Butterflies

In this season we can observe those with colored wings, those whose life path is transformation, feeding on summer’s nectar.

Yellow swallowtail feeding on bee balm

There is enough bounty for all. The variety of wild flowers, orange, purple, gold, white, opening to the late summer sunlight, hosting the fluttering masses in an ancient symbiosis.

Before frost comes, before the killing cold, more eggs appear on host plants to become the tiny caterpillars of late summer, who feed, eat and spin their tiny chrysalis and silently begin their metamorphosis.

Monarch butterfly on wildflower

Emerging, unfolding new tender wings, absorbing the sunlight, gaining strength, following their age old ancestral pattern of migration, life, death, transformation, rebirth, .

Many who observe this fleeting beauty believe in miracles.

Fear

Has fear settled into your heart and mind? It can suck your soul right out of your body, drain your hope, distract you from your life’s purpose, rob your of happiness, turn you against your friends, sap your strength, and dim your light.

When you gain perspective on your fears, you will learn to discern the false fear of the mind that keeps you debilitated and small, and the real fear of the body and instincts that will keep you safe and help you act when real danger threatens you.

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Wary squirrel

Some would use false fear as a weapon of mass disempowerment. A weapon to keep you in line, to control and contain and diminish your spirit.

Dear ones, I ask you to gather your courage, to call back your power, the inner spiritual power that fuels your life, and look the fear right in the eye. See it for what it is – a product of the mind and ego.

Will you do what you are called to do? Will you acknowledge your fear, then speak confidently in front of a large group, travel to a foreign land, apply for a new job, or speak out when an injustice has occurred? Will you share your gifts with others even though you may be ridiculed? Will you stand up for those who are weaker than you? Will you speak your truth to the powerful?

Like the “Great and Powerful Oz”, when you pull back the curtain, you will see and know the fear for a puff of smoke that’s been magnified and blown out of proportion. You will discover that it is an illusion that will fade when brought to the light and examined.

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Monarch butterfly

You are larger than your fear! Gather your courage, spread your wings, and live fully!

We belong together

Dear ones, you are here on planet Earth inhabiting your magnificent body, taking up the space you need, partaking of the Earth’s resources – drinking, bathing washing in her precious water, eating foods that originate in the earth…

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You are using her stones to pave your roads, her wood to build your homes; her gems, minerals and metals to beautify your lives and support your roads, bridges, and buildings.

All living creatures depend on Mother Earth’s growing things to feed and clothe and nourish and shade and shelter and provide a soul satisfying life.

We have grown up together, the earth and all her creatures. We depend on each other.

We need each other to sustain our beautiful lives here on this sweet green earth where there is space to be who you are; space to live.

Let us care for one another, human, animal, plant, insect, bird, micro-organism, water, air, soil, so all can thrive!

Who are you?

Does the mirror tell you who you are? The bathroom scale? The beautiful clothes you wear? The home or car you own?  The environment around you?

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Monarch butterfly on wildflowers

How do you know who you are? You are a cluster of energy coalescing into cells, somehow woven together to create a body. Is the body you – the real you?

What makes the body tick? What power causes your heart to beat, your voice to ring out in the silence, your hair to grow, your muscles to contract, thoughts to pass through your mind?

Can you wrap your mind around the fact that you are so much more than your physical being, more than your possessions, more than your thoughts?

You are an energetic being – an indestructible spirit.

Live your life knowing this.

Color

GCW speaks of color

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Summer color

Life needs color! Mix and match have fun, for color never hurt anyone. Be bold and playful. You are too careful! Break the rules. Then contemplate why there are rules, who made them and why you should waste any more of your precious time worrying about them!

Turquoise, pink magenta violet, red, orange. The colors of the sunset… Fill your home with all tints and shades, all hues blues, greens, cerulean, ocean, sapphire- get scarves or pillows or curtains, or bedspreads or rugs, or socks, or clothes or paint for your rooms in those pretty colors you adore. Be like a kid in a candy store! Plant flowers, little summer jewels that delight with their form, color, and fragrance.  Give this delightful gift to yourself

Wrap yourself in color from head to toe. Let your eyes delight in the interaction of adjoining and overlapping colors. Allow yourself to be dazzled! Fill your world with the visible spectrum. Your senses are meant to bring you delight and joy.

Get started now! Enliven your world!