Can you imagine with your heart and mind and all your senses, your body dissolving and becoming one with a stream of water? First, imagine yourself there in the stream, floating. Feel the silky water supporting your body as you float.
Now breathe and relax any tension in your head and face, your neck, shoulders, trunk, arms and hands, back, buttocks, legs, feet and toes.
Feel your physical reality gently dissolve and merge with the stream of water, allowing more and more space between your cells, letting any pain or anxiety drain away, releasing all worry, all fear, just letting yourself be. Don’t worry about breathing as water, it will come naturally.
Can you imagine your cells gently becoming water droplets and moving easily with the flow of the current? Can you imagine yourself growing transparent? How does it feel, smell, look and sound like?
Nothing is more relaxed! You are suspended in the water, one with the water. You are the water!
There is nothing you have to do, nowhere to be, nothing to grasp, clutch, hold on to or resist. There is no need to hold yourself up, to think or worry or fight against. You float free, allowing the current to carry you.
Can you feel yourself flow easily around boulders, rushing where the stream bed is steep, falling over stone ledges, standing still in deep pools? Can you feel the warm sunlight striking the water and see it bending into the vibrant colors of the rainbow?
Now your stream merges with a larger river. Enjoy the beautiful landscape as you drift past; the trees, the wide river valley, as you flow smoothly, one with the life-giving water.
Now after many hundreds of miles, you enter a huge estuary, full of birds and wildlife of all descriptions, drawn to the life-giving waters. The river widens out and becomes salty as you enter the ocean surf and move out beyond the crashing waves into open water. Finally, you are home, where all water joins to become one. Here you can expand even more, suspended. One with all that is.
Enjoy the sensation of oneness with the water as long as you want to. Allow the water to clear and heal you. Allow it to sustain and support you. Let yourself be.
When you’re ready to call back your physical being and find your way back to solid earth, let your feet touch the floor, tap your cheekbones and chest, breathe.
Revisit this water journey whenever you want to relax and know your oneness with all that is.
When it is dark, do you remember that you yourself are a source of light?
When you feel powerless, do you remember that your power lies within?
When you feel alone, do you remember that you are one with all of life?
When you are aligned with source, your light can bring you peace, show you the best way forward, help you define your life’s purpose, show you what is most important for you to focus on during your sojourn here with your precious limited time.
Knowing that you are a source of light will help you let go of the fluff, the trivia in your life and do what you came here to do.
When you call back and tap into your inner power, you will begin to move through fears that limit and stifle you. Your power will help you move forward in life with clarity, take action in the physical world that will bless you and others
Knowing your oneness and connection with all of life means you have constant guidance and spirit at your side. You will know your integral part in the web of life and that you belong here, you are needed wanted, and desired here!
You will no longer question your existence or if you have a right to take up space, breathe the air and use the water. You know will know in your heart that you’re not alone.
Bless yourself by tapping into your light, power and oneness and you bless yourself and all the earth.
My bark may feel cold and rough to you this winter’s day. Do not let this fool you, for my heart is warm and welcoming!
I may seem silent, separate, apart. Do not be fooled, for in my own way I am fully engaged in the web of life on this planet!
I may seem irrelevant to your human world, your worries, concerns, and solutions to your problems. Do not be fooled, for my energy interweaves in intricate patterns with that of all living things including humans. We are in this together!
My quiet existence matters in the web of life. My existence creates a ripple and a powerful filament of love in the tapestry of the universe. I belong here!
I want you to know each thought, word and feeling of yours has energetic reality that affects the web of life, just as my tree energy does. You make a difference ! You matter and you belong here!
You don’t have to move mountains or bring peace to the Middle East. Simply tune your thoughts and feelings gradually to happiness and joy and kindness and laughter a little more often.
Turn off those news programs and avoid those people that manipulate you into anger and fear. Guide your time and energy to uplifting, soul satisfying activities, thoughts, words, beliefs, friends, and entertainment.
In this way you will affect the web of life for good! You are a creator whether you know it or not!
Take your job seriously! You and I, along with all living beings on earth reweave the web of life with each thought, feeling, and action.
Take a tip from the animal community and hibernate a little while – otherwise known as taking a long winter’s nap…
Also the society of deciduous trees recommends that you go dormant awhile. Let go of excess baggage & rest during the dark and cold months when you feel the need.
Can you let go of racing thoughts, to-do lists and rest when your body signals the need? Can you let your awareness dissolve into dreamspace for a time and renew, repair, and rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit with high quality sleep?
Does your brain command you to do, do, do and give you no time for rest or relaxation? A revving engine in a rusted, broken, worn out body will get you nowhere!
So, take good care of your body! Take it in for regular maintenance! Sleep, wholesome food, movement, fresh air, relaxation! This is your soul’s vehicle on earth. Surrender to its needs, pay attention to its rhythms and messages.
The wisdom of your body is subtle. Pay
attention and come into balance, body, mind and spirit.
What is your life’s work? You soul’s purpose? What is your unique gift to life on this planet?
Begin this new year thinking, discerning, and discovering the reason you came here in a body. Recommit yourself to this passionate purpose.
You must look below the surface of your life for the answer. Making a lot of money is a surface effect of your purpose. Prestige and fame are surface effects…
Dig deeper to your core spirit knowing, the reason that gives your days meaning, that makes your heart sing, that inspires you above all else. Ask your spirit helpers, guides, angels, and ancestors to assist if you don’t know what your purpose is.
Let the answer come to you over time. What fascinates you? What fills you with light and passion? What activities cause you to lose track of time and enter the timeless place of flow and creativity… the deep well that is always filled, no matter how much you withdraw…
When you are tapped into this well of creativity and purpose, you will never run out of ideas, plans, or inspirations. You will be filled by life and often feel wonderful and blissful while you are aligned with your purpose.
Your gifts are needed here and now!
Your uplifting feelings and creations will flow from you as gifts to bless the web of life!
Do you live in the clouds thinking the physical body is not worthy of your attention, that it is not spiritual enough? Or do you spend most of your time in your lower body, rejecting all messages of the spirit and whisperings of the heart as woo woo and irrelevant to your needs?
My dears, in both cases, you are out of balance.
You came to this earth with a human body! You are meant to live fully in your body on earth while connecting with the divine! It is your birthright!
When you live in your head and constantly float in the spiritual clouds – to find balance, gently bring awareness to your lower body.
A tree without roots cannot stand!
Go slowly, learn to feel what you feel. Be gentle and kind to yourself as you do this. Get to know your root, sacral and solar plexus chakras. Get to know the sensations in your feet and legs, your gut and stomach area, the center of your chest.
Learn to decode your body’s signals as you tune in to your real feelings and emotions. Let yourself feel your body communicate its wisdom in this way. Remember to breathe!
Find a healer or therapist to help if you need it!
When you live mostly in the lower body – to find more balance in your life bring your awareness to your heart, throat, brow and crown chakras.
A tree cannot grow without a crown of leaves to collect life giving sunlight!
Let yourself be open to intuitions, feelings, little whispers and messages from your heart and spiritual guidance that represent true wisdom. Can you allow yourself to connect to something larger than yourself, to become a receiver for spirit while living fully in your body?
See what happens! Try to find some quiet each day, and gently tune in, open your heart and mind to new possibilities in life as you create true balance.
We are meant to live fully in our bodies while receiving guidance and wisdom from spirit!
Dear ones, please take time during the busy season to rest and take care of yourself.
In this season, there is so much human busyness – rushing, doing, trying to beat the clock, meet the deadline, make the holiday celebration perfect, trying to please one and all, beat the crowds, put on a magnificent feast.
You run yourself ragged and you wear yourself down! You override your body’s natural rhythms and needs, pushing yourself over the limit of endurance. Another word for this is “stress”.
Can you pull back, breathe, regroup, rethink, and slow down?
Find your center. Bring your awareness to your heart and breath. Tune into your innate wisdom. What is most important to you this year as you celebrate your holiday? What can you let go of?
For your health and sanity, let go of the elaborate expectations and preparations that you do not enjoy! Let go of extra events and “must-dos” you have to squeeze into your busy schedule. If others expect things you do not want to deliver, let them do the work, take the time, make the effort!
What activities will satisfy your soul and connect you with love to family and friends without overwhelm?
Do those things! They can be so simple and easy! Play a board game, sing songs, read a book together. Go for a walk, have a heart to heart conversation.
Remember the real heart of the season, gathering with those you love and enjoying each other, greeting the sun, creating light, love and warmth together.
I welcome all who wish to rest here under my spreading canopy. I invite you to renew your spirit here, leaning against my trunk.
Message from Grandmother Cottonwood
Let me take your weight as you lean on me. Let your body and soul relax. Allow your batteries to recharge with my energy. I am a safe place for you to let go of stress, to tap into the energy of earth and sky.
Do others think you’re crazy when you hug a tree?
You know what they do not – It just feels good to hug a tree! You are sensitive enough to feel and know the peaceful loving tree energy that flows from heaven to earth.
GCW in winter
I am here for you – an anchor, refuge, healer, a solid peaceful presence, loving and kind.
Every season, every feeling, every kind of weather, every person in your world has their place in the great panorama of your life. If you feel irritated, unhappy, too cold, too hot, too wet, too dry, if you are blocked by snowstorms, that is simply your reality in the moment.
Do you push your current reality from your mind and curse the weather, wishing the sun would shine, the snow melt? Do you try to avoid the irritating person and pretend they aren’t part of your daily landscape?
Do you resist what is and hope for better things and nicer people? Do you believe the fiction that cold weather is bad, that winter is awful?
In this way, your monkey mind sets you up for unhappiness. Can you take a step back from the whirling thoughts and simply accept what is – the weather, the people, the conditions? …and that they are not going away any time soon?
Can you gradually learn to stop the resistance against what is? It takes a lot of your precious energy to push back against reality day after day, year after year.
When you slow & stop the resistance and live in the pure present moment without judgment, life flows more easily. More energy is available to you to do those things you enjoy.
Of course, I am not advocating staying with an abuser or putting up with misbehavior or dangerous conditions. Do what you can to free yourself if you are stuck in these patterns, and work to change the unhealthy conditions you have some control over.
As you get out of your head and into the present moments of your life, feel the change in you!