Being and Doing

Dear ones, do you find a balance in life between being and doing? Too much of one, not enough of the other and you are out of balance, off kilter, not as effective as you might be.

To be is to sit quietly, to allow life to flow through you without resistance, to attract through your energy field, to set intentions- the internal agenda, to align with source, to be mindful of your body, to draw that which you desire to your precious self.

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Vine tendril

To do is to take physical action, to reach out into the world with confidence, to make your inspirations manifest in the world, to breath life into your ideas, using the tools and techniques and materials that best suit you.

Are you full of inspiration and creative ideas, yet unable to follow through and carry them out? Or, do you exert yourself and labor all day long without any knowledge of what is happening inside you? Are you out in the world putting plans into action, yet not knowing how to sit still at times and enjoy the beauty within and around you?

Are you mostly a be-er or a doer? Notice your inclinations and try to create a balance between action and introspection, between the outer world of activity and achievement, and your inner landscape of inspiration, allowing, and creative visions.

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Late summer

Growing things seem to pause now. Deep green leaves of ash, maple, and oak hang still in the humid air.  Butterflies frantically feed, flit and dance among late summer wild flowers…

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Late summer prairie grass

The new growth and excitement, the twittering birdsong of spring is a memory.  Now the grasses bend, top heavy with seed.  Dragonflies dart and zip above the prairie, sunlight reflecting from their glassy wings.

The new bird generations have all fledged and flown – Empty nests all around.  The insects sing their late summer songs, the chirp, the buzz, the whine of cricket and cicada, the tempos slowing as nights grow cooler.  The tree frogs chorusing their trance like rhythm into the wee hours, night after night.

Flowers that were bright with summer’s colors just a few weeks ago now fading, browning,  going to seed.   Still blooming, the magnificent plumes of goldenrod, masses of them,  swaying gently in the breeze.

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Goldenrod plumes

All the green rooted things hold their breath,  soak in the light of the  southward sliding sun, before the final days, the yellowing, the browning, the final dropping of seed and leaf, the dying down to the roots, the cooler autumn wind that will soon come and bring frost with it, and death.  The great letting go, before winters long nap…

Stand here on the cusp of change, knowing what is passing, knowing what is to come.  It is time for a late summer  rest.  Lie back under a friendly tree, soak up this still and timeless, day, this moment, before the sun turns to autumn once again.

 

 

Big Bluestem

I am the deep rooted tall prairie grass that you call big bluestem.

My commission is to send my roots deep into this rich black soil, down through the fertile layers deposited over many thousands of years, from the decaying roots stems and leaves of my ancestors, to draw in sustenance from all the elements of the earth, to anchor myself firmly here as my stems and leaves reach toward the nourishment of the naked prairie sun.

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Big bluestem

I grow taller, absorbing the joyful energy of the light and atmosphere, swaying gracefully, bending, in waves with the wind. I have learned to be flexible when storms roar through and lightening strikes.

Then, when the sunlight begins its slow late summer slide toward the south, my flowers appear, bloom, and quickly develop into seed heads.   Next spring, the age old cycle will repeat itself.  It begins with one seed!

I feel the feeling that you call “joy” as I grow taller than a man, spreading into the vast sunny space under the prairie sky. The roots of our community interweaving, holding the earth, gripping the soil, forming a vast deep network, a wreath of intricate connections across this wide open land, anchoring all the grows here.

Know that I love this life – I am a native- I belong here! This is my home!

I drink in the life giving sunlight and rain, swaying and dancing in the wind with a million others like me; we who grace this timeless landscape.

Tree-like focus

Dear ones, do you wish to be effective in life, to get things done, to feel the soul satisfaction that comes with accomplishment?

If so, then try this on for size… You can do so much when you remain fully in your body, fully in the here and now, fully focused and engaged. If your mind wanders, if you try to “multitask”, your effectiveness is greatly diminished, your energy divided, your results scattered.

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Grandmother Cottonwood – summer light

You can’t be two places at once and expect to live fully!

GCW’s prescription: Do one thing at a time – Like a tree! Train yourself to root and anchor your energy down into the earth, to pull in the Earth energy for the stamina and groundedness you need.  When you have pulled in Earth energy, then reach up with your energetic “branches” to absorb the inspiration and clarity that will keep you excited about your project.

It is through single minded tree-like focus that you create great things!

Laughter

Even though you can’t see touch, smell, or taste it, laughter bubbles up through your body, cleansing and clearing your energy and leaving you refreshed.  It can reset your mood, and lighten your day, connect you to higher vibrations.

Find reasons to laugh each day. OK, you don’t need a reason!   Kids have never needed a reason!  (If you do need a reason, do it because it feels good!)

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Happy kid!

Make laughter a daily practice to uplift your spirit and connect you to source, for contrary to majority opinion, source loves a good joke! 

The only rule, as always, is do not joke or laugh at the expense of another person or group of people.  Laugh to include, connect, and uplift not to exclude or put down.  Remember the golden rule…

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Laughing kid

When you laugh often with fun in mind, you will find your heart and spirit lighter, your mood happier, and your thinking with greater clarity and creativity.  You connect directly to the heart of source when you laugh!

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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Hawk feather

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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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!