Well, yes I know. This was a long awaited post for many of you! My apologies for putting this next to last on my list of our European trip articles to get done, but I hope worth the wait! And anyway, the first shall be last and the last shall be first.
I still have one more article of our arrival and first day in Ireland to post. So stay tuned! ❤️🦋🌀😉
Our Game of Thrones tour (from Dublin, Ireland June 29, 2019) went to northern Ireland, which seems to be a different country, as the monetary system changed to the British pound. Only a small sign marked the border along the highway as our tour bus drove us near Belfast.
Preparing for the trek
Prior to beginning our Sacred Celtic Journey, and as a bit of bait (nah, not really needed though, as my hubby had already decided to go to Europe with me), we arrived in Dublin, Ireland on Friday, June 28, 2019. This afforded us the luxury of having a free day to acclimate to the time difference and explore Dublin city centre before embarking on a full day Game of Thrones trek on Saturday.
We brought our good hiking boots, and dressed in layers, and though I had trained for about a month prior to going on this trip, I found out that I hadn’t done enough! 🤣
The GoT trek
Our GoT tour did not disappoint! In fact, it was entirely amazing!!!
Our tour guide, Eric, had been an extra on the spectacular and daring Game of Thrones (GoT for those unfamiliar with the abbreviation) show for 8 seasons and totally knew his stuff. He gave us inside information about the show, including behind-the-scenes, making of GoT episodes, site locations, and much more!
Eric literally brought every location to life for our tour group! He provided us all a look at 8.5 x 11 inch laminated photos so we could link, in our mind, each location to scenes from the show and enable us to have a point of reference. This not only enhanced our enjoyment of the tour, but gave us the ability later to relive points of the trek when we rewatched episodes of GoT! Excellent!!
We learned all about how they made the fake snow. Really incredible.
Eric talking, see the visual perspective he gave us?
We had not expected this trek to be so physical, but we walked and hiked over 14,000 steps (equating to about 7 miles) over hilly and uneven terrain. So, if you go, and we highly recommend all fans of GoT go, really check your physicality, stamina, and endurance levels! Oh, and it would serve you well to take along a tube of Renew 28 for any tired or sore muscles you experience—you can order that from me at:
We were pleased that we had the stamina to do it though, as it was quite the extraordinary experience! And yes, we had some small tubes of Renew 28 with us, but had I known how sore my legs and feet were going to be, I would have taken the larger tube with us!
Love the show even more now
After experiencing several of the site locations, and hearing about how the extras often carried set items or equipment on foot to each of these locations (because the first season had a lower budget), it gave us new respect as to how it all got done. And now we can really imagine how difficult it was.
After lunch, we had great joy meeting the actual dogs that were used to portray (with CGI help), the Stark family’s Dire wolves.
From the Winterfell site, we hiked a loop to see a couple more locations. First, the infamous hanging tree, then the expansive views where several waters edge and water landings scenes were shot.
At the last stop, Inch Abbey, (after we were quite worn out from the day), we were all invited to dress up with actual clothes and props from GoT and play among the ruins. I did my best to make some mean faces (not good at that), and make believe for awhile. The end of a grand tour!
I had a huge clearing (emotional release) take place yesterday while playing“Fast Track Technique for Kidz” game with my friend and skilled certified practitioner, Dr. Susan Spilman.
I felt amazing then and still do now!
What an energizing and high vibe (vibration raising) experience! Susan told me that children and adults, (no matter the language they speak), can release emotions (even stored emotions they may not consciously be aware they’re holding), by playing this easy and FUN “game.”
The game worked on my Central meridian and I felt the GodBumps ripple down my spine, out my shoulders and arms, and a few moments later, down and out my legs and feet! My vibration was sooo high from playing this game and using the clearing method that my face became rosy! After leaving, I was able to meet up with additional friends (that my previous mind chatter might have talked me out of), visit with them for a couple of hours, drive over 100 miles home, talk with my husband, and stay up hours longer than usual with lasting vibrant energy! ❤️
As you know, I have been practicing and teaching Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) for years, but what I experienced yesterday was incredibly FAST and extremely easy! No tapping required! This “game” does everything I have been seeking, as far as showing us how we all have choices! (Go back to my home page to understand: https://SheilaMurrey.net)
Though I am a highly sensitive person (HSP) and empath, and didn’t feel I was carrying around any emotional baggage, I played the game just to see what I might uncover. And wow!
This game can help calm a child whose been bullied, comfort a sad one, ease one into playing on a team with others, or help inspire a lonely child or adult to engage and connect with others!
As an only child who was often picked last during team sports when I was a child, I revisited that old feeling of loneliness (for a couple minutes during this game play) and felt those old feelings lighten and disintegrate! No wonder I love inclusivity and Connection as an adult! Wow! Shocker! Hahahaha ❤️🤣
I want to be certified in this technique! That’s how much of an impact it made on and IN me. And it’s such an easy and FUN “game.”
I just taught one of my 2.5 year old granddaughters the motion we used yesterday (instead of the tapping points) when on video chat I saw her sucking her thumb and twirling her hair. She copied me (and removed her thumb out of her mouth)! I already see how exciting this technique will be to teach! ❤️😉
UPDATE: I got certified on Nov. 27, 2019!!
A BIT ABOUT ME:
Check out this original song, Thank You. My husband wrote this song and it was performed and recorded in a Nashville, TN studio. You can download it (it’s Track 16) from this link:
Thank you Awakening Into The Sun health and wellness eventsponsors and vendors
The 7th year of our annual FREE health and wellness event was the best and grandest festival yet! You’ll want to stay plugged into this blog, and the Awakening website to ensure you don’t miss next year’s festival! It’s sure to expand the consciousness of all vendors, participants, and attendees into the stratosphere!!!
Over the last seven years, the Awakening Into The Sun festival has been the muse to many artists. Artists who inspire abundant and ever-expanding consciousness in the world. We learn, grow, and LOVE! The festival’s mission is to water your seeds of greatness and help us awaken to our individual and collective authentic purpose.
Free yoga classes, free live music (from some of the best around!), health educators, art classes, and health sessions, such as: crystal bowls, sound therapy, massage, acupuncture and more were enjoyed by hundreds of participants. As well as, we enjoyed healthy food, visiting with pets up for adoption, meeting new visual artists, and more.
Our fantastic sponsors even provided a huge tent for us out in the center green lawn, with tables and chairs for everyone to relax in the shade as desired.
Thank you so very much to our wonderful sponsors and vendors for making our 7th annual health and wellness event glorious!
The vendors and sponsors
Click on any of the highlighted names (they are listed in alphabetical order) to visit their website, make an appointment, or learn more about them:
NOTE: If your product, service, or company has a website URL that you’d love for me to link to (in the preceding list), add a comment to this post and I’ll get it updated. Or email me at sheila(dot)murrey(at)gmail.com and include the correct name of your business and website URL.
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed musical performances by: Duo Vida, Billy Mays III / Infinite Third, Jordyn Zentz, Eluv, Lindy Romez & Sol Y Mar, Latin Rendezvous, and Samadhi. Some people danced, others performed with their hula-hoops and continued their yoga on the lawn while watching and listening to the live music.
Our drum circle for closing ceremonies on Sunday was one of the grandest in Florida! Keep us in mind for next year… and we’ll work to give you the most aWEsOMe awakening, heart-expanding, and soul-connecting time!
When you’re in the St Pete / Tampa area of Florida, be sure to visit Awakening Wellness Center. Now, with two locations:
NEW SOUTH LOCATION: 2126 1st Ave. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33712 NORTH LOCATION: 6161 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr St. N, Suite 100 St. Petersburg, FL 33703 Phone: (727) 289-4747 AwakeningWellness.org
Hours of Operation: M-F by Appointment Only; M-Th Evening Classes 6:30pm-8pm; Saturdays 9am-4pm by Appointment Only
Your soul-aligned friend in Connection.
Many blessings to you in ALL ways.
Thank Omniscience ALLways. OM
Check out this original song, Dogma. It’s one of my favorites, written by my husband and performed and recorded in a Nashville, TN studio. You can download it (it’s Track 1) from this link: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/chevyfordb26
A BIT ABOUT ME:
An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, available on Amazon.
After 8.5 years of full-time RV living in Florida in a 2010 Carriage Carri-Lite 5th wheel, our automatic transfer switch melted yesterday totally changing our perspective on RVing.
Now, here’s the thing. We didn’t know we had a transfer switch or where it was. And it was poorly placed–hidden under the floor and had plywood around it (making it a tinderbox situation), 2 feet from our bed! (This is what it looked like after we unscrewed and removed two wood panels.)
Yes, even when we opened our basement (underneath) storage, there were plywood panels that had no labels on them as to what was behind them.
I got out the RV owner’s manual and there was nothing diagramed or documented about it! And the RV manufacturer went out of business a year after we bought the 5th wheel, so there’s that.
The dealer we bought it from, Lazy Days in Seffner, Florida near Tampa, has never stood behind anything that’s went wrong with this coach since day one!
Yesterday, an electrician who just happened to be at our mobile home / RV park, and my husband literally had to sniff to find it (I couldn’t smell anything burning but they did). This was after our power went completely off. No AC power, no DC.
Could have burned
We shudder to think we could have been killed in this rig.
And we have no recourse!
I found there was a recall on the transfer switch, but nobody notified us! I say the dealer is culpable!!!
And nearly 600 people are potentially also living in a death trap!
Reading from the nhtsa.gov PDF about the recall it states:
Manufacturers voluntarily initiate many of these recalls, while others are either influenced by NHTSA investigations or ordered by NHTSA via the courts . If a safety defect is discovered, the manufacturer must notify NHTSA, as well as vehicle or equipment owners, dealers, and distributors . The manufacturer is then required to remedy the problem at no charge to the owner . NHTSA is responsible for monitoring the manufacturer’s corrective action to ensure successful completion of the recall campaign .
What is this quality inspection good for?!?
Thus, this experience has us rethinking our living situation.
Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions as to what we should do? Legal recourse?
Be careful out there!
We Are All Connected. OM
Many blessings to you in ALL ways.
Check out this original song, No Apologies. It’s one of my husband’s tunes – performed and recorded in Nashville, TN. You can download it (it’s Track 1) from this link: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/chevyfordb1
A bit about me:
An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, available on Amazon.
I loved the many Bohemian Rhapsody movie reviews I’ve read from my WordPress community! I haven’t written any movie reviews until… now! 😉
The following are my notes, written from that emotionally charged place (the goal of all filmmakers–to get you in touch with your emotions), after leaving the theater yesterday:
Initial thoughts after leaving the theater:
The emotion of it just hit me. I need some time…
Just beautiful! Really. Go see it! 😭❤️🦋🌀
20 minutes after:
As a long time fan of Queen since my teenage years, I loved it! And hubby (a musician, but not a long-time fan) loved it too, from story, acting, digital production, musicianship, music business, band family, etc.
Bohemian Rhapsody the movie was sooooo well done. Wembley is so amazing! My heart went right out of my chest! Freddie, Rami Malek was aWEsOMe!!! ❤️❤️❤️
An hour after:
The reporter scene is haunting me. Why the need to focus on Freddie? Get into his head? Psychoanalyze him? Ugh! An important moment that I hope people pay attention to the effects of all that. The production of that scene, oh!
Obviously, still processing this. Just go see it. ❤️😘
Three hours after:
Freddie’s sexuality and disease were handled with care, empathy, and compassion, and not exploited. In fact, the interview scene continues to haunt me.
The Wembley stadium Live Aid concert was amazing!!!
The film was more than accessible, highly engaging, and ultimately a profound story of unconditional friendship and love (of which. I feel Freddie approves). ❤️🦋🌀
12 hours after:
I awoke in the middle of the night with Queen’s Fat Bottomed Girls song playing in my head and wondering why, since Brian May wrote it, not Freddie.
I recall that as I dropped off to sleep, I’d been thinking about how many of Queen’s hit songs were written by Freddie.
I remembered the God bumps I had powerfully received during the movie.
Perhaps, as Freddie and the band said, they were “Family.”
Freddie wrote songs to connect people. As he said, he was a performer. Ah, I think he was a connector.
After moving from the west coast of Florida to the east coast, I’d thought I was going to miss participating and joining with many of the groups I’d become so engaged with!
Thus, I was so excited when Alania Starhawk offered a webinar type of online 4-week class. I jumped at the opportunity to participate!
I love learning via tele-call series and online programs, and Alania’s class was aWEsOMe! I was always so eager to connect each Tuesday evening at 7pm–a perfect time for me!
I really enjoyed the Webinar Ninja online platform and that there was plenty of space to make notes in the chat window, while learning in this way.
As you see, I was able to take screen captures of the slides that Alania presented to include the chat text I shared, (using my iPhone), to save for my future reference. As well, each call was recorded and Alania shared the link with each of the attendees via email, so we can listen to the calls again and again.
When I began the course, I’d been finishing up a book, which I’d been working on (off and on) for 13 years. I had desired to complete it a couple of years ago, but that didn’t happen. Awhile later, I’d wanted to finish it last year, and then I started a new job and three days later, my mother passed.
By December of 2017, I’d decided I would set a date to wrap up the book (no matter how “complete” I thought it was), by May 2018–before going to New Hampshire for the month. Yet, the book languished on the computer with many notes on my iPhone for it, that I needed to verify via books and online sources.
When I signed up for Creative Alchemy I had an idea that I would use whatever energy I felt from the class, and whatever enthusiasm it sparked, I’d direct it toward finishing the book.
Energized to accomplish
I’m ecstatic to tell you all, that yes, it worked! I completed the manuscript of the book on 8/6/2018, right before the Lion’s Gate date of 8/8! And I didn’t even know what the Lion’s Gate was!
Thus, the following are what I learned from Alania’s Creative Alchemy course:
I became energized about my own personal power
I was lovingly reminded that we are ALL supported
As I scrutinized my book, I felt a very tangible PUSH to stay focused
I opened more in an extraordinary way to get the book to the finish line
Alania’s class gave me a nudging boost, or gentle push, yet all of this happened with ease–to get my book done. I know it sounds odd to say that, and may be hard to imagine, but it’s true. Several things just sort of moved out of the way, yet nothing was ignored–and like a kaleidoscope that creates a gorgeous design by allowing all of the bits to easily fall into place–all of the edits that I’d had noted to make and all of the citations were checked by the last day of our class.
I finally felt a sense of balance about having written a book of over 200 pages about one’s personal responsibility and options within the realm of holistic health and wellness.
The manuscript is in layout phase now, and I will write another article and press release when that part of the process is complete. So, stay tuned!
Art. Finding the perfection in the imperfection of life. ❤️🦋🌀🙏☯️😉🌹
About Alania Starhawk
Alania is one of the most genuine, brilliant, and bright shining hearts I know! I trust her implicitly.
I realize that in the world of spiritual teachers, mentors, way showers, channelers, and so forth, some people have skeptical thoughts. I can assure you of Alania’s integrity.
I’ve written previously that I meditate to expand my energy and reach. I see myself as a voice and influence, connecting to my coworkers, friends, neighbors, local community, state, region, country, continent, and world. WE ARE ALL CONNECTED. And I always want to honor this knowing.
If we’re in better shape emotionally, mentally, and physically, we can change the world! And why is that important? Because We Are All Connected!
Preface: Since my mother transitioned to the Great Beyond on June 8th, 2017, I’ve received many messages from her in the form of visiting animals, songs in my head, dreams, and visions when meditating or relaxing during restorative yoga sessions, or the receiving of acupuncture treatments.
As I would allow my mind to settle, with my eyes closed, while focused on my breathing, I would observe my thoughts until the space between them would grow. Then, gently, I would receive the color of indigo to cobalt blue, with the blue hue deepening (depending upon how much light was shining through the blue), all in my mind’s eye!
I now know that whenever I soul explore, my mama and her babies, are always guiding me! They show me that they are blissfully all together, in the Great Beyond!
As I’ve written previously, you know that I was destined to meet Patricia McGivern, author of both, Angel Babies and Soul Explorer.
Patricia’s brilliant and deep blue eyes had inexplicably showed me that we shared a connection right from our first meeting, though back then, I could not possibly fathom as to what extent. Even now, I feel I am still only knowing of the “tip of the iceberg” so to say, of our interconnectedness.
When my unborn sister, Christina, came through (during my first hypnosis session with Patricia), I glimpsed more than Christina’s beautiful spirit, pulsing right on time, and in perfect resonance–I caught a bit of her essence.
Myriad points of intersection
You can’t physically see how each of us are connected, or where all of the paths of our lives intersect, but they profoundly cross and mingle.
You don’t know when the intersections are going to occur, but they will!
Christina showed me several spiritual mysteries, and while I studied Patricia’s book, Soul Explorer, I was opened up to realizing more.
I’d gone north to visit my daughter, son-in-law, soul-connected (golden, crystal, or indigo child) granddaughter, Jennifer Ann, and twins, Jaclyn Moon, and Jewel Marie for the month of May. And during my late evening times alone is when I would study, Soul Explorer.
If you have been intrigued about past lives, and wonder how it might work, or if it even could be possible, I highly recommend reading Soul Explorer.
There are so many detailed accounts of people’s past lifetimes, later validated through dedicated research and discovery, that it shines a bright light on an otherwise not often talked about subject.
Personally, I was drawn to the many accounts of physical healing that occurred after someone underwent a past life regression–profoundly amazing!!
I highlighted many passages and sentences in Soul Explorer, and thus, it would be exhaustive for me to share them all with you. Plus, I wouldn’t want to spoil the fun and intrigue for any of you before you read this richly developed book!
So, here are a few of the most meaningful parts, (that resonated with me on many levels–even including names, places, and page numbers), I discovered:
Page 45 (Bill’s story):
“I thought I could fix her.”
I experienced the same kind of on again/off again relationship with a man years ago, and this chapter validated many of the things I learned from that period of my life. This story also answered why I had felt like my choices were not my own (during that time), though I do believe I had a choice and eventually did act upon my right and power to choose to leave–once I gave myself the necessary permission.
Page 85 (Ginny’s story):
“I thought it would be easier to have a life where I wasn’t loved, and I didn’t love anyone including me…so that it wouldn’t hurt so much.”
This chapter’s story helped me to have some understanding of why some people are hateful, bitter, mean, and can’t or won’t express love.
Page 117 (Ginny’s story):
“I chose to stay behind.”
My sister, Christina, had told me (while I was in a state of hypnosis), that she chose to stay behind (not incarnate) out of fear.
Page 255 (Bobbie’s story): I wasn’t going to include this one, but I opened the book at 2:55pm today and saw this underlined and the page number circled!
“Just me… they stink!”
And I had scrawled in the margin that this could be a judgment that could lead a person to not want to breathe!
Sure enough, on the next page I read that Bobbie had a high sense of judgment (so do I), and that she had felt like her lungs had been suffocated.
Note: I had asthma for 40+ years of my life! Could it have eased when I released the need to judge others?
“There is a part of you that remembers everything.”
This last page is astounding. I underlined almost the entire page! Mind-blowing.
You must read this book!
Even before I returned home, Patricia had seen a Facebook post of mine about our move (we moved April 1st to Patricia’s hometown)! And of course, us moving to the town we did was outside of any of our conscious awareness that it would give us a reason and ease of ability to connect–so soon!
Just days after my return home, Patricia and I met for lunch and talked for an hour, nearly non-stop! Every other moment I felt “God bumps.” (Refer to my previous posts to learn more about the physical sensations I call, God bumps.)
How grand and magnificent it is to think, my sister Christina, Patricia McGivern and her Angel Babies book, and a metaphysical shop in New Hampshire, all played starring roles in my daughter’s journey to birth identical twin daughters, and for me to be their grandmother!
How blessed we all are. And how intricately, and infinitely, We Are All Connected. (Even when we cannot see the lines.)
Be the person your Soul knows you are!
Blessings in ALL ways,
Check out this original song, Darwin’s Rosary. It’s one of my husband’s tunes – performed and recorded in Nashville, TN. You can download it (it’s Track 1) from this link: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/chevyfordb25
A bit about me:
An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, available on Amazon.
For this journey let us first discipline the discussion by presenting you with some definitions, which hopefully can be shared, as:
The BE-attitudes. Attitudes of BE-ing, how we can be, or may become perfect. (As in “Be ye perfect…”)
Perfect. A way of BEing whole, flowing with the electrifying presence of, or perfected in the awareness of God.
Metaphysical. Anything beyond the physical manifestation. More than being physical. Unanswerable mystery. Each being either distinct from God (as in, mirror likeness) or part of, flowing with God.
God. LIMITLESS, Ever-Living, Filling-All-Space, Creator Source Energy. Alpha and Omega – the Beginning and End. Chi or Qi. YOWAH or Great Spirit. All That Is And Ever Shall Be. OMnipotent, OMnipresent, OMniscience.
God Bumps. A bodily feeling of an electrifying presence believed to be the flow of Limitless, Ever-Living, Filling-All-Space, Creator Source Energy flowing through you. Do not ignore it, or deny its presence, as that would be blasphemous against your knowing, yes, even your alignment with God. Denying the power thereof would be akin to blasphemy.
Translation. A different way of interpreting the same words. That is, my heavy assumption is that each Bible translator had the same original papyrus or scroll from which the specific books were translated.
About the markings (acronyms) used here:
I am quoting/referencing first from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) here, and I will be citing (not presenting the entire scripture for brevity’s sake), and then I will note the reference to the Holy Scriptures of the Restoration (marked as HSR) and the Ferrar Fenton (FF) translations to provide additional meaning, as I feel appropriate. Finally, I will add the metaphysical musing (MM) after each segment of scripture, which are thoughts and words that flowed to me by grace for our continued learning.
MM opening statement: The sermon on the mount, or Beattitudes, written long after Jesus the Christ physically walked the Earth, was learned and held deeply fast by His disciples, who then, in turn, taught others and founded churches.
As you might imagine, the ones who learned these sermons directly from Jesus and were disciplined in living His teachings, would teach and write (or have scribes write) the messages, as Jesus’ words were like literal food for the disciples–they would give their own lives for the Word.
It has been said that the Beattitudes were compiled from many of Jesus’ own sermons, as presented during different times and various outdoor locations, so it would seem natural that if one would desire to draw closer to Him that you would sit with, or meditate upon these words to obtain each nuanced meaning, yes, every deep and profound aspect that can sustain you, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Much love and many blessings to you in ALL ways. Amen.
Matthew Chapter 5
When Jesus saw (FF: observing) the crowds, he went up (FF: ascended the hill) (HSR: into a) the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
(HSR: Blessed are they who should believe on me; and again, more blessed are they who shall believe on your words, when ye shall testify that ye have seen me and that I am. Yea, blessed are they who shall believe on your words, and come down into the depth of humility, and be baptized in my name; for they shall be visited with fire and the Holy Ghost, and shall receive a remission of their sins.)
3 Blessed are the poor (FF: gentle) in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (HSR: Yea, blessed are the poor in spirit, who come unto me; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.) MM: Many readers are confused by the terms, “poor in spirit”, or even “gentle in spirit” here. But we must remember why Jesus is teaching his disciples, to prepare them for a time when he will not be in the physical form, and the disciples will need to go into all of the world and convince them to come unto Christ Jesus. I believe this is why the HSR adds the two verses prior to verse 3 in the other Bible translations).
4 Blessed are those who mourn (FF: the sufferers), for they will be comforted. MM: It seems all have at the least, one moment of suffering in their life. It would be good to know then that Jesus really, loves you–through and through.
5 Blessed are the meek (FF: kind-hearted), for they will inherit the earth. MM: Do you want the Earth? It doesn’t seem like many people want a pure Earth, the way in which it was at the beginning of humankind. Most want to rape and plunder Earth’s resources, including its inhabitants. If you really want to inherit the Earth, act like it. Show me. Plant a garden. Plant a tree. Learn how to plant flowers in a garden instead of using pesticides to keep the bugs at bay so your vegetables will grow healthy. Sing to the plants. When you take a plant for food, plant the seeds from it to propogate more food. OMniscience has given you all you would ever need, but you misuse it. Learn. Appreciate. Be mindful of needs vs. wants.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled (FF: satisfied). (HSR: filled with the Holy Ghost). MM: When you know that you know. For me, it’s when I feel the inner physical sensation of God Bumps, as I have coined the term, explained elsewhere in my blog articles.
7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive (FF: shall secure) (HSR: obtain) mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God (FF: God Himself).
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God (FF: shall be declared God’s own sons). MM: Curiously, many other times in the Bible, it refers to all men and women as being God’s children. Must it be then, that we have all been created with the capability to be peacemakers?
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted (HSR: for my name’s sake) for righteousness’ sake, (FF: on account of righteousness) for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (FF: You are blessed whenever they curse and persecute you, and say every vile thing against you, falsely, because of Me. Be glad and delighted…). MM: For many, this may be the hardest lesson to learn in this life. If you had another turn at it, would you want it? Maybe it would be wise to sit with this one longer, until you really get the fullness of its meaning.
13 You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste (FF: strength) (HSR: savor), how can its saltiness be restored? (FF: with what can itself be salted?) It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. (FF: It is then good for nothing, but to be flung out and trodden under foot by mankind.) MM: Note here that when we lose our ability to make peace, and allow peace to be the norm on Earth–that would occur after all people would come to know Christ Jesus–then we are again on/in the ground of the Earth, similar to the Hell that was discussed earlier.
14 You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 15 No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket (FF: corn measure), but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works (FF: conduct) and give glory (FF: praise) to your Father in heaven. MM: Especially to the light workers, you must set the bar really high in this life–love one another! When you speak of others, raise them up! Let all whom you encounter, walk away feeling the best that they can about themselves.
17 Do not think (FF: imagine) that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill (FF: complete them). 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven (FF: the heavens) and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass (FF: disappear) from the law until all is accomplished (FF: has been completed). 19 Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, (HSR: he shall in no wise be saved in the kingdom of heaven) will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven (HSR: shall be saved in the kingdom of heaven). 20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. (FF: If, therefore, any one shall make light of one of the least of its commands, and shall teach men so, he shall be declared the least in the Kingdom of Heaven; but whoever teaches them and acts up to them, he shall be great in the Kingdom of Heaven. For I tell you that if your righteousness does not surpass that of the professors and Pharisees, you can by no means enter the Kingdom of Heaven.) MM: God is great, and God teaches everyone via life experience. That’s why we’ve all come to this Earth.
21 You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times (FF: You have heard that it was said by the ancients), ‘You shall not murder’; (HSR: Thou shalt not kill) and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’ (FF: if a man should murder, he would be liable to punishment.) (HSR: shall be in danger of the judgment of God.) 22 But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, ‘You fool,’ you will be liable to the hell of fire. (FF: But I tell you, that every man quarrelling with his brother will be liable to punishment; and if he should call his brother ‘Scoundrel,’ he will be liable to the High Court of Justice; and whoever shall call his brother ‘Rebel,’ will be liable to the branding by fire.) (HSR: But I say unto you that whosoever is angry with his brother, shall be in danger of his judgment, and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, or Rabcha, shall be in danger of the council; and whosoever shall say to his brother, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hellfire.) MM: This is one of the passages that is often most frightening as we are not told what we are not supposed to kill. The Essenes ate from living plants, without killing the plant, because of the way they interpreted the law. At some point, the word “kill” became “murder” to insinuate that we should not murder another human being. I also believe this is why in many states of the USA, we have abolished capital punishment. And no doubt, this is also the main reason Christians, and people of faith, are against abortion. If you forget other passages of the Sermon on the Mount, this is certainly one that needs to be pondered and well understood. When you kill with your intentions to break a creature’s spirit, use a hateful tone of voice, or other hurtful physical actions, are these not just as harmful?
23 So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. (FF: Therefore, even if you have carried your offering up to the altar, and you should there discover that your brother has suffered any wrong by you, leave your offering even before the altar, and go away; first be reconciled to your brother, and then returning, present your offering.) MM: Giving tithes to a church does you no good, and certainly doesn’t do your soul any good, if you are holding any kind of hurt feelings, bitterness, jealousy, or such against your brother, neighbor, family member, or anyone you have had any kind of personal dispute with–either in person or online (virtual / social media). Make up with the person or whatever you have to do to patch things up, forgive the person and yourself, and then, feel and notice the love you hold for the person and yourself within your heart–before giving any tithes (gifts, money, or service) to the church. We are each mirrors of each other, and aspects of God, so we cannot hold animosity against anyone, for any reason, without a kind of boomerang effect turning that angst right back around on us. God will not accept tithes from us while our heart is in such a dark state.
25 Come to terms quickly with your accuser (FF: make friends with your accuser quickly) while you are on the way to court with him, (FF: while you are in his company) or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. 26 Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny. MM: Make amends with anyone who believes you have wronged them. As was just stated previously about tithing, this lesson goes far beyond tithes and offerings to God. What hurts one, hurts all. We Are All Connected.
27 You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that everyone who looks (FF: looks lewdly) at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. (Note: The NRSV, nor the FF contain this next verse, however, I believe that the King James version does include it. HSR: Behold, I give unto you a commandment, that ye suffer none of these things, wherein ye will take up your cross, than that ye should be cast into hell.)
29 If (FF: If, therefore) your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; it is better (FF: it will be profitable) for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to be thrown into hell (FF: perish in the Pit). 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away (FF: from you); it is better for you to lose one of your members (FF: limbs) than for your whole body to go into hell (FF: perish in the Pit). (HSR: Behold, it is written by them of old time, that thou shalt not commit adultery. But I say unto you that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her, hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.) MM: The word Hell in the Bible is referring to the ground beneath our feet, or within the Earth. It was long thought that since fire/lava flowed to the surface of the Earth, from deep inside the Earth, that Hell must be a terrible, never-ceasing pit of fire. People used to say, they were going “helling for potatoes” when they were going to go dig potatoes out of the dirt. Hell should not be thought of then, as a place of terrible burning torment. However, Hell as in meaning one will lay forever in the dirt, is nearly just as gruesome of a thought, for if one does not know God in one way or another and is cut off from God, then spending eternity in the grave could be considered just as awful and lonely. From another perspective, your eye, or your view of the world, can be hell if all you see around you is dark, evil, or foreboding. One can live in that kind of underworld. And in that scenario, when we see bad all around us, we think it’s all bad. But the good news is that you don’t have to live like that. You can choose to see with new eyes, or realize the abundance of nature around you, of the beauty of life. There is good in the world. Choose to see it! This also reminds me of a philosophical question. Do you believe the Universe is friendly? The way you answer that question will clue you in as to how you see the world.
31 It was also said (FF: decreed), ‘Whoever divorces (FF: dismiss) his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 But I say to you that anyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity (FF: fornication), causes her to commit adultery (FF: he represents her to be an adulteress); and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery. MM: Some see this as God’s intent to punish women, but others see it as a way for God to hold the married man accountable, since in the old days, and in many times still today, once a woman has married she has lost her dowry, any gifts her parents had to give her and her husband, and of course, her virginity / youth. We know from other scripture verses that God hates divorce. Could it be that is because divorce is costly and cruel to all parties, especially the couple’s children. It causes so much suffering. The next verse discusses breaking of oaths, marriage is of course, one of the highest oaths anyone can make to another person, so it should be obvious that it must not be entered into without careful prayer, fasting, and the most discerning of knowledge of yourself and the person you intend to marry. These verses show us how loving God is, by showing us that God seeks to spare us of the hurt and pain of divorce. You see some animals in nature only take one mate for life, how much more does God want this for us.
33 Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not swear falsely (FF: not perjure yourselves), but carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.’ 34 But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 Let your word (FF: language) be ‘Yes, Yes’ or ‘No, No’; anything more than this comes from the evil one. MM: When we speak from our aligned selves, our innermost self that is a spark of God, what we speak resonates with (vibrates with “like” frequency) all of creation! Ahh, the sweet Harmony! Yet, how often can it been seen, that even after leaving church or synagogue, one might curse or swear at someone who cuts them off in traffic, which might have put our friends and family at risk of accident or injury? Often, so it seems, the cursing is done out of fear. Many people vow never to eat a certain food again, drink a certain beverage, or vow to repay another, even swearing in God’s Holy name, and then very quickly forget what they vowed to do. God is LIMITLESS! God is OMnipotent, OMnipresent, OMniscience! God has created everything! God rules over ALL of Creation, of which you are only a fractal part and has full reign to teach you in duplicitous, mirror-like, or LIMITLESS number of ways (using any means). Yet, you believe, just because you have a mouth that can say anything, that you have been given the gift of breath to be able to make hollow vows? You can only make your hair light or dark by a chemical process, but God is ruler over ALL. Might you consider this before you take God’s name and make any kind of vow in the future. Note: the so called evil ones are of lower vibration. Keep your vibration high (pure positive), not focusing on, or speaking of the lower vibrations and automatically the lesser vibrations are kept at bay.
38 You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer (FF: Do not contend with the wicked). But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; 40 and if anyone wants to sue you (FF: drags you to law) and take your coat, give your cloak as well; 41 and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. 42 Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you. MM: What you resist, persists. You can battle someone to the death. What good does it do? Where you flow your attention and Energy, that vibration is the one that will grow. So, if you find yourself with one of a lower vibration, you have the ability to choose to depart from that person. Don’t hang out with those who make you feel bad! You’ve been told not to cast your pearls before swine, and this verse is aligned well with that philosophy. If you’ve chosen to stay around this one of lower vibration, however, you must give, and give some more, perhaps until it hurts, so that you will not make this mistake, or misstep, again. Whatever you give, of course, consider it charity to the lower vibrational one who does not know any better. Turn, leave and be blessed as you walk away. It doesn’t hurt you to give to a beggar, as it ALL belongs to God anyway! It wouldn’t hurt you at all if you were NOT ATTACHED to “things.” But in the instance of someone hurting your feelings, that should show you what you are prideful about, and because God loves you dearly, he sent Jesus to teach you that you do not have to carry the pain or embarrassment around with you of any particularly hurtful incident, just move forward. Only swine wallow in their mud forever, and you my dear, are a pearl.
43 You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for (FF: bless) those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise (FF: He raises His sun) on the evil (FF: bad) and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors (FF: extortioners) (HSR: publicans) do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles (FF: extortioners) (HSR: publicans) do the same? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. MM: Ah, this is a good one! So many people interpret this literally, splitting all kinds of hairs about who your neighbor is or is not, and who your enemy is or is not. Ah, the bicker about all of that and miss the larger point entirely! It may sound difficult, but it is really simple. If you can bless your enemies, EVERYTHING in life is easier! No one ever said that everything, every transaction, every relationship, every encounter, would be fair. No! But, this is a Universe of inclusion, so the sun and the rain occur for all. The higher your vantage point though, the more beautiful and fair the world looks. Therefore, aim your sights high. Love big! Turn from the ones who seek to do you wrong, give them whatever you need to in order to cut them loose, then you’ll be able to help so many more who really deserve your generous gifts. Wholly, see all others with as much compassion as you can muster. One day, you may be in need of that same compassion.
Beware of practicing your piety (FF: charities) (HSR: alms) before others in order to be seen (FF: with the intention of being observed) by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. MM: Ah, once again we are taught a lesson about pride. Just as we were instructed to give to the poor, and go the second mile when we feel victimized, we can choose whether we seek our rewards in this physical manifested life, or in the spiritual (only real) life. Seek ye first the Kingdom…
2 So whenever you give alms (FF: do a kindness), do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised (FF: secure the praise of men) (HSR: have glory of men) by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 3 But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. MM: It seems that Jesus had quite a lot to say about pride. Was it because He lived in a time when a lot of supposed righteous people really did not know God at all, much less, live it? I dare say, even today, hypocrites abound–especially in the churches. Would you be so bold (like Jesus) to overthrow the money tables at your churches bingo event, bake sale, yard sale, or other money-maker?
5 And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 6 But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you (FF: return it to you openly). MM: Who stands when they pray? Who kneels in their prayer closet? What religions teach people to stand and pray in the streets? Was Jesus really concerned about a person’s bodily position and location, or rather, wasn’t He most concerned that people who say rote (memorized) prayers, do not truly know (feel in their hearts) what it is that they are asking from God?
7 When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do (HSR: use not vain repetitions); for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. (FF: make use of no babble, like the heathen; for they imagine that they will be listened to because of their volubility.)8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. (FF: Do not therefore imitate them; for your Father knows your necessities before you can ask Him.) MM: Again, by now, don’t we all get Jesus’ message pretty clear? Pride and prayer do not go together. Where one is, the other is not. Humility, brokenness, and simple words that you really feel, with heartfelt intent, that is all that is needed when you pray. In fact, you’ve already prayed enough! God knows what you have need of before you pray, so why not just sit in silence instead? Be still and know that I Am God.
9 Pray then in this way: (FF: Consequently, you must pray in this way) (HSR: Therefore, after this manner shall ye pray, saying)
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one.
14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; 15 but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
(FF: “Our Father in the Heavens; Your Name must be being Hallowed;
Your Kingdom must be being restored
Your Will must be being done both in Heaven and upon the Earth.
Give us to-day our to-morrow’s bread;
And forgive us our faults, as we forgive those offending us, for You would not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from its evil.
For if you forgive men their faults, your heavenly Father will forgive you yours. But if you do not forgive those who wrong you, then neither will your Father forgive you your misdeeds.”)
(HSR: “Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. They will be done on earth, as it is done in heaven.
Give us this day, our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And suffer us not to be led into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
For if ye forgive men their trespasses, who trespass against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your heavenly Father forgive you your trespasses.”)
MM: Truly, Jesus is asking you to trust in God. Have faith. No one, not even the richest most wealthy person will take ANY of their THINGS with them when they die. And all will experience a physical death. And further, even those with all the money, stocks, bonds, gold, diamonds, and so on, can lose it all with one bad decision, or government or otherwise. No amount of insurance can give you peace of mind about EVERYTHING. So, give it to God. Give it ALL to God.
16 And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, put oil on (FF: dress) (HSR: anoint) your head and wash your face, 18 so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. MM: Who fasts anymore? For many years I did not think I could ever fast, perhaps it is the same with you. Why? Because Americans in particular, are conditioned (programmed) to eat at least 3 times a day! Once I decided to really study natural health and nutrition, along with many different kinds of ‘diets’, and even, look into how the Essenes, monks and guru’s lived, then did I decide to try fasting. The health benefits alone are absolutely astounding!!! If I had any severe health issue, the first thing I would do is fast. I am so serious about this one particular topic that I have other articles on that, which if you want, you can read here and here–after you finish this one of course! Sweetly, as soon as I finished writing that, about health, it flowed to me that Jesus was teaching about fasting for the spiritual opening, expansion, and understanding it can bring! Yes, ahh, blissful enlightenment!
19 Do not store (FF: hoard) up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume (HSR: corrupt) (FF: destroy) and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. MM: Who still has difficulty understanding what Jesus is talking about? The most important thing in your life should be to please God.
22 The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy (FF: sound), your whole body will be full of light (FF: illuminated) (HSR: The light of the body is the eye; if therefore thine eye be single to the glory of God, they whole body shall be full of light); 23 but if your eye is unhealthy (FF: diseased) (HSR: evil), your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! MM: Now, I will share some words my mother wrote in the margin on this page of her Holy Scriptures: “The light of the body is the eye, let it be single to the purpose of God.” What is flowing to me is that the only way to rightly interpret this passage is metaphysically. When you consider what Jesus said before, about plucking out one of your own eyes should it offend you, causing you to lust after a woman or to covet someone else’s possession, it should be obvious that this is not about your physical eye. It may be referring to your third eye, or the part of brain that discerns right from wrong, light from dark, or about the densities of vibration. It may also refer to the “I” of “I Am”, the Great Spirit of God within YOU. If God’s Spirit is within you, you will be spiritually healthy, but if you have done all you could to disconnect (not acknowledge) God’s Spirit within you, the Divine spark of God that we are all given at birth, then you will be spiritually dead.
(HSR: Additional verses: And, again, I say unto you, Go ye into the world, and care not for the world; for the world will hate you, and will persecute you, and will turn you out of their synagogues. Nevertheless, ye shall go forth from house to house, teaching the people; and I will go before you.) MM: It is interesting that Jesus was telling his disciples, those disciplined enough to LIVE Jesus’ teachings, that the world would hate them. That the world would persecute them and kick them out of their synagogues. I can tell you that while I can appreciate the artistry of the architecture of temples and churches, those buildings do not represent “church” to me. When two or three of us gather to talk about God, Spirit, and the ever unfolding of OMniscience, that is where my “church” is, and I believe God is with us in that moment! We Are All ONE.
24 No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted (FF: honor) to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth. MM: Myriad of books have been written on this subject. But I tell you, if you believe that God owns it all, and we are but a fractal of the ever-reaching, ever-effervescencing OMniscient God, then how can we store up any part, of anything, and call it “ours”?
25 Therefore I tell you, do not worryabout (HSR: take no thought for) your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about (FF: respecting) your body, what you will wear. Is not life more (FF: more important) than food, and the body (FF: itself than its clothing) more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air (FF: Just look at the birds in the sky!); they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value (HSR: ye not much better) than they? 27 And can any of you by worrying (FF: fretting) add a single hour to your span of life? 28 And why do you worry about clothing? Consider (FF: Reflect upon) the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive (FF: flourish) today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven (FF: fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 For it is the Gentiles (FF: heathen) who strive (FF: hunt eagerly) for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things (HSR: Why is it that ye murmur among yourselves, saying, We cannot obey they word because ye have not all these things, and seek to excuse yourselves, saying that, After all these things, do the Gentiles seek). 33 But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. MM: This continues to provide examples about what to put first, God, or making money. If you but only put the Kingdom of God first, then all of the other things, whatever you have need of, will be given to you. Ahh, doesn’t this simplify this a bit? Before your feet hit the floor each morning, give thanks, pray, meditate, study any and all words that will align your innermost BE-ing with OMniscience OMnipresence that is ever potent, OMnipotent, to ease your way each day. What an Aha this knowing is! How freeing is this? You are not a slave, you are free. The truth sets you free, and the truth is knowing that you and ALL belong to, are a part of LIMITLESS OMniscient God. YOWAH. Great Spirit.
34 So do not worry (FF: fret) about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries (FF: trouble) of its own (HSR: the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself). Today’s trouble is enough for today (FF: The care of each day by itself is quite enough).MM: It is not needed that you cry about what happened yesterday. Nor will you be anxious about anything that may or may not happen tomorrow. Stay in the NOW. Be present, real, compassionate, and kind with everyone you deal with. With new eyes, you will not see trouble. You will see ease and grace. Love!
Do not judge (FF: condemn)(HSR: Judge not unrighteously), so that you may not be judged (HSR: but judge righteous judgment). 2 For with the judgment you make (FF: according to the sentence you pronounce) you will be judged (FF: convicted), and the measure you give will be the measure you get. 3 Why do you see the speck (FF: dust) in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log (FF: chip) in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while the log is in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye (FF: eye of your brother). MM: Some say that “neighbor” refers to another of like-mind. However, typically a neighbor is defined as someone being situated next to or very near (another). When Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan, he used the word neighbor to define those who happened to be traveling that same road. If we use logic to define the word neighbor, we can discern that a neighbor could be someone we like, versus an enemy that we would choose to stay away from. However, we often cannot choose our neighbors or our family, as we would choose our friends. As well, if we are to love our enemies as Jesus loves us, this seems to expand the meaning in a flowing-outward way. If, therefore, you can love your enemies, everything in life becomes easy. And since Jesus came to forgive us, and indeed save us from suffering and anguish in the after life, it would seem to fit together that He would want to reduce our earthly suffering as well by having us learn to love, looking over differences, and helping anyone when we can, in the moment. Prefer communication over conflict. Side with cooperation over competition.
(HSR: Additional verse: And Jesus said unto his disciples, Beholdest thou the scribes, and the Pharisees, and the priests, and the Levites? The teach in their synagogues, but do not observe the law, nor the commandments; and all have gone out of the way, and are under sin. Go thou and say unto them, Why teach ye men the law and the commandments, when ye yourselves are the children of corruption?)
6 Do not give what is holy to dogs; and do not throw your pearls before swine, (FF: for fear) or they will trample them under foot and turn and maul (FF: rend) you.
(HSR: Additional verse: For the world cannot receive that which ye, yourselves, are not able to bear, wherefore ye shall not give your pearls unto them, lest they turn again and rend you.)
7 Ask, and it will be given you; search (FF: seek), and you will find; knock, and the door (FF: it) will be opened for you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 9 Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone? 10 Or if the child asks for a fish, will give a snake (FF: serpent)? 11 If you then, who are evil (FF: corrupt), know how to give good gifts (FF: bestow benefits) to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things (FF: benefits) to those who ask him!
12 In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets. (HSR: Therefore, all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.) (FF: Whatever therefore you wish men to do to you, do the same yourselves to them; for this is the law and the prophets. MM: It seems that by reading different translations of this verse, one could take it in a few different ways. It’s normally thought of as the Golden Rule, but I have met Christians who have told me the Golden Rule is not biblical. Like many things, it is open for debate and interpretation. If you have been following along to this point however, and see Jesus the Christ as a teacher, it seems reasonable to ascribe one meaning to this, yet, if you look upon Jesus the Christ as perfect, and the son of God, son of a LIMITLESS, Ever-Living, Filling-All-Space, Creator God, then I am inclined to believe he is teaching us a Universal truth, that however we wish people to treat us, if we treat them in the pleasing, fair, honest, and kind ways we wish to be treated, it will teach them by example, that we desire to be treated in like manner. It will also set an example (or boundary) for them to know the kind of treatment we will not accept, or at the least (if we are the long-suffering kind), we will not endure forever.
13 Enter through the narrow (HSR: strait) gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy (FF: well paved) that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. 14 For the gate is narrow (HSR: narrow is the way) and the road is hard (FF: difficult the path) that leads to life, and there are few who find it. MM: If it seems hard to do, that’s most likely the path you should take. You did not choose to come to this earth to have it easy and eat bon-bon’s all day, you came to have many experiences, and learn many lessons. You will not take any physically manifested things with you to the Great Beyond when you leave this earth, but you will want to live a Connected and joyful life, both now and beyond, in whatever form or fashion the eternally, brilliant, pulsating, and thrilling Great Beyond looks like.
15 Beware of false prophets (FF: false teachers), who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly (FF: in their hearts) are ravenous (FF: plundering) wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? 17 In the same way, every good (FF: useful) tree bears good (FF: useful) fruit, but the bad (FF: worthless) tree bears bad (FF: worthless) (HSR: evil) fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire (FF: be used as firewood). 20 Thus you will know them by their fruits (FF: Reject their produce; for by this you can recognise them). MM: Again, we are admonished to use enough discernment, so as not to be fooled. A good tree might make a mistake now and then, but overall, its fruit is useful. False teachers can come in many roles, not only as a religious teacher. False teachers might be in your family, or someone you may wish to marry. Consider the fruits from anyone you may hold up on a pedestal and take much advice from, before you sign any commitment, be careful of whom you are aligning with. It is said in other scriptures that it is unwise to be unequally yoked. Also, it is quite wise for you to examine your own fruit, to be careful that you learn from any missteps and apologize promptly and with sincerity. If you seem to find trouble at every turn, it might be you who is the worthless tree, producing worthless fruit, so seek out wise counsel and be ready to do the inner work to make the desired changes so for the rest of your life, you will produce useful fruit.
21 Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ (FF: Master!, Master!) will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy (FF: preached) in your name, and cast out demons (HSR: devils) in your name, and do many deeds (HSR: wonderful works) (FF: wonders) of power in your name?’ 23 Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; go away from me, you evildoers.’ (FF: depart from Me, you traders in lawlessness!) MM: This is the passage that most clearly establishes that there must be a way for us to know, along with the visible fruits of our daily thoughts and actions, whether we are in alignment with God in every moment. This is where the aforementioned God Bumps come into play. Once you know the feeling in your mind and body of alignment with the Divine, straying from that alignment in any moment, is what is meant by this passage as one who does not do the will of God. This also reminds me of a saying from my papa, “A mouth is made to say anything.” So, also a mind can conjure anything. So, just because people use the name of God, Jesus, angels, or such when they make bold claims, speak in tongues, pray aloud, and so forth, does not mean they are genuine. When the Spirit is moving you to speak, it will feel to you as though a team of wild horses cannot stop you–and often, after you have spoken, you will not remember what you said. Some call this channeling, or divine revelation. As well, if someone tells you they have a message from God or Spirit for you and you do not feel the message resonate with your inner being, let it be. In my experience, if a message is meant for you and you do not accept it initially, it will keep coming around in various other ways. Typically, if I receive the same or very similar message three times, (that I otherwise did not resonate with) I pay attention to it.
24 Everyone then who hears these words of mine (FF: listens to these precepts of Mine) and acts on them will be like a wise (FF: reflective) man who built his house on rock. 25 The rain fell (FF: the storm raged), the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act (FF: practice) on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great was its fall! (FF: and its wreck was complete!)” MM: We are given to know that if our foundation (inner being) is true, if our inner compass is in alignment with God, we can withstand or weather, any storm. There is another scripture verse that goes, “Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” It seems fitting to remind us of this at this time. Know who lives in you, who guides and directs your path. Observe your thoughts, as they become your words.
28 Now when Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were astounded at his teaching, 29 for he taught them as one having authority (HSR: from God), and not as their scribes (FF: professors). MM: I can imagine the many people who had never been allowed in a church or synagogue (due to their poverty, illness, or status), and Jesus speaking to them with authority. He would have spoken loving words to them and a message of hope and grace. His words would have brought an end of suffering to those afflicted with disease. Genuine words, not pious, ego-filled words. I can imagine His smile, his hand reaching out to those who begged for mercy or healing. I can imagine His love. It has been said that Jesus could get angry, but to whom was his anger directed. He demands honesty when we serve in His name. If you are attempting to reach your friends, family, neighbor, or enemy, be certain to lay your ego aside and then only speak as the Spirit leads. Being a member of any religion is not what saves any of you. Only what God sees and knows of you in your heart is what will save you. Make sure your whole heart is pure with the intention of always producing useful fruit.
New Revised Standard Version of the Holy Bible can be found at:
Note: By way of writing and presenting this article, I am in no way adding to the sacred words of Holy Scripture, but I am using them in an effort to teach and enlighten ALL. If the words flowing through me in the sections marked as, MM, do not align with your truth (your particular knowing), that’s okay. These words are only offered as another of the myriad perspectives available at any given point in time. Just give thanks, as do I, for your participation.
Love One Another.
Amen. Namaste. OM
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More and more each day, I am finding the truths embedded in the ancient Chinese wisdom that Lama Nicholas Packard shared with me recently. And that our health is directly attributed to our thoughts, beliefs, and actions.
If I want to be well and healthy, I must strike a balance between my true nature, which I can feel the soul-alignment of in my body when I need to make a choice about whatever is going on. Yes, I can justify and rationalize, or choose to push through obstacles, but in the end, it’s how I FEEL that must be my guide. Else, I will suffer. And I do not want to suffer.
At times, I’ve been startled and taken aback by my own reactivity to people’s actions (even those whom I admire / have admired) but also to whom, I FELT a negative reaction–so much so, that I had to break away. This has happened to me before, perhaps my whole life–but I didn’t fully understand until recently.
I am an independentperson
I am such an independent person–who else would write a blog called, Take It Upon Yourself? I bet very few people. And it’s also few that I can work closely with for any long stretch of time. I yearn to feel the resonance of balance.
I am an independent soul on a mission to connect Heaven and Earth by building mutually joyful and healthy relationships. Said another way, I am here as a woman of independent nature, on a mission to connect and heal people. To do this, will require balance. If I can feel negative vibrations, then easily bring them into balance–okay. But if not, depending upon the strength of the negative vibrations, I will need to make a different choice. And I am able to do that happily with gratitude for all I have learned.
Assume for a moment that we’re birds of a feather. Both of us are interested in the same people, and read the same books, but if you believe in the concepts that we “can never get it wrong”, and “there is value in everything”, yet condescend or be critical of a small action (especially for something that goes against core beliefs of mine, such as of Transparency and Sharing), that is going to resonate with me as a distinct, NO. And I will move on and leave the group or partnership.
Examples of alignment
At this particular time, I work on a team with someone whom I agree and align with their knowledge and experience of nutrition, vitamins, and supplements. And while I have learned, and would love to learn more from this person, and I respect her to a point, she can’t seem to be responsible, show up to work, put in honest effort to the project, or contribute to the team. She’s just not a team player.
If I had my druthers and the autonomy to move the person to another team, I would–but I don’t. Unfortunately, if I have to work with this person, the ill feelings (that I allow the disharmony to bring), will make me sick. And I cannot give to others if I am sick. So, though it’s been three years, trust me, the end is near. (And ultimately I did leave.) I am a patient person, but enough is enough. It’s happened before with me, and it will happen again–until I connect with and to someone, or some team, where I can find balance.
This is why people leave businesses, relationships, partnerships, and so on. We all must do what feels right, or suffer. I choose what feels right to me, what feels harmonious and loving. Because if I don’t, I’m fighting my true nature. And when you work with split energies like that, it will tear you apart.
In another example, let’s take the partnership that I accepted based on my ego of being needed an honored. One might think that was a good thing, right? Yet, it ended from my ego being offended.
Everyone has an ego, whether large or small. One with a large ego would be best served to learn how to communicate with their staff. If you’re a manager and can’t communicate properly, you should not be a manager. Period. A primary facet of Management IS communication.
Experientially learning all of this, I now realize that I will never be balanced, or feel successful in my mission to connect people, until I can find a team to work with who will allow me to bring out the best in them, for the good of the cause, and shine my eternal soul light.
Now, just what brought about all of this newfound enlightenment?
Meet Lama Nicholas Packard…
A few weeks ago, I had the profound JOY of receiving a one-on-one healing session with Lama Nicholas Packard–who has recently come to visit our conscious St Petersburg, Florida community after living in India and China for over 30 years!
I made the appointment with Lama Nicholas for holistic health career guidance, as well as some intermittent pain in the body.
I have been meditating daily since Oct. 2015, and observing my thoughts. I’ve been feeling that my current work is not in alignment with my soul’s purpose. One could also say that I’ve become disillusioned and apathetic.
I can no longer work for certain companies, and I’ve recently began expressing this fact to recruiters when they call me. I do not mince words. I do not align with companies who make, or even indirectly support companies who make products that injure people.
This stance puts me out of working for any company that creates man-made chemical products. If you are part of a company whose products harm people, do not call me. I have to draw the line in the sand.
I learned from Lama Nicholas that he believes Artificiality is killing us. And I agree. Obviously, there are natural things that can harm us also, but for us to go out of our way to develop things that harm–that’s insane.
Right from the beginning of our session, as we began talking, a little finch bird came near to me, hiding under the table next to me. Was it there to let me know it was safe to express what makes my heart sing?
Lama Nicholas first showed me my birth and life path based on a Chinese numerology system. My birthdate equals a 1, which makes me an independent type. And oh my, can I affirm this is true! Looking back over my life, I can see that as a sure pattern in me, as well as the fact that I write this blog. I don’t always need to be right, but I need to be heard!
I learned that my life path is a number 2. That means I seek Connection. And that building relationships, even so far as connecting Heaven to Earth, is my mission and purpose! Is it any wonder that I was given the message, “We Are All Connected” many years ago?
And yes, sometimes to build, one must know when to disconnect. Pruning a bush allows for more growth. So again, I am to seek balance in this quest as I move forward.
A beautifully tall, white egret walked up to us; it actually seemed to look me in the eye for a moment! The egret brought me comfort in this new experience and reminded me that I was still grounded to nature–though we were in the city, we were only a couple of blocks from the Gulf of Mexico. I also took this to mean that my meeting with Lama Nicholas would open me to even deeper knowledge of myself.
Do you sense the dichotomy though? A strong willed independent woman, who must connect with others to build relationships and usher Heaven to Earth? Wow!!!! I will need help!
The funny thing is, I’ve never been good at asking for help!
Only since my daughter gave birth to my granddaughter, have I learned along with her–to verbally ask for “a little help, please“–as it’s just not something that seems natural to me to do!
As for the Chinese animal that my birth year aligns to, I am on the cusp of the pig, and the tiger. The negative side of the pig means that I would feel a lot of fear (which I don’t), and the tiger signifies frustration. Bingo! I am very frustrated currently. Unfortunately, 30, 40, or 50 years of frustration can lead to Cancer!
Yet, the positive side of the tiger is that I am unstoppable! Yay!
Lama Nicholas told me that I also have a master number of 11, which means I am a healer. In addition:
I am called to a BIG mission
I can use the tigers’ determination + my independent spirit to bridge communities (spiritual communities perhaps?)
I will joyously work to connect Heaven to Earth
To facilitate teamwork by cooperation and balance, not to “win” as an entrepreneur
As to why I feel so much frustration at work: I need structure and am committed to working in a dynamic team–and one person on our team is arrogantly independent and adamantly refuses to work on our team, or even show up to work during core hours!
I now realize that I seek to assist others in their own healing journey as my life’s mission. And that using my hands to write, and heal others, will be key to my purpose.
After Lama Nicholas and I finished our conversation about life mission and purpose, we moved to two chairs facing each other for the physical healing part of the session to occur. I will add here though, that I really think the healing work began in and through me days before our actual meeting.
Since I had complained of an errant pain on the left side of my body, Lama Nicholas picked up and held my left leg and foot and pressed (not pinched or squeezed) but pressed with his fingers on the side of the fourth toe. I writhed in my chair with every muscle in my body tensing! It was very painful for a few seconds, but it eased quickly. I felt lightheaded and began to breathe deeply. Lama Nicholas gave me a cup of water and talked about what had happened so my mind could grasp it.
The toes are end points of meridians. And the fourth toe is the end point of the gallbladder meridian. Now, I didn’t know that I was having any gallbladder issues, but Lama did!! Note: my grandfather died of gallbladder cancer.
Next, we moved to the little toe! It hurt too, but not as bad, though my face was wincing and I was still tensing as if struggling to get away. The little toe is the end of the kidney meridian. I feel that I don’t have to explain to you what the meridians are. If you don’t know, you can Google that.
Looking back on the experience, I was surprised that I didn’t cry, cuss, scream, or such. Just tensed up and had a strong desire to pull away. To me, this also seems indicative of how I’ve reacted to other painful events in my past. A sort of quiet inward suffering, though usually with tears. I have never been a fighter or aggressive type.
One of the biggest things Lama Nicholas taught me how to do was how to bring in and cultivate Qi in the body.
Lama showed me the proper way to hold my hands together over my belly button (Dantian) while breathing deeply through the nose–holding my inhale to a count of 3 or 5 with my belly pushing outward and into my hands. Then, exhaling and pulling my belly button in towards my spine as far as I could manage and holding the exhalation to a count of 3 or 5.
Lama told me to visualize the in breath, as if it were coming into my belly, and the exhale coming out of my hands! Eventually, I made a big circle with my hands to push the Qi down on the exhale. Just this lesson alone was amazing!
Lama worked on my left arm and showed me how working the lung meridian made my tears flow–I had no idea why I began crying as he pressed points on my arm on one side, then conversely I laughed as he pressed the heart meridian points on the other side of the arm!
Feeling fantastic after the experience is an understatement. I kept saying, “Wow, Wow, Wow” after we completed the session. Amazing!
Though I am primarily an analytical thinker, you might like to know how I feel about this healing experience from my heart (or emotional intelligence).
Intuitively, I fully resonated with the information that came from Lama Nicholas and the numerology of why I was born into this lifetime, and why–up to this point–life has seemed to be a struggle.
Energetically, I felt motivated and driven to succeed in the living of my unique purpose to build new relationships, and strengthen the relationships with those already in my life. To move from the sidelines and out onto the playing field of life, to use a sports analogy.
New insights have come, such as the knowing that writing does fulfill my purpose, but so does art, working with clay, applying essential oils to people’s hands and feet, and so forth.
Words of my mother
My mother always called me her “miracle baby” because I was the only one that lived out of six pregnancies. I believe her now because through me, all of my mom’s six babies are on the planet. Had any of my choices, or those of my daughter been any different that might not have been so. Gratefully, all things work in harmony and order in this Universe. I see that now.
This healing experience affected me mentally, by charging me up and giving me a zest for life, spiritually, by connecting me to the Divine and knowing Qi connects us all, and physically, by moving stagnant energies in my body and propelling me to learn more about Qigong, perhaps even one day teach, Qigong/Tai Chi!
I now know my purpose is to connect people and bring or connect heaven to earth. I chose a big mission, before my birth, for this lifetime and with tiger’s determination, I know I can do it.
I know that I was not born to be an entrepreneur, because of my #2 life path, which means I seek balance. I need a partner who is a #2. I know how to make money, be an excellent partner, and develop enthusiastic teams, so I am ready!
My morning and nighttime routines now include Qigong. I have been doing the deep breathing before sleep each night, just as Lama suggested. I am experiencing a dramatic shift in my thinking each day and noticing that habits are changing.
Intuitively, I took a picture of myself before the healing session, and I just took one this morning. I look much happier!
I know my life has dramatically been altered by meeting Lama Nicholas. I feel more energy, look and feel happier, and I am emphatically motivated to move into my life’s purpose without fear or hesitancy. And as before, I will be as water, always seeking balance–but now I understand why.
Another output from my healing session with Lama Nicholas was that I signed up to become certified at reflexology, something that a friend had suggested I try (years ago), but only now makes perfect sense to do!
Stay tuned for my next article about Qigong. You see, after taking my first two Qigong/Tai Chi classes with Grand Master Lama Nicholas, I signed up for more and believe that Qigong will become a daily practice for the rest of my life.
*Consult with one of your licensed health professionals / wellness practitioner team before making any changes in your prescribed medications.
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At least once in your life, take a vacation to nourish and soothe your soul! That’s what I did, and what this blog post is about… that which I will forever call my “soul retreat.”
When I first got the email from Alania Starhawk that she and Patricia McGivern were planning a “Journey Into Self” retreat in Sedona Arizona, I didn’t know if I could get the time off work, find the extra money to pay for it, or even, what my husband would say (as I’ve never taken a vacation “just for me” before)… But above all else, I KNEW that my SOUL wanted to go!!!
How did I know?
I had been to Sedona only for a few hours, 26 years ago with a few girls from my Speech class in college. We had been in Prescott Arizona, not far from Sedona, to put on a play at another campus of my university.
Having had some free time one day all those years ago, a couple of us girls decided to drive our rental car from Prescott to Jerome and Sedona.
On that drive, we had stopped at a little old roadside bookstore where I met an precious elder Native American Indian man. I fell in love with the Indian history he began telling me about, and all the books in that store. But because I was with other girls, and we were short on time, I politely told him I’d have to go. However, then I said three little words that have haunted me for years. I told him, “I’ll be back.”
While I never forgot those words, considering them as important as a promise, life got in the way, family vacations, reunions, and work trips, so for many years Sedona had to stay on the back burner. Although, Sedona was always calling me.
So, the particular morning I received Alania’s email invitation, I wanted to leap to my feet! My soul resonated with such vibrancy at the very thought that I could travel back to the enchanting land of Sedona… my intentions roared and I knew I had to go–no matter what!
Logistically, it would mean that I would have to get on a plane, perhaps two, because it’s quite a distance from where I live to get to Sedona and the airfare was not included in the retreat fee. And then, there would be all the explaining I would need to do, as no one in my family had ever even heard me talk about taking a vacation on my own. Plus, I’d have to take time off from work, and the date the trip began on was an important calendar date for my family also!
Normally on this particular date, I’d be in New Hampshire visiting my beautiful daughter and wonderful granddaughter for my granddaughter’s birthday. But in a flash I realized that blessedly this year my daughter’s father and his wife were going to visit our girls in New Hampshire. So, MY schedule was FREE! Wow!!! What perfect alignment! I began to become aware that destiny was calling…
And so it was. I kept my promise. I went back to Sedona. Boy, did I go back!!
Even the drive from Phoenix to Sedona had it share of sights! I was curious about the cacti (plural for cactus) that we were seeing along the highway. I was told that many of these cacti were over one hundred years of age! Because it takes at least one hundred years for one to produce an “arm.” Though I was riding in a car with several other ladies, I managed to grab a few pictures of these intriguing plants.
I must say that I had the opportunity to buy a new camera before going on this trip, but I chose not to because I didn’t want “taking photos” to get in the way of my experiences in Sedona. Lesson learned! I took pictures anyway and they would have been so much better had I bought the iPhone 7 Plus that I’d wanted. Oh well! At least I wasn’t worried at all about dropping my old iPhone down a crevasse!
For five days, I hiked, breathed in the amazing cool dry air of Sedona, touched many rocks along a variety of hiking paths, hung out with like-minded ladies for spectacular sunsets, dined in exceptional restaurants, and immersed my soul in a deep and expansive process! My heart seemed to grow larger and open more to the world with each passing day! My “sisters” for the retreat seemed to teach me something every day! While my feet were totally grounded, my head and heart would fly along with the puffiest of clouds in the sky… dancing in the heightened energies I was feeling and “knowing.”
Our journey took us to many of the major energy vortices ~ including Airport Mesa, Boynton Canyon, Buddha Beach, Cathedral Rock, and Dry Creek Canyon. Sedona impressed us all! I hiked up five mountains in five days and the energy was running high to be sure! I only left thinking of perhaps two things I had not done while in Sedona, but I had been part of so much, and had written much more in my journal, and talked with so many of the gals in our group–yes, even on deep subjects–that in no way was I feeling disappointed.
The dirt was so red here at Airport Mesa–it took my breath away! I couldn’t quit looking at it, even as I climbed. And this was my first climb, just hours after getting off the plane in Phoenix Arizona!
Our group spread out and some of us sang, played shakers, rattles, and drums. Many of us went our own way for awhile, then regathered up the mountain a little way, for Divine Blessing, and more singing, etc.
The view with the rain in the distance was exhilarating! Sedona even gifted us with our own Sacred Sedona Sisters rainbow!
Sunset seemed to be the very best time that we could have climbed and sat in the glory of Airport Mesa! I would come to learn that every time I took my eyes of the red rocks even for a moment, as the sun would deepen in the sky, the colors of the rocks would mystically change, blazing ever so many new hues and shades!
Note the red orbs in the picture of the sunset that I happened to grab. Ancestors, ancestors, we are calling! Come, come, come.
The artist in me was perplexed in trying to capture just a small portion of this bewitching magnificence with my mere old silly iPhone! Haha!
As is usual for me, my thoughts turn to our Divine Source… and I thought, this must be akin to what God thinks of us… we’re each so immense and powerful, yet we can only see such a fraction of our extraordinary essence! Ohh, we are but fractals of the light of the Divine–yes?
During one of my moments of just “be-ing” I looked down and noticed this small plant growing inexplicably, on its own, in between rocks! I thought, “life always finds a way” and truly, life does! When at times we wonder where a plant like this little guy would get its nourishment from, ah, there it is anyway, just being it, doing it, amazing us. Isn’t it fascinating? How that happens I mean?
This little plant has no seemingly apparent means of life support, yet, here it is anyway! Brilliant! And we get to live on a planet like this! So nurturing, even in the subtle ways when we cannot or choose not to see all the invisible means of support that it gives to us all! Ahh!
Also, as a writer, I see that the word “plant” is contained within the word “planet”… hehe, my mind is dazzled by the way our English words are put together!
This was the site where I climbed the highest. However, once I got almost to the top, I suddenly realized, whoa there Betsy! What the heck did I think I was doing?!? Uncannily (and Blessed Be) I made it to the top and was totally energized!!
I met several people on my hike also. One man in particular told me to repeat the words to myself, “feet like glue” and that actually did help me, especially on my way back down!
Another gentlemen told me exactly where to walk near the twisted Energy tree, and point my dowsing rods near it for a fascinating experience.
I could see the energy whirl one of my dowsing rods a full 360 degrees spin! Over and over again! It was mesmerizing!!
The tree is turned and twisted, supposedly, due to the amount of energy it receives.
I was having so much fun up here! I was certainly “in the moment” experiencing Energy as never before! At one point I remember noticing that I hadn’t had any vertigo during this climb, and I must say that I was shocked to realize that! As I had climbed Airport Mesa the day before, I had gotten near the top and suddenly realized there would be nothing stopping me if I fell, so I sat down and just “enjoyed”–and that’s when I had taken a lot of pictures, sang, and shook the rattle.
It seems to me that when I am caught up in a moment of JOY that I do not even consider any of my so-called “limitations.” Is that true for everyone? If so, then, I say, let’s stay caught up in our joyful moments, yes?
Know this: Joy is our natural state of be-ing.
We’re so drawn to be in JOY!
Joy is why we love hanging out with our children! They show us that in nearly every moment–well, after their immediate needs are taken care of, like food, liquid, warmth, and so on.
Here’s another picture (from my friend Carolyn) of what I guess is the “secret” rock atop Boynton Canyon. It so mesmerized me because of the way it just sort of hung there!
Speaking of being mesmerized, every where you look while hiking the Sedona red rock trails, you can find a way to be in awe of nature! From the way the light dances on the rocks, to where and how the plants grow, to the variety of foliage, and how the air is just filled with a certain sense of peace!
Even when it drizzled the rain there, I noticed the air still felt dry. An odd dichotomy!
Zen Den space
Our little group of fifteen soul sisters went to this place, sort of a little community meeting space primarily made up of one large room, where groups could rent it and meet for yoga, meditation, or the like. We had two sessions here during our five day retreat. Here is a link to Zen Den.
Here, we had time for meditation, conversation, and a guided regression session. While technically speaking, our guided “regression” session is called a past life regression, some may choose to see it as exactly that (if they believe in reincarnation), while others may choose to see it as a reconnection with one’s soul, DNA, ancestral visitation, or in many other ways.
Since, as you know by now about me, if you’ve been reading my posts, I do not limit the Divine (God, Universal intelligence, life force, Energy, All that Is) at all, so I get into, or love to play with and in, anything that brings me into conscious unity with God. We are to live life fully and abundantly and this is just one of the myriad of ways of living that I find appealing and resonating with my spirit and soul.
We had two regressions with Patricia here, inside, and though I will write in another post about my experiences during the sessions, I will tell you, and show you, what I saw when I stepped outside of the Zen house… it knocked my socks off! Hello wizard Merlin!
Just in case you couldn’t see him, here’s a zoom of a close-up!
And the following is a drawing (by my husband) of a wizard that I thought was appropriate.
At lunch, one of my Sedona siStars checked her phone and something quickly flashed (probably an ad), which showed an image of a man dressed as Merlin, or had the name Merlin on it, and before I could ask her to stop (because I hadn’t been snooping, but had only noticed the image for a moment), she had flipped to the next thing. I did ask, and explained how the image caught my eye, but when she tried to go back and see whatever I’d seen, it was gone. Poof!
After I had returned to the hotel that evening and for some days after leaving Sedona, I searched online until I found the man, and it was Terence McKenna: https://youtu.be/tTpVGrc7knU
This was the tranquil Zen garden labyrinth (I am in the middle) where some of us chose to get our walking meditation in… ahhh!
Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park
Look at thetop of the smaller of the two Stupas. Oh, it looked just like an angel on top of a Christmas tree!
It was certainly true for me that once I stepped foot on the land at Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park, my mind quieted down quickly, and a holy reverence lit upon me, much as it had years ago when I would enter a church building. But out in nature, this was the very essence of “church” that I have always known exists, and I’ve hinted about in previous posts (that we do not need buildings in which to “hold church”, but that we have our own body temple for this purpose–no other “things” are required in order to pray, meditate, worship, etc.) and I had quite a knowing of this truth, being in this park.
The deeply moving “religious” zone I was in, fell on me quite profoundly as I walked three times around each of the Stupas (as it is suggested you do when you visit–there are informative kiosks that explain it). I am also sure that I will continue to write about my thoughts on this in future blog articles. I was very, very moved–and quite unexpectedly too!
To put my experience at the Stupa in the deepest yet most brief way, I was saddened to my soul for anyone who could not find beauty here, could not find the sacred reverence, the divine knowing of this place and what it means to have it here, in America.
I watched people of many different colors and nationalities come and walk around the Stupa in silent reverence, and I was oh so moved! You can see how large the main Stupa is in comparison to this gentlemen as he reverently walks around it.
One of my new sisters on the trip prostrated herself before the Buddha and I could feel the tears well up in my eyes and I witnessed her devotion. And though this is not my religious practice, I was moved to tears!
It seemed as though I was feeling the tears of many saints and guardians who yearn for us all to understand the transcendent importance of such a place as this!
I felt God’s Spirit move through my body! I felt an immense and abiding sense of wanting to protect this place… so much so that it startled me! I resonated with the reason all military have fought to defend our nation for–the right for our freedoms, especially for our freedom to practice different religions. (It’s probably also why free speech is so important to me too!) We just cannot take any of our freedoms for granted!
Amen. Namaste. OM
Between seeing a lady do Tai Chi upon our arrival here, being blessed and attuned in the water, as well as all wandering around all of the magical cairns people had placed here, Buddha Beach was quite the treasure!
I wrote a bit in my journal here, sang to the trees, and shook a rattle.
We met a lot of people on our walk here… some of us even got out picture taken with a couple who were traveling the world carrying a penguin statue! (I’m not kidding!)
We had our last regression session in the middle of a mandala that we all built, which included our own artwork and words for peace, love, joy, bliss, etc. that we left here:
And I was gifted a bindi for my third eye, which I embraced wearing. When the sun was overhead, I pulled my scarf over my head as a wrap, not even thinking about “why”– but oh, I was stunned when I saw the photos later! I love Indian food, music, and dance, and now I think I know why!
Also, going back to my childhood for a moment, my mom would always take a picture of me standing on a big rock at Blackwater Falls WV, so I had to jump up for this fun tribute to her!
Sunset on the Cathedral Rock trail
You can get a little idea of how rocky of a path we had to climb on the Cathedral Rock trail.
Our group of Sacred Sedona Sisters had a time of song and blessing on this flat area of the trail. I still hear our voices singing the enchanting songs! It was one of the most special times of our journey for me.
As I sat, probably mid way up the Cathedral Rock trail, I hung my feet over, appreciating the hiking shoes my dad had given me (they still had a bit of West Virginia dirt on the soles too) but now, they had this noble red dirt embedded in them as well. Ohh!! I love these red rocks! If I could live the rest of my life here, I cannot imagine getting tired of this dirt, these rocks, and the majestic glorious vistas!
I am dreaming of a day when I can bring our whole family here, especially my amazing granddaughter, Jennifer. Oh, what bliss that would be!
But, I can hold them dear in my heart as I sit here and look at the world. Because it sure feels as though I am on top of the world!
Saying so long…
Not long after I woke up on the last day in Sedona, I put my moccasin booties and went for a hike up the mountain behind the resort one last time. I wanted to feel the rocks under my feet, pebbles and all, similar to how my grandparents, great grandparents, and other ancestors from my Native American Indian lineage would have walked. Living my grandmother’s quote, “before judging others, walk a mile in the other person’s moccasins.”
Even the view from our resort was breathtaking, all the way around! Had we done nothing else but stay at the resort, I would have had a magnetic time!
I learned several new natural healing modalities that I continue to practice daily. Plus I met my protector guide, Screamin’ Eagle (thanks to my wonderful roommate, Kim — who I will introduce you to in my next blog post).
Each of the attendees, or rather “Sacred Sedona Sisters”, received an “Attunement to Divine Frequency”, sacred blessings, and regression sessions (read more about that here: Releasing “past” hurts or traumas to heal current ills in the body). We enjoyed, relaxed, and had fun, but oh YES, we can allow our body to heal NOW by releasing stored cellular memories from the past!
I want to soulfully thank Alania Starhawk and Patricia McGivern for brainstorming, planning, and facilitating this aWEsOMe and transformative, yes, life-giving retreat!
We absolutely packed a lot into 5 days!
For me, I loved every moment, every trail, mountain, and vista! We hiked, climbed, shopped, ate, sang, took photos, had deep conversations, sat in a hot tub, and around a fire pit. I’ve never done so much on a vacation before!
Stay tuned. I am sure to be updating this page (especially with the other blog links when I get those written)!
Thank you Sedona!
OM Shanti OM – May the peace that passes all human understanding be yours.
Check out this original song, Dogma. It’s one of my favorites, written by my husband and performed and recorded in a Nashville, TN studio. You can download it (it’s Track 1) from this link: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/chevyfordb26
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