When you expand your awareness to include the spirits in all things, the rocks, trees, clouds, insects, plants and animals, the land you call home, the other people around you, you expand your experience of life.
You expand your understanding of the oneness of all things You see life from a different perspective like a hawk soaring overhead, or a snake gliding across rough pavement or through the tall grass.
Little brown snake
When you expand your awareness to know what hawk knows, you will feel and know the warm updraft under your wide open wings, effortlessly holding you aloft above the immense landscape where you make your living.
When you expand your awareness to know what snake knows, you drink in the earthy smell of soil, dead leaves, and rough pavement beneath your belly, you sense the texture and solidity of the ground, you feel the stiff stems of grass anchored to the earth as you glide past.
When you expand and allow yourself to know these things and to experience them, you will gain respect for all living creatures and the great web of life that sustains us.
Always remember this! Nothing can be separated from the whole.
When you expand your awareness, you will know your place in this great web of life- that you belong to the earth. I ask you to use your free will and human agency to celebrate and protect the great tapestry of creation of which we are all a part!
Life calls you with a powerful voice! Do you block out the sound of her voice with static in your mind, addictions, petty time wasting amusements?
Life pulls you forward like a magnet toward your highest good if you will allow it! Do you resist the pull and hold on to the past to what is with an iron grip? Do you get stuck in the quagmire of your fears? Do you live life with your nose stuck in a shiny electronic device? Dear ones, that sounds like half a life to me.
Life desires your full participation, your clarity and focus. Do you cloud your clarity with excess busyness, with no time to rest, constant activity, anxiety and churning hamster-wheel thoughts?
You have been given the most amazing gift of life! The life force within you requires that you move forward; that you continue to expand and become like a rosebud opening. If the rosebud failed to open , it would soon wither and die.
Life asks that you grow and change and evolve and allow the effortless unfolding process- the blossoming of the man or woman you were born to be.
Grandmother Cottonwood – morning light
You are not alone, dear ones. Many have navigated through the boredom, the fear, the feeling of being stuck, the resistance, the half lived days, the addictions… You can do it too. Ask for help if you need it…Others who’ve traveled the same journey can help guide you.
If you have been holding yourself back, when you are ready, you can gently let go of the bank and allow the river of life to carry you forward into your next big adventure!
Many of you are sensitive to the spirits and energy that support, surround and permeate this world of mass, volume and matter. You have a wider spectrum of awareness than those who call you crazy, those who fear your power, those who cut you down to size, those who scoff at your light.
Do not allow others to talk you out of what you know to be true!
You who can feel and hear and know the presence of spirits; do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by it all? Learn to set boundaries, to invite the compassionate helping spirits on your terms, on your schedule, and send those who drain you away.
Your voice is powerful! Use it to keep yourself clear and to connect with your inner strength and power.
Your roots connect you to the Earth. Draw up her energy to empower your body. You sensitive ones, especially will be most effective when you are grounded in the earth as well as connected to the heavens.
Focus your attention and set your intention to work in harmony with the spirit world.
You sensitive souls are needed here with your wider range of awareness to interpret higher vibrations, to channel healing energy and beautiful works of art, to help us all live in harmony and wisdom. Your gifts are a blessing to this earth. Know it is so.
Does your mind outpace your body? Do you feel spacey and disconnected?
If your mind races ahead and leaves your body behind, you are living in the future and forgetting the present; neglecting your grounding in the here and now, your need for earth energy, for your full and complete presence in this time and place. Don’t jump or skip ahead!
Red wing blackbird on a breezy day
If your body rushes ahead and leaves your mind in the dust, you are living in the past ; disembodied, perhaps getting yourself into situations that do not serve you well. Perhaps you feel stuck.
Can you bring your body mind and heart together and concentrate all your focus in this moment? Can you keep it together?
The present is where your power lies! When all of you is in the present. This is the state of flow, where you are plugged into your power supply – All that is – and you have access to boundless energy.
Here’s a practice for you to help you pay attention to what is now. Choose one of the 5 senses: feel, taste, touch, smell, sight. Focus for a few minutes on only that information coming into your body and mind through that sense.
Can you narrow your focus that much, aligning body and mind and balancing your consciousness in this point in time? Can you gather all of yourself, your scattered energy, thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and know your wholeness?
In this way, you train yourself to be wholly present, to empower yourself and tap in to amazing energy!
Over the years of your life, energy, inspirations, emotions, feelings, ideas, thoughts, fears that you block and deny and push down have nowhere else to go but to stay in your energy field. The energies that makes up these thoughts get stuck, build up and accumulate like heavy storm clouds.
Storm clouds and prairie grasses
If you are sensitive, you feel the extra weight, the heaviness. Does it hold you back, press you down like a weighted blanket, a back pack full of stones?
It is not your work to carry this weight. You can clear and release it with patience, courage, commitment.
Foreign substances in your body will not solve the problem, will not clear the clouds, but only allow you to pretend for a short time.
Tap into your emotions, the buried ones, the old and stale ones, the emotions that flash through when something triggers you. You must focus and feel the emotions within you. You do not have to react to them. Simply feeling and acknowledging is enough.
The emotion is not you, it is energy that is meant to flow through you. I am telling you, you can feel better!
Find help if the emotions feel overwhelming. It is like learning to walk, learning to read. This is a life-saving skill you can learn, and it will set you free.
Your roots will hold fast during the storms of life when the wind rises and the rains pour down. Your roots hold fast when you fear for your life or health.
When the thunder cracks and lighting blinds you, your deep roots will keep you upright. Bending with the wind will keep you from breaking. You will weather this storm and the next and the next for there will be more. It is the nature of life.
Your deep roots allow you to stretch to your full height and reach, to feel and know your belonging to this earth in this place and time without fear of toppling over, breaking, or blowing away.
Our roots, the roots of all growing things interweave and stitch together the soil, the stuff of life that feeds your planet and makes your existence possible. From the deepest taproot to the tiniest microscopic thread searching for water, roots hold your world in place with love.
Billions of roots hold the soil. The multitude of grasses, the flowering beauties that return year after year, those rooted organisms you call weeds, the magnificent trees of our beloved planet all anchor our soil, forming a vast web of interconnection… Call it love!
Honeysuckle and ash tree
The web of roots anchoring this abundant life mirrors the energetic web of all things, invisible to most, yet permeating and connecting all things in exquisite perfection. No word or thought or feeling of any human can be separated from this web. They are the stuff of the web.
The energetic vibrations of your feelings, thoughts and words announce you and create an energy pattern, unique to you. Others might not see this, but they can feel and sense it.
Your energies and vibrations join with those of others and yet others, and still more, creating intricate patterns and possibilities one alone could not dream of.
Just as the mighty roots of a cottonwood intertwine and interweave with the roots of other trees, grasses, weeds, and wildflowers, so do your thoughts and words interweave with the feelings, thoughts, and words of others. In this way, you are all connected at the energetic level… Some call it spirit.
When despair or sadness come over you, take a walk – find a tree and sit at her roots, lean against her trunk.
Grandmother Cottonwood, morning sunlight
Now see yourself rooted deeply to the earth. Nothing can topple you. You are flexible and you sway gracefully with the wind, safely and securely anchored.
With the tree’s help, you can release the feelings that drag you down, and know yourself as a powerful being!
Let the despair, the fear, the grief you feel drain into the sweet earth where these energies will be transmuted, neutralized, and healed. Let your feeling be carried down into the earth on your out breath, through the trees roots – for your energies intermingle and become one.
Now imagine breathing earth energy up into your roots and bringing it into your lower body. Allow it to fill you with its calming and peaceful frequency. Allow the gentle tree energy to clear and renew you.
Now with your roots firmly planted, let your energy rise and expand with the trunk, branches and crown, taking in the sunlight and joy of living in this place at this time. Divine energy will fill your being as you allow it to pour through you.
Know the peace, solidity, awareness, and love of your chosen tree. Breathe healing energy from above and below as you merge and experience for a few moments what it feels like to be a column of light, rooted to the earth and reaching to the heavens.
Beloved ones… Love yourself as never before. Give yourself the care, the attention, the nurturing and compassion you would give to your best friend or loved one.
Stand tall: Cottonwood
Dearest, you may not have gotten the care you needed to thrive in earlier days, but you can supply and become your own ideal mother or father and give yourself what they could not. You can cease your hungry striving after an elusive “love” that is “out there” somewhere and discover it within your heart’s own capacity.
Build the muscle of self love as you give yourself kindness, as you pay attention to how you feel, as you accept your feelings without judgment, as you gradually wean yourself from critical self talk and mean expectations, as you simply allow yourself to be who you are- imperfect and human.
Beloved, in your imagination see yourself as your own loving parent, holding, rocking, loving, feeding, attending to the precious child you once were. Give yourself kindness, give yourself loving attention. Allow your younger self to feel your calming heartbeat, your loving arms, the security and trust of comfort and love freely given.
Know this, dearest ones, over eons your human awareness has shifted from the tiniest nuances in our physical world.
It has shifted from the subtle nuances and energy of the body, the energy that surrounds each of us and overlaps, the energy that creates the power and majesty of the night sky, the rhythms of the moon.
It has shifted from the spirit in all things, the earth as a living thing, our very mother. Your awareness has shifted from the earth as mother of all species, all living things, all stones, every atom of existence.
From these subtle and quiet points of awareness amazing wisdom, creations and discoveries have been brought into being.
Where does your awareness rest now, most often? The “news”? Those who would funnel ugliness and discontent and anger directly into your brains? Has your awareness shifted to include mostly financial concerns? Do you see life from this perspective only?
Has your awareness been devoured by the little shiny thing that sets the agenda for you? That little thing that chooses your news, headlines, the path of your thoughts and fears? The sound bites you remember? Then you misunderstand and miss out on the variety, the beauty, the magnificence, of all that life on planet earth has to offer you.
Crow perched on sycamore tree
It is easy to shift your awareness back to the center of your being, the life blood, the soul satisfying actions that give you life. You must be willing to open your eyes and heart to the reality you desire.
How do you manage your circle of awareness? It is your most precious commodity. You get to choose the focus of your thoughts, what you allow into your consciousness. Choose and manage it wisely!