I am wondering as I write this at the end of the first week in April if you all feel as I do that time is just going too quickly? I always try to have my newsletter prepared for the new month ahead of schedule but some months, like this one, come too quickly and I find myself behind the 8 ball. Life doesn’t seem to be letting up its intense push towards the future making it harder and harder to stay present and enjoy the moments.
For example, this morning, I was called to a neighbor’s house for a little assistance and after that was done, they asked me to sit a while. My head was telling me to head home to finish the soup I had on the stove, to prepare for a long planned for afternoon and evening with another neighbor, and to take our little dog out for a necessary walk. But something clicked in my head saying, “Stay. Visit. Enjoy this moment.”
So I sat and visited with them for about 15-20 minutes and was very present to the situation. I loved being with them, listening to their tales, telling my own, sharing family news on both sides. It was so relaxing and enjoyable.
Had I not been disciplined enough to shut out those voices saying “You should be doing blah blah blah” or “You won’t be ready on time so get going” and other SHOULDS, I would have completely missed the magic of being with these wonderful people. It would be like finding an oasis and then not being able to drink the water.
And then the most amazing thing happened. I got home, finished the soup, dished it up for lunch and then the phone rang and due to illness, the rest of the day’s plans were cancelled, just like that! Wow, I could have completely missed the magic of the morning AND missed the afternoon’s plans too!
So what did I learn? To keep trying to stay present, to live in the moment, while still being responsible to the clock and obligations. Little snippets of time make up the whole day don’t they. I intend to try to enjoy those little snippets for they make life so much richer, so much more enjoyable, than rushing around from one event to another and enjoying nothing while thinking of the next, the next, the next.
Cooking has become a good practice of that for me. I used to resent having to make meals until I made a brain reversal. Now I look at it as a chance to nurture us both with good quality foods that will truly nourish us on all levels. It takes time, so I am using the time to explore my thoughts, to listen to books on tape, to sing, to think about ideas, or sometimes just to day dream. I’m finding that I am enjoying this time with myself more and more, and enjoying the process of creativity through cooking. I look for recipes that support our eating plans, and love that part of it. I love finding a new recipe that will stretch my abilities, but not our budget. It’s another adventure of sorts. And amazingly, I seem to always have the time I need to do this. I’m not sure if time expands when I am in the present moment or if enjoying these little snippets just makes it so enjoyable that it seems as if I have all the time in the world.
All I know is, I’m enjoying life a whole lot more than when I raced around like a crazy person too busy for this, too busy for that. Not that I don’t revert to that cra-cra lady now and again! But I do love that I have also found the magic of living in the present and allowing myself to surrender into it.
“If you want to be happy, do not dwell in the past, do not worry about the future, focus on living fully in the present.”
My colleague and fellow color teacher, Alijandra Claire, has a new class about to begin. I highly recommend her classes. She teaches color in a very unique way and on a higher consciousness level than most color classes. Here is the information below on her latest offering:
New Rainbow Mystic Arts with Alijandra
Tuesdays April 9, 23, 2019 4:30—7:00pm PST
Bringing the subtle chakras into use from not opened or mostly dormant to open and empowered
Developing the higher senses (the clairs) to catch up to the minimum upper 4th and 5th dimensional and further up to the multidimensional levels
New ways of doing the Basics
Finding the mystical in your so-called “unneeded” glands: the tonsils, adenoids and appendix. Note: they can be accessed even if they are physically removed.
Using new rays and flames in the Mystical Rainbow Arts
Venusian-based Etheric Healing to repair the body (physical and subtle)
Earlybird $49 due before or by April 7. $59 after.. Will be recorded as always, and put on an mp3 for each sign up. Online through Skype. After signup, make sure that we have your Skype contact name.
Here is the link to signup for the earlybird by April 7:
A whole issue devoted to color! With March being the month of International Color Therapy Month, you will find in this issue an interview with the founder of CTM, Eleyne-Mari Sharp, and snippets from other color practitioners and ambassadors. Enjoy the events and all the offerings for this years CTM!
Q&A WITH ELEYNE-MARI SHARP
Q1: March has become the one month every year when color lovers like me get a bit giddy. But Color Therapy Month must be a lot of work to organize. What on earth made you decide to create this worldwide celebration?
A1:I know it’s a cliche, but Color Therapy Month is truly a labor of love. Ever since I launched the Aura House School of Color and Light in 2003—and then Color Healing Radio in 2009— my personal mission has been to help people find their light and joy through color. Color Therapy Month is a natural extension of that mission and I look forward to it, like Christmas.
Q2: When you created Color Therapy Month in 2011, what was your specific vision?
A2: I wanted to create an event that increased public awareness about the benefits of color healing and encouraged support for color therapists and others who work with color.
Q3: That’s a nice vision. But why a month instead of a day? And why March?
A3: Good questions. Initially, I did think of planning a one-day event, then I did some research and discovered there is a National Occupational Therapy Month and a National Physical Therapy Month. So I thought, why not a National Color Therapy Month? It quickly became an international celebration—and I didn’t want the name to sound like a mouthful—so it was shortened to Color Therapy Month.
I wanted to choose a month that was not overpopulated with holidays. When many of us here in this country think of March, we think of St. Paddy’s Day, leprechauns, shamrocks, and rainbows. Because of its rainbow association, March seemed ideal.
Q4: When did you first become interested in Color Therapy?
A4: Color first became my muse when I was a professional writer in my thirties and suffering from an unusual case of writer’s block. I walked into a metaphysical gift shop here in Rhode Island and discovered Aura-Soma, the holistic color system developed by Vicky Wall, a surgical chiropodist before she lost her eyesight. I had a life-changing Aura-Soma color reading that day, which awakened a ravenous interest in all things color therapy!
Q5: The Color Therapy Month celebration truly is global. In addition to online activities, which countries are hosting colorful events this year?
A5: There are so many and you’ll find them listed on the Calendar at colortherapymonth.com. This year the countries represented are Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Russian Federation, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, and the United States. As always, I remain grateful for the efforts of the Color Ambassadors and all the color experts who generously share their knowledge about the benefits of color healing.
Q6: Will you be hosting any Color Therapy Month events yourself?
A6: Definitely! Besides the online Color Pep Rally on March 1, I will be conducting a “Rainbow Crystal Journaling” teleseminar on March 14 and a “Color Ascension” teleseminar about the color Pink on March 24.
Q7: I’ve read the Sparkle: Color Therapy Month Opportunities Guideand I’m guessing that it answers nearly every question one might have about Color Therapy Month. Can anyone participate in this celebration?
A7: Yes, and I’m glad you mentioned the free opportunities guide because it gives ideas for virtually every profession. For instance, a florist could create special Color Therapy Month theme bouquets. Jewelers might display their merchandise according to their color healing properties. Broadcasters could interview a color expert for their podcasts or television shows. There are many possibilities.
Q8: But what if you’ve read the guide and you still can’t decide on an event for your business? Or you just want to celebrate Color in a more private way?
A8: It is for that exact reason that I am gifting my “Color for Peace Meditation” script to anyone who wants to celebrate Color Therapy Month in a very special way. The meditation was first broadcast on Color Healing Radio in September 2015, in celebration of the International Day of Peace. You can download it from the website.
Q9: How can we support Color Therapy Month?
A9: Oh, I do love that question! People may support our efforts by planning a color-related event and helping us spread the word about Color Therapy Month. There are free graphics available on our website at colortherapymonth.com, as well as free social media promotional posts, and we have promotional products like t-shirts and totebags, too. We also have a Patreon account for donations.
Q10: Speaking of social media, there are two special Color Therapy Month hashtags people should remember to use: #colortherapymonth and #thankhueday. Thank Hue Day?
A10: Yes, it’s the final day of Color Therapy Month—March 31—and an opportunity to show gratitude for all the pretty colors of the world. So post your color selfies with pride. Color heals—pass it on!
For a full list of the events and offerings for Color Therapy Month click here.
So, a funny thing happened on the way to my newsletter this month. It totally disappeared. Twice. And if you think this excuse is akin to “the dog ate my homework”, you are mistaken! I admit, my technological skills are quite basic. I see it clearly in my documents but there is no accessing it. Go figure. So this is version #3.
My first reaction of course is “what did I do wrong?”. That’s right…..blame it on myself. Why not? I mean “I am not worthy” was my mantra for so many years of my life. Why on earth have I wasted so many years and opportunities wallowing in this self deprecation?
Maybe you don’t relate to this sort of reaction and were raised to love your self. My dear Grandmother, who lived with us, was quick to say “Don’t get above yourself” meaning don’t think too much of yourself. That was drilled into us so much that none of us kids came out of childhood thinking we could do much in the world. Or that we were even allowed to speak in the world.
I have a very vivid memory of one particular evening when I was around 8. My sister and I shared a room, and a double bed, and we loved to read. I was reading my first book on mythology about the time that identity souvenirs were all the rage. You know, keychains, notepads, doo-dads with your name on them. There was never a Diantha among them of course. So I usually settled for Diana. Imagine my thrill of discovery to see there in this book the name “Diana”, the Roman goddess of the hunt! I was so excited that the name was there that I was jumping on the bed exclaiming “I am a goddess! I am a goddess!”. My Grandmother, who in actuality was a delightful and wonderful being, albeit very religious, grabbed my arm and pulled me unceremoniously off that bed saying that I was being very sacrilegious, and disrespectful of God. Oh boy, that stifled completely any feeling of pride or identity that I had for myself as I was also quite religious and at the time yearned to be a nun, although I was not Catholic. I had plans to convert when I was old enough and live my life in a convent. Preferably as a cloistered nun.
Mercy. Anyway, at that point in my life I realized I was a nothing. So I clammed up and lived my life as a no-thing for a long time. Eventually my spirit took over and overcompensated but that is another story. Suffice it to say, I came out of my self-imposed cocoon and began to live life with enthusiasm.
Which all brings me to what I want to say to you in this month of love: love yourself unconditionally. There are so many affirmations around this concept and yet not loving ourselves creates so many problems for us. Many of the homeless we work with suffer from a bruised sense of self. Many of the clients I work with as well. But many have also climbed out of that darkness and are thriving in the light of their own beings.
There is an admonition in the Book of Matthew instructing us to not hide our “light” (our true selves, our talents, our gifts) under a bushel. The poet John Chuchman makes that the main focus in his poetry. And I tell you from my own experience, let your light shine. Without your light, the world is a darker place and at this time in evolution we NEED all lights to shine brightly.
So this month, make it your focus to light up your lights and shine them as brightly as you can. You are loved. You are lovable. You are needed. You, my friend, ARE the LIGHT!
“Your need for acceptance can make you invisible in this world. Don’t let anything stand in the way of the light that shines through this form. Risk being seen in all of your glory.”
“I encourage you to remember that you are, indeed, as the stars. You glow with the same intensity. The answers that you seek outside of yourself may very well be found within the cosmic intelligence inside you. Go ahead; show the world what you are made of! Sparkle, shine, light the way, and brightly blaze as you are meant to do.”
The colors of love could be any color depending on how you use them but we mostly think of red, green, pink and magenta as the colors for Valentine’s Day. I recommend PINK for unifying group energies and to create an atmosphere of unconditional love in a space. RED for passionate love. GREEN for infusing heart energy into an environment. MAGENTA is love of beauty and can be used to infuse “love from above”. It is also excellent to use if you grew up lacking enough Mother love. http://www.lifepotentials.net/shop/
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. “
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Happy Valentine’s Day. Until next month….. Namaste….xo
Here is a subject we never stop talking about. Do we have enough of it? Have we lost it? Where did it go? It hangs heavy. It has disappeared. It is not cooperating. And on and on…..
One of my favorite songs about time is Time in a Bottle by Jim Croce. “If I could save time in a bottle…” he croons. Those lyrics have always fascinated me. Imagine being able to save time in ANYTHING or in any way! Alas, Jim Croce knew not when he penned this beautiful song that his time was so short. A tragedy affecting many.
He goes on to say,
“But there never seems to be enough time To do the things you want to do once you find them.”
Ever feel that way? Time is elusive. We can’t save it up, or eliminate it or rule it. It just goes on its merry way, doing its own thing, with or without us.
Curious about songs and time, I searched how many songs had TIME in the title. The longest list I found with a brief search was 146. One of my favorites besides the one above is the one from Casablanca: As Time Goes By. Or how about Cyndi Lauper’s Time After Time. Time to Say Goodbye. Twilight Time. Time Won’t Let Me. The Last Time…… and on and on. These songs take us THROUGH time. We remember our lives by reviewing them through the lens of all this wonderful music.
But have any of us really mastered time? No. Not really. Time is too elusive and undefinable. It is like trying to hold water in the palm of your hand. It has its own energy and life. So imagine time AS energy. Imagine that each day has its own ruling energy that infuses each moment of each day with an overriding energy. Imagine that instead of time we pay attention to the energy of the day rather than the ticking of a clock and what our digital readouts or clocks say. Imagine how different our lives might become.
Obviously we can’t throw away the Gregorian concept of time that we now operate by because we live in this world. But imagine being able to know and understand the energy of each day and being able to honor that energy by incorporating it into how we live each day. It is a way of being conscious of time in a whole different way.
Enter Pia Orleane and Cullen Baird Smith. These two individuals have been guided by a group of good souls from the Pleiades known as Laarkmaa who have made a connection to help us move through the upcoming changes in the world and yes, in time. Most of us understand that time is not linear but rather spirals through energetic patterns.
Pia and Cullen have graciously agreed to share with you the concept of time that has been shared with them and how we can use these energies to make our lives smoother, more productive, and how we can negotiate the upcoming world changes more easily.
Many thanks to Pia and Cullen for the following article, and for bringing us these messages of clarity, wisdom and hope to the world at this time. Enjoy!
A REVELATORY, NEW CALENDAR FOR CONSCIOUS LIVING
by Pia Orleane, Ph.D. & Cullen Baird Smith
Our interstellar friends from the Pleiadians have long helped humanity to evolve beyond the illusions of our third dimensional world. One of our greatest illusions is the illusion of Time. The Pleiadians gave The Mayan Calendar to the Maya over 5,000 years ago to help humankind understand how to measure our days through energy, rather than time. Yet as the Mayan culture fell out of favor and other cultures took over, we began to use clocks and the Gregorian calendar to schedule our lives. Now Laarkmaa, another Pleiadian group, has given us a revelatory, new calendar that measures each day by its energy so that we can better learn how to navigate our lives with ease and flow.
The new Pleiadian-Earth Energy Calendar is based on two different types of energy that cycle daily–cosmic energy, called Universal energy, and Earth Energy. Each of us is made up of a combination of a Universal energy and an Earth energy, giving us our personality and our soul direction. Likewise, each day holds a “personality” combination that gives a direction and a flavor to the day, if we choose to make our decisions in harmony with the presenting energies.
There are thirteen types of Universal energy, each of which holds truth throughout the cosmos. You can get an idea of what each energy is focused upon simply from the name of the energy. You can also see how the energies spiral in a way that they build upon each other, even though no one Universal energy is better or higher than another. It takes all of them to complete a cycle of evolution. The last one listed, Completing, is the energy that helps us to integrate all that we learn before we begin on another spiral of incoming Universal energies. We get a chance to start over or climb to the next level every thirteen days. The Universal energies are:
There are twenty Earth energies, giving us directions on how to proceed every day, as well as defining particular personality characteristics of each person we meet. When we are aware of and better understand these twenty energies, we can see the gifts other people have to offer, even if we hold a different view or have a different gift. Likewise, the twenty Earth energies help us to see what actions are best suited for every day, if we choose to pay attention. Like the Universal energies, there is no hierarchy in the twenty Earth energies. We need all of these pieces to have a whole puzzle. Learning about all the twenty Earth energies is a simple way to learn the language of harmony; while each energy has its own personality (just like people), these various energies combine to create a beautiful whole. The twenty Earth energies are:
Perhaps you can see yourself in one of these descriptions, or maybe you can see how certain days are more suitable for certain types of activities. The new calendar guides us in how to do this, with each energy listed, defined, and superimposed on the Gregorian calendar to which we are accustomed. With practice, we can navigate our lives (both days and people) more easily by understanding the energetic gifts each has to offer. Every one of our days holds a specific type of Universal and Earth Energy. Every single person also holds a specific type of Universal and Earth energy in her or his makeup, guiding and directing her or him on the path of evolution. When we better understand what each energy is asking of us, we have more flow and balance in our lives, and we also achieve more harmony in our relationships.
Being able to track and notice the Universal and Earth energies each day helps us to decide how to choose our own experiences. For example, if we would like to take a trip, it is advisable to use the Universal energy of 6 (which represents movement and flow) to travel, while we may not find as much ease if we choose to travel on a day that has the Universal energy of 4 (which represents foundation and stability.) In deciding upon our trip, we would also want to look at the Earth energies. A day of Listening energy calls for stillness and quiet, which would not be the best choice for a trip. But a day of Exploring Earth energy is just right!
The new Pleiadian calendar also helps us to prepare for challenges and to use periods of challenge as opportunities for growth. We call these challenging periods Shadow Cycles, for they reflect the areas of our lives that remain in the shadows of outdated beliefs or dysfunctional behaviors. These are the places where we may feel “stuck” or see old emotions rising to the surface after we thought we were finished with something. Most people think of these simply as a series of “bad hair days” or unlucky periods, but they are actually great opportunities for us to see and do things differently!
To bring more light into these periods, we need to work to change old reactive patterns and check what we believe to be true. Maybe there is another way to see a problem. These periods happen to us individually about every sixty days. Being able to know when they will occur keeps us from being caught unaware and gives us time to consciously attend to whatever is arising during a personal Shadow Cycle.
Each year also has a period of challenge that is present for the common experience of humanity, called a Collective Shadow Cycle, giving us a shared opportunity to change things that cause conflict or disharmony in our world. To attend to this collectively, we need to be more accepting of the beliefs of others–not necessarily an easy thing to do for a world that is so divided by opposite beliefs! During these times we may feel more tension in our lives, and it is our job, now that we know about this, to center ourselves and become even more peaceful within. Becoming aware of these times and beginning to see them as opportunities helps us to make individual changes that can then reflect into our collective consciousness. In 2019 the Collective Shadow Cycle will begin on the tenth of April and last until the 29th of April. A second Collective Shadow Cycle will begin on the 26th of December and last into 2020.
Why do we need this new Pleiadian-Earth Energy calendar? Because our cultures are bound by conflict, competition, poverty, and war. We do not live in cooperation, with harmony, abundance, and peace. We may wish it were otherwise, but in over 5,000 years our species has not been able to obtain this. Perhaps if we learn to read each energy and to honor what it asks of us, we can create a more beautiful and harmonious world. In order to do that, we need to begin to live in meaningful ways that naturally flow from and include the universal and Earth cycles of energy that drive life.
Calendars capture a culture’s underlying patterns, rhythms, and beliefs, fusing meaning into daily life. We need to redesign the myths that define humanity, writing ourselves into these myths as cocreators who potently work with energy, rather than passively relying upon clocks and the Gregorian calendar that keep us locked into the prison of time’s illusion. Only when we change our own beliefs can we affect the world outside of us. However, when we begin to change, the world around us changes also. To live each day in conscious awareness of the energy that is present, to greet each person with the conscious awareness that they carry a special energy, invites opportunities for us to step into a world that is ruled by harmony, peace, and love. We want this, and you probably do, too. We invite you to investigate the new calendar system of living your life, and we wish you a very wonderful 2019!
Pia Orleane, Ph.D. & Cullen Baird Smith are co-creators (with the assistance of the Pleiadian group Laarkmaa) of the revolutionary new Pleiadian-Earth Energy Calendar. This calendar accompanies the third book in the Laarkmaa series: Pleiadian-Earth Energy Astrology- Charting the Spirals of Consciousness. Pia and Cullen are also co-authors of Conversations With Laarkmaa–A Pleiadian view of the New Reality; and Remembering Who We Are–Laarkmaa’s Guidance on Healing the Human Condition.
Former practicing psychologist and author of the Nautilus Gold award winning book Sacred Retreat–Using Natural Cycles to Recharge Your Life, Pia is a respected Intuitive, Astrologer, and Alternative Health Consultant.
For more information on Pia and Cullen’s books or to book a personal session with Laarkmaa, see: www.laarkmaa.com.
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Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Thank of how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it is at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.”
Here we are again, in the month of December, awaiting the magic of Christmas and other December holidays. In the spirit of giving, I am going to share with you some of my favorite quotes, photos and web links. I am also sending you a link to a meditation series you might enjoy by my dear friend and colleague, Ellen Epstein. I’ve been doing her meditations since April and my life is so much more centered and relaxed. I highly encourage you to give it a try. There is no cost to this and yet it is a priceless practice.
My hope is that this newsletter inspire you and encourage you in spite of all that is happening all around us. Remember to breathe, to love, to forgive, to care for others and yourself. May God’s blessings abound in all of your lives.
I loved this photo article on “perfect bodies” through history. As a person who has never been content with the body I was given, this hit home for me. Bullseye!
And this article about the craziness in women’s clothing sizes:
This first group of quotes is by Rumi, one of my favorite sources of quotes:
“The wound is the place where light enters you.”
“Yesterday I was clever so I wanted to change the world, today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
“What you seek is seeking you.”
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
” If you find me not within you, you will never find me. For I have been with you, from the beginning of time.”
“Love is the bridge between you and everything.”
“If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?”
“The Universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself, everything that you want you already are.”
“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because It shows me the stars.”
“Welcome every morning with a smile. Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator, another golden opportunity to complete what you were unable to finish yesterday. Be a self-starter. Let your first hour set the theme of success and positive action that is certain to echo through your entire day. Today will never happen again. Don’t waste it with a false start or no start at all. You were not born to fail.” ~ Og Mandino
“Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.” Leo Buscaglia
“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” Leo Buscaglia
“Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” Buddha
“I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.” Abraham Lincoln
“Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.” Robin Sharma
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Ghandi
“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” Earl Nightengale
” We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein
“Whover is careless with the truth in small matters canot be trusted with important matters.” Albert Einstein
“Without the test there is no testimony.” Charlene from The Source
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love
“Until we have seen someone’s darkness, we don’t really know who they are. Until we have forgiven someone’s darkness, we don’t really know what love is.” ― Marianne Williamson
“Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us.” ― Marianne Williamson
“The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.” ― Marianne Williamson
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” Harriet Tubman
“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” Maya Angelou
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” Maya Angelou
“Being tolerant does not mean that I share another one’s belief. But it does mean that I acknowledge another one’s right to believe, and obey, his own conscience.” ~ Viktor E. Frankl
“Our greatest human freedom is that, despite whatever our physical situation is in life, WE ARE ALWAYS FREE TO CHOOSE OUR THOUGHTS!” ~ Viktor E. Frankl
“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.” ― William W. Purkey
“Be yourself; everyone else is taken.” Oscar Wilde
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nteresting, informative, amusing or inspiring videos and web pages. Many of these have come from you, my loyal readers. Thank you!
The origin of St. Nicholas: http://www.stnicholascenter.org/pages/who-is-st-nicholas/ Today, December 6, is the feast day of St. Nicholas! I love that he acted anonymously, giving gifts to the needy and executing his acts of love and redemption, seeking nothing in exchange. We could all learn from this man.
Welcome to the month of gratitude and thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is my favorite Holiday of the year. I love the idea of being aware of all our blessings and giving thanks for them.
One of my many blessings is you all. I am so grateful to have so many lovely readers of this humble newsletter. Thank you. So on this note, I’d like to focus on a few customs from Japan that touch on the notion of gratitude and Thanksgiving.
First is the concept of kintsugi (keen-TSOO-gee). This is actually a Japanese form of art that celebrates what is broken. Who among us has not felt broken in one or more areas of our lives? What a devastating feeling that is. We can feel unworthy, ashamed, depressed, hopeless when we experience something that is broken in our lives. With kintsugi, the Japanese take the broken pottery and mend it with a lacquer which is then dusted with gold powder. The result is an object that might be even more beautiful than the original! What a concept. We take our brokenness, apply the lacquer of healing and transition, and sprinkle the powder of forgiveness and thus create something even better for ourselves than that which preceded the brokenness.
The second of our three concepts is Shikata go nai (shee-kah-tah gah NIGH), or letting go. We all have things that happen to us that take us by surprise: a rude gesture from someone in traffic who chooses you to unleash his frustration upon; missing a bus; not getting a job you thought was a shoe in; a slight from a person you thought was a friend…..these things happen with surprising and annoying regularity in our rushed, everyday lives. But the concept of Shikata go nai reminds us that so many things in life are beyond our control and often don’t have anything to do with us per se. The rude driver is rude because other things in his life are out of control, not about you. The missed bus is not about you but about a schedule that may be a bit on the early side. The job is not about your lack somewhere but may not be in your highest good no matter how much you want it and you are being saved from an inconvenient fate. Reminding ourselves that setbacks like these are beyond our control can help us move on without that stop in depression-land where we go if we feel we are being picked on by fate. It helps us lighten up and move on by letting go of the setback as something that just happened, making no judgement about it. Let it go. Ah. That feels so much better.
Our third concept is Itadakimasu (ee-tah-DAH-kee-ma-soo), or being grateful. This is akin to the grace we say before a meal. This practice reminds us to be grateful to everyone who had a hand in bringing this food to you from the farmer to the guy who drove the truck to the grocery distribution center to the young person who stocks the shelves to the cook who prepared the food for you to eat. It is a pause in our busy lives where we can be grateful, where we can take stock of the abundance in our lives. (Remember that abundance is not just about riches. We can be rich in friends, family, a job we love, a neighborhood where we feel supported, and in a million other ways.) We can take a look at what was once broken and is now more beautiful than before. We can let go in this moment of gratitude and let go of those little annoyances before they build up to “ruin” our day.
So in this month of thanks, perhaps you can take something from the Japanese culture and add something good to your life. Something that will make you feel so much more whole, so much more at peace, and so much more filled with abundant thought.
Sending each of you many blessings during this month of Thanksgiving.
*Special thanks to one of my cherished readers for information regarding these concepts.*
“Every positive thought is a silent prayer which will change your life.”
There is one thing that we receive that comes to us to bless us with no effort on our part. It comes directly from the Divine, from God, and is given to us freely. It comes of its own accord, often when we most need it. It comes to bring us more alive, to bring us unconditional love, to bring us to a place of self acceptance and peace.
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“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
Robert Louis Stevenson
“Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you’ll start to see a big difference in your life.”
Thank you for being my readers. I am very grateful for you. Namaste……
When you are designing your logo and creating your brand, the biggest decision of all will be in the color(s) you select. When considering a purchase, your customer will make their decision within 60 seconds and basing that decision 75-90% on the colors on the package or item. Does this explain how important color is to you in launching your product or business?
Colors relate to our energy body as well. There is a vibrational give and take between the color of a product and our reaction to it. However, if one has had a bad experience that is associated with a certain color, no amount of coaxing is going to change that person’s mind on whether or not to like the color or buy the product. In addition, our cultural conditioning can also affect our reaction to color. But there are colors that often transcend all that and that most people will see in the same light.
For example, green is associated with nature, eco friendly products, and “natural” or “organic” foods. Blue is a peaceful color that relaxes and is great for products that would promote relaxation or rest or quiet activities. Yellow is associated with happiness and joy so toys and playful things are often yellow.
Black is often the color of influence, power, authority, and sophistication and is found in products for leaders, executives, and higher levels of income. White is also a sophisticated color but is a bit more friendly. In days of yore only the people in high society dared wear white as their staff could deal with the laundering and stain control while the common person didn’t have the time or means to care for such a fussy color. So white also connotes a need for perfection and a stainless approach to life, with little care towards the problems of wearing white. It assumes that one has enough income to take care of it with ease, and like its opposite, Black, it implies sophistication and wealth.
So when you are selecting colors for your branding, think of what you want to convey to your customers in the blink of an eye. And which colors you want your brand to be associated with. An example of this is UPS. What color do you think of first when someone says “UPS”? Yes, Brown. Brown is a friendly color that evokes trust and reliability. When I say McDonald’s which colors come up? Red and Yellow: fun colors of celebration, happiness, fulfillment. FEDEX? Red and Blue: speediness and trust. How about Nike? White, where anything is possible. And Tiffany? There is probably not a woman in the western world who does not know what a Tiffany turquoise box looks like!
This is just the tip of the iceberg. To learn more, please see my two books on color: Simply Color (print edition is out of stock but available on Kindle) and Simply Color for Everyday Living (available only from my website or one of the 25 contributing authors).
Speaking of contributing authors, one of them, Carolynn Anctil, has been busy creating more of her whimsical art and expanding her offerings. Carolynn has a great sense of color and style and I’d love to share her work with you. She resides in Swift Current, Saskatchewan with her husband, cats, dogs and a lovely hen. Her art is enchanting…..
Carolynn Anctil started creating illustrated works of art in response to a personal need she had to surround herself with lighthearted, joyful imagery in response to the general darkness she felt in the world. After many years of creating watercolour illustrations in her home studio, Carolynn Anctil’s artwork began gaining notoriety amongst lovers of fine art.
Carolynn Anctil Design is announcing the new Essential Line Collection consisting of 10 illustrated print designs showcasing a minimalist aesthetic because Life is Busy Enough. The Essential Line Collection is launched on Monday, October 22, 2018.
For the first time, Carolynn Anctil Design has created an entire product line dedicated to the pared down, minimalist style that is in vogue now. The collection will be sold exclusively on the website, carolynnanctildesign.com, where the line of giclèe prints are expected to sell out by the end of the season.
Featured in the collection are a range of 10 graphic illustrations depicted with clean lines in a choice of five colours that capitalize on today’s trends and add an element of simple elegance to any room of the house.
Each individual print design is enhanced with French text to add a chic aspect that even the most discerning art lover will appreciate.
These illustrated prints are ideal for every gender and age group, which means gift giving just got a whole lot easier.
(The Essential Line Collection ranges in price from CDN $30.00 for a 6”x6” print to CDN $63.00 for a 10”x10” print. All prints are unframed.
Carolynn Anctil Design is excited to invite her fans to enjoy the new collection they’ve been requesting.
“The color a company uses to brand itself conveys how trustworthy they are to consumers, the quality of their products, and much more.”
Every so often when it comes time to write my newsletter, I have nothing to say. Let me rephrase that: I have a lot to say, but it is all a jumble and not at all clear how to create a cohesive piece that has meaning. There is so much going on, so many thoughts, that I just don’t know where to go with it all.
I’ve been in this phase for a few months now. In fact, I never did get anything out last month. But since school has once again gone into session, I feel compelled to keep up with those great kids and write something even if it is an essay on “What I Did This Summer”!!!!!
So, “What I Did This Summer”…….
I worked. I gardened. I swam. I entertained. I cooked fresh, healthy, locally sourced meals. I napped….almost every day. I read. I listened to books on Audible. I laughed a lot. I sat and did nothing. I watched the sun go down and the stars come out. I spent endless hours talking with my husband and sharing our thoughts and plans. I searched for the Northern Lights and have yet to see them even though I know they have been around. I met lots of new people. I reconnected with old friends. I spent a lot of time just being. I enjoyed the visits with family and friends. I spent a lot of time out in nature just absorbing its beauty, its power, its unsolvable mysteries.
All in all, nothing huge to report other than I feel so refreshed and so filled. There is something about the Great Lakes that fills me in a way that no other place can. It’s a place that I recognize and know in a deep recess of my soul. There are so many places that take my breath away, but the Great Lakes is where I am most in sync with myself. This is something I never would have recognized in myself years ago. I grew up near Lake Erie, spent all of my adult years near Lake Michigan, and most of those years I yearned to live somewhere else, not realizing I was already in my “happy spot”. And once we left the Great Lakes for “Warmer Climes”, which by the way I have really loved too, there was a part of me that still yearned for the smell of the earth here, the feel of the breezes off the big lakes on my cheeks, the sight of the deer drinking from the lakes, or the eerie sound of loons calling to each other. And the hardwoods and the wildflowers here…..all heaven to me.
I could write about this all day. I would love to share with you all my thoughts about the Great Lakes and how different they are from one another. Or the wonder of crossing the Mighty Mac from the lower peninsula of Michigan to the Upper Peninsula and seeing that huge huge huge expanse of water from Lake Michigan, through the Straits of Mackinaw and down into Lake Huron. And no skyscrapers. Just nature and a few signs of dwellings and boats. And then after driving another 4 hours or so to see the huge expanse and wildness of Lake Superior which holds 10% of the world’s fresh water. Breathtaking.
We met a kayaker this summer who was kayaking all alone from Duluth, MN. (a good 6 hour car drive from here to the West), to Grand Marais, about another 3 hour drive to the east of here. Can you imagine? Kayaking all that distance alone, camping alone at night, only to do it all again the next day? We met him when he stayed across the street at the Inn, a night of luxury, of running hot water, hot meals, much needed conversation, and a day off from the rigorous paddling along the shores. This is a guy who wanted to know this area intimately, and did it. I loved his spirit and his ability to put his love of this area into achievable action.
The summer is a good time to do this as Lake Superior’s waters can be quite calm in the summer. But come fall, November especially, the storms are wild and fierce. Most people have heard the poignant melody as Gordon Lightfoot sings the ballad of the Edmund Fitzgerald that went down with all aboard off the shores of the UP on a stormy night in November. On a beautiful, calm summer day you just can’t believe it can be so nasty, but the waves on this big expanse of water can reach 30 feet in a storm.
So what did I do this summer? I just took as much of this in as I could. It was like trying to take as deep a breath as I could so that I can keep it with me as long as possible. I love this part of the world and I so hope that you too are in a spot that speaks to your soul as deeply as this place does for me. Our house is very funky, quite small, and rather inconvenient in some ways but none of that matters to me. I am so filled here, so happy here in a very quiet, profound and deep way.
From this place, then, I send you Peace. And Wholeness; Contentment, and the Joy of napping whenever you feel like it, or the thrill of a hike or bike ride along the trails whenever you would rather be out in nature. I want each of you to have what I found this summer: a place of my own where I truly belong.
The middle of summer and all is well. As I write this article, it is raining softly, bringing much needed moisture to this area. The trees are looking happy to be getting a drink after weeks of dry hot weather. Our flower beds have been suffering from a lack of water as well, and while it is fun to enjoy the sunny days of summer, a sweet day of refreshing rain is often what we need to slow down, enjoy a good read or solve a new puzzle.
Did you know that trees actually show their history which is stored on the rings of a tree? When you look at the rings of a dissected tree, you can see times of drought, or how a tree reacted to fire, or to stress of any kind.
So it is with our own bodies. Every trauma of any kind has made its imprint on our bodies. And then it is stored there until we process it. Every skinned knee, every broken bone, every surgery, every emotionally impactive situation, every slight, every moment of shame…..it is ALL retained in our bodies until it is dealt with. Nothing is overlooked or left behind.
If we know that to be true, we need to also know that eliminating these traumas one by one will help us lead a much freer life. Letting these impactful things go will lighten our load considerably.
Think of it much like going on a hike. The hike is your life’s journey. Along the way, you pick things up and put them in your backpack that starts off empty. One by one you pile things in and soon the back pack is making your back ache. More stuff goes in, and the feet begin to hurt. More and the knees begin to quake. Soon you realize that if you don’t start to remove some stuff you will collapse altogether. This is what happens when we take on illnesses that have their root in our emotions and experiences, and indeed many of us have chronic health conditions that began years ago.
I happen to have chronic bronchitis that began at age two when I had whopping cough. My parents were on a trip and no one thought to call the doctor, so until my parents returned, I suffered alone and unattended. Once my parents returned and the doctor came and administered the appropriate medicine, I recovered, but my body never lost the remembrance of that trauma in my lungs. Now, all these years later, I still have a cough that never quite goes away and am susceptible to recurring bouts of bronchitis. Over the years it has improved a good deal since I am now aware of that long standing body and emotional trauma and have worked with it. Some healers say you only have to be ready to release the trauma and place your hands over that place in your body where the trauma resides and turn it over to God/The Universe/Spirit. And sometimes that is enough. But if the trauma or injury has been deep enough, it might take working with a trained healer or therapist or spiritual guide for a period of time.
Besides energy work, I’ve found the Akashic Record readings to be helpful in understanding deeper levels of the trauma and/or injury. And of course, color, essential oils and flower essences, which are the modalities that most resonate for me. There is sound too and so many kinds of healing and professional work out there that all work well.
I encourage you to find the things that call to you personally and employ them to strengthen your system as you cast aside all the stuff in your backpack that you no longer need. As you “lighten” up your backpack, your life will also “lighten” up and you will see things in a whole new “light”.
Enjoy this season of LIGHT!
The light in you is the unalterable truth of who you are. You can deny it and obscure it, but you cannot uncreate it.
There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled. There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled. You feel it, don’t you?
The color of orange helps us overcome adversities and heal from traumas. It is a color that is invaluable to those on the journey of life who wish to leave the heavy pieces behind. It helps strengthen our boundaries and seals our energy field. Lighten up with ORANGE.http://www.lifepotentials.net/shop/
As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism. Today I know it is “LOVE OF ONESELF”.
Here we are, solstice behind us already, heading towards the back half of 2018. Although it is trite to say this, I have to add my own voice to the question: Where does the time go?!!!!!
Personally, we have been traveling most of June to various family events and finally moving into our summer home way up north about ½ mile from Lake Superior. For those of you who have never seen the Great Lakes, it is well worth your while to do so. I recommend crossing the Mackinaw Bridge on a beautiful summer day. From there you will see Lake Michigan, Lake Huron and the Straits of Mackinaw. The Grand Hotel has a gorgeous view of this juncture of two Great Lakes from its perch on Mackinaw Island. There is also a wonderful museum on Whitefish Point on Lake Superior that we call the Shipwreck Museum and although it doesn’t sound particularly interesting, it really is and we spent hours there. In addition, the view of Lake Superior here is amazing. The beaches along Lake Superior near Paradise are nearly deserted and sugar sand. The drive from Munising to Marquette is one beautiful vista after another, and going to the tip of the Keewanau Peninsula will take you to the beginning (or end!) of Route 41 that slices clear through the country north to south. Copper Harbor at the end of Route 41 has an incredible view of Lake Superior and is a most charming town.
This did not start out to be a travelog, so let’s get to the nitty gritty. Summer is a time for relaxation, family gatherings, celebrating milestones such as weddings and graduations, and for some reason, in our family, a time of birthdays. It is a time when we can take in the sun and warmth that many yearn for during the winter months. (or the opposite if you live in the southern hemisphere!) Time for outdoor activities and BBQ’s, picnics and parades, reunions and renewal.
This year my focus is on self development including much needed renewal time. What will you be focusing on this summer? Whatever you choose, choose wisely, delve deeply, and enjoy your time “in the sun”.
I came across this catchy song by Paolo Nutini recently via the Fashion Feng Shui newsletter and loved it immediately. It reminds us in a wonderful and entertaining way how to try a different approach if things aren’t working. In this charming song, he suggests putting on a new pair of shoes. I remember once someone said about a family member: “She is trying on her irresponsible shoes”, referring to a cousin who, after working very hard and getting nowhere, decided to lighten up and play more. And it worked for her. She tried on a “new pair of shoes” and her life changed dramatically. Turns out by lightening up from her very serious side, she found joy and laughter and eventually her life’s partner.
So I encourage us all to “try on a new pair of shoes” this summer and see what comes of it! If we do it in a responsible way, no telling what may come of it!
For meditation good colors to use are indigo and/or purple. And for transformation, purple is the one to use for support.
One wonderful practice I have incorporated into my daily habits is a transformational meditation I do each day with Global Joy Enterprises. I started in April, arising early enough to begin it at 5:30am. I am not a morning person so the fact that I stuck with this format for over 2 months attests to its transformative power. The format has shifted over time and we can now do it at any time of day that works for us. The format itself has shifted from having 4-5 sections into one amazing practice. If you would like to see if it is for you, please send an email to GlobalJoyEnterprises and write YES in the subject line. You can cancel at any time. There is no cost. I highly recommend you give this a try.