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A New Awareness

12652703 - mayan calendarDecember 21, 2012 marked the last day of the Mayan calendar – the end-date of a 5125-year-long cycle. A new awareness was emerging. Four years ago this December, I wrote about the much talked-about fears of Dec. 21, 2012: some believed it to be a harbinger of a global catastrophe, if not the end of the world. But Mayan elders did not prophesy that everything would come to an end. Rather, they believed it to be a time of transition from one World Age into another; Dec. 21, 2012 would mark the beginning of a new era, the start of a time in which Earth and its inhabitants would undergo a positive physical or spiritual transformation. This extraordinary spiritual awakening or “consciousness shift” for planet earth and humanity called “The Great Shift,” had been prophesied for ages. It was all about change!

If there has been a slow awakening over the past four years since the end of Mayan calendar, it appears to have culminated in a rude awakening in the 2016 election. Where love and inclusivity were anticipated, hatred and separation came roaring in – not to replace but to challenge!

Those indigenous visionaries reminded us we always have choices. And we can choose to move through this particular time in our history with either resistance, acceptance or a combination of both. These choices will determine whether this transition will create lasting negative and harmful changes or promote gradual personal and global peace and tranquility. Many of us believe we can move toward peace and tranquility if we choose love and respect as our guides. And while I continue to hold this premise dear, I also recognize that, as humans, we inherently resist change.

Everything is both simpler than we can imagine, and more complicated that we can conceive. – Goethe

Attempts to let go of what no longer appears to serve us can trigger fears, reluctance, heightened emotions, tensions, and unease. What we see happening in our world around us gives pause, at the very least; I feel a pall over the typically joyful energy of this season of light. I hear fear and concern in people’s voices at holiday functions. There is a new awareness of the fragility of freedom and choice.

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 I believe we have an opportunity to create a greater humanity, even when everything appears to indicate the opposite. Each of us must be vigilant about making daily choices through thoughts, actions, and behaviors that will contribute to a more positive world.

Feng Shui encourages us to set powerful, personal intentions and then trust we are in the right place at the right time and that events, no matter how difficult, are a part of our ongoing journey to self-discovery and balance. We can only start from within and then, with intentions for the highest good for ourselves and for mankind, proceed on the journey to which we are being called.

 The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wishing you the strength of action, gratitude, trust, reverence and love during this holiday season and in the months to come.

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Sacred Ways to Walk in Beauty

While writing my May blog, Beauty to the Right, I came across Shann Vander Leek’s thoughtful and instructive article, Sacred Ways to Walk in Beauty. It prompted me to re-visit the definition of beauty.

Merriam-Webster defines beauty as the qualities in a person or a thing that give pleasure to the senses or the mind.

Of course, our culture defines beauty in a myriad of ways. Lexi Herrick has another take on beauty in her article for the Huffington post. In it she writes, “Beauty is often distorted, misunderstood and shadowed by a wide amount of conflicting pressures. It is something we endlessly strive for, rather than see in the true essence of our happiest moments.”

Shann Vander Leek reflectively states her personal meaning: “I’ve learned that walking in beauty is creating an intimate relationship with the goodness of all creation.”

Awe02But even when we view beauty as a set of qualities that give pleasure to the senses, walking in beauty will mean different things to different people; it certainly means different things to me. I walk, or move, in beauty when I work in my garden, tour a museum, or visit sacred sights. Beauty is a friend’s hug, a child’s laughter, or a sunset. But then walking in beauty can become a metaphor for being in beauty. We can be in beauty in our thoughts. Perceived beauty can be received many forms – seeing, hearing, listening, and feeling. One thing I know, when I am consciously present in what I consider beauty, I feel closer to source and my energy is transformed.

This assumes, of course, we take the time to notice.

The more often we see the things around us – even the beautiful and wonderful things – the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds – even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less. Joseph B. Wirthlin 

 I suspect that’s why awareness is first on Vander Leek’s list of nine ways to walk in beauty: awareness, prayer, stewardship for the earth, creativity, sacred living, self-love, community, personal responsibility, and feminine sovereignty. She concludes with gratitude.

It is a lovely article and a lovely reminder. To read it in its entirety, click here.

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open. Jawaharlal Nehru

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