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Dance of Life

Published July 11, 2018 by tindertender

You may say to yourself, “There is so much further to go! So much needs to change!” Do not focus on the end goal, it can be daunting and elicit feelings of defeat … focus on the journey, have fun with it, life is meant to be a dance. Recognize that no matter how lonely you may feel at times, you are never alone.

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Photo by Vitto Sommella

Emergence ~ You may notice you are in an intense process of emergence, coming into the next cycle of life. Unlike more gradual shifts in awareness you have experienced, this one is happening quite rapidly and came on somewhat unexpectedly. You may even think you are unprepared for such dramatic changes in your life, yet you are prepared and can put to use the experiences and wisdom you have accumulated up to now.

Life is demanding that you move into the next stage of maturity. This requires you to adjust your thinking about yourself, others, and your  community. It calls for you to shed yet another layer of you ego-filled defenses and let go of any illusions of being less than who you are.

This period of emergence is one of a broadened consciousness and heightened perceptual capacities; and since it is inevitable, it is best to surrender to the flow and allow yourself to gracefully move into the next cycle of your life.

Get grounded ~ Spend time in nature, allow the earth to assist you in leveling out the senses.

Breathing ~ Your breath is the crossover between Spirit  and physical reality. Breathing comfortably and steadily helps you align yourself with Spirit, which then brings a clearer focus on what creative expression is preparing to be birthed through, and from you. Discard any habitual thought patterns that would prevent the manifestation of what you are being prompted to bring forth. Allow yourself to take risks with this self-expression, and all of Creation will smile upon you.

Release and Activation ~ Nature and all of its sounds and aromas may assist you in releasing tensions, or a warm bath may ease the stresses from your mind and body. Music may activate your hearing, which sparks the pleasure centers in your brain. Art may activate your emotional responses. The touch of another human may activate a deep need to be physically held in some manner again.

Now is the time for action. Engage in some activity and be fully present so that you forget about your surroundings and enter into that timeless and multidimensional experience of union with the focus of your creative attention. Let your physical body be active. Movement alone – whether quietly dancing by yourself or hiking up a hill – will require you to be as present as possible in your body. Enjoy!

By Sight, Or By Sense?

Published July 3, 2018 by tindertender

Discernment ~ It’s a frequently used word, a subject reviewed by many.


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Walking among people the energies of a room, or space, can be felt. There are others eyes to look in to, there is body movement (language), there are tones of voice and facial expression. These ‘seen’ signs help us to determine whether we wish to be part of, get closer to, or repel from, what and who is there.

What happens when one is not able to see? When, after a lifetime of visual aid all of a sudden there is none? No body language, no eye connect … What happens when it is dark and you find yourself amidst many people?

The language used is often complementary, seemingly kind. After time though there will be a vile comment made … is it a slip up? Or intentional … part of the actual reality of what is.

How do the senses become honed, like a fine edge sword?


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I once lived in a forest, long, long ago. I would regularly walk in the pitch of night with my dog. I could tell the difference of a human stepping on a twig to the sound of an animal doing the same. I could hear a vehicle coming from a mile away. I could smell a rain moving in.

In this silence of the mind where senses are coming to life once more, how is one to determine what can be believed? What is true, what is manipulation, who is friend, who is foe? What, with assistance of the eyes seemed reasonable, once blinded becomes uncertain.

Who tells the truth … who is the trespasser … who takes privileges and threatens … who wishes to control?

Who seeks to bring release … who prevents serious harm … who is consistently watching, allowing your free will to be expressed, only stepping in when life is threatened?

Can you discern these things with eyes closed? Are you able to tell who is who? Can you see the hand that dips into your pocket or the fingers that clutch at your mind? Can you feel those who determine your life, your actions, are theirs to control? Can you withstand it all … are you able to walk in joy, remaining true to your commitments made before time?

Honing the senses has never been more important. Practice, practice, practice. Be patient and listen, do not come to conclusions too quickly. What seems true may turn out to be false, what seems false may turn out to be true. Study the situation, watch and listen as the story creeps in and out of truth.

This is how you’ll know … the creeping in and out of truth … for that which is of truth will never step out of it.

Truth … it is what it is to you, at whatever turn in the bend you find yourself on. I suppose the other question one might ask themselves is, “Is this really my truth, or just a passing experience, on its way to something new?”

You Deserve Better

Published May 11, 2018 by tindertender

Fear is bred in the hearts and minds of people. Lack is fostered in countries world over. Humanity spends much time trying to escape their reality, to find something more pleasurable, sustainable … over there. We are led to believe we cannot change a bad situation, when the truth is, we are the only ones who can. Step out of the cloud.

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You did not come into this life to play small. You are deserving of the same which the wealthy man has. Your goods and wages have been stolen your whole life, you’ve been taught this is the way it must be for the good of the country, for the good of the people.

The only thing that is good for the people is for you to recognize your value, to claim your birthright, to rest in your power and ability to facilitate change. You do not have to run, or hide, or shrink yourself. Indeed the world will only benefit by your expansion.

Dig in those heels of yours. Make adjustments right where you are. Claim your space. This is your life and you are not meant to bow to any man, you are meant to stand tall in your own right. Hard work, persistence, creativity and goals for strengthening the whole is key, climb out of the tiny box and see a bigger picture. The world will only benefit should we work together to rise, in cooperation with each other, as a unit.

Greed must be stopped and enough must be distributed. The community needs your aid, the earth needs your care. Not over there … but right where you are. The scattered forces must be stabilized, the scurrying about needs an end. The honorable which resides in you demands it, for without it, the world dies.

What Can Be Said Of Time?

Published May 10, 2018 by tindertender
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Every morning before I get a chance to talk myself out of it I climb onto the stationary bicycle. There is that moment when I begin to say to myself, “it can wait until tomorrow”, which is why I get on before I’m fully awake.

After the remaining exercises I sit and breath, quieting my mind, learning how to be still anew, every morning. With the work schedule it is easy to tell myself I haven’t time for deep silence or contemplation, yet this is exactly where the connection with the larger reality is made. By NOT allowing proper time, we only cheat our self of that which is most beneficial.

The mind gets distracted by things, time disappears as it gets caught in webs placed around us … advertising, television, commotion in the household, neighborhood crime, world events … to remain centered and come from that place is a challenge many do not take.

Strong energy is always inspiring and provoking. Anyone who wishes to follow an interest or continually grow toward something worthwhile has an enthusiastic energy.

Seeing imbalance in others seems simple, yet seeing it in ourselves is difficult. Finding balance is key.

Honoring our self is critical, and respecting the earth as sacred is just as important, for an unhealthy planet cannot support us as we need.

It is never too late to change. Regret is useless. Forgiveness may be necessary. Bravery is valuable. It’s beneficial to act with courage and to be empathetic, to grow knowledge of how our actions affect others and the planet.

Changing Stations

Published May 1, 2018 by tindertender

 

It is easy to become discouraged when reading reports … the status of the earths soil and waters and air. The situation looks grim, to say the least. If you notice your mind sinking into this depressive news, stop, change the station, acknowledge the other side of the story …

Human Story

Get grounded. The inner strength, the roots, of humanity run deep and are strong. Things are unfolding as they should. In the messiness of life there is beauty, deep within shadow, gestating. All are morphing. A new collective mind is rising, transformed, with a renewed sense of power and purpose.”

Inner Balance

Published April 18, 2018 by tindertender

Life Is BalanceThere is this thought process going on inside of me … every time I am faced with the purchase of something new I always go for the lesser of the items … lesser expensive, less bells and whistles, less ‘pretty’ or desirable by some. I’m not certain if this is a good thing or bad … I’m not certain it can be classified at all. I think about my lack of need for luxury, preferring instead functionality.

Does this mind set come from a place of lack, or a feeling of not deserving more or better, or is it truly coming from a place where less is best and more is wasteful?

My waking dream is to some day have land with sleeping quarters (cabins) upon it and a main ‘lodge’ like structure where people will gather for food growth, preparation and storage, and for meals, laundry, and reading in the library, perhaps even a board game or two. Yet subconsciously I lean toward the small and confined spaces which are really only sufficient for one.

Breaking FreeHow to break free of the limited subconscious need to care for only self? How to widen this into a reality which cares for and is able to be supply for many? Certainly it takes a group effort for maintaining such a facility, perhaps it also takes a group effort to realize the dream into reality.

I am not a monetarily abundant person although I have extreme wealth. I have been blessed with life that leaves me with an ever clearer understanding of our connection and similarity.

As I notice my inner self pull away from contact, I also note the desire to break free from the shrinking away, to widen my truth into something that is more inclusive. There is a balancing taking place in me between solitude and an allowing of that which accepts the larger truth, which is that we are all in this together, whether we are able to acknowledge it yet or not.

Learning to value each other as we live, as individuals, affecting each other with our decisions, coming to realization that our choices determine the reality of the whole, in turn becoming our personal reality once more … it can be a challenge, yet is absolutely necessary for health and well-being of ALL life. It is a cycle, never-ending, always returning to us what we give.

With that in mind, what would you like to receive? Think about it, and then start giving, then await the return. Be patient, for there is something profound happening in this effort, or better said, this allowing. What you think you need may never come, but in gifting of yourself you’ll find blessing. Also important to remember ~ don’t be attached to the way your blessing will arrive, or what it will look like … sometimes what we want does not appear as what we need. Trust the Divinity of the Universe, it is always caring for you … for WE.

 

 

Journey To Wholeness

Published March 28, 2018 by tindertender

Everyone wishes to be heard, even the quiet ones. Various circumstances in life will contribute to how well one is able to exert themselves in speaking up. There may be doubt as to whether what they have to say is significant or not, depending on the responses they receive.

Truth is, all people are on a journey of self discovery, finding balance in the role they play within the universe.

Teamwork

There is an authority which speaks through every … single … person. Some have been on the journey of understanding for 2 years, some for 10 years, and others for 15+ years, and then there are those who have been on the path even longer. Still, this authority is within each of them, with varying levels of knowledge wishing to be shared with others who may have no other way of hearing but through the mouth of another human, and the ear they were born with.

I ask, is there truly such a thing as oneness? Or is this just an explanation which is used to get people to relinquish their personality traits as insignificant? Sometimes this is how it is read, and perhaps it is only in the presentation of the topic.

There are some who feel powerless. Life throws them topsy turvy every which way. Instantly they may wonder what they did to deserve this treatment which may cause them pain. Empowerment … this is where a good teacher will build on the confidence of people.

There are indeed many old patterns which must be stripped away in order to make room for more positive, stronger perspectives. There is a way to do this without talking down to a person though. It’s a slippery slope, this teaching without stripping one of personal significance.

Sharing ideasThe beauty in sharing of knowledge is in the allowing, of letting the example presented be adapted as seen fit by the individual … as much as, or as little as, they are comfortable with at the time. All good ideas are best when they seem as if they are our own.

When people come together with the common understanding that power meshes … the power in you, the power in me, that power becomes we, created by the bits of you and me and others … all of the traits that one may have great strength in, while another individual has great strength in another area of life … shared between us the whole becomes very strong, much stronger that were we to remain alone.

So … some call it Oneness, some call it Unity, some call it The Whole … I prefer the latter for it speaks to me of every individual with their varying strengths brought together in conscious cooperation for the benefit of all.

Every person is in their own space of the journey. All are doing what is necessary for their growth at the moment, even if it is not obvious to the outsider looking in. Sharing information, not as an authority (for none of us are) helps to lift each other, should a rising be chosen. Perhaps something I share makes you go AH HA!!! and perhaps something you share with me makes me do the same.

Wonderful exchanges such as these will send us all on an upward spiral as we fling the old out and away, and embrace the new which gives us wings (so to speak).

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