Retirement

Dear readers, This is Grandmother Cottonwood’s last post.  I (Betty, the voice of Grandmother Cottonwood) am retiring for the time being from blogging her words.

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Thank you all, dear readers for tuning in and reading GCW’s words each week for the past three years.  I hope her words resonated with you at times, been helpful or uplifting at times. 

My work is focused elsewhere now,  as I concentrate on shamanic healing and energy healing, helping people renew and restore their spirits.  I am trying to practice what Grandmother Cottonwood preaches, to shine my light and bless this earth.

May you too bless this earth with your talents, gifts, and abilities.  May you be blessed in all things! May you shine your light fully!

 

 

 

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Listen to the earth

Dear humans, Let the earth be as she is. Find new outlets for your creativity, new ways to make a buck that don’t involve destroying her forests, air, water, landscapes, or building parking lots and shopping malls over her rich topsoil.

Think what you are doing! This earth is suffering with fires, floods high tides, freak storms…

Do not take our home for granted! Begin this moment to live in harmony and balance with our home, the earth.  

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Bird’s nest

Begin by listening to her messages, reading her signs, striving to understand what she is communicating to all who dwell here.  Begin by tuning your awareness to her innate wisdom which needs no “help” from humans.

Listen to the earth, hear her and act in accordance with your talents and gifts to do what you are asked to do for healing and repair.

Be the light! When you are aligned with the light, you can do no harm.  When more and more of you raise your vibrations and live in your light, the damage to the web of all things can be repaired.

Each act of healing, no matter how small, reverberates through the web of creation and makes a difference. You can make a difference!

Stone soup

Dear ones, we are all in this together! Like “stone soup” each living being on this earth contributes according to their nature to the energy field in which we exist, the web of creation. We’re “in the soup” together!

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Amazing spider web

Like stone soup, we each bring our personal offering to add to the mixture. What ingredients do you bring to the communal table? Do your ingredients, the feelings, emotions, actions, beliefs and ideas nourish you and others, or do they encourage ill health of mind body emotions or spirit?

Like it or not, we all share in the communal energy. Every being on earth is connected to every other being through the web of all things.

We all eat from the same soup and drink from the same water, breathe the same air, stand under the same sun. Make your contribution to our shared soup a blessing to yourself and by extension to all living creatures.

Step up to the plate

Everybody gets a turn at bat. Step up to the plate, get set, pay attention, keep your eye on the ball…

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Red maple leaf

In a game, you have limited at bats… In life you get chances to step up time and time again. Did you “strike out” last time you had a chance?

Have you taken time to sharpen your skills, deepen your knowledge, command your attention and focus so it does not wander or waver? Have you gotten complete clarity on what you want? Is your head in the game? 

If so, this at bat you will have a better chance to connect squarely and hit the ball out of the park.

Can you imagine and picture your bat connecting, the loud crack, the feeling of power when the ball sails up and over the field, clearing the fence? Can you feel the firm set of your feet, the low center of gravity, the power in your arms, shoulders and chest and the swivel at your waist as you swing and connect?

Life presents you with countless opportunities to step up to the plate and shine. Will you take your turn?

Fill yourself

When you feel an empty place inside, a feeling of envy, malice, a bottomless fear, you’ve tapped into a “negative space”, a void. Only you can fill and heal these voids and vacant places in your psyche.

Alcohol, smoking, food, mind altering drugs, sex, money will not fill these voids. They may help you forget, ignore, or pretend they don’t exist for a time, but soon the void will reappear, yawning, dark and bottomless.

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Full moon, Autumn

The only way to wholeness is for you to face the void and empty places within you, acknowledge them, breathe, and fill them with self compassion, with loving energy, color, healing sounds, with light that fills and permeates and illuminates the dark places, and dissolves the shadows.

This love and healing energy must come from your center, the spark of spirit within you. You must kindle and tend your inner flame, for no-one else knows your true heart, your true center as you do.

Ask to be made whole with the energies of light and love. You will be shown the way.

In this way, you can gradually heal yourself and heal your spirit. Ask for help if you feel overwhelmed. You are not alone!

Fill yourself to overflowing with light. Know that is enough.

Get to know your spirit

Have you forgotten something? Have you forgotten your spirit? Have you lived your life without consulting, recognizing, or getting to know the larger part of you, the part of you that knows and feels your connection to all that is?

Do not underestimate the power, reach and wisdom of your spirit, my friends. When you underestimate your spirit, you underestimate and undermine your amazing self!

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Yes it is invisible, yet it influences every facet of your life. Get to know the larger you, the you that is so much more than your body, your worries, your problems, your job, your paycheck…

Your reach is wider, your influence greater, your personal power stronger than you have ever dreamed. Because you are so much more than your body…

To know and experience this, get to know your spirit. Not necessarily in a churchy religious way, for they may bind you with rules and regulations, shoulds and should nots- But in a gentle exploration, a trust, a moving into the unknown once step at a time. Ask the universe to support your new journey and to reveal the unseen.

Many begin this journey with meditation, with books they are drawn to, with curiosity, with questions. Ask the questions that occur to you, follow your heart, and trust that you will get to know your indestructible spirit.

Change your focus and your life will change.

Do you focus on what is wrong, Dear ones?

Do you zero in on problems, attend most urgently to the annoyances and irritations in your life to the exclusion of all else? Is your attention captured by bad news, ugly gossip, stories and images that disturb and dismay you? Do you spend time ruminating on tales of lack, messages of not enough?

Are you happy with the direction your life is taking when you focus in this way?

Change your focus, change your life.

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Milkweed pods gone to seed

As the focus can be selected on a camera, you too can choose the main focus of your day, your hour, your present moment. Everything else will remain in the background.

You can focus on one detail of the frame so it is clear and sharp within your attention. Everything else will fade like a blur into the background and become insignificant – a backdrop to what is most important.

Choose and frame your subjects wisely like a good photographer. Choose that which uplifts, delights, inspires and satisfies your soul. Spend time focusing and attending to these qualities and soon you will find your life shifting to a new and improved model!