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.

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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!

 

Bless your mistakes

If you came here in a human body, you have made mistakes.  That is part of the human program.  Forgive yourself! 

Does a spider berate herself for a missing or crooked filament in her web?

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Amazing spider web

If you need a new direction in life, allow yourself to slow down and turn toward the life path and choices that light you up, that fill you with inspiration, that satisfy your soul. 

Reweave your web!

Let your spirit guide you.  Know that spirit guides you through your feelings.  If something or someone lights you up, move in that direction. If you feel depleted, exhausted, and down every day, reconsider what you are doing and who you are with.

Bless your mistakes for they have shown when you have veered off course from your true desires

Bless your mistakes for they have given you a reason to start fresh.

Bless your mistakes for they will help you clarify what is important and what is not important to you.

Bless the light and dark of you, the “right and wrong” of you, the parts of you that you hide and those you show.  Bless your weaknesses and strengths, your rest (do you call it laziness?) and activity your body and spirit, for all things are one within this vast and infinite universe.

Your heart knows your oneness, your connection to all things, your potential.  So, do not judge yourself for being human.  Allow your mistakes and missteps to guide you to the life you desire!

 

 

 

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!

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!

 

 

 

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.