Keep The Baby
As we grow and evolve, we rise to new energetic levels at
which things have to change in order for us to keep spiraling up. It seems as
if the old ways no longer fit us, even when they once provided great support
and were once a great passion for us. I have learned in these times to pause
and get really clear about what to let go of, what to keep, and what to
Once when I was preparing to go to India for a three-week
training, my mentor gave me advice that has helped me remain clear about this
My partner, Andre, has a lovely aquarium full of fish. He feeds them twice a day and enjoys watching them chase after their food. He talks to them and checks to make sure they are all healthy and happy.
Last summer, the big catfish disappeared. At first we though he might be hiding inside the artificial hollow rock structure. But he was not coming out to eat, not even when Andre tried to coax him out with shrimp pellets, his favorite food. There was no sign of him. After a few weeks without seeing him, Andre concluded that he had died and that the other fish had perhaps eaten him.
Meet Pearl. She is one of my greatest teachers. Trust me when I tell you that it was not easy getting her to sit still for this head-shot. She reminds me to be active, to play often, and to maintain high levels of enthusiasm in all that I do. I recently gave her an almost-empty
peanut-butter jar. I thought she would enjoy licking out the remains. As you
can see, Pearl has a smashed-flat face. Her
tongue is not terribly long and it does not hang out of her mouth, not even when she pants. I figured she
would maybe be able to get to the peanut butter in the top quarter of the jar.
I remember being fascinated in Sunday school about the magical star
that led the three wise men to the Christ child. The story did not make sense
to my conscious mind—how could a star lead the way? But somehow the three kings
followed this blaze of light that appeared out of the darkness. And it guided them
to discover a birth that was precious and radiant and filled with hope.
Ever since my earliest memories, I have seen a bright white
light inside my head when I close my eyes. It is not there all of the time.
This morning I am filled with gratitude for my soul path. Holidays are a time when we experience flashes of memory about our past: what we did on this same day so many years ago, who we were with, what we were feeling at the time. For me this mini life-review serves as a reminder of how far I have come and how much I have changed. I am counting my blessings and there are so many blessings to count.
I remember many Thanksgivings when gratitude was not so easily within my reach.
Do you ever get stuck in wanting things to be perfect—so stuck
that you stop sharing your gifts with others? I recently had a huge lesson around this which I
would like to share with you.
A couple of months ago, I was approached by a newspaper
reporter who wanted to do a story about me for the Arkansas Times. His mother had heard me speak at a Conscious
Awareness Network meeting and she recommended me to him as a subject for a
column about people with interesting personal stories.
All Can Heal
Today is Mardi Gras, a day of festive celebration. Having lived 42 years in the
great city of New Orleans, I am flooded with happy memories of wearing costumes,
eating king cake, marching in parades, dancing in the streets to the Mardi Gras
Mambo, and shouting, "Throw me something, Mister!" for beads and doubloons.
My plan was to stay in the Big Easy--at some level don't we all
wish for this?Sometimes Spirit has a different plan.
I was at a healing conference in
Hot Springs, Arkansas when the unthinkable devastation of Hurricane Katina
Heart Felt Message
Valentine's Day, 2014
The ALL is everything that Is. This moment. Now. The Brilliance
that uplifts. The shadow that offers lessons. All aspects pulsing in this
moment. Always stretching us. Holding us. Supporting us. Providing exactly what
we need in every moment. Calling us to fall deep into the Heart of God.
It is always there for us, waiting, holding space for our
return. We can resist or we can embrace. We can deny or we can experience.
Still it calls us home, waiting in eternal patience for us to understand that
we are loved.
New Year's Message
Jan. 1, 2014
Dear 2013 and the lovely people who shared it with me,
Thank you for an amazing year. I am grateful for so many things. It has been an honor to witness the old structures falling away as the beautiful new paradigm takes root and begins to bloom.
What freedom comes as we gain awareness that the old ways no longer work. The energies of hierarchical dominance, manipulation, force, and control are losing the grip they once had over us. As we naturally open our hearts more and more, we turn away from organizations that operate under these old energies.
I invite you to join me this winter solstice in a process of deepening. It is time to go deep within to the recesses of soul that are always present but rarely experienced.
- What truths are we hiding from ourselves?
- What inner resources have we overlooked?
- How can we go deeper into the light of who we are?
Some powerful words have been playing in my consciousness this week. They provide keys for the answers to these questions.
The first word isContentmentwhich contains the word