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Archive for May 4th, 2012

“Oh Great Mystery
Sun, Moon, Earth, Sky and Sea
You are within me
And all around me.”

This is a beautiful chant we sang at the early morning meditation group at the International Women’s Writing Guild Skidmore Summer Conference when I attended and taught workshops there in the 1990’s.

The meditation was led by Amejo Amyot, a holy, raucous, humorous and good-willed woman writer and artist. During the time I attended there, Ameyo began creating wondrous full-bodied women goddesses. She said they came from within and demanded to be created and put on Earth.

Amejo

Amejo lived from her Essential Self — the Self that Barbara Marx Hubbard talks about that is the driving force of the Universal Human. The week-long  IWWG  Summer Conference was alive with the Spirit of many Essential Selves showing up or in the process of emerging.

I am eternally grateful for being in their presence. They came as teachers, guides, lively spirits and friends and you remained touched by your experience there throughout the year until you returned the following year.

“Woman, I Am
Spirit, I Am
I Am the Infinite within my soul.
I have no beginning
and I have no end.
Oh, this I Am.”

This was another chant we sang in the meditation class and spontaneously broke out in across the campus grounds throughout the week.

One of the things we did, mid-week in the meditation group, was to create a prayer stick from the materials Ameyo brought into class. First we took an early morning walk in the woods outside the building. It was a cool, crisp and dewey late summer temperature in the north-east location of Saratoga Springs, New York that accompanied us on our walk.  Most of the time there was either a dim sliver moon hanging yet in the sky or, if we were lucky, a full luminous shadowing full circle, sliding from view until the following evening.

My first prayer stick was just a bit of a twiggy branch, but I brought it inside with me and adorned with with blue, red, and yellow slim ribbons and not much else. I wasn’t real confident in the creation of such a stick yet, but in following years, I looked forward to it.

We put our prayer intentions on our sticks and then brought them outside on a grassy square, placing them in a circle for the rest of the week. It was impossible not to glance at them as we passed by on the way to classes or the cafeteria, featuring not only food, but the multiple conversations of motivated women filled with the energies of creation, laughter and purpose.

My twiggy prayer stick had a very deep intention on it. The intention for grandchildren. My younger daughter had suffered the pains of the loss of her first child, due to miscarriage and was struggling to conceive again.

I took my prayer stick home with me at the end of the conference. I believe I had three ribbons ends trailing off my stick. I have had that prayer stick in my creativity room ever since.

My daughter conceived within the year with my first granddaughter Devon, now age 17. Her brother arrived four years later. And my first daughter, after several miscarriages, gave birth to spirit-of-light & laughter, Amy Frances.

Hummmm — three ribbons, three grandchildren. Oh, Great Mystery!

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Lakeshore Sunsets

Michigan fits us like a hand in a glove.

We have metro Detroit, rolling hills and lakes
of Southwestern Michigan
and like the old song,
A,B,C,D,E,F,G oh, Tom’s got a gal
in KALAMAZOO!

UP NORTH, we have winter wonderland and we
know how to use it.

and we have four of the five Great Lakes surrounding our edges: Lake Michigan,
Lake Superior, Lake Huron and Lake Erie

and many Autumn trails to follow in our leisure
to be amidst the riches and gifts  of nature

This is

Pure Michigan!

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The Universe In My Body

For days, I have been pulling at the story-telling ball of yarn, searching for a thread to start a tiny story. It seems I have a varigated ball of yarn and the threads switch topics all over the place.

This is happening to me as I immerse myself in the study of and the experience of the twelve week course of Barbara Marx Hubbard’s Agents of Conscious Evolution. Her goal is to “grow” or “evolve” many thousands of us to a world-view of existing in the world as a resonating vibration of creativity that will positively affect our lives and our planet for good.

There, I’ve come up with one of the “first things first.” Trying to put words to what it is I think I am doing in this course.

I believe my Intention Mandala I created for 2012 is the driving force for me arriving at this learning place at this time in my life. The visual, I may have shared before, is our planet Earth, surrounded by black space, with a burning fire  exploding in the center. My intention is to better understand how “all that is, is ONE.

Four of the conditions I commit to living so as to manifest my desires listed on the circumference of my mandala are: I will do my work, I will practice the Presence, I will be faithful to the quiet, and I will love my neighbor.

While the breadth and scope of this course are mighty expansive and challenging just to keep up with, I early-on notice that all of those four commitments are wrapped into this work.  I am in awe of the connections I am making and even the loose threads which may just dangle a bit before I tie them into the pattern as a whole.

So another first thing Barbara insists is fundamental for us students is to tie our own story into the BIG story of creation — Indeed, she says we ARE part of the big story of creation — we are not separate from it.

So who doesn’t like to write stories, if not Napkinwriter. In the story of creation, Marx Hubbard created a 30 minute video outlining our beginnings from fourteen and one-half billion years ago, the firey outer big bang, and the creation of our four billion year old Earth, and the benchmarks of life appearing on this planet.

Along with that comes the historical presence of humankind, who still today, bear traces of the original atoms and molecules  of original creation. We are made of the very same awesome power as the star, from a source and power of all that is.

I feel like the image of the fetus baby in the Universe. I feel like continuing to learn about Conscious Evolution in this medium will or already has produced an internal big bang in me.

For Marx Hubbard has the company of many experts in the fields of science, spirituality and social leadership who contend that, at this time of life on planet Earth, the speed of technological creativity and production and the easy access and rapid rate of cultural exchanges and familiarity are actually and realistically also speeding up the evolution of mankind — only the physical aspect of evolution lags behind the pace of activity in the world today.

The Mind has evolved to where it can conceive of a world that works for all. A world where wars are not caused by boundaries, greed, and “I-ism” (I made that word up). A world where people practice heart-resonance, as demonstrated a successful tool for open communication and positive problem-solving action by Heart-Math Institute.

One of the first things I’ve noticed in myself as I get into this course is that I had to become comfortable with the word, evolution. And then I had to enlarge my own self-concept to put the two words together — conscious evolution — to consider that I actually could have something to do with evolution.

And I’ve discovered I do. Conscious Evolution is a choice to be made. I can live in this choice or I can turn my back on it. My intention mandala, I found,  already pointed me toward choosing this.

Conscious Evolution to me is awareness — being awake in the world, physically, emotionally, and spiritually and wisely.

It is about a growing sense of oneness, which I may not fully understand, but which I increasingly accept in my life as Truth. Conscious Evolution is being centered in and knowing the Universal and unending power of love — in myself and in the world.

Conscious Evolution necessitates knowing the connectedness of all and a basic knowledge of where I come from in the history of the world’s evolution. Conscious Evolution is a resonance in the heart with self, Spirit and others. Compassion of self and others molds the direction of my own Conscious Evolution.

This is my beginning thread I’ve pulled from the ball of yarn. I can’t wait to see the garment that will be made from continuing to pull on this thread.

The daily shift from “my backyard view” to what I am learning and thinking about in my “new world view” will definitely make it, like Joseph’s,  a coat of many colors.

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