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Monday, August 17, 2020

Light, Love, and Healing



The writer and activist Joanna Macy says:  "Work with your passion. Work with your pain. Work with what is at hand."  And to that,  my own heart responds.




For now, more than ever, spiritual warriors are needed to feel the light and love within them and radiate that love to the darkest corners of hearts and souls everywhere.




There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.

Lao-Tse

Chinese philosopher

6th century bce




Still your hearts from anger, fear, or hatred. Fill them up with love and peace.  Our spirits know who we are, why we chose to be here during these incredibly challenging times.




With life's many challenges ever increasing, how do we find peace in this horribly troubled world, this universal psyche that chooses the negative over the positive, the masculine over the feminine, the warring over the peace making and bridge building?




It must be personal as well as national, universal as well as international. We must care, and care deeply about one another in any and all life forms and we must use our hearts, our energies, and our time to do good, say good, and be good to the best of each moment's ability.





"There are those who give little of the much which they have and they give it for recognition and their hidden desire makes their gifts unwholesome.

And there are those who have little and give it all. These are the believers in life and the bounty of life, and their coffer is never empty.

~On Giving by Kahlil Gibran from The Prophet~





The fires, the floods, the earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanoes, and tornadoes are not only the change and transition that Mother Earth, herself is expressing--as hard for us as it might be to understand.

They can be seen as our planet's release buttons for survival. If there is too much pressure within the Earth, it erupts in volcanoes or crack opens in earthquakes.



 



If there is too much pressure within us, we may erupt as well. And the damage we may do to others may be just as great emotionally as volcanoes and earthquakes are physically.





If we see Mother Earth as Gaia--a living breathing entity with her trees and plants as her lungs, her incredible beauty as her heart--then Gaia is losing her breath, her natural sustainable growth and energetic flow from decay  just as so many of us are losing ours.



Natural connections of mind, body, and spirit through the destructive energies of anxiety, fear, anger, hatred and dis-ease have caused cracks and many of us are stuck in the unhealthy patterns of those cracks. Everything makes us fearful or angry or hating the other. 

We are all connected and when we hate the other we increase our own weaknesses of self judgment, low self esteem or low energies of illness, pain, or depression.




But in this process of death and destruction there is still an opening up in our world and our world view. The chance to learn and grow and to transition our world and our hearts and spirits into unity once again.




We are all connected. We are all part of one another. My microscopic  atoms are merged with yours like stars in the cosmos. The pain that i feel is my pain, your pain, all pain. The fouled air that I am breathing will become the fouled air and the foul breathing of yours.




When we set off a bomb in one country, its repercussions and loss of awareness and love are felt by all of ours. We are perpetrators and we are victims. The winds of time and change merge into 
one and so do we.




There is a purpose onto heaven for all of this. It doesn't have to be ours to understand but there it is. And part of that is the destruction of the old to make space for the new. As challenging and as awful even unbelievable as this may seem.




As someone who is old, this gives me pause. But, I am more than willing to go through whatever I have to in hopes that someday, a heaven on earth can become possible and a newer kinder, more caring and loving world might exist.






"Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.”

L. R. Knost




To be creative means to be in love with life.   You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty,you want to bring a little more music to it,a little more poetry to it,a little more dance to it.

~Osho





How do we choose to feel peace, make peace, be peace in our own hearts? It starts with each of us as individuals, each moment of every single day. 






Life is truly challenging for many,  many people in this world now.  
My own beloved oldest daughter was diagnosed last year with an already advanced, very aggressive, and unusually challenging form of cancer.




She is a remarkable and fierce spiritual warrior and she has withstood non-stop treatments without respite for a year and a half since diagnosis. She fills up my heart with her steadfast determination and fortitude amidst unbelievably challenging conditions. 






I hold her always in my highest heart and spirit and I pray for deep inner and outer healing and strength, with all the love and light and healing powers of all of the  highest angels of the most divine powers of God by any holy name.


"Blessed be the mind that dreamed the day
the blueprint of your life
would begin to glow on earth,
illuminating all the faces and voices
that would arrive to invite
your soul to growth.

Praised be your father and mother,
who loved you before you were,
and trusted to call you here
with no idea who you would be.


Blessed be those who have loved you
into becoming who you were meant to be,
blessed be those who have crossed your life
with dark gifts of hurt and loss
that have helped to school your mind
in the art of disappointment.


When desolation surrounded you,
blessed be those who looked for you
and found you, their kind hands
urgent to open a blue window
in the gray wall formed around you.


Blessed be the gifts you never notice,
your health, eyes to behold the world,
thoughts to countenance the unknown,
memory to harvest vanished days,
your heart to feel the world’s waves,
your breath to breathe the nourishment
of distance made intimate by earth.


On this echoing-day of your birth,
may you open the gift of solitude
in order to receive your soul;
enter the generosity of silence
to hear your hidden heart;
know the serenity of stillness
to be enfolded anew
by the miracle of your being.'


John O'Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings




I am active in my own unique ways of trying to work with this incredibly challenging time in our lives, our changing country, nation, and world.

I focus on doing all I can to make it through them with spiritual thoughts, prayers, and deeds to create a place where we can not only survive turbulent times but prepare ourselves for the many challenging days and years ahead.






I focus on staying centered, filling my heart with gratitude for the gift of every day with my family--my three children, their partners,  and my four beloved grandchildren.






I know in my heart of hearts that I have been waiting for this time to come.





By Clarissa Pinkola Estes    
      

"Refuse to fall down.
If you cannot refuse to fall down,
refuse to stay down.

If you cannot refuse to stay down
lift your heart toward heaven
and like a hungry beggar,
ask that it be filled,
and it will be filled.

You may be pushed down.
You may be kept from rising.
But no one can keep you
from lifting your heart
toward heaven —
only you.

It is in the midst of misery
that so much becomes clear.
The one who says nothing good
came of this,
is not yet listening.

refuse to fall down"

~Clarissa Pinkola Estés~

Excerpted from The Faithful Gardener: A
Wise Tale About That Which Can Never Die














Peace in our hearts creates peace in our world. And that is our soul's purpose..to create this peace by doing and being what we are called to do, and to be.





         
"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about." 

Rumi 

                       





Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands as she shares her imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon. Creating, designing, sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting... from my heart and with my hands.

Monday, January 06, 2020

Epiphany





Epiphany is a symbolically and  spiritually sacred and holy
day following the Christmas season on January 6th of the new year.




 It is the Christian holi-day for recognizing the manifestation of God through the journey of the three wise men or magii to the visitation at the stable in Bethlehem.

The Three Wise Men came bearing their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, as they followed the light of the Star of Bethlehem, to their revelation and understandings of the Christ child, Jesus.





The journey towards the light, the magic of that revelation, and the power of the gifts are all seen as their own 'Epiphany', or manifestation of the Divine, and the gifts of the the Godhead of that Divine, the Universal all knowing, all seeing, all being presence of the "I am".

The journey itself, is not an easy one but the giving of holy commitment of giving and serving is rooted to the original halen or healing energies as well as the meaning of that journey.


The magic or magii as truly holy men bearing divinely inspired gifts,  as well as the rare and deeply meaningful gifts of sacred essences to their young king of kings.


Today, in secular terminology, an epiphany is a sudden realization or comprehension of the essence or meaning of something.


It is used in either a philosophical or literal sense to signify receiving new information or having an experience that illuminates a deeper understanding.


The journeys to our destinations of those understandings may take a great deal of time and many challenges but we arrive at a place of receiving the "aha!"vmomebts of light or clarity of understanding  The gifts that also arrive from the "ahhhhh" of amen.

All of our roots -- no matter your personal, spiritual, or religious beliefs-- arrive from the same holy aha/ahmen source or our roots. The word re-ligion from the original holy language means to link back.


We link back to our holy core of belief of  blessings of light and of our understanding to the level we each of us is at in divine inspiration.






It's a wonderful day for looking both inside to where your own gifts lie and then looking outside to how you might best use those gifts for the good of the world.


Consider the idea of selecting your own word of the year. The word that best represents the gift you would like to give to yourself, for your own blessings of transformation or the gifts you can give to others because of the blessings of your gifts.









To 'have an epiphany' is to have a 'wow' or 'aha' moment. Suddenly, every thing is crystal clear, seen, understood or recognized. It touches my heart and brings tears to my eyes

I long for aha moments. But I am grateful for any gifts, in any manifestation, that I receive.




On a more personal level, I've had many, many "aha" moments in my own life. I always saw them as I saw my own lifetime gifts of knowledge and  intuition as sacred and to be used for my own growth or to help others by caring and giving of my gifts in return.

As some of my holi-day gifts over the years, were some of these highly valued and sacred resins, shown below. Lovely and so symbolic, they were unusual and unexpected and deeply appreciated gifts beyond material items.





I'd always wanted both frankincense and myrrh and was delighted to receive them. I placed my gifts within an abalone shell (my own gift from the sea) and now have gold (shown: gold pyrite), frankincense, which is the pale yellow resin, and myrhh, the golden amber resin.

These, of course, are the three gifts of the magii as they came bearing gifts on Epiphany or January 6th in our current dating and historical referencing.

I was also given the gifts of a resin known as dragonsblood (dark red chunks) from the Canary Islandsband Morocco,also considered rare and sacred gifts sacred and copal (white chunks), a plant resin sacred to the Mayans.

All highly treasured throughout time among many cultures and belief systems. I treasure them greatly as well.

Symbols and signs carry deep meaning and can be seen depending on your own spiritual, historical, or cultural view and belief system.




Another year, I received an unusual selection of salts, Red Alea Salt, Cyprus Flake Salt, and Black Lava Salt.

I was also given a dainty salt spoon for serving them, a little mortar and pestle, and another smaller jar of frankincense of myrrh.




Seen as a miracle in themselves, all salts, precious minerals, and resins are quite mysterious, really. Mystical sap emanating from sacred plants and trees, which magically hardened with contact with the air and emit exotic fumes when burned as incense.

And of course many of you will recognize dried sage...a gift to many peoples for both burning and purification and of course, for a seasoning herb in cooking.




While I do grow my own garden sage, (as shown tied by embroidery twine into a bundle or simple 'wand') I love receiving them as gifts. I use them as a natural decor element as i do rocks, or flowers, or gourds or pinecones.

By bringing elements of the outside world into our homes we blend all parts of our own world with naturally occured or created through manufacturing as most items in our lives are now.



In 2018, when I was gifted the bag of the loveliest white sage, shown above. Inkoticed that just Just looking at it was calming but holding it feels very cleansing and reminds me as that as 2019 ends, and we usher in 2020 how important it is to let go of old things and bring in new ones.

Transfer this energy into letting go of old emotions. Let go of old grudges, angers, jealousies or other emotional impediments that you had in this last year and begin the New Year of 2020 with an open mind, heart and spirit ready to recognize and allow them to cleanse and heal you with understandings, light, happiness and joy





My eldest daughter has given me many lovely herbs. As a trained medical herbalist, she once gifted my spice rack with the most unusual things with very unusual, even exotic, even strange names.

All of these unique gifts opened my heart up to new acceptance if unusual gifts from nature that we might never have known about it considered before.





I, of course, do love mybown joy of going outside and wildcraftibg. An old art of collecting and making my own gifts from natural elements.

Alaskan native remedies such as my Cottonwood or Devil's Club lip balm, one of my treasured opportunities while "home" in  Alaska.

A treasured crafting experience gifted to me by my sister-in-law, Paula, from Douglas Island, where I grew up and visit when I can. We have such fun together and it never fails to lift our spirits during the long, cold and rainy Southest area experiences in the winter darkness.

We share a love of arts and crafts and without her making these fun projects including paper making, tree sap and beeswax balms, creams, and ointments, (and learning to work with clay (in her fabulously fun pottery studio) would have been much more challenging, or even unlikely.







Dried roots and leaves and such that I felt a great kinship with those women who'd cared for their families with balms and salves and concoctions and tinctures of all kinds.

My oldest daughter makes a lovely elderberry elixir that is praised and valued for winters ills by all who've tried them from her elderberry tree and fig jam from her fig tree.

She cares for all of her treasured garden and flowering plants with the heart and the art of a naturally gifted gardener.










And always, I bring the outside in with fresh greens, flowers, vines and fruits, vegetables, and berries. Gifts from the earth with the transformating energies of our hearts and the work of our hands during all of our holidays seasons.

Oops, did I sneak chocolate Christmas mice and Rachel Ray fudge into ny elixirs? The Mayans considered chocolate to be a valued treasure

And yes, some challenging days an epiphany worthy moment requires the gift of chocolate to oneself s well as others . Ahhhhhh!






And of course my own DIY tutorial on how to make paper also incorporates many natural elements even if you reuse old paper instead of dried lily or other leaves to create it re-create it :


https://www.with-heart-and-hands.com/2013/05/wildcrafting-making-homemade-paper.html?m=1




All of these precious gifts from days long ago, carefully mined, collected, and saved and used as currency or as gifts. Now, often unknown by people today, but treasures they remain.

May I always share service, learning and knowledge with my gifts of sharing and caring. May I always honor the opportunity to share love and goodness with each person I meet.

May I allow them and may they allow me to meet as equal and holy beings learning from one another in this earth school and recognizing the blessings of life, health, and love for as long as we may experience them.

These are my thoughts, my energies of prayer in action as air create, sew, quilt, or craft.





Celebrate Epiphany...the giving of the gifts, and the "aha" moments of awareness.  Light a candle in a window, give gifts of your own, celebrate the dawning of a new light into a new world.





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Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands as she shares her imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon. Creating, designing, sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting... from my heart and with my hands.