Wednesday, November 23, 2016

ZEN Things I get to . . .

Mint, Sage, Pine, Juniper, Spruce Cones
The little scrap of paper fell at my feet. I had placed a collection of greenery donated by the chill November outdoors when I picked up and read for the first time a list of Zen Things.

It felt like the soothing calm of a loving mother who stills a frantic child. I'm thankful to be able to share the list with you.













Friday, November 18, 2016

After the Candle

My candles are lit. Their healing light soothes the raw edges. A loving breath encourages us to move forward now with purposeful action that will hold the center of good.

For all of us there is tremendous strength in using our intention to heal our country and humanity on a larger scale. Our thoughts and prayers are freely our own and need not be constrained by whoever has been elected to lead this nation.

Consider using this powerful prayer to anchor Light and Love in your home, your neighborhood, your city, your state and all across the country. Remember that whatever you extend to others will come back to you many times and multiplied. As you bless others, may you be blessed.

The Great Invocation

From the point of Light within the Mind of God
Let Light stream forth into the minds of all people.
Let Light descend on Earth.

From the point of Love within the Heart of God
Let Love stream forth into the minds of all people.
May the Chosen One return to Earth.

From the Center where the will of God is known,
Let purpose guide the little wills of all people,
The purpose which the Masters know and serve.

From the Center which we call the Human Race,
Let the Plan of Love and Light work out
And may it seal the door where Evil dwells.

Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.
                                   Djwhal Khul/Alice Bailey

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Time to Light Candles

It's dark these days. Daylight Saving skipped away last week to wherever it lives during the winter. Usually sunny Bend has had more than the normal grey days. The temperatures are promised to drop a bit this week. And many of the events of our nation have a foreboding energy around them that could be described as dark.

We offer as a warming antidote the first stanza from "The Great Invocation" (Djwhal Khul/Alice Bailey)

From the point of Light within the Mind of God
Let Light stream forth into the minds of all people.
Let Light descend on Earth!

Then let us all light candles to tell our physical eyes that there is glowing, warm hope available to us always, to show us that there is always something we can do as we stand in Divine Love, to soothe us when we might forget the power and eternal strength of Good.

I light this candle for you!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Unlikely Litter

I pick up litter. The trash varies in its makeup: plenty of cigarette butts, occasional clothing or boots, beer cans and bottles, plastic bags and cups from the fast-food restaurant and the grocery store nearby. It all goes into the yellow bag. The bags are hauled away by the city. Repeat every couple of weeks. Makes me feel better about my space on the Earth.

Really nothing to catch my attention on the road today when I headed out for a walk. On the return it seemed important to tidy up the occasional bit of debris--bare-handed, no gloves, no trash grabber, no big yellow bag. The last scrap of paper stopped me gloriously alert in my tracks. Tell me what you make of it!

The act of smiling opens the heart chakras making us more available to the outpouring of good from the Universe.
It also makes us more sensitive to the energies around us.
May your heart, your mind and your face smile today with Divine Guidance and Illumination.
So Be It!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

This Is NOT the End!

Today is the beginning of a new level of creativity. Muscles are not developed on the couch. Learning to hold a heart of peace is not best fostered in an atmosphere of prosperity and good will.

We have before us one of the Grandest Laboratories of Peace and Harmony and Well Being that our country has even known. Let us each move forward to the edge of the light we have, perfecting the balance of loving kindness and mercy, with a willingness to explore our hearts and create elegant altars of Harmony in the spaces we that find.

We are blessed with energies of contrast that cause us to ask and will require a brilliance of creative thought we have not yet used in this evolution of our being. May we be brave with Divine Guidance and Help. May we move forward with Divine Protection and Illumination. May our Divine Creativity soar to heights not seen before. So Be It. So Be It. So Be It.

(Please share your comments of how this plays out in your space of love. We are enriched by our connected and collective experiences.)

Harmony of the trees for our blessing

Tuesday, November 8, 2016


-To look for all the best that this day has to offer.
-To speak with compassion and peace on all subjects.
-To regard each, without exception, as her/his Highest and Best Self.
-To bask in the vibrational contentedness of Love.
-To accept the Divine Guidance surrounding us.
-To move forward with the confidence of Divine Help and Protection.
-To stand in the blissful, warm, caressing sunshine of this day.
-To once again hang my clean, wet sheets outside on the line to absorb the radiance of the sun.
-To sleep tonight wrapped in the elegance of the Universe and its Wisdom.

May each of you feel my sharing of these blessings, today and always.  So Be It.
Shimmering in the exquisite rays of Divine Love

Thursday, November 3, 2016

You Can Make the Difference!

One person connected to Divine Source Energy is more powerful in thought than millions who are not--a comforting and empowering awareness when many are feeling despair and hopelessness.

So what does this one aware person do?  Bless all those who are feeling unrest, hate, anger, injustice, doubt, despair, depression, pain, and sadness.

The Meditation on Twin Hearts (from St. Francis of Assisi and expanded by Master Choa Kok Sui) is a magnificent way to channel healing energy to the down-trodden and unfortunate. Below is an abridged version for your use. Read this aloud everyday to play a part in the healing of all people and the healing of unrest in this country or any country.

Thank you for being an exquisite instrument of peace and well being.  As you bless, may you also be blessed a thousand fold.  So Be It. So Be It. So Be It.

Meditation on Twin Hearts
-Invoke for Divine Blessings
            To the Supreme God, Thank you for your Divine Blessings. For guidance, help, protection and illumination. With thanks and in full faith.
            To my spiritual teachers, the holy angels, spiritual helpers and all the Great  Ones, Thank you for your divine blessings. For guidance, help, protection and illumination.  With Thanks and in full faith.

-Activate the Heart Chakra and raise your hands in blessing position.
            To the Supreme God, Make me an instrument of your peace. Feel the peace. Bless the earth
Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Feel divine love. Allow yourself to be a channel of divine love and bless the earth with love.
            Where there is injury, pardon. Feel the spirit of reconciliation and bless the earth with understanding, harmony and peace.
            Where there is despair, hope; doubt, faith. Feel the hope and faith and bless the earth and all people with hope and faith.
            Where there is darkness, light; sadness, joy. Allow yourself to be a channel of divine light and joy. Bless the earth and all people with light and joy.

-Activate the crown chakra
            From the center of the heart of God, Let the entire earth be blessed with loving-kindness. Feel it and allow yourself to be a channel of divine love/kindness. share these with the whole earth.
            Let the entire earth be blessed with great joy and happiness. Feel it and share. Visualize people with heavy, difficult problems smiling, their hearts filled with happiness.
            From the center of the heart of God, Let the entire earth be blessed with understanding, harmony and divine peace. Allow yourself to be a channel. Visualize putting down weapons and shaking hands and embracing each other.
            Let the entire earth be blessed with goodwill and the will to do good. Imagine people not only filled with good intentions, but actually carrying out these good intentions.

-Blessings with the Heart and the Crown chakras
            From the center of the heart of God, let the entire earth, every person and being be blessed with divine love and kindness. Feel and share with every person, every being on the whole earth
            Let the entire earth, every person, and every being be blessed with divine sweetness, Divine joy, with warmness, caringness and tenderness. Feel it and share with the whole earth.
            From the center of the heart of God, let the entire earth, every person and every being be blessed with inner healing, inner beauty, divine bliss and divine oneness. Feel it and share it.

-Imagine a brilliant white light or golden light on the crown. Gently and silently chant OM. Meditate on the light and the OM. Continue about 10 minutes. Relax and let go.

-Releasing excess Energy
            Bless the earth with light, loving-kindness, peace and prosperity. Bless countries, people, projects.  Bless Mother Earth: Let Mother Earth be blessed with divine light, love and power. Let Mother Earth be revitalized healed and regenerated. Blessings be to Mother Earth. I am connect and rooted to Mother Earth.

-Give thanks.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Two, Four, Six, Eight

WE certainly do appreciate!
It's finch season at the feeders. Just off my front porch, they come in drifts. Two buffets in a nearby tree are also all a twitter.

Keeping that column full to the top means more food ports are available. To the right, you can see that the top ports are empty already. Topping off the feast is a daily "get to" that tickles me.

What a gift to appreciate these lively flecks of gold!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Not Soon Enough

A resonating read recommended by a traveling friend.
Alice Steinbach: 1933 - 2012
What is that feeling? Discovering for the first time, but only yesterday, a life-long friend who speaks in words only your soul knows. Her stories of travel opening up a part of ones being that has, all this time, begged for air.

Alice has been my best friend forever, though I met her just last week.

Eager to learn more of her life in the period after this book was written, Things I Get to Do Today found instead that she had slipped away before I knew of her at all, before there was a place in my consciousness to stash the deliciousness of her narrative.

Ever elegant and wise, she left behind several books to soothe me. Now that's a good friend!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

To Light the Day

Night Light

Besides oozing with damp charm, this little structure provides a welcome and necessary beacon as dark falls. The pathway is steep in several places and takes turns one does not expect.

If your eyes and focus are sharp, you'll see
it tucked in on the right on the floor.

A few days at the Oregon Coast just north of Lincoln City can be a revival for dry skin and dry bones. We soak up the moist pleasure of the sights and smells. These cute "houses" are profoundly good at lighting up the night. We notice them with fond appreciation.

Polyphemus Moth--a Silk Moth found in Oregon from mid-July to August!
Wing span can be 4-6 inches. This one was probably 4".

A closer inspection one morning sent shivers of awe through the group. A Silk Moth--we had definitely found something to light up our day!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Drain Mice*

*WARNING* This blog post very nearly, but not quite, contained graphic photos unsuitable for strong-stomached reading audiences!!


Drain Rats are what you tug up out of the shower drain when you finally buckle down to give it a good clean. Be prepared for an ugly, stomach-turning blob of goo that has collected over the last three years or however long you've neglected the job.

Drain Mice are the smaller species of similarly disgusting material, maybe four years in collecting, that have amassed in the drain of your bathroom sink.

My sister and I made a pact to clean our houses separate bathroom sinks a few days ago. She got her's done right away. I left mine to one of the Things I Get to Do Today. With the help of wrenches, boiling water, baking soda, vinegar, rags, brushes, picks and rubber gloves (Oh, please do NOT forget the gloves!) the slimy mouse is gone. The sink drain is clean. The water slips down and out with ease. I conquered the monster. You can, too! I'm sipping ginger ale--my stomach will be recovered by the time you read this

Friday, May 27, 2016

"A Rose is a . . .

Old-fashioned, super thorny, Harrison Rose
Rose is a rose." The quote intimates that things are as they are. And right now things are peaceful. Things are at rest.

This spunky, old-fashioned, yellow rose has helped bring together this sweet peace. My daughter is the keeper of this bush--three years now. Before that its parent bush grew at my mother's house. She hacked it out, but a start of it moved to Oregon to her granddaughter's place. My mother got her start from her most beloved older sister's plant. And that bush was a part of the rambling, thorny, mounded growth that filled a corner outside my grandmother's house just across the road. It is, indeed, a wandering lineage, just like the rose itself.

Monday this spicy, fragrant rose held the presence of Mother's mother and Mother's adored older sister as we laid it on the headstone, bathed in serenity and freshly situated between her parents markers.

June 17, 1921 -  June 8, 2015
Mother rests between her parents, a sprig of yellow holding her eternal love for her mother and sister.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Touching God

I'm not a normal gardener. A tingling warmth radiated through my whole body. As the seeds were separated and anchored to the moist soil with a toothpick, the sensations increased. Touching the seeds and all of their glorious potential was like touching God.

The seeds were from 2013, salvaged from the summer before we sold our house in Portland and moved to Bend. Tomatoes had been cut. A few of their juicy seeds had been spread on a swatch of paper towel and left to dry. The tomato names were marked on the corner. These precious seeds of my most favorite tomatoes were now in my hand. A dozen or so seeds were torn off the scrap of towel (saving a few) and the extra layer of paper was removed. With the towel folded seeds-inward, they would be protected for the next step: nine minutes under my tongue. The seeds hydrated with my saliva. They are gathering my DNA information. Nine minutes is enough time to remember the beauty and bounty of their last harvest, the zinging flavor, the vibrant color, the magnificent blessing of the Divine in tomato form. And I prayed. After the allotted time, I stood outside, seeds now in my hands and held up to the sky to receive their time/date stamp. Two more notes for the seeds as they launch into their life: my breath and being cupped in the energy of my hands. These seeds now know more about me than I do about myself, and they are ready to be planted and to grow to be of superb service to my body. (Will not water the seeds for three days, giving them time to completely absorb my information.)
Waiting now for the seeds to stretch out their knowing into leaves and roots.

It has been several long years since I've partnered with the Divine in planting my tomatoes. When I was finished, I could barely speak, having felt the hand of God moving through me and blessing the harvest to come.

This is an experiment recommended for you to try at home! May you be blessed!

(The above planting ideas came from Ringing Cedars of Russia  by Vladamir Megre'.)