Joy

Such a small word for such a big, wonderful, important feeling.

We are made out of Love, which contains joy.

Esther Hicks, Emmet Fox and Ernest Holmes, to name a few, all teach us the spiritual importance of joy. Esther has spent the last 30 years in books and workshops teaching us how important it is to feel good, to create a life we love to live. The law of attraction demonstrates, always, that like attracts like.

The Hicks material goes as far as to say that feeling good is our number one priority. They give simple instructions: meditate 15 minutes every morning. Do a “rampage of appreciation.” Write in your book of positive aspects. This process is your point of attraction for your good. Appreciation is love, and love is the most important part of attracting your good.

This simple formula, done consistently, will bring you to joy, as joy is your essential self: love.

Joy is within you, as you are love.

Is it that simple?

Yes, I believe it is.

I do feel that joy is your #1 bridge of love-light to your High Self, your higher consciousness: inspiration, intuition, peace, fun, harmony and purpose.

My higher guides always tell me that if I am feeling joy I am doing my purpose.

In the video above, the Dalai Lama and his friend Desmond Tutu are creating a Divine World mission of joy. I have watched the video several times and can’t help but smiling and feeling joy each time. It shows us how radiating joy and laughter is contagious. 

In these times we can all use more joy and humor.

This link takes you to their web page for Mission: JOY.

We are all bridges of love and light to the New Earth.

Grandmother Earth and Mother Nature are leading us.

All of the Elemental Kingdoms are cheering us on and teaching us by being themselves. Water shows us the true nature of Love, miraculous. Moving and giving life to whatever it touches: clear, whole, moving and constantly changing form. Air: breathing us to our Divine Nature and connection with all that is. Fire: sunshine, starlight, the perfect manifestation of love-light. A continuous and eternal symbol of a loving Father-Mother God. And Earth, our home. Earth, so beautiful that legend has it that visitors from many star systems come here to witness the wonder and limitless  beauty of her.

Sananda has told me many times that the birthing of the New Earth will be grass roots changes.  You and I in our thoughts, feelings, words and deeds are bringing Heaven to Earth.

Appreciation of this incredible home opens our creativity and inspires us to bring our own unique contribution to this incredible healing and awakening. 

Today, I wanted to share the YouTube video above with you as these lovely women have inspired me to give more to our Mother Earth. I love my Irish Heritage. If you give yourself the time to just relax into the video in a receptive mode you may experience a new opening to the magic and mystery of working with the land. Being with the myriad of nature spirits and the infinite variety of weather, seasons, plants, animals and elements can give you a new lease on an abundant life that is all around you but often unseen.

This exploration can give you untold experiences of joy and wonder.

I read, but I can’t remember the reference, that a scientist calculated that if we planted one trillion trees, climate change would be averted. The natural balance of climate would return.

Your one tree planted and cared for is the beginning.

Mother Nature Is Now

The Aquarian Age quality of NOW, is easily brought to us by being in Mother Nature.

The YouTube videos for today contain the sounds, colors, beauty and creatures of our amazing Planet. They encourage and inspire us to go out and be in Nature so we can feel and experience the Elemental Kingdoms firsthand.

Now is not a measure of time. It is an awareness of Divine Presence that wells up within us when we are conscious and present.

When we are unconscious our mind often jumps to past or future thinking.

We create our future by BEING conscious and aware in this moment.  We drop into the “Deep  I,” as Eckhart Tolle calls our presence.

Today, if you wish, you can use these short videos to point to your own still, small voice. The sounds and beauty of nature remind us of our own connections to all that is. Our own amazing and miraculous planet that is our home enlivens our being.

In this state of reverence and appreciation we open to our creativity.

Joy easily comes to us. Love and creativity are our true nature. 

With these qualities at hand and recognized, the scones we bake are heavenly and very nutritious. The sweater we knit has a warmth and glow within it. The letter we write to a friend has a healing and nurturing quality to it. We may just be inspired to write a book or paint a sunset.  

Our lives become radiant and express LOVE.

Mother Nature, Now and Our New Earth

Photo by Nina Wilkins. My Nature guides: Scarlet Pimpernels

I love books.

Books have been my teachers, friends and healers since I was nine years old.

Our Aquarian Age, that we have entered, includes several main qualities that will hold us in very new frequencies as a Unified consciousness: Mother Nature, Now, and a New Earth are among them.

For your summer reading, and for me, my ongoing reading, I have included my favorite of  Eckhart Tolle’s powerful books that are about these three qualities: Stillness Speaks, The Power of Now and A New Earth. Each teaches us that we have a deep connection to our unique selves that can be easily reached and discovered simply by being in the Now, stillness and breathing. BEING.

Each book has its own special teachings.

Over my own conscious spiritual journey I have discovered many spirit guides who have taught me “to be still and know that I am God.”

The Now helps us connect deeply with Presence, which brings us joy, wisdom and peace.

I have used each of these books, over the years as inspirational guides and teachers.

The first, Stillness Speaks, contains one of my favorite ideas: “Nature can bring you to stillness. That is its gift to you. When you perceive and join with nature in the field of stillness, that field becomes permeated with your awareness. That is your gift to nature.

“Through you Nature becomes aware of itself. Nature has been waiting for you, as it were, for millions of years.”

Next is The Power of Now. This is a spiritual guide and course. The Now contains our freedom and joy. Our true being.

Eckhart’s  A New Earth, Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, teaches us how to transcend our ego-based state of consciousness. We increase our happiness and help awakening humanity to be fully present. Being conscious allows us the knowingness that we are all One and are connected to ALL that is.

I’m sure if you decide to jump into any or all of these books they will take you well into the Fall, or Winter, Spring, or maybe back to Summer again.

Happy reading and experiencing the joy of being in the Now.

Contemplate Being. Photo by Nina Wilkins

Mother Nature

To continue my favorite summer reading books, I’ve included Sharing Nature with Children by Joseph Cornell. I would add to the title “Children of all ages.” Nature can bring out the child in us and is part of the reason I love Mother Nature so much.

This summer, or any time, I invite you to try some of the exercises in this book. One of my favorites I used teaching a group of First Graders is “feel the heart beat of a tree.” Another very popular one is “meeting a tree.”

Today, I’ve also included another short YouTube video of Muir Woods. It was filmed just last week, so you will receive the summer feeling. Also a ride across Golden Gate Bridge is included. The park is now currently open for visitors.

The Japanese term for a walk in Nature is “forest breathing.” Breathing in nature makes me feel part of this miraculous creation and part of all that is.

I’ve included here an excerpt about John Muir from Sharing Nature with Children:

“John Muir would sometimes become so engrossed in his wandering in the Sierras that a one-day outing would become a trek lasting several days or even weeks. And in his travels he had none of the ‘essential supplies’ like food, warm clothing or even sleeping blankets. He was sustained by his love of beauty and solitude. Listen to his description of the inspiration that nourished him in wild places:

‘Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer… Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energies, while cares will drop off like Autumn leaves.'”

That’s how I feel when I have only been walking in the woods for a few minutes. Wonderful.

My dad told me a story of his experiences with his dad growing up. His dad would give them each two baked potatoes– one for each pocket– and they would walk in the forest for the entire day into the evening. He loved those times.

We are made out of Nature and are part of Nature, not separate. A friend once told me that if I was lonely to make friends with a tree. I have done that and have realized we can make friends with any part of nature and feel whole. 

We, humanity, are growing in the understanding that our Love and stewardship of our dear Grandmother Earth cannot be delayed any longer.

Encounters With Fairies, Fauns and the Spirit of Mother Nature

Today for your summer reading and joy I want to share one of my favorite books, Encounters with Nature Spirits: Co-creating with the Elemental Kingdom, by R. Ogilvie Crombie. This book just came to me a few months ago as an unexpected gift. I love the Divine right timing as this beautiful story has reminded me in a very deep way of the power, joy and contribution we can all make to healing our Earth Mother when we co-operate with the Spirit of Nature.

In 1981, I had a magical journey to Findhorn. My friend Marilyn, who has an incredibly spectacular garden in the Santa Cruz Mountains in California, and I decided to travel to the North of Scotland to visit the Findhorn gardens we had read about.

As is inevitable in spiritual growth and adventure journeys, our experience of the gardens was not at all what we had expected. We didn’t know that the emphasis, at that brief period, was not on the garden, but on spiritual and community development. The gardens were integrated into the emphasis of co-creating with the spirit of nature. It was early March, and where the garden had been was dirt and divisions and paths made with stones.  We were disappointed, to say the least. That disappointment dissolved quickly, as we were to have some very amazing encounters with very amazing people and nature spirits.

One day, we were guided to an enchanting spot in a forest near a rushing stream. Our leader instructed us to become still and, within our heart, invite Pan, the non-localized spirit of nature, to come and visit us. I was hoping to have a visual of Pan, though that didn’t happen. I did have an overwhelming feeling of my love of nature and a powerful feeling of being connected to that place. Each of our group of about 20 participants had unique experiences, which we shared over dinner.  

That experience was 40 years ago, though this wonderful story by ROC, R. Ogilvie Crombie, has brought it all back very vividly into my memories.

You can travel with ROC, and meet Pan, Fauns and Nature Spirits in this wonderful true story. His writing and accounts make the lands near Edinburgh, Scotland, including the Royal Botanic Gardens and Findhorn, come alive.

This treasure, came to me to inspire me to dedicate my energies to the healing of Grandmother Earth and Mother Nature. 

I hope you will enjoy the adventure ROC takes you on. You may even have the wonder of meeting Pan.

Also note the other entries in this blog category, Grandmother Earth, Mother Nature and You, Dear Heart. (Particularly, August 14, 2018.)

The Flowering of Humanity’s Consciousness

Dandelions. Photo by Nina Wilkins

We humans may likely change and transform “overnight” as these Dandelions do. I have always loved Dandelions.

“Dear common flower that grow’st  beside the way, fringing the dusty road with harmless gold, first pledge of blithesome May…” -James Russell Lowell

“Their lovely constellations make a little heaven on earth of the grassy places that have been brown and bare for months. They touch the heartstrings in much the same way as the early notes of the Robin” (1902) -Frances Theodora Parsons

“…even during the worst blizzard in January, a glass of Dandelion Wine will bring summer right into the house.” -Euell Gibbons, “Stalking the Wild Asparagus,” 1962

Each of these quotes are from Who named the Daisy? Who named the Rose? by Mary Durant

Dandelions. Transformation during the night. Photo by Nina Wilkins

I love this little book. She has a brief history of many North American wild flowers, their uses and some fun facts about them including how they got their name.

“The word dandelion is an anglicization of the original French name dent de lion, the tooth of the lion, and the name was given because of the jagged, toothlike edges of the leaves.”

I really enjoy dandelion leaves in my salad.

We are all so unique and have our gifts to share. I would never think of a dandelion flower as a weed. Just as I hope you will have a high concept of your self so you may share your gifts with all of us.

A field of dandelions. Photo by Nina Wilkins

Flowers

Photo by Nina Wilkins

Flowers never fail to uplift me. Their colors, shapes, fragrance, beauty, intricate geometries and patterns, and feeling tones are miraculous.

Flowers first appeared on Earth 114 million years ago (from A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle).

That was a huge shift in consciousness for the plant kingdom.

Humanity is undergoing that same blossoming of consciousness as we speak.

The shift contains many qualities for all of humanity such as Unity, Oneness with all life, Creativity, Prosperity for all, care for Mother Nature, and Love, Love and More Love– to name a few. A giant leap in consciousness is here for all of us Now.

Flowers are wonderful Spirit guides. They have learned a lot in 114 million years.

Their wisdom is shared in many ways. In our gardens through their presence, which is one of their most amazing ways; by being themselves.

Photo by Nina Wilkins

Another way is through their essence: their spiritual pattern of learning that they share. 

I have used flower essences for years. Each time I do, I’m amazed at their magical qualities of transformation.

One of my favorite companies to purchase them from is Green Hope Farm in New Hampshire.

They have collections from many parts of the world. Just visiting their website is uplifting in itself. As you read the descriptions of each flower it is plain to see that each individual flower brings a unique conscious and spiritual connection to Grandmother Earth.

If you haven’t used flower essences before, the people at Green Hope Farm are more than happy to help you chose ones that will serve you. They also have essences for pets and children. 

The photographs of flowers I chose for today are for their beauty, colors and amazing shapes. I took the photos  yesterday at our local nursery, just for the fun of it.

Flowers have helped me the most over the years by teaching me Presence. Sitting quietly in a garden, allowing my own spiritual presence to emerge, has helped my well being, peace, joy and creativity. Seeing fairies and nature spirits has been an added bonus to know myself as a Divine creation– just like flowers.

 A perfect peony. Photo by Nina Wilkins

Appreciation

Dawn. Photo by Nina Wilkins

Years ago when I taught prosperity workshops I would have the participants, one by one, stand alone in the center of a circle made by the 20 participants and receive love. We would all think loving thoughts about that person. The instructions for the person in the middle were to just Be receptive to the Love. Receive the love and appreciation of the group. After a few minutes I would ask everyone to clap for and smile at the person in the center. After this exercise,  we all realized we needed practice in receiving love and appreciation.  When our friends clapped for us, we all had a difficult time receiving the applause.

If you wish for your good– love, money, health or any good thing– start with allowing love and appreciation for You. Accept the feeling of many people loving you and clapping for you.

Appreciation is the same vibration as Love. St. Germaine, one of my Spirit guides, often tells me everything I could wish for is at hand. When we allow our good, we can create the generous attitude that there is  plenty for all. 

Love is the most powerful and attractive force in the Universe. Love attracts love, so for any of your wishes to come true start with LOVE. Love You, Your family, Pets, Mother Earth, colors, clouds, music… whatever. There is an  infinite number of choices.

I didn’t realize until I gave an Easter Sunrise ceremony for some friends that Dawn, first light, does not always coincide with Sunrise, depending on where you are Geographically and Seasonally. I always thought they were at the same moment. Dawn, first light, when the small birds start chirping, may be several minutes before you see the sun actually rising on the horizon. This is the same for sunset and dusk. 

Dawn and dusk are the in-between times. These are the magical times when we can see fairies and tree spirits, where your own special Earth Magic can come alive.

 Watch the Dawn move into Sunrise and feel the New Day. If you can do this standing barefoot on the Earth, all the better.

Enjoy the Dusk after the Sun sets and realize all of the goodness of your day. These simple practices can bring you to appreciate You and all that is around you: sky, stars, Earth, air, water and fire. We are Now in the Dawn of the Age of Aquarius, the Water bearer, the Love bearer. This is as magical and mystical in-between times as it gets.

Dusk. Carmel, CA. Photo by Nina Wilkins

Now

“Originality consists in returning to the origin.” —Antoni Gaudi

“Now is a concept whose time has come.” —Nina Wilkins

Fairy flower. Photo by Nina Wilkins

In the now your presence can well up and you can own what you have won–  your true beingness from which everything springs.

You have won that very unique present, you.

If you don’t experience that precious present of your Divine self you are covered over by time, as Eckhart Tolle teaches us. You are thinking about past or future.

Over the ages spiritual teachers of many denominations or philosophies have taught us about being in the present. Master Jesus taught us to pray, “Give us this day.”

Joel Goldsmith, “The Infinite Way,” has taught us to practice the presence which wells up in the now.

Monks chant “Om na ma shiva ya” to focus their spirit to be aligned with the Divine Now.

Meditation allows for the quieting of the mind, and the Presence within comes to light with joy and peace, now.

Walking slowly and quietly in nature brings you to the Now with the all, Oneness. Listening and watching brings you to this level of consciousness when you are present. 

Angels sing praises to the Divine constantly.  No room for anything but gratitude.

In Nature, the tiniest flower seed grows in the dark ever so slowly pushing through the heavy dark earth, moment by moment, Now.

If you would like to experience this level of consciousness, The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle is the best guide I can imagine– truly uplifting and transformative. Also, his books Stillness Speaks and A New Earth will point you in the direction of experiencing your Being within.

A fun synchronicity for me is one of the accolades given to The Power of Now. “The most important book in a spiritual life written in the last decade.” —Thunderbird Bookshop, Carmel, California. This was one of my favorite spots to go in the 1980s and 90s, though it closed I believe in 2002. 

From the first page of The Power of Now:

“You are here to enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold. That is how important you are!” —Eckhart Tolle