Joy

Last year my personal theme for 2022 was happiness.  

Happiness springs from our core of Divine Love. Keeping my focus and attention on happiness gave me renewed ways of being happy.

For 2023 my theme is JOY.

Our essential nature is joy, though it can be covered over by forms of anxiety and fear.

I’ve learned that breathing in the moment and moving toward what I know of joy, now, can put me back to this natural state. 

When I’m joyful I feel myself, and I also feel well-being and peace.

What we focus on expands. Below is a list of quotes from a book, Joy, that was given to me by my daughter.

These are the days of miracle and wonder…”— Paul Simon 

“Remember the feeling as a child When you woke up and morning smiled? It’s time its time its time you felt like that again.”—Taj Mahal

Some people are so much sunshine to the square inch.”—Walt Whitman 

“let joy be unconfined”—Lord Byron

Those who wish to sing always find a song.—Swedish Proverb

“Let a joy keep you. Reach out your hands and take it when it runs by.”—Carl Sandburg

“There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.”—Buddha 

When we turn our attention to joy we see how much joy and happiness we already have, and it expands.

The Universe we live in is expanding, and we have the creative ability to expand our choices– for Love, Giving, moving toward our good and joy.

Plant Powered

In all things of Nature there is something of the marvelous. —Aristotle

I woke up this morning thinking about my sixth grade friend Latitsia. She was very exotic in my mind: she was a vegetarian. (At the time that was rare and unusual.) That was 1959. She was very beautiful and took ballet. Also unusual, as I think she had to go to a neighboring town to find a dance studio. 

We were talking one day, and she said she and her mom and aunt were going to drive across the desert. “Wow,” I thought. That was not easy in those days, with practically no roadside restaurants– especially for vegetarians. I asked her what they would eat, and she said they took cans of frozen orange juice to sip, and they would eat avocados. That seemed very amazing to me.

Another thing that changed that year for me, in addition to having a vegetarian friend, was tea. My mom had always given me Lipton Orange Pekoe tea when I wasn’t feeling well, and to me that was Tea. That all changed when some new friends of my mom’s—out of towners—served us a very new and unusual tea that I loved, Constant Comment. It was an orange and clove flavored  black tea. That was the day that began my tea and herb hobby.

I love tea and herbs. 

I have many favorite brands, Yogi, Celestial Seasonings, Numi, to name a few. My top best pick is Traditional Medicinals.

I have highlighted them today in the chart above and in the photos below. I have used them and followed their growth and improvement over the last 25 years. Wonderful.

To my delight they have a new line of black teas. My favorite: an Assam Chai. 

So good. Organic Assam teas are often difficult to find; my Christmas Present to myself.

With each tea bag you receive carefully selected tea and a quote for the day on the attached paper. The company is B certified, and all of the ingredients are organic.

I love learning about the herbs, spices, and tea combinations. I find they are some of the easiest, most soothing, and comforting ways to enhance my well-being.

Bridges of love light.

Becorns

“Becorns” are named after Acorns because they are second.

I love the creator David M. Bird. He is so creative and fun.

Our Nova Earth, which is here now, is filled with Creativity. The energy of creativity always makes me feel joyful when I tune into it.

I discovered “Becorns” a few months ago and they made me smile and laugh.

In the video above David shows us the process of his art and creations. He has a delightful and whimsical way of expression.

I thank Sunday Morning for sharing his story in the video below- an indication for me that we are in the dawning of the Age of Aquarius where our hearts are leading our minds; where we cherish Mother Nature and all of her gifts.

One of my own favorite creative projects is creating tiny homes for fairies and gnomes. The more we believe in these elementals, the more they can help us be good stewards of our Earth Home.

Thank you David, for sharing your gifts of beauty, fun, creativity, joy and a tender love of Nature.

Sounds in Mother Nature, Songs, and Music

Sounds in Mother Nature, Songs, and Music are some of my favorite bridges of love light. We can be instantly uplifted by our favorite Music and Lyrics.

The video today contains one of my favorite songs and favorite artists, Matteo Bocelli.

Disney’s The Lion King movie came out in 1994. 

It has special meaning for me as my daughter, Hana, was four years old, and my daughter, Roeya, gave her a Simba Halloween costume that was cherished and worn for fun until it was very outgrown. We all loved the movie, music and its theme of love and care for Nature and Family.

The Lion King went to Broadway in 1997 and has continued there for 21+ years with several wins for Best Musical, global productions and it has been seen by 100 million people.

I have included the lyrics to the song in the video here:

There’s a calm surrender
To the rush of day
When the heat of a rolling wind
Can be turned away
An enchanted moment
And it sees me through
It’s enough for this restless warrior
Just to be with you

And can you feel the love tonight?
It is where we are
It’s enough for this wide-eyed wanderer
That we got this far
And can you feel the love tonight
How it’s laid to rest?
It’s enough to make kings and vagabonds

Believe the very best

There’s a time for everyone
If they only learn
That the twisting kaleidoscope
Moves us all in turn
There’s a rhyme and reason

To the wild outdoors
When the heart of this star-crossed voyager

Beats in time with yours
And can you feel the love tonight?
It is where we are
It’s enough for this wide-eyed wanderer
That we got this far
And can you feel the love tonight
How it’s laid to rest?
It’s enough to make kings and vagabonds
Believe the very best
It’s enough to make kings and vagabonds
Believe the very best

I feel the lyrics are foreshadowing our coming heaven on Grandmother Earth.

Enjoy!

Water, Nepo, Eau, Acqua, Agua, Wasser

Water Crystal Oracle by Masaru Emoto “Love for Humanity”

I have always loved all of the elements and elementals. I have studied a few cultures and their  ways of working with the elements. Each has helped me understand their importance for our joy, health and Spiritual Growth.

I love my Irish heritage and have learned from one Celtic tradition that there are three elements: the Sky above, the Earth below our feet and the Oceans.

Another is our Western traditions of Earth, Air, Fire and Water, with each having elementals and Devas as part of their Beingness.

Traditional Chinese  Medicine teaches us of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water, each having a season and purpose for our health.

All include Water.

I love Water’s healing and mystical qualities.

Masaru Emoto’s work demonstrates the magical and healing powers of Water in his many books and photographs. The photos of the Water Crystals, here, are from his Oracle Cards.

Water Crystal Oracle by Masaru Emoto ”Love and Thanks”

Also, his book The Healing Power of Water is an Anthology, and contains many authors in three parts: the Scientific Perspectives, Health and Healing Perspectives, and Spiritual and Mythological Perspectives. I have highlighted the article by Starhawk below.

“Waters of the World” by Starhawk:

One morning I was meditating beside a beautiful lake in Vermont, listening for whatever messages the water might have for me. ‘All water is connected,’ the lake said. ‘All water is in constant communication with all other water. The waters of the world are one—one consciousness, holding the world in liquid embrace. What you do to any part of the waters affects them all.

I hold my glass of water in gratitude and drink it. I know I have made a healing tonic.

Another simple practice I do, and receive an instant uplift from, is blessing a glass of water and pouring it in a river, creek, pond or in my bath water. I visualize it going around the world with its message of love. 

Water is LOVE, in the elemental kingdoms and here in our everyday reality.

Water enlivens and heals. It rejuvenates and gives us energy. It quenches our thirst and Loves our body. It refreshes and resets us.

To learn more, Masaru Emoto’s, The Healing Power of Water, with perspectives from 21 authors from several disciplines, will inspire you to treat this beautiful element with respect, love and care. It is still available from Amazon.com.

The Ondines from the deep ocean, the sprites of the ocean shoreline and the Ocean itself, may give you messages. Your own mystical and intuitive abilities will be enhanced by listening to Water.

Don’t you always get your best ideas in the shower?

Grandmother Earth

Recently I was looking for an item on YouTube and Pando showed up in a video on the 10 most beautiful places in Nature. It held the spot of number “One.” I was delighted to know that it is close to us, in Utah, and that we have a mini-Pando right in our backyard.

When we first moved to Idaho, I was awakened by a sound I wasn’t familiar with. I looked out my window, and it was the “quaking aspens.” Their leaves catch the wind and create a very lovely “whooshing” sound.

The photos I took last week are of our neighborhood Aspens. The bright yellow leaves are short-lived, as just last night our first snow came, and now they are mostly on the ground.

Our neighborhood aspens, by Nina Wilkins

My friend told me, before I saw the Pando video, that aspens grow in groups and are connected underground by their roots.

“If you plant them in your yard you need two or three and to be aware they will send out underground sprouts to create more,” he said.

I love seeing our resident moose-infant sitting under ours as they love to eat the bark.

Aspens are a wonderful metaphor for awakening Earthlings, People—Humanity.

They thrive on water and hold water– Love– for each other. They are all connected, though each tree is unique.

WE ARE LIKE THAT.

Two of the qualities of the Aquarian Age, which we have entered, are Teamwork and Cooperation. Aspens use those qualities to grow and thrive. A landscaper for a home near us only planted one Aspen tree, and it looks forlorn and struggling. It definitely needs a friend.

Grandmother Earth loves us.

Mother Nature is teaching us all of the time through her Flora, Fauna and the Elemental kingdoms how to thrive and be prosperous without doing harm to the Earth or Each Other.

Many of us are hearing and Learning what she has to teach, and that number is growing exponentially daily. Thank you All.

I love this quote from the Persian poet, Hafiz, “You have all of the ingredients for a wonderful life, mix them, mix them.”

Our neighborhood aspens, by Nina Wilkins

Sunflowers – Part 2

Photo by Janette Nash

SYNCHRONICITY, my favorite. Synchronicity makes me smile. My friend Janette took the photos included. She told me that she and my sister, Charmaine, had been talking about Sunflowers last week, the day before my blog. I picked up their thoughts telepathically or in the ethers I Suppose, or from my high self who likes to surprise me with the knowing of the interconnectedness of us all.

Also, a few days after my last blog, Janette sent me these photos and mentioned that a lady in Hermosa Beach plants Sunflower seeds all over the town. They do well as they are wild flowers. Janette said that when she was a child, her mother helped her plant a hedge of Sunflowers and that they always make her happy.

Last week I included a quote from “Green Hope Farm Flower Essences” Venus Garden, Sunflower Spiral. Today the quote is from the Essence of the individual Sunflower, Helianthus:

“Sunflower knows that each of us is a manifestation of Divinity in physical form. It helps us to be a chalice of light.”

Photo by Janette Nash: A “wild” sunflower in Hermosa Beach, CA

Flower Essences are amazing to say the least. If you would like to discover them, call Green Hope Farm Flower Essences. The people there are happy to talk with you and answer your questions.

When I was about six years old, my Sunday School teacher taught us that a ray of sunlight is never separated from the Sun. She said we are like that with our Creator, Father, Mother, God. She said we can never be separated from God’s Love. Sunflowers, Including their leaves and stem, follow the sun from dawn until dusk. They gently keep turning their faces toward the Sun. If you sit very quietly next to one you may observe this. (Or you can view with time lapse photography.)

Sunflowers remind me of that idea. They spark my inner child to remember to create Goodness. That is why I included the video below. John Denver loved Nature so much. In an interview, he said Nature always inspired him because he felt Nature listened to him and gave him his songs.

I feel the same way. “Sunshine On My Shoulder,” a cloud, a tree, a flower, or a sunset can inspire me to know I’m part of the Divine, Grandmother Earth, Mother Nature, and all that is.

Sunflowers

I’ve always loved being aware of how the Universe of Love supports us.

One way that is magical and mystical is the phenomenon of SYNCHRONICITY.

Synchronicity partly works on the Law of Attraction and partly on the principle of Divine Mystery.

Our Angels, Guides and High Selves love to surprise us with the joy of SERENDIPITY, SYNERGY, SYNCHRONICITY, sacred SPIRAL and Sunflowers.

When I saw the Sunflowers and bees and heard the Meadow Larks in the short video above I felt the joy, and bridge of love light, that I wanted to share with you.

There are at least 60 varieties of sunflowers. They are a wildflower but do really well being cultivated. 

THE SERENDIPITY happened when I was looking for a book on Amazon the same day I saw the video and the amazing book below, Basilius Besler’s Florilegium: The Book of Plants: The Book of Plants – the Complete Plates, showed up with a drawing of a sunflower. The book is now on my wish list. It’s from the 1600s about an amazing garden in Germany that no longer exists, but the beautiful rendered drawings document it. 

I then thought, “Wow, I wonder what the Sunflower essence would help us with,” and looked it up in A Guide to Green Hope Farm Flower Essences. This account below tells of their 2001 Venus Garden. My favorite.

My friend Deborah and I had just this week been talking about the idea that spiritual  growth is a sacred spiral and this Sunflower Essence helps us with that.

“Sunflower, the one to have when you need to live like a super hero; a personal reminder of our divinity. Also, Sunflower Spiral (the way they were planted in the Venus Garden) Helps us feel grounded in our Divine light. Helps us to know who is there to support us and know whom we are there to support.

“Renews and encourages us when the going gets tough.”

The SYNERGY comes in when we eat them. 

Sunflower seeds are filled with nutrition, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. Birds love them, and the sunflower seeds in commercial bird feeds fall to the ground and often result in a surprise flower.

The chart below shows the nutrients that we often don’t find in our usual diet.

Enjoy.

These little seeds are often forgotten on my grocery list, though now they will be at the top of it.

Water

Water is Love in the elemental kingdoms.

We have the ability to solve our drought by being willing to see things differently.

Each of the short videos today show that with awareness, seeing things differently and changing our habits, just a little bit, we can help our dear Mother Earth and ourselves to be healthier and more in balance.

The elementals love us and want to work with us. Just holding a glass of water in your hands, loving it and thanking it has a huge impact. Thanking the air and clear blue sky will uplift you and the sylphs of the air.

Water is all one, as are trees, air, fire and Grandmother Earth, so one small act of kindness affects the whole.

Each little stream, creek, pond, river and the ocean all have over-lighting Devas helping to heal and clear them. Ondine’s work in the deep ocean, and sprites, where the ocean waves meet the shore. There are nymphs that watch over ponds, rivers and streams. Your garden hose water also has tiny beings loving the water and helping your garden flowers.

Heaven on Earth is being established by individuals discovering that they can affect their health, homes and lives in beautiful nourishing ways by working with the Devas and Nature Sprits. The Findhorn Eco Village, in Scotland, is a thriving example of what can be accomplished by working with the Spirit of Nature and following the intuitive guidance received.

The Findhorn Garden Book, by Dorothy MacLean and the Caddys, Eileen and Peter, teaches us how to be in tune with our gardens. Also To Hear the Angels Sing by Dorothy MacLean.

I had a miraculous time when I got to visit Findhorn in 1980. The best for me was learning how to tune into and meet Pan, the Non-Localized Spirit of Nature. We hiked to the forest where there was a rushing river and sat on rocks along the banks. Our facilitator guided us in a meditation to meet Pan. We all had very unique experiences to share. All these years later that is my most vivid memory of our week-long stay.

I received the feelings and ideas of how important working with the elementals and nature spirits is for Humanity and the Earth. A wonderful book, Encounters with Nature Spirits, by R. Ogilvie Crombie, teaches and inspires us. His experiences are extraordinary and seem quite normal in the telling. He was a friend and guide for Findhorn for many years though he lived in Edinburgh, Scotland. 

I love teaching people how to see fairies. I know the flower fairies and pixies are the ones who have inspired high teas, with the beautiful painted tea cups and all of the food and very small decorated sweets, cakes, cream (fairies’ favorite) and little sandwiches that are served in the garden. Wonderful.

What is your dream of Heaven on Earth? Now is the time to create it.

Our Oceans

Hello friends.

The video above, “Spotted Dolphins,” is your two minutes of Zen for the day. Just take a few deep breaths, relax and allow the peace and joy from the Ocean and Dolphins; definitely a bridge of love-light.

One breath of nature makes the whole world kin. – Shakespeare

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. – John Muir

More and more people are awakening and realizing we are in the Golden Age of Aquarius, where Universal Love is the primary quality permeating all life. Currently it may not look like that in our world, but little by little,  life is blossoming around and through Humanity, the Elemental Kingdoms, Animal Kingdoms and Plant kingdoms, especially Trees.

A few years ago I learned from Sananda that the great changes on our Grandmother Earth would be grass roots. From the bottom up. Not from Governments or the “top” but from individuals. Us. 

Today we can help our Oceans and all life in the Divine Waters of this incredibly beautiful planet by very simple but powerful individual acts of awareness and kindness.

When you are on your walk today, pick up the small bits of trash, as that is what birds choose as food. Cigarette butts, bottle caps and shiny foil wrappers attract seagulls, pelicans and other birds. 

September in California is beach clean up month. There are hundreds of sites that provide everything you will need to join the cleanup crew. It’s fun also. The statistics of wildlife that are killed each year due to trash are disheartening. 

I take an extra poop bag when I’m walking Lola, my daughter’s dog, so I can easily pick up the small bits of trash. When we pick up one cigarette butt, a bird might be saved. I love that feeling.

The very big thing you can do is stop buying single-use plastics. Of course keep the plastics you have in your home that you are using over and over. Single-use plastics are choking our streams, rivers and oceans. Most of these are water or beverage containers. Only 5% of all plastics are recycled.

One of my favorite and effective not-for-profit organizations is Oceana. Founded by Ted Danson and Woody Harrelson over 20 years ago, Oceana has been making great strides in helping our Oceans.

These three small actions: trash pick up, “no more” single use plastic, and supporting Oceana, are small individual actions, but multiplied by millions will make great strides in solving our Ocean Pollution. Our clean oceans can feed one billion people.

Also, a message from our Golden Dolphins: don’t forget to rest and play. With all that needs to be done on our Mother Earth, play refreshes our spirit and renews us. Our inner child needs lots of rest and silly fun to be in the creative spirit that will solve the problems at hand. Teamwork and Cooperation are the order of the day. 

Thank you for creating these bridges of love-light for You, your family and friends and our very amazing, mysterious and Divine home- planet Earth.