Learn to feel

Dear ones, some of the humans who pass by my patch of earth seem to live trapped within dark clouds. I can sense this density, and can feel it as a vibration on the wind and air even from many hundreds of yards away.

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Heavy storm clouds

The dark clouds some carry along keep them always feeling down, wishing and wondering why they can’t feel better, feeling that they are carrying a heavy weight.

When other humans come near, they too are affected by the overcast conditions of those with heavy energy and a dark mood. Even though invisible, it has substance, a reality others can sense.

You can’t really hide. Your energy doesn’t lie!

Many of you humans have been told a lie: “Showing, feeling, and expressing emotions is an unacceptable weakness. Emotions must be suppressed.”

When you believe this lie and stuff your feelings, they just build up like storm clouds, growing denser and darker in your energy field. They do not disappear or dissolve just because you don’t like them and want to deny or ignore them. They do not miraculously vanish into thin air never to be heard from again.

Your emotions are not you – they are energy that needs to move through you.

It is vital to face these storm clouds and feel them so they can begin to move and finally dissipate. There may be turbulence ahead as you do this, so ask for help and support. As you find the courage and inner power to let yourself feel, to bring light into the dark, you will begin to feel lighter and lighter. Your health and well-being will improve.

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Clear evening sky

You are meant to be a being of light and power. For maximum health, learn to feel your emotions and let them move through you.

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More about clearing

Clear the clutter from your mind, and life. Tidy and clear away so you can focus your attention on what is most important to you.

Is your mind cluttered with to-do lists and lots of rules labeled “should” and “should not”? Is your mind cluttered with worries about what’s ahead? Is life’s trivia masquerading as top must-do agenda items?

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Grandmother Cottonwood, letting go of summer’s leaves

Is your home cluttered with unused things gathering dust – abandoned books and piles of papers? Are your closets crammed with clothes you can’t remember or that don’t fit? Are these things holding you in the past, keeping you stuck in the mud of indecision?

Is your time cluttered with trivial tasks that could wait, could even be left undone with no problem…? Is it cluttered with busy work, time wasting projects that keep you preoccupied, and before you know it, the day is gone, and you haven’t done a lick of work on the project that feeds your spirit and satisfies your soul.

Create spaces in your home and heart and in your day that sing to you, clarify and focus your mind without petty distractions. Create space to do your soul work, to do what caused your spirit to choose life in your magnificent human body at this time.

You have come here to be in partnership with source! Life is calling you to “step up to the plate and live fully, unencumbered by any clutter of physical objects, mental debris, or emotional baggage that holds you back!

Do your soul work first! Give in to the pull of the divine and do what inspires, delights and satisfies you before any other!  Let nothing hold you back!

Clearing

Dear ones, can you clear the clutter – physical and emotional, from your life a little at a time?   If it’s built up over a long time, go slowly, get used to the feelings of space and clarity little by little.

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Yellow leaf on sunlit creek

And when I say clear the clutter, I don’t mean shove all that old stuff under the bed, under a rug, into the closet until it won’t close, or throw it in the basement or garage where you don’t have to look at it every day…

I mean deal with it!  Choose to keep, donate or throw away the stuff. Take responsibility for your space!  The energy of your life cannot flow freely in a space with piles of dusty, unused and forgotten objects.  It restricts you and hems you in…  limits your possibilities…

Take it one newspaper, one piece of clothing, one old book at a time if you need to!

When I say clear emotional clutter, I don’t mean stuff the emotions so you appear fine on the surface, or put on a happy face when you are depressed, or be nice to someone you can’t stomach… I mean one at a time, letting your emotions just be, feeling them in your body, getting used to how your emotional energy needs and wants to move through you.  Then, with courage, feel it and let it move.  You will feel more and more clear!

Don’t over do it…  go easy, a little at a time.  As you do this, your emotions will feel intense at first, then shift and dissolve and eventually you will feel more clear, lighter, less weighed down by life.  Ask for help and support if you need it!

In this way, you can heal your life!

Communicate energetically

Dear ones, with some practice and patience, you can learn to communicate with loved ones across the miles. Yes, I know your shiny blinking and beeping object with the glowing screen does that already…

I speak of love, of real heart to heart deep energetic communication.  I do not speak of easy words!  or emojis! or trite phrases!  The communication I speak of is so much deeper and touches the heart and soul.

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Milkweed pods and seeds

To begin, drop your awareness down into your heart.  Breathe several times, in and out of your heart, releasing any static or clouds.   Do you feel love in your heart?  Do you feel peace?   Do you feel calm?  If so, bring an image of your loved one to mind as best you can.  (If you’re feeling angry, fearful, or unhappy try again later when you feel differently.)  Maybe it is a picture of them, maybe you see a piece of paper with their name written down, maybe you smell their perfume and feel their presence.  However you perceive them is OK!

Now ask a beautiful clear light to shine on them and through them.  See and feel them with a loving heart, no judgment, and kind regard.  Your energy is communicating with their energy.  Simple breathe, and let the light shine as long as you wish.

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GCW and brilliant yellow leaf

I speak of sending love to your grandchildren when you perceive they need a boost.  I speak of holding your spouse in the light when you want to give them your support.  I speak of blessing your child when she’s far away.  I speak of sending light to a disabled elder.  I speak of opening your heart to those you know are suffering, placing the situation in the hands of the divine.

 

In this way, you can make a real positive difference in your life and the lives of others.

 

Life is calling!

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?

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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.

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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!

Dive into life!

Have you seen a picture of the ancient Etruscan tomb painting depicting a young man diving gracefully into deep water – from this life into the next? He dives confidently into the unknown.  (see it here)

When you live fully you must also dive without reservation into the life that is called through you.  Dive into deep unknown waters of your life, and trust the flow.  Perhaps you choose to stay on the riverbank and watch the water go past, wishing you had the courage to enter the powerful current.

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Deep fast moving water

If this is so, you can line up your courage!  See and feel yourself in your mind’s eye – your body, ready and confident, your balance and posture before the leap, your feet leaving the board or bank, your body slicing gracefully through the water, going deep, then surfacing, taking a deep breath, and swimming easily, letting the current guide and move you forward.

When you choose to face the unknown future and dive into life, you must attune yourself to Source with 100% of your heart, will, and power. In this way you face the unknown with grace, courage, flexibility and spiritual guidance that will never let you down!

Just as the summer swimmers practice again and again, and amuse themselves with tricks, stunts, and huge splashes, you too will get comfortable with the leap into life’s next adventure. Line up your spirit with resolution and dive fully into life with a trusting heart!

Fear or light?

Do events and actions beyond your control trigger fear in the pit of your belly? Do scenes on the television screen create an underlying stress that colors your life in shades of gray? Does worry about “expert” opinion and commentary on the news destroy your mood and suck the joy out of your life?

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Circling vultures

If this is so, your connection to source, to the vibrations of light and love that sustains all life here, to the well being that you were born with has been weakened. In this way the web of all life is weakened as well.

Turn off the news and entertainment that brings you down! Its darker, heavier energy fills the light in your life with murk and commands you to think about the media’s interpretations of events they choose to show you. They are filtered for maximum fear, controversy and disharmony! Then these images and words are pumped into your brain!

Remember – Fear is cheap! And Fear sells! Apparently there is money in fear.

Do not fall into the fear trap!

You might think to yourself… but I must be informed! I must not bury my head in the sand…!

My dears, the most vital thing you can do is to maintain your light, the clarity of your vibrations to be a source of light and love on this planet. To maintain your inner peace in the face of ugliness in the world, to know the reality beyond the 5 senses, the realm of spirit in which we all exist and to call on our higher selves to take control. Yes, there is ugliness, when others forget their own divinity, their own light.

When you maintain your light your vibrations send ripples of love and light out into the world, affecting those around you, who in turn may also connect once again with their light and send more ripples of loving energy into the web of all things.

This is infinitely more valuable than “being informed” of every ugly event taking place across the globe.

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Grandmother Cottonwood

When you feel fear manufactured and magnified by the media, turn your shiny device off, deepen your breathing, take a walk in nature, or hug a tree, play with a baby, do some yoga, dig in the garden, touch and connect with the sweet green earth, your home…. and above all, know your light.

Tune up for inspiration

What inspires you?

Inspiration is the life’s breath of All-That-Is breathing through you.  It is a partnership of All-That-Is and you with your unique gifts, talents, skills, and interests.

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Yellow Swallowtail butterfly on purple coneflower

Inspiration is like the fairy tale pot that would keep on boiling, producing a never ending supply of food.  Inspiration is food for your soul!

When you attune your energy to Source, you open a channel, a never ending supply of energy, ideas, opportunities, amazing coincidences that satisfy your soul  – When in partnership with Source, you create infinitely more than you could by yourself.

When you must use effort, striving, and force (so beloved in your culture) to get things done, this indicates that you have separated yourself from Source in some way.  This is a very human thing to do.

When you were born, you were one with Source.  Then you may have lost the connection while growing older and felt separate, disconnected.  Now that you are aware there is more to life than going it alone you can reunite your energy with All-That-Is and feel whole again.

Attune yourself to the frequency of All-That-Is. Like an orchestra tuning up, Source is the concert master. Bring your vibrational tone into harmony with Source and make exquisite music together!

 

New Beginnings

Note from Betty:

Dear friends, Grandmother Cottonwood is coming out of retirement.  Since leaving my day job and working through some health issues, I’m feeling a strong pull to begin channeling GCW again and sharing her words with you.

This connection with the magnificent cottonwood tree lights me up and inspires me – so by doing this blog, I am practicing what she preaches! 

May her words inspire and bless you.

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GCW in summer

     On this day, you begin again. You start fresh with a clean slate. You live here and now in this flickering light under my canopy, your heart navigating the journey, your feet bringing you here, step by step.

Now past and future dissolve into this one present moment.  It is the breath, filling and emptying; the breeze stirring my leaves in silver shimmers high above, touching the summer sky.

We are alive!  We have been given the most precious gift of all – Life here on this beloved green planet at this time and in this place.  We each have our place in the ancient circle of life that has sustained our planet for millennia.

If you think your presence here is an accident, a mistake, think again!   A billion or more coincidences, factors, and conditions had to line up perfectly to allow for your creation.

If you think you are helpless, think again! When you align your energy with source, you are a powerful force to be reckoned with

If you think you can’t make a difference in the world, think again!  Every choice you make, every thought you think sends ripples into the universe, creating patterns of energy that interact with others and form what you know as reality.  Choose those thoughts, ideas, feelings, and words that you wish to see made manifest in the world.

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All- that- is desires and needs your presence here, shining your light fully, sharing your unique gifts, your loving energy with clarity, grace and joy!

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.