Messages from the Garden
Messages from the Garden are weekly inspiration and guidance from Spirit.
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From my heart to yours,
October 29, 2018
Invocation to the Divine Mother
Divine Mother, do we need you?
Oh, Holy Mother, without your grace, we risk becoming a race of precocious and arrogant children — out of control — designing disasters — playing carelessly with the intricate patterns of Your Nature — seeking blindly to build more and more — “things” — for what reason we long ago forgot — rarely asking the single most important question: “Is it good for living things?”
Do we need you? Oh Yes, Oh Yes!! We need you.
October 22, 2018
V O T E
VOTE … because
It is a sacred privilege and trust
VOTE … because
Sacrifices were made so that you can.
VOTE … because
If you don’t, you had cast a vote.
VOTE … because
You are a cell in the body consciousness.
VOTE … because
Now is the Moment to be heard.
The Mandate is to be steady as a flame in a wind tunnel.
October 15, 2018
An excerpt addressing our shifting planet and changing times, from ‘Barefoot on Holy Ground’
We are all family members of a home planet that is shifting under our very feet. It is as though we are loosening from one orbit or way of understanding reality and being irresistibly drawn into another. The much-anticipated new orbit is still mysterious, and interpretation of the process varies. Some see the force of evolution propelling us toward major new insights into the universe and our place in it. Some see signs of the return of Jesus the Christ as planetary ruler and expect a thousand years of peace and harmony. Others interpret the return of the Christ as a metaphor for a collective leap in consciousness. They, too, believe we are at the edge of a wondrous new age, a time in which some say that those who have endured purification in mind, body, and spirit will transcend the limitations of physical reality and live in light bodies of higher frequency….
Age changes typically bring both upheavals and innovations as evolution offers us another chance to expand consciousness. Souls clamor to get born in such times, for they offer unusually extensive opportunities and high energies for running off past karma, for learning, and for service….
It is clear that we are not living through an unfortunate little string of crises after which all will return to an imagined state of normalcy. All around us we are seeing desperate attempts to empower the old myths. But no amount of financing, legislation, or control of any kind will stop the new from manifesting. Our DNA is programmed to respond to evolution’s urge. We are pulled toward our goodness, toward our Godness.
October 9, 2018
”Poise in Chaos”
Our hearts look at the Chaos of change and we weep, and the illusion that somehow, somebody would magically fix everything is often shattered.
After the shock and the tears, we will more easily remember that standing consciously with the terrors of our time is a major reason we incarnated. We are being called by the soul of our beloved planet to bring all of our love, insight and training to this moment. We must be ‘poised in chaos’ - sending forth healing energy for the pain, holding visions while the shadows in our civilization are brutally revealed, naked before our eyes. There is no way to look away.
Poise in the midst of madness requires us to find inner peace and then share all of our resources, building anew from a foundation of peace. We must pray without ceasing the continuous prayer that keeps us in present moment: present with the suffering and needs of all our brothers and sisters, also holding that sacred peace for our four-legged relatives as well as our winged, finned and green growing ones.
Through prayer we align ourselves with infinite possibilities. While my brain is reeling with images of destruction, the power of “Kyria Eleison” and “Om Tara Turare, Ture, Svaha” echo through my mind. And I can breathe again. Om Shanti Om.
I release my own responses so that I can be a clearer channel for my part in our often treacherous journey. As I empty, I can be filled. Here I am; guide me.
Anger has its place in chaos (Jesus in the temple, for example). Someone wise once said “Silence is complicity,” and I know this to be true. Anger can be collected and directed with purpose. Managing the anger - that’s the challenge. Perhaps it is as simple, and as complex, as choosing consciously to harness anger, not to divide, but to discern right action and right words. Such a conscious skill takes practice, practice and more practice. Remember - fear, an imagined illusion of the separation from Divine, would take the anger and fuel the chaos.
The question I ask myself and I ask you to consider: Can I bring love to even this moment? And now this moment? Not a mandate for the uncommitted.
The time for accountability is surely coming. And that accountability will have to include more than the obvious decision makers. It must include every one of us who has kept silent through lethargy, self-interest, fear, greed or even the sense of powerlessness before institutions that seem beyond our influence. We will all have to examine our insistence - or lack of it - on environmental protection; how carefully we monitor - or don’t - the choices our elected officials make about our land, the use of our taxes, the appointment of our public figures. This appears to be overwhelming - and humbling - to contemplate. And yes, it is liberating to wake up, let go and participate in the reality of our world whirling in change and challenge.
September 24, 2018
”Reflections on Sacred Activism”
To be effective with Action and Service, you are encouraged to deepen your understanding of GRACE. Grace is freedom. To be free to choose … to align with your Lifeforce which is the source of your Beingness, the true source of power that through your intention is a conduit for universal energies that are limitless, as soft as your next breath, gentle; its essence is unconditional love, and is powerful because it is a conduit for universal energies.
It is Grace that says the choice to align is never made by anyone outside of self, can never be coerced by a committee or another’s passion. At essence it is the true gift of life to be found, treasured and nourished … and recognized as inherent in all of life.
To know that AND stand steady with your discovery of the treasure in the world of material manifestation and to recognize, honor and act on the realization that this Grace is afforded everyone.
Guard this treasure by nourishing it moment by moment through prayer, meditation, humility and self-honesty that is not compromised and never judging; the willingness to go beyond reaction to Reflect, to Stand in true power that can move through you and quicken that in others.
Like the tale of Noah who crossed the great flood of destruction and preserved two by two in order to survive and recreate, it is the inner tale of all who choose to survive destruction of old forms and manifestations that are no longer serving evolution and build anew with balanced creative energies of yin/yang.
Awakening to the reality of Grace will infuse your mind with awe that you have been given such a gift, renewed love for the world and increased patience with its process of discovery. It is through your alignment with this grace that you become that insight into Grace for others as it will be present in everything you do and say. Driving and directing the active service will ba a calmness, a divine peace that keeps the heart alive no matter what is being endured through the planet’s purification.
September 10, 2018
”Blessing for this Time of Gathering”
May the fragments of our vision be whole.
May we be protected in a white flame.
May all our families … be safe.
May we stand steady and calm.
May we resist the seduction of separation.
May we be poised in the chaos of change.
May we simplify, clarity and heal.
September 3, 2018
Listen to your heart.
It will not doubt your worth
or your readiness.
Nor will it refuse to sing its song
lest it be unheard
The tendered tearose and the wild
flower both blossom
without hesitation, question
So the loving heart, giving itself
in all conditions,
imposing no conditions,
freely surrenders its scents
and seeds to the sweet winds.
Dreams and visions, deeds and gifts
ride the everywhere winds
into a distant future
we cannot see
or only dimly remember.
Do we need know where our seeds find ground?
Do we not thrive on the fruits of long ago labors?
Within the law of gifting is held a
simple and sacred wisdom:
To give oneself is to gain oneself.
Pain is in withholding.
Joy is in emptying
again and again
one becomes a clear vessel
that can be filled.
August 27, 2018
”Transitioning Is the Hardest Part!” (from ‘Barefoot on Holy Ground’ )
The death of the familiar often plunges us temporarily into a dark stew of confusion. The terrain is unchartered. We’ve broken with old patterns but new ones haven’t emerged, and the ego can feel pulled apart in a spiritual purgatory of indecision.
In Alchemy, the four stages of transformation begin with the negredo, the mystery of the dark unknown. In that model it is taught that a person gradually first sees the lightness of all things, then the goldenness of life, the oneness in which all things exist. Alchemy teaches that the work of transformation begins with dissolving back into the prima materia, basic matter. At that point our carefully constructed views of the self and the world experience die.
We need to be honest and kind with each other about the uncomfortable, in-between stages of transformation. We tend to feel vulnerable during transitions, sometimes experiencing free-floating anxiety, restlessness, or inexplicable tears, sometimes having strong body reactions such as diarrhea or sleeplessness. If we dont’t know that all these symptoms are the possible, even probable fallout of giving up old patterns, we can easily think we’re doing something wrong. Letting go is a total experience that will be acted out in mind, body and spirit. When things are frozen, there isn’t much pain: it’s when they defrost that the pain begins.
August 20, 2018
”Considerations on Enduring” (from ‘Barefoot on Holy Ground’)
Endurance empowers all other aspects of discipleship.
Endurance shapes by gentle insistence, not by heavy blows.
Endurance makes possible the birth of visions into form.
Endurance holds to truths not seen during the dark times.
Enduranceis unconditional. “I’m in, no matter what.”
Endurance sees purpose and learning in failure and success.
Endurance notices “what is,” and energizes what can be.
Endurance accepts discipline in order to achieve excellence.
Endurance gracefully sacrifices the lesser for the greater.
Endurance combines soul purpose with material muscle.
Endurance is patient and perseveres with the process.
Endurance has no beginning or end. I endure because I Am.
August 13, 2018
”Prayer upon Rising, Prayer upon Retiring” (from ‘21 Day Prescription’)
Prayer upon Rising
I give thanks for this day.
I give thanks for my life on earth.
I give thanks for the privilege of serving.
Prayer upon Retiring
I release the fullness of this day to the Mother-Father-God.
I surrender my Intention to the Mother-Father-God.
I seek guidance as I sleep.
I empty that I may be filled.
I Am Grateful.
August 6, 2018
”Vision” (from “Litany for a Peaceful Planet”)
Stripped and weary I seek the sanctuary of a
Metallic voices nip my heels as I fling myself into the arms
of the Mountain Madonna.
She offers me rest on a bed of velvet moss and
Beneath the prayerful arms of the proud pines
I breathe away the pain, inhaling the life-giving out-breath of the
forest, lulled into a misty dream.
My sight asleep, She touches the true-seeing eye
a montage of madness appears.
Metal teeth of mindless machine bites into the earth —
tree, brush and grass
diet for the hellish beast.
Over all the yellow blood drips its poison; the
chemical smell of unnatural death clogs the air.
The tortured ground moans, cracks, surrenders, its
by the mushroom banner rising in the air.
“No!” I scream myself awake.
Like battle smoke, the vision drifts away.
Dazed and barely breathing I look around.
The Green Cathedral still its sacred vigil keeps.
“Oh, there is time,” whispers the inner voice, “there is time.”
The alchemy of relief brings me to my feet.
I race to the crowning meadow top, dancing
carpet of wild daisy and Queen Anne’s lace…
Drunk with the sweet winds,
Baptized anew in a bath of sunlight.
My awakened eyes celebrate the spiral tracings of
a solitary hawk.
defined against the clear blue sky.
And I fall to my knees in prayer, cradling one
Oh, Mother-Father-God, forgive us; we know not
what we do.
July 31, 2018
”The Animals” (from ‘Litany for a Peaceful Planet’)
For the animals I plea
The Indians called us their four legged brothers.
They were right, you know.
HAVE WE NOT SHARED THE JOURNEY WITH
Two by two we’ve passed this way.
Just like you.
DO YOU NOT REMEMBER?
We have fed you.
Clothed you. Carried you. Protected you.
We have been your friends,
Your scout, Your herder, Your sport.
Our bodies have been tormented that yours might
Our lives have been sacrificed that you might
DO YOU SERIOUSLY ENVISION YOU SHALL CLIMB
OVER US INTO HEAVEN?
Honor our life stream.
Bless our sacrifice.
Heal our misuse.