Summer used to be my favourite month but it is rapidly becoming a time that feels like it can only be endured as the temperatures soar. My base temperature is much hotter than it used to be before I began to experience menopause but I don’t think there is anyone who isn’t over this extreme weather. And then there is the extreme state of politics in the world which may seem worse now we have Trump but personally I think he is simply a big reflection of what our culture has created in the world. And if that is our mirror it is quite obvious that fundamental change is needed because on the current trajectory we are rapidly heading towards the extinction of the human race. I can’t imagine Mother Earth shedding too many tears for us and whatever creatures manage to survive in spite of us will be dancing upon our mass graves.
Yet I remain hopeful as I see how millions around the world march in the name of justice and compassion. The brave souls at Standing Rock are a shining light to the world who remain committed to non-violence in spite of the violence that has been perpetrated upon them. In my country Australia we have organisations like GetUp who help those of us who are not part of the wealthy elite to stand up to the harsh treatment of the poor and vulnerable. When the times become dark it is not only that which we see as evil that flourishes and grows, in the dark we can see the light even more clearly. In America there is a group of young people whose ages range from 9-20 years old who are suing the Federal Government for their inaction on climate change. It is the young who will have to live with the consequences of our foolishness and this is set out with great clarity in this article by a 26 year old campaign director for GetUp.
Protest out in the world is very important but the biggest fundamental changes will need to occur inside each and every person on the planet. So if you don’t feel like there is much you can do about any of this remember that focusing on your own healing will help the greater good even if you never have the slightest bit to do with any of the protests. And if you persist on this path your own life will improve and the world will change around you. I say this with confidence because of my own experience of inner growth which has led to me becoming more confident and content in my life. What I find is that as I become happier I have more of a tendency to focus on the positive events in the world and become inspired. Doesn’t mean that I never feel sad or wonder how we can get out of this mess but it gives me a sense of hope that is always there beneath my feet.
Beneath my feet lies the Mother of us all, at least while we are here as spirit in a physical form. So don’t tell me you’re not spiritual, you don’t get a choice in the matter! Time to bring spirit and matter together in harmony and acknowledge the sacredness that lies within everything. Aho!
I was so terribly enthusiastic last week I published my post a day early by mistake! Today I am writing a day early but with a very different and not nearly so entertaining vibe, might hang back on the publishing bit just in case I depress all of you lovely people. But it’s important to be honest about where I am at, I was already pissed off last week when I came down with a very annoying flu. So is that a reflection of my state of mind? Maybe a factor but there are lots of reasons why we sometimes get sick, it is one of the way that the body tries to heal us and doesn’t necessarily mean that we’ve been doing anything wrong.
I worked 35 hours over two weeks at all kinds of strange hours, starting at 9am, 4am and 10 pm and I think that my body is feeling a bit confused at the moment. Bodies are wonderfully adaptive and I am a master at navigating shift work but even I struggle with this particular craziness. That isn’t what is pissing me off though, the changeability of work has been a response from management to keep me employed and they are doing their best to look after us all. There is mutual interest involved naturally and respect for the skills I have built up over 3 years of doing overnight shifts so I can live with some temporary discomfort.
The Knight of Swords tarot card.
Actually the impulse for getting annoyed is very much a Knight of Swords kind of story and so in some ways can’t really be attributed to anything on the outside. It is a time when I am stepping into my power and doing things my way without apology and that is the kind of energy that looks for a focus so it can be expressed. I have spent rather a lot of my life being self-effacing and so stepping into a space of putting my needs first can feel almost aggressive even though it isn’t really at all. I am finding that the trick is not to rush into actions that are a part of this emerging new self of mine. Grumble and whinge to my long-suffering Beloved perhaps but to sit with the feelings and see if they stay the same.
So sometimes they do move on and I can let the so-called issues go, and sometimes the feelings remain and even grow. That’s when I know that I need to take some kind of action in response. I’m sitting in that place at the moment but being sick has put a halt to everything and so I am doing my best to deal with the frustration at not being able to follow-up. And no I am not going to go into detail here, it isn’t the correct forum for it but I do hope that you dear readers will be in happy receipt of the thoughts and emotions that arise from the process.
We respond to the world based on the inner lens that we have developed through our childhood and from our experiences in the world. As a result not everybody reacts to the same situation in the same way. Kind of obvious I hear you say but here is the truly radical part, we can change our programming and therefore change our response to anything that life may throw at us. So that is what I’m doing, changing the programming that used to tell me that I wasn’t good enough and that standing up for what I believe is dangerous and frightening. I may not get the outcome I would prefer but in some ways that isn’t so relevant anyway. By creating fundamental change in who I am and how I behave I become empowered and strong and feel so much better about myself!
I know I said I would write a post on dance this week, but there is too much going on that I would like to talk about. Last week I was exploring being triggered and challenging the programming that wanted to catastrophise the possible outcomes. It ended up being fine and now I just need to be ok with uncertainty and to keep doing things that I love and especially loving me. That doesn’t however stop me from being affected by the planets, or so it would seem! We just had a New Moon on the cusp of Aquarius and Pisces, it heralded the beginning of the Chinese New Year. Haven’t had a chance to check out what that is all about but I think it’s the year of the sheep or goat.
Mystic Mamma said that it meant true fundamental change , and I do know that Pisces is emotional and watery. Where I live we’ve had a cyclone and then a big storm bringing us tons of rain so it seemed very watery indeed, I got all excited tonight when I looked up into the sky and could see stars! It’s been quite a few days since we saw anything but clouds and I am in the hills so we got mist too. Very Mists of Avalon!
So there was the rain and that seemed a bit epic even though the cyclone kept being downgraded. But the real dramatic conclusion to the weekend came as my Beloved and I drove down the long steep driveway that leads down to our dance venue. It’s called Worldview and has views to the coast, it truly does feel as if you can see the world from that place. So here we are going down the driveway when my Beloved stops the car about a third of the way down. It took both of us a moment or two to process what was in front of us, the huge presence of earth and busted trees. All of a sudden our forward momentum was completely halted and it was very clear that we were not going to be running a dance that night after all.
Not our earthslide but you get the idea! Much greener in my part of the world.
The interesting thing is that on some level I wasn’t entirely surprised, our theme was “Songs for the Earth” and here we were faced literally with the element of Earth. Seems that the Mother didn’t want us to do our dance last Sunday, we did a journey ourselves instead and I received a big vision about taking our dance out into the wider community. Doesn’t mean we won’t keep dancing close to home but it is something we really enjoy and would like to share with as many people as possible. There is a part of me that is a bit confronted by this notion but I am determined to explore the possibilities that spring up in the wake of this vision. Or at least take the first exploratory step in the direction of this vision, if I focus on the steps one at a time I won’t get overwhelmed and the part of me that is a bit scared will cope much better.
There is massive change moving deeply within me and if I manage it well it may well bring some very positive shifts and changes into the life that my Beloved and I are creating together. So plan one step at a time, love myself and what I do, and remember to laugh as much as possible, a recipe for a happy and fulfilling life!
May all of you out there be happy and well, love and blissings to you all!
One thing is quite sure about this journey through a physical incarnation, as we expand into our fullness there are many opportunities to practice new understandings. That’s if you happen to be paying attention, and why wouldn’t you in this marvelous and magical creation that is the planet Gaia! As a matter of fact the next theme for our Ecstatic Dance is “Songs of the Earth”. so my Beloved and I are in the process of exploring this notion in the form of a sonic landscape. How people choose to move through it is their choice, a mirror of where they are in their journey. More on ecstatic dance next week but if you would like to check out details on our next dance here is the link to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/malenydance/
I have been feeling strong energies since the summer solstice of 2014 and it just keeps getting stronger as we move through the early months of 2015. I’m no expert on astrology so when I want to know more about what I’m feeling I often have a look at Mystic Mamma: http://www.mysticmamma.com/wiping-the-slate-clean-astrology-for-february-2015-by-sarah-varcas/ We have two new moons in February and the one that is coming in on 18/19 is on the cusp of Aquarius and Pisces. I know a bit about Aquarius as it is my sun sign and this moon is all about commitment to fundamental change.
I’ve noticed old beliefs and patterns of behaviour being massively challenged already and as such they can be very uncomfortable indeed. This happened for me a week and a half ago and I had the opportunity to watch my reactions as I was very triggered by an incident that occurred. Then there was a waiting period where I didn’t know if I would have to deal with it the next week or not. I tuned in and was told that it wouldn’t happen again but I watched my mind doing its best to catastrophise possible outcomes. A book I’ve been reading about a near death experience was incredibly helpful as I was reminded to focus on loving myself and what I do. My mind would try to fall into the old pattern and each time I noticed this I replaced it with thoughts of how much I love what I do. It was particularly interesting to notice how attached I felt to the negative projections into the future.
So I’ve decided to really focus on this tendency for my mind to run into negative grooves, and when I notice that it’s happening, to switch gears into a more positive frame. Just been tested again actually, had an email to do with work that has set the fear in my belly moving once again. So I’m sitting here and focusing on loving myself as I encourage my mind to explore the positive outcomes, which are in fact much more likely to occur anyway! It would be easy to go into overwhelm at this point so I will give myself a bit of time with this issue and then let it go for the evening.
Ahhhh for a magic wand ! Mmmmmmmm………oh that’s right, I am the magic wand!! And so are you, and you and you………… lets all be the marvelous creatures that we truly are, much love and blissings to you all.
Well I went from nuclear disasters to the habits of highly empathic people and I’m feeling positively inspired by the journey! Even though there may be masses of sleepy people who have no idea of how their world could be slipping away, there are those who not only notice and care, but who are doing something about it. And the ones who are doing the damage are a tiny part of the overall population, I think they know that their days are numbered and are simply trying to rake in as much as they can while they can.
Empathy is a key ingredient as we grow and develop into the future humans that will have a continuing and positive presence on this beautiful planet. And it is a quality that can be developed, I relate strongly to the habits of HEP’s (highly empathic people) and have tended to go in this direction all my life. But anyone can do it, those who are severely disconnected from their emotions are going to have a challenging journey, but I do believe it possible for all people if they have a strong enough desire to go there.
The author of the article at the end of this post, Roman Krznaric, describes the twentieth century as the Age of Introspection and says that the twenty-first should be the Age of Empathy. I agree heartily with this viewpoint, it certainly matches my path through life which was extremely introverted for many years as I dove deep in my healing journey. Then slowly but surely I began to get the sense that I needed to move more into connection with others, the messages kept coming, and over time that is the path I have taken. My very special country town has helped me to reach a point where I am fulfilling this part of my life in a way that truly amazes me at times, in a good way!
There is a lot more I could say on this topic but I will save it for future posts, in the meantime have a read of this inspiring article, it has links to lots of grass-roots movements that are helping to create fundamental change in the world. A wonderful resource!
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What with being sick there hasn’t been a lot of thought process going on in this head of mine, maybe I’m getting better because I’m beginning to have some thoughts on what being sick has been all about. There are layers to this but to start with lets look at the physical body, this is something I’ve been pushing pretty hard even though I do my best to give it good nutrition, exercise and rest. I don’t enjoy being ill, but there has been a part of me that has enjoyed the fact that I haven’t been able to do anything much for the last four days.
I love pretty much everything that I do, but it’s a lot to juggle and only some of it brings in money to support me, which is then challenging in terms of saving up for things like holidays! So there is a fundamental change still on its way, but in the meantime I am determined to continue to refine the way that I support my physical body. My intuition has led me to mucuna pruriens, a medicinal herb that has a huge range of healing properties. If you require empirical evidence then better stop reading now, this is an intuitive journey for me as I feel into what’s right for my body.
You can hear what David Wolfe says about this herb at the end of this post, the part that got my attention was that it is a natural source of L-dopa which turns into dopamine, a neurotransmitter that buffers us against stress. It can also help to improve eyesight and with my schedule I really don’t have time to do my natural vision improvement exercises. So I found a source on e-bay that feels like it’s the right one for me but the seller is away, I will wait till they come back and then I will embark on a journey with this herb and see where it takes me.
There is some huge movement occurring on spiritual, emotional and psychological levels of my being at this time, and I will be talking about this in future posts. But for now, baby steps as I come out of the fog of illness, with any luck some therapeutic dancing tomorrow night if I am well enough, dance the last of the cold germs out into the night!
In this video, Superfoods Nutritionist David Wolfe passionately explains why he considers Mucuna Pruriens to be one of the most impressive, healing herbs on planet earth.
It is the highest (known) natural source of L-Dopa, which enhances dopamine, which makes us feel stable, happy, and confident. It has healed people from long-term stimulant abuse, repairs poor eyesight, improves hearing, enhances reproduction and hormone balancing in women, along with many other benefits. We only wish we’d heard of it sooner!
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