The world will be a friendlier place for all living things when more learn to trust and live by the deep river of true knowing that flows through all humans. You must approach this learning with a pure heart, with genuine curiosity, and the desire to live an authentic life that satisfies your soul.
Red squirrel in winter
Do not demand fast answers on the spot and snap your fingers (as a math teacher did to the two legged one years ago). Allow the answers to surface within you. They may come right away or take some time.
Dear ones, do not allow yourself to be fooled…If you ask yourself which food is right for you in the moment and you continue to receive the answer “chocolate brownie” time after time, then your are not hearing from your intuition.
You may want a gooey brownie, once again, but wanting is of the ego. You must go deeper to find the truth and it may not coincide with the desires of your ego.
Your heart will know the truth as you discover your true desires, what is most important to you, who is right for you in friendship, in love, what foods are healthy and right for you, if you should move to a new town or stay, …
Strengthening your intuition and living by it will take courage, trust , a depth of commitment and awareness that will take practice and fortitude. When you have tapped in your intuition will steer you to your highest good every time you ask.
What you are presented with emotionally in this life can be healed in this life. To do this, you must engage all your awareness, your will, heart and power, and face those patterns and thoughts with courage and trust in your resilience.
You who truly seek healing, transformation and wholeness begin on an amazing hero’s journey of discovery. You will confront pain, you will confront your deepest fears. They are like dragons and you are the brave dragon slayer.
With courage and attention, you will find that the dragons are simply illusions – all puffed up but with no real substance behind them – like inflatable outdoor holiday figures when the power is cut off. They deflate and lay useless on the ground.
Cut off the power supply to heal emotional dragons by paying attention with courage, observing with compassion, staying with it, persevering for your health and transformation.
Betty’s note: Dear ones, please know that there is help available for your journey of healing and transformation. When you need it, ask for help and support from a therapist, energy healer, or shamanic healer who feels right for you.
Your shiny little electronic thing may be connected to a universe of information – but it is limited. It has no heart, no soul, no emotion, no discernment for what really counts, what matters, what meaning lies beneath the incessant cranking out of “content”- more words and images each day.
What are you missing?
Butterfly on elderberry bush
Do not allow your shiny hand held smart – but not wise devices – to take over your lives, to substitute for real connection, true feeling, heart to heart conversation.
Do not let them babysit your children or substitute teach in place of a real human being with a heart, wisdom, emotions, kindness and compassion.
These sleek little objects take you from knowledge of the feelings in your body and tells you what to think, what to pay attention to, who is trending, who is on top, who matters, who you should like.
All those shiny images and catchy words take precious moments from your life. Are they worth it?
These are moments you could cuddle your beloved child, play with your pet, climb a tree, lie in a hammock in the shade, have a heart to heart talk with your best friend.
I know you will say it is useful, important, helpful. Yes it is a tool and perhaps a toy, yet you make a mistake when you allow it to rule your lives.
No matter how sophisticated your shiny little expensive electronic thing, it will never replace your heart, soul, and feeling which make you human!
Pay attention to the here and now, for life does not happen inside your head.
Spring ephemeral – Jack in the pulpit
Life does not happen on the TV, on your “smart” phone, or in your computer. It unspools from your heart, that rhythm instrument each of you humans possess, but sometimes forget. It arises from the feelings and emotions of your body. That is life! Feel it! Be one with it!
Attune your life to the rhythms of your body– the heart and breath, your earth, your sun and moon, our seasons. So many clues exist to help you order your waking and sleeping, your eating, your quiet and active times with perfect balance and health.
Yet you allow the gadget called the clock to order your day. You march to its beat, you obey it’s dictates. You have given it power to tell you when to sit, and when to move, when to eat when to sleep. Your body is not consulted. And your health declines.
You allow the big box with moving images and the shiny hand held blinking things to arrest your attention, to take you away from your power and flow, to distract you from your life’s purpose and the precious days and nights that make up your lifespan.
Someday, as it must, your lifespan will come to a close. Will you mourn those precious moments you spent in your head, ignoring the here and now, the countless hours on your “smart” shiny thing, the days and weeks mesmerized by the moving talking images that you will forget in a moment when the power is switched off? You yourself are ephemeral, your body will not last. How do you choose to spend your time?
Back away from the devices. Pay attention to your body, to nature, to your feelings. And live.
The human heart radiates such love when healthy and thriving. And when the heart is broken, such pain and confusion, such hurt, radiates to those nearby.
Do you transmit love or hurt with the powerful energy of your heart? If hurt, find a way to heal and clear and forgive and move on. Then you can one again feel light and joyful, living in the flow of grace, your default state of being.
Guilt and fear and hurt weigh you down as surely as if you were carrying an armload of rocks. Why do that to your precious self? Why carry a useless burden that only holds you back?
I’m telling you, you can let it go. You can release the dead wight of blame and unexpressed emotion. But you must have the courage to forgive, to feel deeply and fully and to express what you feel in ways that honor you and those around you.
Heal your heart and you heal your life.
My dear, the word should is not your friend!
Should is the voice of mom, dad, church, teacher, doctor, expert, all rolled into one. It is a word that holds you back and ties you down. It is a word generated by the mind, the fearful self critical mind, not the heart or the voice of your soul. It is not the real truth of you.
Of course, sometimes what you “should” do and what your heart wants to do are in alignment. Can you discern when this is true? Do not lie to yourself!
Do you fear that you will not belong, that you will be cast out if you follow your heart and not your shoulds? Perhaps it is time for a new group, new friends, a new tribe that celebrate the deep inner beauty and kaleidoscope of gorgeous colors and patterns that is you!
I repeat myself yet again. Follow your heart for that is where your true riches are found.
GCW speaks of getting older
Surrender, my dears to life. Life moves you downstream on the river finally to merge with all that is.
Perhaps you’ve awakened from sleep and seen a gray haired man or woman looking out of the mirror at you, or lines on your face that you can no longer pretend away. Perhaps the dreams you’ve held dear since childhood no longer feed your soul. Can you find the gold in this mud?
Can you let go of those dreams, desires, beliefs that once seemed so vital and precious but are now hollow and stale, outdated and obsolete?
Can you conjure a new dream for this time of your life? What desires still hold your heart’s attention?
What new dreams will carry you to the end of this life and beyond – with eager anticipation, passion and delight – so that as your body ages your life’s true work comes into focus, your spirit feels joy, your heart sings? For your heart can sing now in older years, without embarrassment, with true wisdom and beauty, the song of your soul.
Embrace yourself as you are with a whole heart. Live from the inside (soulside) out for the outside of you is just a temporary wrapper for the spirit.
GCW speaks of moving past your fears:
Winter sunshine and shadow
Do you feel stuck in the mud, glued to the spot, relegated to the shadows? Is taking action painful? Do you allow yourself to be distracted by shiny blinking things, physical pain, TV sitcoms, murder mysteries? Do you worry about things that will never come to pass in this world or the next?
If you look in the mirror and see a body and a familiar face looking back at you; if you reach out and touch yourself and feel warm skin and a pulse; if you take sweet air into your lungs and breathe; if you exist in this place and time in a human body, you are meant to take action when inspired. You are meant to move forward into the unknown when called, and fearlessly reinvent yourself in each moment.
You are meant to dissolve the invisible barriers that keep you small. You dissolve unfounded fears by shining a light on them, loving them and moving forward past the doubt, the heaviness in your chest, into what you know in your gut is right for you.
You do this in response to your heart’s desires, the driving force behind all existence. You are spirit and body, and the heart is your navigator. You must get out of your chair, out of your head, and into the place where magic meets the material world. Surrender to your heart. You know it is where your true wisdom lies.
Tap in to the powerful energy of your heart. Listen for guidance. Act!
Cottonwoods at sunset
GCW speaks of your wild nature
Reclaim the wild heart of you. Not wild like “crazy”, not wild like “out of control”. Wild as in expansive, trusting yourself and your gut feelings. Wild as in feeling your bodily sensations, trusting your body, knowing what you feel, and expressing that with power. Wild as in free, unrestrained by shame in your self expression. Wild as in living by the beat of your heart – not the worry and doubt of your brain. Wild as in the ancestors who painted on cave walls, delving and digging deep into the soul of the earth, drawing up their sustenance from the heart of bedrock, soil, mud, rooted things, fast moving streams, and the flesh and blood of the animals that share our planet.
As you make your way in this earth of windswept beaches, unexplored ocean depths, icy mountain peaks, ancient forests, trackless deserts, know that this is your home, a mirror of you.