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?

 

April’s Passion

What are you passionate about? Do you have a passion? Is it for a cause? A sport? Politics? A religious belief? Family? Friends? Work? What is it that gets your heart pumping and feeds you with adrenaline? Has it changed over the years or remained the same? Does it have the same intensity today as it did 3 years ago?

Experience tells me that passion can rise and fall, like the ebb and flow and tides of great waters. Each time the tide rolls in to meet the shore, it brings with it a different intensity. With strong winds behind it, it may come crashing loudly onto the shoreline. When accompanied by more gentle breezes, the surf appears more tranquil in nature, softly reaching the shore and slowly, methodically ebbing back into its waters. In many ways, April will reflect that same ebb and flow.

To awaken Mother Earth to her fullest, the waters (her blood) must be able to flow freely in and around her. The coldness held in the roots of the trees and other vegetation must be warmed and nurtured by the sun, and nourished by her waters. April is a month of passion; the passion of washing away the slumber of the old season and preparing the way for the awakening, growth and freshness of the new season. Each season comes to us fresh and new, but it is that time of transitioning where you can begin to witness and experience Mother Nature’s intense passion; e.g., in her storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, mudslides, and flooding.

During this month of April, you may find an awakening happening deep within you; an arising passion for your own Self and well-being. With Venus in retrograde, you may find your subconscious randomly dragging up memories of relationships and emotional events from your past. Be aware of them. Like the waters of Mother Earth, allow them to ebb and flow within you, waking up and washing away any old, negative, destructive emotions, and letting in (or replacing it with) healthy, new, nurturing emotions and sensations. Give yourself permission to move beyond the hurts and wounds of the past and instead, arouse the passion within you to stand in the place of health, healing and happiness.

Throughout the month of April, continue to explore your passion. Do you live each day with passion? Even if you are stuck in a boring, dead-end job, go to work committed to doing your best. If you are engaged and present in everything that you do, and if you do your work with a sense of pride, regardless of what it is, you will lift yourself up out of the doldrums and find pleasure in the present.

Take a moment to examine those things you are passionate about.

  • Make a list.
  • Has your priorities or interests changed over the years?
  • What passions are you engaged in now?
  • What were you engaged in, in the past?
  • Is your name on the list?
  • Are you passionate about your health?
    • Happiness?
    • Relationships?
    • Beliefs?
    • Practices?
    • Life?
  • What will you do to engage more deeply?

New Moon of March 27th

This New Moon carries with it the spirit of newness; the sense of glowing originality. We have had other New Moons and witnessed the vestiges of spring slowly creep across the landscape. So what makes this one so new, so fresh, so exciting? Because this New Moon arrives during a Venus retrograde.

Venus, the Roman Goddess of Love, influences our relationships, emotions, and desires. She is also the goddess of victory, beauty, fertility and satisfying carnal appetites, favors and desires. During retrograde, it is best to err on the side of caution when entering into or trying to maintain intimate relationships. It is generally during a Venus retrograde that people find themselves reacting, responding, or otherwise behaving in a way they may come to regret later.

As we move into this time of the New Moon, begin to establish your springtime boundaries. Whether these boundaries are about the amount of time you spend at work, play or relaxing, or about building up or taking apart relationship(s), structures or habits, boundaries help guide you towards the goals and ideals you want in your life. It provides the basis for you to mold and model how you want to live, learn and grow; now, and into the future.

  • Identify one goal you want to accomplish between now and June 21st, the summer solstice.
  • How much time will you need to set aside to complete this goal?
  • How will this goal effect you? others?
  • Is there anything you need to do upfront to aid in the success of your goal?
  • What resources do you need, if any?
    • Do you have to acquire these resources or are they already available to you?
  • Layout a plan that identifies each task you will need to complete per week to accomplish your goal, along with a start and end date (if there is an end date).
  • How will you measure the success of your goal?

With this year’s theme being responsibility and involvement, now is the perfect time to step out, get involved and take responsibility for making this world a better place … for everyone.

 

The Vernal Equinox, 2017

Tomorrow marks the beginning of spring here in the northern hemisphere. It is a time when the northern hemisphere starts to tilt towards the sun, creating longer days and shorter nights. Hence, Vernal means new or fresh, and Equinox literally means equal night. Spring will officially arrive at 6:29am in the Eastern Time Zone! And to that I say, HURRAY! 

People have celebrated the Vernal Equinox throughout the centuries. The Egyptians built a huge sphinx that would face the rising sun each year on this equinox. And, Christians use this day to figure out when Easter will occur. Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first Full Moon following the Vernal Equinox.

This is a time when people start feeling the need to clean out drawers and closets, sweep out the dust and cobwebs, and throw open the windows and doors to blow out the stale, old season of winter, and usher in the fresh, new season of spring. Fields get plowed, gardens get planted, and people begin embracing the smells and sounds of Mother Nature. It is an exhilarating time.

Make a point to celebrate the changing of seasons. Head outside before you start your busy day or settle in for the evening. Give thanks for the dawning of this new season. This doesn’t have to take too long; you can do this in 5 minutes…showing a little gratitude for the blessings of your life and the newness of the spring season.

  • Make a little fire. Fire is symbolic of change; the transmuting of one thing to another. This fire doesn’t have to be large. I make mine in an abalone shell using a little sage, cedar and sweet grass.
  • Make a little offering. You may want to write a few words about what you are grateful for or what you want to release to the darkness of winter. I use tobacco; placing a bit of tobacco in my left hand, I speak my words of gratitude and humility. I use my left hand because it is closest to my heart, so all my thoughts and intentions are infused into the tobacco.
  • Give your offering to the fire. When ready, place your offering in the fire and watch your thoughts, words and emotions rise up to the Creator where they will be heard, understood and acted upon. At this point, I place my tobacco into the fire, or smoldering embers, and watch the smoke rise to the heavens.
  • Let the fire burn out completely. Try not to create a fire so large that you have to douse it with water to put it out. Instead, let the fire burn out completely before you end your ceremony.
  • End your ceremony. Return the ashes from your fire to Mother Earth. Give thanks to Mother Earth for making your ceremony possible. I give thanks for the sage, cedar, sweet grass, tobacco, fire and shell, and for all she has given me. I thank her for awakening to this new season of freshness and growth, and for the time of slumber.

Make this a time of sweet renewal. If winter was difficult, let it go; it is behind you. Turn to the east and welcome spring.

The Full Moon of March 12th, 2017

Names for this month’s Full Moon: In the north and west…Full Cottonball Moon, Eagle Moon, Moon of Whispering Wind, Sore Eyes Moon, Little Sand Storm Moon, Full Warming Moon; in the southeast…Little Spring Moon, Moon of Winds, Strawberry Moon; and in the Midwest, Catching Fish Moon, Snow Crusted Moon, Spring Moon, Full Sap Moon.

Whatever you choose to call this month’s full moon, those of us in the northern hemisphere know it to signal the coming of warmer weather and longer days. You are probably finding yourself longing to be in the great outdoors (without winter coats, boots and gloves) soaking up the sun, planning outings, opening windows chasing out the stagnate air of the previous months, cleaning up the yard and planting gardens. You can almost feel yourself throwing off the darkness of winter, spreading your wings and breathing in the fresh, warm breezes of spring. And why not? The Vernal Equinox, or Spring, arrives on March 20th…when the sun shines directly over the equator giving us equal daylight and nighttime hours.

On March 4th, Venus went retrograde and will remain there until April 15th. Venus, aligned with the heart chakra, reveals itself in our lives as attraction and receptivity, defining the nature of what we allow into our lives. Therefore, the more we understand and are clear and open about what we want and accept into our lives, the more likely we are to draw that to us and into our hearts. The more mature, developed, and clear we are, the greater the capacity for a person to achieve unconditional, non-judgmental acceptance and love.

As always, the full moon symbolizes the fulfillment of a lunar cycle; starting at the absence of light with the New Moon, reaching its perfection at the Full Moon, then recycling itself with the slow departure of the Full Moon’s light, diminishing into the still, quiet darkness of the ever birthing New Moon. Let’s take the time during this Full Moon to nourish our senses and sensibilities.

  • With the vestiges of winter upon us, take a morning to go out of doors and breathe in the fresh, cool or cold air. Let it traverse throughout your body, touching and awakening you from your winter slumber.
  • As you ‘lean into’ the coming spring changes, remember to give thanks for the passing winter months and its restorative, longer nighttime hours.
  • Indulge yourself in these last days of winter and reflect on all you have come to know about yourself, your life, your goals and your priorities.
  • Identify the one or two things you have come to know about yourself in these last 6 months that make you smile and feel good about who you are.
  • Don’t rush your mind, thoughts or activities into spring; instead, for the next 8 – 10 days spend time witnessing and honing that which makes you smile and feel good about yourself.
  • Venus retrograde is a good time to reflect and reassess your goals and values, and your ability to exercise unconditional, nonjudgmental acceptance and love.

There is no greater power in Heaven or on Earth than pure, unconditional love. The nature of the God force, the unseen intelligence in all things, which causes the material world and is the center of both the spiritual and physical plane, is best described as pure, unconditional love. Wayne Dyer