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Spring is here!!!

spring-budding-treesI have lived in the southwest for nearly 30 years, this has limited my experience with the full appreciation of the change of seasons. Being in South Dakota during the change of seasons, from winter into spring, has been a remarkable experience. To rise in the morning and see a tree barren of leaves or even the sign of a bud, or a leaf and then to witness, throughout the day, that tree budding, growing new leaves, putting on a new coat of beauty – is truly . . . awesome!

This has been an poignant lesson of – I don’t know what I am missing until I am experiencing what it is that I have been missing! The light breeze, the smell of fresh cut grass, the birth of so much color and beauty – WOW. This is the million dollar jack pot!

Watching grass grow, watching Earth present her most magnificent jewels is something to behold! What a gift! I feel my spirit awakening. I feel a tug as though there is a string between me and Earth – hmmm! A smile comes across my face. What joy to experience!

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Self – Determination

Self-determination in you is like the tree growing out of the rock.

Self-determination in you is like the tree growing out of the rock.

We joined together as a community to greet the new moon last night – the 3rd moon “Weighs the Truth” as articulated by Jamie Sams author of The Thirteen Original Clan Mothers.  The evening was a powerful swirling of energy, filled with excitement, emotion, anticipation and individuals doing what they needed to do to elevate the human condition!

During this powerful moon cycle, we have the opportunity to “find the ability to [be,] how to be self-determined. How to feed the positive, not the negative.” How to accept the truth.

Learning about the notion of self determination is most important to growing our ability to “respond to all sides of life.” Finding the truth of what brings us joy, what conditions bring us a sense of freedom, choice and happiness. It is our path of learning to rise above societal and familial expectations and take responsibility for our journey called life. Our well-being is our responsibility. Our well being, in relationship with others, is our responsibility.

We are learning to accept the “truth inside us as well as accepting the truth of the experiences we encounter in life.”

Self-determination as a term is very difficult to describe in this current culture for there are limited analogous examples.

Self- determination requires great commitment to knowing oneself, knowing who we are, why we respond in the manner we do to particular actions, experiences, or peoples’ behaviors. It is important to know our strengths and then be able to recognize strengths in another.

I discovered this more than 20 years ago – back then it felt as though the world wasn’t fair. I felt trapped. I had no concept of being radically free to choose. When i learned how to let go of the past, find forgiveness, and understand that, based on my behavior and attitude, i was creating the reality before me – i found freedom! As a group of friends say, “a new sense of freedom and happiness.”

When i learned what to do when i was acting in a manner that was not beneficial to me or those around me, i discovered how to live the dreams i had, not the dreams of others, or to live a life i thought others believed i should be living! My life took a radical turn.

Today, the self-determination is thought of as a noun and is often used in reference to native people and or countries. For me, self-determination is a verb – it is a beingness – i desire to live in in an environment surrounded with examples of the human condition flourishing. For that to be possible, i must exemplify that which i am seeking both internally and externally.

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To Mother Earth ~

Get a glass of clean water, hold it close to your hearts and offer a prayer. Through the Water, send a message of love and gratitude to the Earth, and to all water of the Earth that has been affected and contaminated. Send your love to the Water and to Mother Earth.

This strong love of Spirit that you will put into the Water will give strength to Mother Earth.

Go to your nearest body of Water – a creek, a stream, a river, a waterfall, lake or ocean, and pour your Water that you have blessed with your prayer of gratitude. It will be your spirit of love to the Earth that offers our best chance of survival. 

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Yatra – a journey of enlightenment & discovery

whitejewelstupaAcross little planet earth people journey to a multitude of external sites seeking to answer an immensely overwhelming or underlying urge for a pilgrimage to the birthplace of their roots – their genealogical, cultural and spiritual roots. This search for knowledge seems to have two distinct routes: the external journey and the internal journey.

When I was young, I recall having deep yearnings, an emptiness within for which I had no name, no words to explain, no conscious comprehension for which I was searching. This deep desire for discovery, I came to know as “a burning desire.” As the years progressed, and I began to awaken more fully to these desires and as I gained bits of understanding, I came to call them “spiritual awakenings” or “moments of clarity.” This feeling of a burning desire remains a vibrant flame glowing within me today and it is a force of nature that continues to propel me forward. Continue reading

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Alan Watts – Stop Trying To Change The World.

Published on Dec 9, 2012

There is no knowledge of tomorrow
Observation implies no accumulation of knowledge, even though knowledge is obviously necessary at a certain level: knowledge as a doctor, knowledge as a scientist, knowledge of history, of all the things that have been. After all, that is knowledge: information about the things that have been.



There is no knowledge of tomorrow, only conjecture as to what might happen tomorrow, based on your knowledge of what has been. A mind that observes with knowledge is incapable of following swiftly the stream of thought. It is only by observing without the screen of knowledge that you begin to see the whole structure of your own thinking. Continue reading

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