Category Archives: Becoming

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Celtic New Year

   On this Celtic New Year, I am greeting you with Love and Gratitude for your Being and for your Earthly Presence – Namaste!

   I thought of each of you warmly this morning as I reflected on today’s reading from the daybook I have been using, Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach, “Make Room for Mystery, Awaken to the Magic.”  I have always secretly believed in magic finding affirmation of its existence in the writings of C.S. Lewis, Watership Down, the Hobbit stories, as well as the Harry Potter stories.  Coincidentally, magic has been a theme of my inner work for several weeks and I was surprised to find it in today’s reading.  While always believing in ‘magic,’ it is just in the last few years that I dared to allow that belief to come more into my aware consciousness.  And, to my delight, I am finding that I am not the only human who believes in magic and further delighted to discover the Divinity of Magic as well as its association with the Natural Realm.  So today’s reading has offered me yet another piece of ‘magic.’

   It is with a full heart that I am moved to share it with you with the hope that you find within you the affirmation and the acceptance with which it is sent.  Many blessings…

“To work magic is to weave the unseen forces into form, to soar beyond sight, to explore the uncharted dream realm of the hidden reality.”  Starhawk

   “…Halloween comes down to us from the pre-Christian Celtic festival of Samhain, held October 31, the last autumn night before the cold and bleakness of winter.  On this night—considered the Celtic New Year—the Druids believed that the supernatural world drew closer to the physical world, so human beings were more susceptible to the power and influence of the unseen.  Magic spells could be cast more easily, divination (predicting fortunes) was more revealing, and dreams held special significance.

   “Being Celtic, I still believe this.  Being human, I believe Halloween is the perfect reminder that magic flows through us, mystery infuses every encounter of every day.  We conjure up the shoe that cannot be found anywhere in the house, transform leftovers into a feast, coax bounty from the barren earth, banish fear, heal hurts, make money stretch till the end of the month.  We carry, cradle, nurture, and sustain life.  We do all this and much more.  But most women are not consciously awakened to the realization that we are descendants of an ancient, sacred lineage:  the She.

   “Isn’t magic what you’re performing when you are creating an authentic lifestyle for yourself and those you love?  Aren’t you shaping unseen forces with your creativity and soulcrafts, bringing into the physical world through passion what has only existed in the spiritual realm?  If you can do this unconsciously, how much more could you accomplish if you were fully aware of your powers!

   “O daughter of the She, much power has been gifted you.  It is the power of Love.  Tonight by candlelight or by the light of the full moon in your backyard, commit to use your power wisely for the Highest Good or All.  You have no idea of the countless lives you touch in the course of your lifetime.  Souls searching for Wholeness that could be healed with the magic at your command.  Go directly to the Source.  Acknowledge your lineage and your authentic gifts with a grateful heart…and on this night of magic, by candlelight or moonlight,”… commit to bringing your own unique, beautiful magic into form in this present incarnation.

   Happy weaving, ecstatic soaring, and awe-inspiring exploring of those uncharted realms….

With love,

Belledessa

The Unexpected Power of Gratitude

In today’s fast moving world, qualities such as gratitude seem to belong to another age – a simpler time when life moved along at an easier pace and there was time to appreciate everything. Yet within this apparently meek sounding quality there lies a tremendous source of power that can radically reshape the way you look at the world.

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What gratitude can do for us:

Puts things in perspective: Human beings have this self-defeating propensity to let the bad things in life fill our mental vision and leave no room for the good, a tendency reflected and perpetuated by television and newspapers. Often it takes just one bad thing to happen for us dwell on it and get depressed, no matter how many good things that are happening. In cultivating a daily practice of gratitude, we start to reverse that process and gain a true perspective on life.

Lifts us above the ebbs and tides of life: The more you develop the quality of gratitude in your life, you will start feeling grateful even when bad things happen to you, because you will have developed the inner vision to see that good things and bad happenings are nothing but experiences to shape you and make you stronger. Hence you will be able to have piece of mind no matter what the outer circumstances are.

Takes us out of our limited ego: As with other practices of self-discovery, your awareness expands and you gradually feel you are part of something much more infinite than your limiting ego and finite mortal frame. Gratitude helps us turn away from selfishness and realize our place in the universe.

Awakens a higher part of our being: Gratitude is primarily a quality felt by the heart center, that place in the middle of our chest where we can feel our soul, or the essence of our existence. Therefore, when we are consciously grateful, some inmost part of ourselves is awakened and we enter into the higher and nobler realms of our being.

Techniques to cultivate the quality of gratitude:

There are many different techniques to use; the important thing is that they be practiced every day, preferably at the same time each day so you can form a habit. Just after you get up in the morning is usually the best time – you aren’t likely to be disturbed, and the peace and serenity you get from the practice benefits you throughout your whole day.

Writing down things you are grateful for: This serves as a useful beginning to the other techniques. Each day you can write down seven things that you are truly grateful for, and as you write try to feel that quality inside your heart. When you start writing, you realize how many things there are – from the big things such as the gift of life and friends down to tiny little incidents that happened yesterday such as someone giving you a smile or the chance to spend a few minutes sitting in a park.

Expanding the flower of gratitude inside your heart: you can try silently chanting the word gratitude over and over again. Each time you repeat the word you can feel that a tiny flower of gratitude inside your heart is growing and growing, expanding petal by petal.

Cultivating inner joy:

Joy carries with it the quality of expansion and awareness which gives rise to gratitude. Try breathing in and out and keeping your awareness on the river of breath entering and leaving your body. Feel that when you breathe in, pure inner joy in entering into your heart, and when you breathe out, worry tension and stress are leaving your system.

Adapted from an article by Shane Magee

12 Principles For Understanding the Universe and the Role of the Human in the Universe Process

Thomas Berry

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1.     The Universe, the solar system, and the planet Earth in themselves and in their evolutionary emergence constitute for the human community the primary revelation of that ultimate mystery whence all things emerge into being.

2.     The Universe is a unity, an interacting and genetically-related community of beings bound together in an inseparable relationship in space and time.  The unity of the planet Earth is especially clear:  each being of the planet is profoundly implicated in the existence and functioning of every other being of the planet.

3.     From its beginning the Universe is a psychic as well as physical reality.

4.     The three basic laws of the Universe at all levels of reality are differentiation, subjectivity and communion.  These laws identify the reality, the values and the directions in which the Universe is proceeding.

5.     The Universe has a violent as well as a harmonious aspect, but it is consistently creative in the larger arc of its development.

6.     The human is that being in whom the Universe activates, reflects upon and celebrates itself in conscious self-awareness.

7.     Earth, within the solar system, is a self-emergent, self-propagating, self-nourishing, self-educating, self-governing, self-healing, self-fulfilling community.  All particular life systems in their being, their sexuality, their nourishment, their education, their governing, their healing, their fulfillment, must integrate their functioning within this larger complex of mutually dependent Earth systems.

8.     The genetic coding process is the process through which the world of the living articulates itself in its being and its activities.  The great wonder is the creative interaction of the multiple codings among themselves.

9.     At the human level, genetic coding mandates a further trans-genetic cultural coding by which specifically human qualities find expression.  Cultural coding is carried on by educational processes.

10.   The emergent process of the Universe is irreversible and non-repeatable in the existing world order.  The movement from non-life to life on Earth is a one time event.  So too, the movement from life to human form of consciousness.  So also, the transition from the earlier to the later forms of human culture.

11.   The historical sequence of cultural periods can be identified as the tribal-shamanic period, the Neolithic village period, the classical civilization period, the scientific-technological period and the emerging ecological period.

12.   The main human task of the immediate future is to assist in activating the inter-communion of all the living and non-living components of Earth’s community in what can be considered the emerging ecological period of Earth’s development.

Become Earth!

“Become Earth, that you may grow flowers of many colors.
For you have been heart-breaking rock.
Once, for the sake of the experiment, be Earth!”
Rumi

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Individual Awareness

It is through a deep inner understanding of ourselves
that we become our True, Authentic Selves.

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A meditative thought:
“How do I want to ‘live’ the rest of my life?
What can I ‘change’ in order to create this?”

Being open, allowing and fluid while ‘walking the dark path of our soul’ we recognize where our
automatic programming dictates our lives.  Consciously witnessing every thought, action and
feeling shows us our true way of interacting with ourselves and others.  This can be frightening
to admit and accept, and often times we stop out of fear of ‘being a bad person’.  Trusting that
we are loved beyond unconditional love and acceptance by the very “Power of the Universe”
which created us holds us in a protective, comforting embrace as we courageously walk this
chosen path.

Finding supportive and trusted friends, mentors, guides and  teachers is very important.
Knowing that every thing could change in your life as you ‘de-program’ can help as these
changes unfold.  Treat yourself as the precious miracle and gift that you are.  Meditative
moments, massage, yoga, music, dance, walking in nature, group meditation/discussion,
counseling, retreating, and immense gratitude for all that has been, is and will be, are
powerful aids for your use.

Find your Inner Voice, Truth and Wisdom!!!!

Earth Prayer

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O Endless Creator, Force of Life, Seat of the Unconscious,
Dharma, Atman, Ra, Qalb, Dear Center of our Love,
Christlight, Yaweh, Allah, Mawu,
Mother of the Universe…

Let us, when swimming with the stream,
become the stream…
Let us, when moving with the music,
become the music…
Let us, when rocking the wounded,
become the suffering…

Let us live deep enough
till there is only one direction…
and slow enough till there is only
the beginning of time…
and loud enough in our hearts
till there is no need to speak…

Let us live for the grace beneath all we want,
let us see it in everything and everyone,
till we admit to the mystery
that when I look deep enough into you,
I find me, and when you dare to hear my fear
in the recess of your heart, you recognize it
as your secret which you thought
no one else knew…

O let us embrace
that unexpected moment of unity
as the atom of God…
Let us have the courage
to hold each other when we break
and worship what unfolds…

O nameless spirit that is not done with us,
let us love without a net
beyond the fear of death
until the speck of peace
we guard so well
becomes the world…

by Mark Nepo

Imagine A Woman

brown and blue silhouette of a womenImagine a woman who believes it is right and good she is a woman. A woman who honors her experience and tells her stories. Who refuses to carry the sins of others within her body and life.

Imagine a woman who trusts and respects herself.
A woman who listens to her needs and desires.
Who meets them with tenderness and grace.

Imagine a woman who has acknowledged the past’s influence on the present. A woman whohas walked through her past. Who has healed into the present.

Imagine a woman who authors her own life.
A woman who exerts, initiates, and moves
on her own behalf.   Who refuses to surrender
except to her truest self and to her wisest voice.

Imagine a woman who names her own gods.
A woman who imagines the divine in her image
and likeness. Who designs her own spirituality
and allows it to inform her daily life.

Imagine a woman in love with her own body.
A woman who believes her body is enough, just
as it is. Who celebrates her body and its rhythms
and cycles as an exquisite resource.

Imagine a woman who honors the face of the Goddess in her changing face.   A woman who celebrates the accumulation of her years and her wisdom.   Who refuses to use precious energy disguising the changes in her body and life.

Imagine a woman who values the women in her life.
A woman who sits in circles of women.
Who is reminded of the truth about herself when she forgets.

Imagine yourself as this woman.

by Patricia Lynn Reilly

Gratitude Quotes

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Hunab Ku as Gratitude

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Hunab Ku as Gratitude
come and go, black or white, dark or light
is unified polarity  ~  beginning to end as ONE

The Mayan Hunab Ku can be translated as “One Giver of Movement and Measure”, and is conceptually equivalent to Source, Great Spirit, Absolute Being or God.  From the perspective of the Galactic Maya, there is One Source of all energy which is Divine Consciousness.  The Maya understood that everything comes from and returns to the One Source.

Hunab Ku is the Heart of All Beings and each of us is connected through our own hearts.

In fact, it is impossible to be disconnected.

Imagine a cord emerging from your heart center.
Now feel this cord flowing from the pure heart beating within,
spinning through the crystal center
of Earth, Sun, Galaxy and the Heart of All Consciousness.
With Love, as Love, to be Love.
In Gratitude for all that Is.
Re-connecting every level of Creation as ONE.

With tenderness and grace, gently pulse loving Gratitude
along this cord.  Be fully present to enjoy a resonant
vibration with all Creation connecting you to Source…
Here to Now.

Lovingly consider this cord to be a universal,
yet personal, pattern or possibility,
a current of simultaneous Come and Go,
a flow cosmically connecting the heart of YOU
with the Source of (k)new.

adapted from gaianxaos.com and worldgratitude.com