The Wonder, Love and Joy of Tea, Part 2

There is an old expression that I believe comes from the Celtic tradition, which is, “If you can make a proper cup of tea, you can do anything.” I subscribe to that belief.

Many years ago I had the pleasure of going to a hot tub in Santa Cruz that had a beautiful Zen Garden, and in the waiting room was The Book of Tea, by Okakura Kakuzo and Bruce Richardson (introduction) from 1906. Richardson says: “You will discover the fascinating character of Okakura Kakuzo and the story of how he came to write one of the 20th Century’s most influential books on art, beauty and simplicity all steeped in the world’s communal cup of tea.” This book was a wonderful discovery for me and the perfect preamble to our hot tub experience. Our attendant gave us an introduction to the space and took our tea order. The tea was graciously served and was a type of white tea I had never tasted. The pleasures of tea are infinite.

Cover art for the book of Tea

I love tea ceremonies. They combine mindful movement and contemplation with the simple enjoyment of tea. The grace and beauty expressed bring those qualities into our awareness and allow us the break from our logical mind. We can feel the expression of the Divine as each small part of the ceremony is a gift of higher consciousness.

I wanted to share a tea ceremony with you today and was surprised at how many videos there are on YouTube of Chinese, Korean and Japanese ceremonies. I wanted to share also, a tea shop in Monterey, CA, that gives special tea ceremonies.

Over the years I have loved creating my own tea ceremonies and enjoyed the variety of teas.

My friend took me to her Russian grandmother’s home. She served us black tea that had been simmering atop a silver samovar. The cups were artistic and golden. The tea was rich and strong and served with sweet cherry candies on the saucer. You popped one in your mouth before taking a sip of the black, smoked tea. That experience was 40 years ago, and I still remember the taste and fragrance of that wonderful tea.

I love the various colors of perfectly steeped teas. Amber, orange, dark brown, many shades of green and a hint of gold in white teas. The Japanese use a pale green in their tea cups to enhance the beautiful color.

That brings me to choosing the water for your tea. You might want to experiment with distilled, spring, filtered, oxygenated and tap water. The waters will produce a different color using the same tea. Chlorinated tap water is not recommended. I like to use my gem water and gratitude water.

As you contemplate joy in your communal cup of tea that quality just may waft through your neighbor’s window and put a smile on their face.

The Wonder, Love and Joy of Tea

Photo by Nina Wilkins

My tea journey started as a child with Lipton Orange Pekoe tea. My mom would give us tea with lemon and sugar when we were sick, and it was a comfort and help to ease us into wellness. It wasn’t until I was 14 that I discovered another tea, Constant Comment, a black tea with cloves and spices. That tea was a revelation. When I was 18, I discovered a new tea at a restaurant in Chinatown that I loved, though didn’t know what it was. I carried the teabag paper in my wallet for years looking for that tea. The paper was in Chinese and I didn’t discover that it was Jasmine tea until I was in my 20’s.

Jasmine tea was the best beverage I had ever tasted at that point, though later I would discover Darjeeling (the champagne of teas), Irish Breakfast and Earl Grey, a revelation of black tea with bergamot flavoring. Next was Mango Iced tea that was served at a restaurant. My mom and I searched and searched for it and found it at a small shop in San Clemente, California.

The universe loves to give us what we love.

My next unlikely experience with tea came when I was in my 30’s and attending San Francisco State University. I took a course in Asian Humanities focused on China in the Sung Dynasty. Tea’s birthplace is in ancient China. In 2732 BC, Emperor Shennong discovered tea when leaves rom a wild bush blew into his boiling pot of water. In this course we studied the poetry of Su Tung-po, and we read The Gay Genius: The Life and Times of Su Tungpo, by Lin Yutang. Su Tung-po lived from 1037-1101 and his wonderful poetry has survived. It contained hints of metaphysics and the love of nature. What I remember of him was his detailed writing about tea.

Tea ceremonies were almost a religion to Su Tung-po. He said that for a proper tea you needed 23 special utensils, and if you only had 22 not to invite a guest. He and his friends would travel to a river and choose to draw water from the right curve of the banks, where the water would be freshest. Then they would choose a fragrant wood for the fire. When the water boiled there would be deliberate movements for pouring the tea and contemplation. To this day I remember his joy in tea.

Enjoying your tea contemplation is a wonderful start to your Day and a worthy Bridge of Love Light.

To be continued next week…

Photo by Nina Wilkins

The Magic, Miracles and Mystery of Water, Part 4

Photo by H.L. Wilkins

Another Miracle of Water is its sound. The sounds of ocean waves, rushing Waterfalls, and the lapping of Water in a quiet bay all have the ability to calm or invigorate us. Fountains have a unique soothing sound. Hearing the sound of a stone plopping down in a river can transport us to our childhood fun of skipping rocks. Sitting next to a calm lake can take us into a serene meditation. The Sound of silence and deep quiet that comes from walking in new-fallen snow easily allows reflection and inner stillness.

We can reciprocate these miracles of sound that Water gives us by singing to it. As we sing to Water many wonderful things happen. As we sing to Water we open to, and allow for, the possibility of the oneness we share not only with Water but all of the elements, Mother Nature and our family, friends and the Universe of Love. Singing to Water is a way to bring more Joy to all concerned.

I had a friend who (back in the day when we all had answering machines) had in his outgoing message, “Please sing Your message.” I would always laugh and then I would sing my message even though I am not a good singer. That simple little act of singing uplifted me.

As the Law of Attraction would have it, just yesterday, I came across the video below. Singing to Water. Wonderful. For just moments a day we can all send the love and thanks to Water that it gives to us. A very real way to tell ourselves that we are part of the whole Universe of good. Understanding this higher and Cosmic consciousness can help us be more aware in our own consciousness of new ways to enhance our own wellness. Sound is a very potent way for us to feel good; music, drumming, singing, listening to our favorite songs, can uplift. Some of my favorites are whale songs and dolphin clicks and whistles. The didgeridoo makes me feel part of Mother Nature. Water is like that; it is cleared and uplifted by our love songs.

I invite you today to sing to Water as instructed in the video below. Thank you.
I have transcribed the song for you:

Sing the Water Song

Sing to the Water four times, once in each direction. East, South, West, North.
Phonetic Lyrics:
Nee bee wah bow
En die en
Aah Key mis kquee
Nee bee wah bow
Hey ya hey ya hey ya hey
Hey ya hey ya hey ya hey
Hey ya hey ya hey ya ho.

Thank you very much for participating.

The Magic, Miracles and Mystery of Water, Part 3

Mesa Falls, Idaho. Photo by H. L. Wilkins

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein

I choose that every thing in Life is a miracle, especially Water.

I grew up near the ocean and loved being in it, surfing, swimming and floating. I had the opportunity to be in the Water often, and even as a child it was fun to notice the infinite variety of the surf, waves, tides and ever changing colors of the Water. The surf would change dramatically every 15-30 minutes. For me, it was never ending joy and fun.

If I ever got a cut or a bruise or just didn’t feel good, my mom would say, “Just go jump in the ocean, and you will be fine.” She was right. The ocean was much cleaner in the 1950s and 1960s, and my healing was speedy.

As I have spoken of in earlier blogs there are still hundreds of ancient sacred wells and natural springs where people enjoy healing Waters. One is in Bath, England. This one has a magical history dating to the 9th Century, B.C. Richard Beaumont writes about “the Dreaming Pool of Bath,” in an article in “The Healing Power of Water,” by Masaru Emoto. He has personal mystical experiences at the site and reports of its magic and mystery. One of his conclusions is regarding the mystery of Water.

Richard Beaumont states: “In our current study of Water, especially with Dr. Emoto’s discovery of the effect of thought and prayer upon Water crystals, there are two paradigms at work, and they don’t necessarily mix. On the one hand, there’s science, with its reliance on neutral objective evidence and logical conclusions. But there’s also the mystical experience of those in touch with natural forces, which defies logic definitions, as it’s interpretations are both universally applicable and yet subjectively personal…

“If it can indeed become altered by the consciousness directed at it, isn’t it also possible that it could contain and project a more evolved consciousness?”

I believe Water can and does project higher consciousness to us: Love.

If you like, try sitting near a creek, river, lake, pond or the ocean and listen to what it has to tell you. You may be surprised at the inspiration you receive– also the Love. Water is teaching us all of the time about change and movement, transformation.

I saw a very tender movie this Holiday Season, 2019, “The Knight Before Christmas”—Medieval Magic sends a 14th Century Knight to modern-day Ohio. A statement that was repeated a couple of times in the movie, “just because you can’t explain something logically doesn’t mean it can’t happen,” made me think of The Magic, Miracles and Mystery of Water.

Water can be a facilitator of love, inspiration, healing and clarity.

I’m very grateful that so many worldwide are praying for clean Water for All. It’s easy if you would like to join– hold a vision of Global respect for our Waters with Gratitude and Love.

Thank you.

The Magic, Miracles and Mystery of Water, Part 2

Teton Creek, Grand Tetons – Photo by H. Wilkins

Water is the expression of Love in the elemental realms. As we begin our New Year, 2020, Water can help us with clarity and Higher-Self Vision.

When we think of the elements, Earth, Air, Water and Fire, it is easy to realize that Air is one and connected to all. Earth is contiguous and connected and one being. We see Fire everywhere from sunlight, and see Fire as one when one candle lights another and is not diminished in doing so.

Water is also one whole being— Love.

We can put Water in a jug, and it seems separate from the whole, though the Hado, or spirit of Water, is present in the jug and still part of the whole.

We humans are like that. We seem to be separate from the whole of humanity and our Creator being in our bodies, but we are not. We are an integral part of the whole Spirit of Humanity.

We can receive clarity just by gazing upon a body of Water.

Our new decade, 2020, by its nature of 2020 vision, gives us many chances of seeing with a Higher Perspective. For this New Year, I’m not making “resolutions,” but instead I’m claiming more of my Divinity and the ability to make a difference for our Waters of the world by my thoughts, prayers, feelings, Gratitude and, of course, action.

I will be transmitting telepathically daily the picture of clean, clear Waters around the world; clean oceans, rivers and streams. If you would like to join me, wonderful. Just picture and feel what it would be like to have global clean Water.

Water corresponds to our emotional body. Our feelings. We have learned from Abraham, through the Hicks’ teachings, that it only takes 17 seconds to start the process of feeling better by thinking a thought that makes us feel a little better. Abraham also teaches us how important it is for us to feel good as our feelings attract our experiences. Water– clean, clear, pure, fresh Water– can help us feel good.

Richard Moss, M.D., the author of The I That Is We: Awakening to Higher Energies Through Unconditional Love, mentions in his book that hot showers and music are two of the simplest and most wonderful gifts of the modern world.

Each time we drink a glass of Water with Gratitude we are contributing to the Hado of Water, the Spirit of the Waters of our World.

Thank you.

The Magic, Miracles and Mystery of Water

Photo by Nina Wilkins

In the Elemental realms Water is the expression of Love.

Water is a miracle in all of its expressions. Nurturing, healing, inspiring, calming, to name a few of its magical qualities. One day, many years ago, I mentioned to one of my spiritual teachers, Valerie Taylor, that I was fine when I remembered to meditate and claim my Divine qualities, but I often forgot. She laughed and told me, “That is the whole spiritual path– remembering.”

I realized that is why we have regular spiritual practices. When we are consistent, we don’t have to remember and/or forget.

Drinking enough pure, magical, mystical, healing Water is that way. It is a true divine gift, and we forget to drink enough. We can make our own through methods discussed in previous blogs (Water, Walking and Words and Gem Water) or buy good, pure Water at many grocery and health food stores. For drinking Water, buy it in a glass container. One of my favorites is The Mountain Valley Spring Water, from Garland County, Arkansas. It comes in green glass, which is also good for the green photonic light.

Patricia Cota-Robles has been offering healing Waters gathered from 100 healing sites around the world, and has made it available for the last 27 years. You may order a small vial of this Water for free from the EraOfPeace.org website. Just reading the locations of the sites it was collected from is a graphic reminder of Water’s healing powers; whether Lourdes, France, or St. Brigid’s Well in Ireland, they always make me remember the power of Water to heal, calm and inspire us. Included with your order is a sacred Water ceremony, or you can make your own ritual by holding the Water in your hands with reverence, peace and thanks.

Another potent benefit of drinking pure Water in a conscious and grateful way is receiving an understanding of your own beingness. We are an integral and unique part of all of humanity. Water crystals show us how unique we are.

The Healing Power of Water, by Masaru Emoto, is a comprehensive anthology of scientific, health & healing and spiritual perspective articles and research on the amazing qualities of Water. I highly recommend it. Each time I pick it up, I learn something new.

Chapter 5, “Snow It Has Six Edges by Maximilian Glas,” contains these photos (below) of snow crystals. One of the amazing parts is that they were taken in 1931 by W. A. Bentley. He took 2,453 pictures. He took them with a slab camera winter after winter, on a mountaintop in Vermont and published them in a book. I love how each one is so different and that he was so intrigued by the crystals to do that much work.

A Page from The Healing Power of Water by Masaru Emoto

When Masaru began his work, he said it was the “Hado” or spirit of Water that compelled him to do his research. One of his most amazing discoveries is that Water has memory– most likely why those sites around the world with records of healing continue to do so.

When we combine presence, our power of now, in our own consciousness, with the magical, mystical, miracle properties of Water we have the simple sacred gifts of the Spirit of Nature and Divine Love– a powerful healing combination.

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A Higher Perspective

Photo by Nina Wilkins

As I have often repeated, my Sacramento City College Political Science professor’s exclamation as he almost ran into our classroom: “So what? Who cares? And why does it matter?” A wakeup call for sure. We are all integral parts of an incredible Earth Rising and awakening. Humanity is on the brink of an entirely new way of being in the world. Love, Unity, Peace, Cooperation, Oneness, Creativity, Joy, Fun, Caring for all of Earth’s inhabitants are what matters most NOW.

We all matter. Our thoughts, our words, our feelings, our actions are all contributing to the New Earth Reality.

The photos above and below demonstrate a very potent and simple way we can contribute our higher selves’ beingness to all that is: relaxing, napping and being ourselves. Very simple and enjoyable. The top photo is of our friend’s cat, Gobbles, and the bottom is of Gobbles and Hana’s dog, Lola. Dogs are good at napping also.

I just discovered a wise, beautiful and inspiring Oracle Card deck, Archangel Animal Oracle Cards: A 44-Card Deck and Guidebook, by Diana Cooper. In it she writes about 44 different animals. She gives their soul missions, higher self qualities and gifts to the Earth and Humanity. I love her Higher Perspective.

For cat, she gives the qualities of relaxed and independent Archangel Raphael: “All felines originate from Orion, the constellation of enlightenment and wisdom, and are highly evolved fifth-dimensional psychic beings. Domestic cats watch over and protect the homes where they live, while big cats are watchers and protectors of the planet. They are all healers. Cats know how to relax at a deep core level so that they can access pure spiritual guidance and spread this information to humans and animals.”

I have found this to be true in my life and have always loved the cats that have come to live with me. I feel it is of the utmost importance for all of us now to relax, pause, be still and hear our spiritual guidance. We all have Archangels and personal guides, whether ancestors, animals, fairies, trees, flowers, insects, birds, crystals or ascended Masters AND our own High Selves connected to the Divine. We all have Higher guidance; it’s just up to us to be quiet and listen. And, of course, to follow the guidance to the best of our ability, today.

Steve Jobs is quoted as saying, “You can only connect the dots backwards.” I have found this to be so true. We often don’t find out why some information and guidance is given to us until much later. Our task is first to determine that it is higher guidance through our intuition, feelings and instincts, then trust. An invaluable resource is Opening to Channel: How to Connect with Your Guide, by Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer. Following guidance is a skill that can be learned. This honed skill will help you save time in your pursuits, help you grow spiritually, help you heal and develop compassion for yourself and others.

So, rest, relaxation, meditation, contemplation, stillness and napping are the order of the day. Know yourself, honor yourself, accept yourself and love yourself in the stillness. That calm will translate to peace to those around you and will be a wonderful contribution to the collective; AND all you had to do was take a nap.

Photo by Nina Wilkins

Why Manifest Your Good? (Part 4)

Photo by Nina Wilkins: Tea for Two

It’s as simple (though sometimes not easy) as 1, 2, 3. Part 4 is acknowledging yourself as a Divine co-creator. Maybe you are combining one, shifting patterns; two, helping the Earth; and three, sharing your gifts; into One. Your life’s work is You. To know yourself is a Divine Command. Or, maybe each of these aspects leads you on a lifelong journey of discovery. Every part of your being is designed in such a very unique way to assure your success. Your time and place of birth, your parents and family, your name, your culture and ancestry, all contribute to your inner discovery of yourself.

The first time I ever had an astrological reading the practitioner said she didn’t know how I was alive. She exclaimed, “You have no Earth in your chart.” I’m glad I didn’t have that reading until I was 34 years old or I might have been worried. She then went back to reading me through the spiritual symbols and told me everything in my chart pointed to me being a spiritual seeker and channel. A few years later I did open to channel which I have been doing ever since.

I love simplicity, so when Jesus said to Love God with all of your heart and your neighbor as your Self that idea has been my guide. Simple, but often not easy. I made an acronym to help me, SIMPLE: “Spirit Is Mine, Precious Love Energy.” Putting that into practice is a life-long pursuit.

I love the story of the monk who went to his Master and asked, “Teach me a prayer that I might find enlightenment.” The Master agreed and started with, “Our Father.” His student said, “Thank you,” and went off to live his life. He returned to his Master 20 years later as an Enlightened Being and said, “Master I’m ready for the rest of the prayer.” Those two words, Our Father, say it all.

Our lives are an expression of the Divine. This Holiday a wonderful movie, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, has been released. The story of Mr. Rogers is the essence of simple kindness and brotherly love. The casting is perfect with Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers. The director, Marielle Heller, mentioned in an interview that for her, the most important part of the movie is the scene in the coffee shop where Mr. Rogers asks his interviewer to take a moment of silence in gratitude for those who have helped him. I love knowing that audiences are in that moment together of silent gratitude.

Very potent and real bridges of love and light to our highest good.

A hallmark of Mr. Rogers is profound, compassionate listening. One of the most healing things you can do for children, family and neighbors.

I love that Tom Hanks made an acronym for himself after the movie, WAIT: “Why Am I Talking?” That pause and real listening takes each in the conversation into the Power of Now.

Gratitude is a frequency of Divine Love, and when you are in your heart with thanks you are actually transported to the Divine realms and dimensions; you are in the arms of Love. When you are in this frequency of profound, nonjudgmental listening together, you are both taken higher.

In this place you may experience acceptance, inspiration, peace, support or, best of all, LOVE.

Why Manifest Your Good? (Part 3)

Photo by Nina Wilkins- Violet, the color of Divine Alchemy and Manifestation

We have explored in previous blogs the main attributes of the Divine. Of course all of these attributes are infinite in expression. Our Source, our Divine Creator, is unlimited, but these main qualities give us a working knowledge of who we are as Divine Children. One thought that has helped me in my spiritual unfolding is “I didn’t create myself. I have a very loving Father-Mother God.” We can claim those same Divine qualities as part of ourselves: Principle, Mind, Soul, Spirit, Life, Truth and Love. In manifesting our Good we concentrate on Life, Truth and Love as building blocks for our creations.

In the previous manifesting blogs we spoke of thought patterns, energies and beliefs we agreed to help change, and next specific parts of Mother Nature we chose to help. Now the third part of manifesting is to use our special gifts and talents to create and share.

Contemplate that you are unique not only in the Earth realm but in the Universe. When I meditate on that principle I feel the love of my Creator. The first time Sananda told me I was “the Beloved” I was overwhelmed by the thought. You are “the Beloved.” Sharing and developing your unique gifts, talents, perspectives and Beingness will bring you great joy and success. A life’s work takes a lifetime.

Sometimes a very valuable contribution we are making is invisible to us because it is us. Our Beingness is a great contribution because there is no one like us.

Our intuition is a gift we all share. Our innocence as a little child is intact and can help us manifest and lead us to our Good. My daughters have demonstrated this to me over a lifetime. On one such occasion, my youngest, when she was three years old, saw a two-wheel bike in the window of a shop when we were out for a walk. This bike I feel any little girl would love and wish for. A pink bicycle with pink and white streamers from the handle bars, a cute woven basket, a bell and training wheels. We were walking with a friend who noticed Hana’s wide eyes and reluctance to leave without the bike. At that point in time it was out of my price range, and I explained we couldn’t take it home. A few days later, in the morning Hana wouldn’t leave our front window.

She stood there for about half an hour, and I asked her if she wanted to go outside and play. “No,” she said “I’m getting a pink present today.” I said, “OK.”

Another 30 minutes went by with her standing expectantly by the window. For a very active three-year-old this was very unusual. Sure enough, a van pulled up that I didn’t recognize and a lovely woman I hadn’t met before stepped out with the bicycle. Hana yelled, “There is my pink present!” The woman was a neighbor of my friend and just wanted to do a random act of kindness. What joy that bike brought to all concerned.

When you want to manifest or create something for yourself, remember what Abraham teaches, “It’s as easy to create a castle as a button.” Ask your inner being, intuition,or inner child, “Does this hold Life for Me? Does it contain or express Love? Is it really true for Me?” When you pause and ask yourself these questions you will manifest your Good.

Have fun with it and allow the Divine Mystery to surprise you with gifts that are just for You, which I find is such a big part of the fun.

Why Manifest Your Good? (Part 2)

Why manifest your good?
Photo by Nina Wilkins

Last week’s blog focused on manifesting with the Spirit of Nature. This practice is enlivening and enriching as we are Nature. Not just in our physical body but in our emotions and feelings also.

Not only were we all born with patterns and beliefs to transform and transmute to a higher frequency, such as the scarcity belief, we also agreed to help specific parts of nature and the elementals. I agreed to help the waters, oceans, rivers, streams and the element of water. Water is the frequency of Love in the elemental realms. Also I said I would help the trees, particularly the Oaks and Redwoods. I highly recommend this inspirational card deck by Jane Struthers: The Wisdom of Trees Oracle: Inspirational Cards for Wisdom and Guidance. It not only gives physical knowledge of 73 trees but also inspiration from their devas– also the uses of their leaves, bark, fruits and roots.

Spiritoftrees.org is full of stories about trees and links to other web sites.

Trees are known as “the standing people” by many indigenous cultures. I feel that way about them. They are our great helpers, taking us to the higher realms on Earth. I invite you to be with trees as people, and you may be very surprised when they start talking to you. Trees have helped me open to my intuition and have healed and inspired me.

Today, listen to your inner being and ask which part of Mother Nature and Grandmother Earth you volunteered to assist at this time of the greatest transformation we have ever known. Humanity, the animal kingdoms, the fairy realms, the elementals all rising together in oneness and love.

We work on our goals and our goals work on us. Anything you contribute to nature will return to you in a surprise of goodness. Last week a mourning dove, a universal (and my personal) symbol of Love and Peace, flew right in front of my face and dropped one of its feathers at my feet. That small gift gave me such an uplift in my day as I have learned that feathers are signs of answered prayers.

The infinite variety in nature will give you experiences of beauty, connectedness, inspiration and love for many lifetimes.

The photo above is of a bouquet I won at our local nursery’s party to celebrate the coming holidays. The store had a “wheel of fortune,” and my turn stopped on a free bouquet. I invite you to be in nature in your awareness as a little child and you may receive a gift. Fairies and nature spirits love to surprise and delight. You may even hear their songs.