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GVK’s storytelling about beginnings

gvk-final-01The Phoenix is one of my totems in life and I completely identify with being reborn from the ashes of the past. It is fierce,  bursting into life with determination, grace, fire and beauty.  It is magical and knows the power of beginning.

When I was younger, my beginnings were sooooo messy! Mostly because I experienced some very scary changes that lead to some very long stretches of me not being safe physically or emotionally. So! I started to associate beginnings with fear and went into new things either kicking and screaming or diving in with out looking around to see if there was any water to dive into.  I dove into some deep empty wells in my younger years!  And with those experiences building a repertoire in my psyche, I found myself floundering; bouncing here and there and everywhere.  I always felt like I would just fly off into space.

What brought me back into my body was a natural fierceness that I had always held, but, had pushed way, way down. When I was younger, that fierceness of life startled and even frightened people. I didn’t know how to contain it and the energy bounded around aimlessly. Slowly, over time, I have come back to the Knowing that there is No containing the fierceness. But, there is a directing /harnessing of it that brings an easy rebirth. A focused and Knowing rebirth.

One of the ways I came into this understanding was listening to Carolyn Myss’s  Energy Anatomy. I know almost nothing of religion, have never read the bible and I knew only one version of Christ’s life story. Then I heard Carolyn’s interpretation of the resurrection and it made my heart sing. I saw where I experienced my own  crucifixion/resurrection in life. I instantly understood that I must choose which aspect of the Christ energy to focused on. I choose resurrection ~ Every Time.

Life is one continual rebirth/resurrection after another and I am grateful to have the gift of choice to celebrate the Rise…xoK

GVK floats through life

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There are two sayings

wear life like a loose garment & floating down the river of life

that do not come easily to me, and actually, they are something that I have to work at. What a paradox~to work on keeping loose. It takes consciousness and awareness because I get so invested in what’s happening around me that I forget that I am Divinely guided. And in the forgetting, I don’t tap into that eternal love and wisdom.  So instead, I find myself wearing life like a straitjacket and practically drowning as I bumble down the river of life!

I sat in that place of forgetting through my teen years.  Life was constantly tightening it’s hold & pulling me under until I began blotting it all out with drugs and alcohol. It was a time of slumber and sorrow, an experiment in “alone~ness”. In my 20’s I started to find my way back into remembering. It was a long journey for me. There were many illusions to break free from. There were many lies that my ego nurtured to keep me in a place of fear and pain.

Now that I sit in a place of Knowing, I only step into forgetfulness occasionally. But, oh, boy, but when I do, the waters of the river overtake me and I am in that straight jacket fighting for my life. Thankfully, I have a powerful support team in place who remind me of my tools~meditation, good friendships who provide wonderful sounding boards, my deep connection to the power of All That Is and the love that surrounds me.

From there, I can be responsible for my actions and for what my part in a particular drama of life is. Because, I have to be willing to look at myself and move into a higher vibration if I want to float with ease.  And while this does take work, I promise you that it leads to a life of ease and grace. You won’t find it so easy to put on that straightjacket anymore.  And then, my friends, we can slip into that rolling river and loosely, gently float down it. We move from surviving to thriving.

sending you love as you roll down the river of life

 Photo by Michael Hicks

GVK & Kate Braemer – kids in need

 

Kate Braemer is the camp director at the Garrett Williamson Foundation for the under-served children in the Philadelphia area. She and I talked about working with these children by expanding their world experiences. For some of these children their only meal of the day will be at camp. Because of this, Kate has been making big changes in the menu and teaching the children about health and nutrition. She switched from white bread to whole wheat. She has the kitchen making soup and tomato sauces from scratch. She and the campers not only care for the onsite garden, but they eat from it too! Kate is instituting these changes, which will echo into the children’s communities. This raises awareness about health and lower potential instances of obesity. The children are part of a community service program which helps them connect with their environment in a positive way. They participate by picking up garbage they find on the Earth.

Supporting our children is the most important way to institute positive change in our world. And by our, I mean all children. They are the new world leaders and I believe they hold the answers to the issues that trouble us today. Before talking with Kate I was reminiscing about when my son was young and how easy it was for him to march to his own drummer. My experiences with my children showed me that by supporting them with acceptance and love was only the tip of the iceberg. Good nutrition, Earth consciousness, and social awareness play a big role in allowing them to become the leaders they were born to be. When we instituted a recycling program at our elementary school, the children not only picked up the rhythm instantly, but then were instrumental in keeping the teachers up with the program! This year, in parts of the northeast, we experienced the 17 year cicada. The teachers read stories about the cicada and talked at length to the children about their incredible journey. On the playground, there were hundreds of cicadas flying and crawling. Children in grades K-5 would carry these cicadas all over their arms and shoulders, bringing them to the safety of trees. The care and gentleness was inspiring. The children understood the delicate rare cycle of these creatures and honored them. If they can understand and love something so different from themselves, then loving another human who is a different color or religion is an absolute reality. And that is going to be our answer. Co~existence with those we share the Earth with, including our own species.  

The Garrett Williamson Foundation takes donations of every sort for these children in need. Do you have toys that your children have outgrown? Clothing? Furniture? Please reach out to them ~

www.garrettwilliamson.org 

and see where you can lend support.

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the Dahlia

 

gvk-final-01The Dahlia is a story of hope. It is an experience that reminded me that all is in Divine order, I am lovingly guided and that even when I think things look barren, a world of growth is bursting forth. Being “in the hallway” or in the Void, as the Native Americans call it, can make us feel alone and lost, but! that could not be farther from the truth. For from the Void, Great Spirit emerged. It is from the Void that all creation was gestated and birthed. It is the place where imagination is free. It is where Swan entered an “ugly duckling” and emerged a magnificant beauty. And so, when things feel stuck or quiet, remember that you are in the midst of a great creation and it will birth itself when everything is aligned for your new adventure…pinkdahlia-600x288

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