes to and strengthens the complex web of life…of ALL life. Not just your life or my life, but of the entire circle of life.

Do not deny your passion or try to change it. Engage in it and allow its energetic vibration to awaken a deeper spirit of life within you; strengthening your connection to that complex web of ALL life.

Something to Ponder…Mentors and Teachers

According to Webster’s Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary, a mentor is a wise and trusted counselor while a teacher is a person who teaches or instructs. I have had many teachers in my life, as I am sure you have too. From the time you took your first breath you were surrounded by teachers; teaching you how to feed yourself, walk, talk, right from wrong, reading, writing and arithmetic, family, friends and relationships, etc., etc. You were a clean slate when arrived here and placed in the arms of your mother and fussed over by family. And they were the first teachers to begin filling up your slate.

Through the years I encountered a few mentors; those who knew more than me and spent their time and energy to guide me. When I was trying to make my way through the world of corporate business, I was taken under my boss’ wing and given opportunities to excel in the world of information technology. When I was confused by my intuitive abilities, I found myself setting across from a woman who unselfishly taught me how to develop and use these gifts, and set me on a path of self-realization and spiritual awakening. There were many caring and giving teachers along the way, but my mentors seemed to always have a way of pushing me beyond my comfort zone and opening windows so I could fly.

One such mentor was a chiropractor. He pushed me so far out of my comfort zone I doubt that I would have ever had the courage to do the things I have accomplished these past 15 years. Because he pushed me to further define and understand who I was, what I could or couldn’t do, and how I view life spiritually, he made it possible for me to ‘find’ my last spiritual mentor. One who taught me about ceremony, Spirit and walking the good red road.

So while I view a teacher as someone who helps you understand something, a subject, or concept, a mentor is someone who helps you find yourself, your way, your voice, and perhaps your soul.

Who were your mentors? And, what did you learn?