The month of March is often said to come in like a lion and out like a lamb. While this may be true in the snowy and cold states, in Hawaii the weather variable is usually only 5 degrees. Nevertheless, the idea of life being hard and then easing up is quite appealing to me. When I remember that life moves in cycles and everything changes, I am able to relax and trust that whatever is happening, no matter how difficult it may be, will pass. The gift of learning this acceptance of life has come with experience. When I was younger I always yearned for some fantasy in the future that would fill my life with immense joy. Now, I rest easy in the moment, allowing life to gently massage me with her sometimes soft caress and sometimes deep tissue strokes. I’ve let go of needing to understand the process, control it, or judge it. Instead, I am happy to be alive and enjoy life as a holy expression of the divine being in the perfect moment right now.
Sometimes life offers us opportunities to bond more deeply with other people than we normally do in our day to day lives. On January 13th, 2018 at 8:07 AM a message appeared on my cell phone saying that a missile was heading toward Hawaii and to take cover. For the next 38 minutes before the “false alarm” text came in I made a number of choices. First, I prayed together with my neighbor. Then I called my son on Maui and we shared how much we love one another. This was followed with a prayer of gratitude towards my other children on the mainland and the realization that we have such a loving connection. After this brief reflection, I then I drove to my daughter’s house and sat at the kitchen table with her, and her husband and kids. Imagining that this is the last time to see your loved ones bring a very special poignancy to the moment. Then just as suddenly as the original text of doom and gloom had come in, another text flashed across my iPhone screen. “False Alarm” it said. I quickly said a “thank you” inside for another day of life and another day to love. I will forever be bonded more closely with those I shared those priceless 38 minutes with.
Happy New Year! I love the turning of the wheel of time when the Earth completes another rotation around the Sun. This 12 month period marks the ending of one year and the hopeful beginning of another. Please join me in my New Year’s prayer for a peaceful world that works together in harmony to share Mother Nature’s resources, and love one another. I trust that Spirit Divine is moving in this direction, even if at times there may be doubt that this is true. In my lifetime, I have already seen so much change for good in society and I am convinced that humanity has love deep at the core, and that this love is the most powerful force in the universe and can bring miraculous changes. May your New Year be blessed and may you know that you are love.
December brings thoughts of gift giving and receiving. But perhaps the greatest gift of all is simply the gift of giving time and attention to another. During the busy holiday season there may be a tendency to rush or squeeze too much into the day. I invite you instead, to slow down and take a minute to reflect on your inner light and let go of the external world while breathing in a sense of deep peace. Then from this place of inner connection reach out and share your heart, time and presence with another. Let us celebrate the gifts that we are and rather than focusing on the material presents, give the gift of love instead. Happy holidays!
I have a sign on the wall across from my bed that I see upon arising each day. It simply states “Start each day with a grateful heart”. When I remember to give thanks for the very first breath I take when I awaken, then I know am on the right track to having a love filled day. We have entered the month of November and so my thoughts turn towards Thanksgiving and all that I have to be grateful for. I used to pray for situations to be different, circumstances or relationships to be better or material things to come into my life. Now my prayers have changed and they are more humble and sincere. A friend named Jim shared with me a prayer that taught me more about how to pray. Here it is: “Thank you universe for all that I have, for all that has been taken away and all that I am left with.” This simple prayer reminds me that there is a greater plan that is working out in my life and in the lives of others. Learning to bow in gratitude to what life brings, offers me the opportunity to find the gift among the pain, loss and change that is an inevitable part of life. I remember to give thanks even when I don’t always get what I want and when I want it. I learn to trust the infinite wisdom of the universe that loves me and you. Happy Thanksgiving. May your life be blessed.
As a child, I grew up in New England and October was my favorite month because the green leaves transformed to a brilliant red, yellow, and orange panorama. This glorious colorful gift of Mother Nature reminds me to change with the seasons and be bold in life. I recall searching the ground under various trees looking for the most beautiful leaves. I would proudly bring them home and carefully iron their splendor into two sheets of waxed paper so I could savor their brilliance. I always felt sad when even though they were protected by the wax covering them, they would still turn dull and then decay and die.
September, I find, is often a very busy time that follows the relaxation of summer. There is a push in the air that I feel more than the rest of the year. A brisk motivating breeze to get things done and be productive. This can result in me pushing myself too hard and needing to remember the value of rest and replenishing myself spiritually. A walk in the woods or sitting at my altar meditating are two of the best ways for me to reconnect with my inner essence.
August is here and it brings in that time of year when students, both young and old, go back to school. As traditional schooling is completed, many of us go through seasons of learning very similar to our formal education, but in our own minds. I have to admit that although I am no longer in school, I relish the art of learning and have become aware of the cycles of knowledge that ebb and flow within us. It is my hope and intention that as I mature I will always maintain an open mind and an interest in learning new ideas, ways of being and activities. Currently, I have a lovely routine carved out in my life that supports me in my spiritual, mental, emotional and intellectual growth. This routine allows me to keep moving in a journey of constant and never-ending improvement. But I have to mix it up with new books, new adventures and new associations. Otherwise I become static and stuck in my box of familiarity. Just as children are arriving into new classrooms and anticipating new faces and encounters, I invite you to challenge yourself to learn a new skill, take a new class or venture into a new field such as metaphysics or parapsychology. Let’s welcome August with the enthusiasm of a child excited about their first day of kindergarten.
I just got back from a family reunion in California. It was my birthday gift to myself. I organized this week-long gathering of twenty family members, about six months ago. My birthday month is July and I like to celebrate with my twin sister if possible, so I started with that idea and then expanded. We had an amazing seven days together.
I like summertime because it is usually the herald that brings more time together as a family, perhaps some time to vacation, and often, more time to relax and re-connect. For this sunny season, I’m looking forward to a family reunion and the opportunity to visit with relatives near and far. I value these shared moments.
As of May 3, 2017, we will complete another round of an astrological transit called Mercury Retrograde. This three-week period is a time when appointments often get mixed up, electronics go haywire and people from the past reenter our lives. The best way to deal with these unexpected events is to be flexible.
As a child growing up in snowy Massachusetts, I remember hearing my mother repeating the old saying “April showers bring May flowers.” She lovingly encouraged me to be patient with the cold and rainy weather that followed the snow. She would often remind me that, yes, spring would definitely arrive.
March Forth . . . With Confidence!
Have you ever noticed the way animals in nature will snuggle together?
Today I pulled an angel card called “truth.” I sat for a minute and reflected on what that angelic message means in my life right now. To be real, authentic, and truthful, takes courage and trust. I closed my eyes and asked inside to honestly know what area or aspect of myself needs to be brought into the light for healing and true transparency, both with myself and with others. The word “sparkle” came. It was then that I realized that today, rather than feeling like my inner light is dazzling and bright, I was feeling a little dull.
The month of October always invites my imagination to conjure up a new Halloween costume. I tend to stick to the light and happy costumes like angel, fairy or butterfly. I’ve never liked scary movies, haunted houses or ghoulish costumes. Yet, at this time of year, the darker side of life is summoned to emerge and find its expression. Perhaps there is some metaphysical meaning in the cultural habit of expressing the shadow side by embodying skeletons, werewolves, and other dark characters for one night in the year. On Halloween, some people don costumes of warriors, ghosts and demons as if to say “Look how powerful I am”. The dark costumes honor the aspect of death, destruction and fear. While, on the other hand, there will be many super heroes, ballerinas and kitties to represent the lighter side of life. I believe there is an existential battle we all fight between our loving higher selves and our fearful selfish selves that gets portrayed in the Halloween parades and fairs. When we learn and come to terms with the idea that perhaps we are all saints and villains in different circumstances, then we can embrace the darker side of Halloween. Our higher selves know that love is the most powerful force in the universe and does not cow down to negative or fearful energies. So enjoy the interplay between the dark and light this Halloween as you keep your focus on love.
Mercury, the planet associated with communication, went retrograde on Aug 31. This can often mean that plans get changed, or that technical devices used for transmitting electronic information can have glitches. Computers, recording devices and phones can be challenging during this period. For me, when I know that Mercury is retrograde for a 3 week period, I remind myself to be flexible and to be willing to adapt to schedule changes. I also try to be extra patient with myself if I double book someone or mix up an appointment time. Usually, I remember that there is a divine perfection in the universe, and if I can flow with unexpected changes, then I can maintain peace amidst the temporary chaos. A dear friend reminded me to stay positive during Mercury retrograde and to “Use the energies as best we can.” Oftentimes when something goes wacky with a piece of electronic equipment during a Mercury retrograde period, the device will fix itself when Mercury goes direct. The trick for me is to not panic when a necessary piece of equipment malfunctions. I am humbly reminded that there are big universal energies way larger than my small outlook on life that influence me and my world. What a blessing it is to get older and less reactive to Mercury's whimsical and mischievous energies!
Today in Maui, the children are all heading back to school. The year will begin with a review of what they have learned, and then new lessons will be added. I remember the sadness of leaving the freedom of summer behind and entering into the structured world of school. Yet, once at my desk, I loved learning new things! I was an avid reader, and the language arts was my favorite area of study. On the other hand, math was difficult, and I always felt challenged with mastering the lessons. The open-mindedness to learn, also known as “beginner’s mind,” was natural as a child. As an adult, I find myself filtering and judging and sometimes having a closed mind to learning new subjects. Then I remind myself to become more childlike and receptive and less ridged. As a teacher of psychic development, I help students learn to return to their beginner’s mind and open to the voice of their higher guidance within. We each have invisible teachers and guides that are assisting us to become all that we can be. When we become the humble students, then we learn all we need to know to be happy, healthy and on purpose in our lives. My Psychic Immersion retreat on Maui begins Friday August 5th through August 9. Give yourself the gift of returning to your soul.