3 Remarkable Men: Their Gifts

In my last post I wrote about three amazing women of our time who have made incredible contributions to society and to me personally. November brings us to a thankful time  and I really appreciate the gifts these women continue to make.

December is here, a time of Christmas, the joy of new beginnings and gifts. We gather and share and think of others with our gifts.  I would like to focus on three men and suggest that these authors make you wish lists this holiday season.

 

Thomas Moore: Over the past several years I have been on a Soul quest. What is that you might ask? Well, simply put I feel we are more than flesh and bones, a mind and a heart but something more that guides us. No matter how many affirmations I do or prayers I say there seems to be something, called soul, that has the final word.  It’s the Divine source that opens doors when we least expect it. It is the synchronicities that fall into place miraculously. It is the grace that infills us during a dark time or a time when difficult decisions need to be made.

In Care of the Soul he reminds me that the “life of the soul, as the structure of dreams reveals, is a continual going over and over of the material life”. It is a process, this inner journey that never ends, like a circle. He reminds me most importantly to accept it all, to let the pot simmer a bit with all I have put in. I enjoy his reminder of the process, to embrace the deep knowing of who I am. A Life at Work, in particular, caused me to stop again, reevaluate that which moves me deeply, reset my compass and go for it.

In Dark Nights of the Soul, he brings light to our dark places, healing, and helps us walk the circle of all that we are for the dark and the light brings meaning and wisdom, creates depth. What is your daimon? How do you define, describe that which makes life meaningful in fact that which makes your life soar and feel purposeful?

Thomas Moore, I thank you.

Dr. Wayne Dyer, father of eight, recovered alcoholic, whose daimon guided him to be an inspirational speaker. He took a different turn in his road, completely refocused and began a new phase of his life. I find his stories, sprinkled with humor,  inspiring and motivating. Like Thomas Moore, I hear a humility, a deep desire to be of help, a way shower I call them, to a higher order of being. To feel the extraordinary in the ordinary, to feel the divine in all of creation especially within our self. We cannot bring peace to this world unless we find peace within. We cannot love our neighbor if we loathe our self.

The inner journey, going to the depths of Soul and self with honesty, is the what makes sense to me. It can be hard, frustrating, magnificent, peaceful and mysterious. I wouldn’t have it any other way, would you?

Thank you Dr. Wayne Dyer.

Alan Cohen‘s book, A Deep Breath of Life,  published in 1996, continues to inspire me. This book is 365 days of messages. I find the synchronicity of a message and its relationship to my day uplifting. He too, has studied the Course in Miracles, and shares his learning, stories and understandings in the prayer and thoughts for the day. I still pick it up sometimes randomly sometimes for the specific day and then go about my business.

Thank you Alan Cohen.

Three remarkable men out in the world offering inspiration, stories of grit and promise, prayer and hope that the world we seek is within us…it is already here and with our hearts open we can create that which we are seeking. So I hold you in my heart dear reader and know you have the courage to follow your daimon, to go on the hero’s journey called life with hope and fortitude.

May your best dreams come true. Judith

Road Trip: Thoughts on the Forest

 

My visit to the UpS Botanical Sanctuary for the Summer Solstice was quiet yet filled with wonder. I hope you enjoyed my notes and info on the great and purposeful work that occurs at this Sanctuary. UpS offers grants to those interested in setting up a Sanctuary where medicinal plants are replanted, propagated with some public access. If interested go to this link for more information: http://www.unitedplantsavers.org/content.php/43-Botanical-Sanctuary-Network

I would like to end this month’s posting with inspirational words from Herman Hesse about trees:

For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche. In their highest boughs the world rustles, their roots rest in infinity; but they do not lose themselves there, they struggle with all the force of their lives for one thing only: to fulfil themselves according to their own laws, to build up their own form, to represent themselves. Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree. When a tree is cut down and reveals its naked death-wound to the sun, one can read its whole history in the luminous, inscribed disk of its trunk: in the rings of its years, its scars, all the struggle, all the suffering, all the sickness, all the happiness and prosperity stand truly written, the narrow years and the luxurious years, the attacks withstood, the storms endured. And every young farmboy knows that the hardest and noblest wood has the narrowest rings, that high on the mountains and in continuing danger the most indestructible, the strongest, the ideal trees grow.

Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.

A tree says: A kernel is hidden in me, a spark, a thought, I am life from eternal life. The attempt and the risk that the eternal mother took with me is unique, unique the form and veins of my skin, unique the smallest play of leaves in my branches and the smallest scar on my bark. I was made to form and reveal the eternal in my smallest special detail.

A tree says: My strength is trust. I know nothing about my fathers, I know nothing about the thousand children that every year spring out of me. I live out the secret of my seed to the very end, and I care for nothing else. I trust that God is in me. I trust that my labor is holy. Out of this trust I live.

Herman Hesse

As summer plays out its drama of color and form I invite you to take a walk in the woods today. Feel summer’s heat though the canopy offers comfort. Stare in wonder at the great heights trunks and limbs reach and the wildlife that is nourished there. I ask you to give thanks today for the forest community of soil and fern, moss and mushroom all that is seen and unseen… our neighbors.

Enjoy this beautiful day. Judith

The Rose in Sacred Poetry

The Rose in Sacred Poetry

 

 

I would like to share beautiful thoughts about the rose. It is mentioned in sacred texts throughout the world for its symbolic beauty. I found this particular site inspiring, a gentle reminder of the place roses have in our lives.

 

“Unlike the spiky radiance of the lotus flower, the rose unfolds in a gentle circling that invites one to yield inward. The rose is a symbol of lovers and of union. The rose resonates strongly with the gently awakened heart.

“In the chakra system, the color most associated with the heart is green. But when we are in love the heart reveals its inner color: a warm rose hue.

The rose grows from a bush of thorns yet reveals a delicate inner beauty and shares an intimate, sweet wine-like fragrance, symbolic of how the soul emerges from the tribulations of worldly difficulty and, in so doing, recognizes her innate beauty.

The rose is a sacred symbol found throughout the mystical writings and poetry of Judaism, Islam, and especially developed in the esoteric Christian traditions. The rose is often used as a symbol of Christ. More precisely, it is a symbol of the soul that has recognized the presence of Christ.

The rose, with its wine-like scent and deep red color, is sometimes thought of as a more tangible embodiment of wine — the drink of communion.

Sufi poetry often pairs the rose with the nightingale. The nightingale prowls the garden at night singing its mournful song, lost in its love for the rose. The nightingale is the lover, the seeker, the Sufi, and the rose is the Beloved, God.

The inner rose reveals itself in the heart when the individual soul completely and joyously opens itself to the Transcendent Reality.

The many Sufi references to a Rose Garden describe the awareness that occurs when God has taken up residence within the heart (or, rather, when we finally recognize the Divine presence already there). And dwelling there, God makes of the heart a living garden.”

Poetry Chaikhana : Sacred Poetry from Around the World

I hope you enjoyed this months topic and this ending. Roses abound in our gardens and are celebrated this year for its gifts and its beauty. I would like to suggest that the next time you gaze upon a rose remember the beautiful and perfect soul you are. Holding you in Love’s Light….enjoy this amazing day. Judith


The North: Wisdom The Hive

I am so impressed with the productivity of the bee colony. We use several parts of the hives products for our own healing and consumption.

Other bee products from the hive include:

Royal Jelly: this is produced by a special group of young bees in their 6thto 12th days of life. It is fed to the Queen for her entire life. Because of the nutrients, over 48, it is considered a power food. Royal Jelly is often used in cosmetics and may help energy, and when ill.

Pollen:  pollen is collected by the bees from flowers and used as the protein part of their diet and the most important requirement for bee growth. Pollen can be either dried or frozen and is included in natural remedies and food supplements. Some people can be allergic so it is always wise that a test is carried out with small amounts of pollen first before ingesting on a regular basis.

Propolis: this is collected from plants and trees and is used to coat the inside of the beehive and the honeycomb cell with an antiseptic layer. This resinous substance is used in creams, tinctures, cosmetics, tablets and capsules.

Beeswax: this is secreted by the worker bee from special glands on the underside of the body and is used to build the home in which the bees live. Its source is the honey that is eaten by the bees. Between two and four pounds of honey need to be consumed by the bees in order to produce 1 pound of beeswax. Beeswax is a commonly used ingredient in the cosmetic industry as a thickening agent, e.g. lipsticks, lip salves.

Honeybees are so incredibly valuable to our food crops and production.  Serious problems face our crops, our beekeepers, our nation. One small way we can help is to plant bee friendly gardens.

thehoneybeeconservancy.org  is a great site with practical information.

Also Gunther Hauk, filmed Queen of the Sun, a documentary and created a bee sanctuary right here in Floyd VA.! Happy planning and planting.

The North: Wisdom From The Hive

 

The hive is always busy. Each worker has its role and they work in unity and harmony keeping the hive healthy and vibrant. One of the most important products from the hive is honey.

“In 2009, the U.S. produced only about 144 million pounds of the 382 million pounds of honey consumed. To make up the difference between U.S. honey production and consumption, we rely on honey from other countries, including Canada, Argentina and Brazil, among other countries.”

Vanishing of the Bees, has quite a bit to say about imported honey. It is often diluted with other sugars including high fructose corn sugar.

Honey, primarily 2 sugars: fructose and glucose and contains volatile oils which bestow its flavor, minerals, proteins, enzymes, an vitamins. It is available in a variety of forms: liquid, creme or comb.

For Burns: the use of honey for burn care is amazing and backed by science based application and research: Keep in mind we are talking about raw, unpasteurized honey, often Manuka honey is used.

1. Raw honey converts slowly to H@O@ and H@O neither of which sticks to raw tissue.

2. It retards oxygenation by sealing the wound fromthe air. Pain is reported to decrease in 30 sec which is a long time for a burn patient.

3. Antibacterial: sterilizes the wound. Honey steals water from bacteria which then causes the bacteria t dry up and die. The vitamins and minerals naturally present contribute to wound healing.

Historically and currently honey is recommended for constipation, insomnia, ulcers and obesity.

Today’s tip: support local beekeepers. Buy raw honey when available. Supermarket honey is often pasteurized at high temps which destroys enzymes and nutrients.