Taking the bitter with the sweet…

Today’s my last day in Hawaii.  I’m already missing this place that has nurtured my soul for the past 4 months.  I came here to help my daughter empty her storage unit, sell off some furniture, and remodel a photo studio, but in the long run, I’ve received much more than I could ever give.

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Is it just another day in paradise?  Or is it something more? 

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Each day, no matter where we are, we have the opportunity to connect…

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to create…..

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to color an otherwise white world….

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with aspects of our soul….

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to bring more beauty into every day, ordinary experiences….

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to find beauty in the simple, the ordinary, the priceless things that appear in our lives.

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Away from the distractions we will find ourselves looking back at ourselves, asking for

healing,

attention,

and love.

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It’s important that we listen to these promptings…

Honor our soul’s calling…

Feel into the love that is there for us, just on the other side of the veil (our ego) and keep our connection with Source (God) alive.

 

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Hawaiian Sunset

 

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photo from Kikki K planner

 

 

 

Spending Time Alone ~

Greta Garbo, the American-Swedish film actress was famous for saying ” I ‘Vant’ to be alone” when in actuality she said ” I want to be left alone”.

This quote made headlines back in the day.

She was made to appear aloof and unfriendly by the media.

What is it about being alone that as a culture we are so afraid of?

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I’ve been so looking forward to my time in Hawaii that I would be spending alone.

My family doesn’t see it that way.

They call and ask if I’m okay.  ( It is sweet, I know), and I’m not complaining.

They tell me to arrange some visitors while I’m here.

They send me on errands to get me out of the house and send party invitations for me to attend with people I barely know.

I think they are concerned that I will feel lonely.

And those are all very thoughtful gestures, but I really do want to be alone.

I love getting up in the morning to have my coffee in silence, with birdsong and the wind rustling in the trees, breathing in the fresh morning air.

I like being free to watch my thoughts drift in and out, and kind of check in with myself to see if my thoughts are flowing positive, or if there are any worries or concerns that need to be addressed.

Well, what do you do all day?  they wonder.

If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I’m on a path of transformation.

This week I’m doing a cleanse.  I’m working with Daily Om for the next 8 weeks on the body challenge.

I’m on a path of study, doing an online course with Christy Whitman, learning to visualize my future self.

I’m also studying Crystal Healing with Katrina Rafael, Color theory with Dougal Frazer, How to get a whole year accomplished in 12 weeks, practicing letting go with Hale Dwoskin, Holosync with Bill Harris, writing this blog and learning how to take it to the next level with Ruth Soukup.

So, basically I’m not alone, as I’ve surrounded myself with all of the above teachers and mentors.

Yesterday I taught myself how to make jam and I’m developing a recipe for flax seed crackers.  I posted the recipe here.

I’m learning to wire-wrap gemstones and coming up with my own designs.

I’m very productive with my alone time but still have plenty of time for rest and play.

Yesterday, I danced like no one was watching, and it felt so good – No one was watching by-the-way.

Sometimes, I play music.  Sometimes, I just listen to the sounds around me.

Last week, I took myself to the movies to see “Paris Can Wait” with Diane Lane.

Beautiful scenery, great cast, lovely story line.  Definitely recommend it.

In the movie, she ( an American) was so used to running on schedules, and the French man that she was travelling with, was actually showing her how to slow down and enjoy the journey.  The destination (Paris) was a goal to be met.

How often do we find ourselves, over scheduled, our lives filled up with friends and family, and going to and fro, that we lose touch with who we are, why we are here, and what life is really all about?

How often do we take time from our busy lives to turn off the TV, put the social media down

smell the plumeria

sip the tea

enjoy the journey

share our lives with those we love

and spend time alone for quiet reflection?

After the movie, I took myself out to dinner to California Pizza Kitchen, ordered the Kendall Jackson Reserve chardonnay,( I usually just order the “house” chardonnay), the Caprese Chicken, and had a date, with myself.

It felt a little weird at first, going into a restaurant alone, but I really don’t think anyone noticed, and the waiter was so sweet and very attentive.

I took my time, enjoying every sip, every morsel, and thought about the movie, and how much I like to be wined and dined, the way the Frenchman wined and dined Diane Lane in the movie,, and how I might just fall in love with myself all over again.

How do you like to spend time alone?

When’s the last time you did?

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The Practice of Being

 

Have you ever wondered what it means to be called a Human Being?

Not a Human doing…

A Human Being…

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I decided to ask the Higher Ups this question~

Dear Ones,

What does  it mean to be called a Human Being and how can we best accomplish the act of Being in Human form?

You were given a birth right as you came into this plane of existence to have the expansion of consciousness that is God Source.

You accomplish this in many ways ~ being creative, mass thinking and consciousness, having relationships, making love.

These are all acts of creations set forth by the Creator of all.

Do you not see that?

When you are living up to the fact that you are a Human Being,  you are connected to Source.

Establishing and maintaining your connection is vital to your well-being on the Earth plane of existence.

Trees are your brothers as are the Sun, The Moon, and the Stars.  Do you see the connection?

They are all regulating the flow of being into existence for you as Humans, just for you as Humans, just to “Be” in the sovereignty over this planet.

How are you doing so far?

(I decided to ask for clarification. )

Dear Ones,

What is the best way for us to maintain our connection to Source and “be” in sovereignty over this planet?

You make us smile, for we hear you.

Many have lost their way of being through a loss of consciousness about what is real.

Didn’t Jesus teach that God is Love?  How much more simple an explanation can there be? Ask yourself this question.

Are you being in Love?

Are you connecting to love?                                                                                                               Love of self

Love of others

Love of this planet

Love of other Nations and Nationalities.

That is where you begin.

First you must love and respect yourself ~

“To thine own self be true (Love)

And as the night shall follow the day,

Thou cans’t not be false (full of hatred) to any man” Wm. Shakespeare

We leave you with these words to ponder. 

And so my friends, the key to just being starts with loving self, and then extending that beautiful, beloved, and amazing self out into the world.

With much gratitude. until next time.

 

 

 

Letting Nature carry you forward…a short story

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Without even trying, her skin began to turn brown from the topical sun.

She didn’t plan for it or sit outside to catch it at it’s highest peak.  It just happened.

Perhaps it was carried across through the Tradewinds every afternoon when she took her swim.  Or maybe it lived in the cells of the waters waiting to caress her.

She would purposely wait until the light of the great sun was resting behind the trees, casting it’s gentle shadow on the water in the 40 ft. swimming pool.

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She was definitely living a life of grace and ease she thought, as she did her laps across the pool.

Finding affirmations of gratitude came easy to her now, as she rested in the confidence that all was well for now with her family.

She wanted to “make hay while the sun was shining” and use this special time to work on herself, to tone her muscles, shed a few pounds, and catch up on some fitness rituals that had been put on the back burner while she strived to make a living.  There just had been no time or energy to work on herself, or so she felt.  Or maybe she had given up at some point, after losing her love in a tragic car accident, being laid off from her dream job, and then being fired from one that she had hated anyway.

Her prayers had made their way to the Great Unknown, and she had been released from her self-made prison of lethargy, discontent, sorrow, rejection, and loss of Spirit.

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She had given in to eating the wrong foods, until one day she had woken up with severe pains in her stomach as though she had been poisoned.

Was it the bread she had so lovingly made from white, bromated flour the day before?

Anyway, that was all behind her now.

She had started to blog about some of her experiences.

Always one who enjoyed new paths of study in the esoteric, she began working with her intuition, strengthening her connection with the Infinite through meditation, visioning, and through writing.

These things came easy to her.

The group of people at work had made  vision boards and posted them in the break room.  So many had pictures of a tropical getaway, and she wondered if staring at these images had prompted her own trip to the islands.

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After 6 months of unemployment, she was requested to come house-sit in Oahu.

Well, how could she say no?

This is where her journey began back to well-ness, weight loss, and getting back in touch with her authentic self.

She had reached retirement age, but not quite ready to retire financially or mentally, she thought this could be a time to reconnect with a part of her who had been lost for a long time.

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For the past year, she had been seeing visions of a male companion.

He was always dressed in white and there was a natural contentment that she felt deep in her soul each time she had a new vision, and usually a bit of surprise that it was “him”.

It was someone that she knew, who seemed the farthest thing away from what she would have expected.  But isn’t that how love is?  And doesn’t it show up when you least expect it?

She returned home to California for six months as the Universe was doing some shuffling of her home circumstances.  ‘She began paring back on her possessions, selling some of her treasured pieces that had been in storage.

Her grandson had decided to return to Southern California, her sister would be moving on, and her son was busy making a new life for  himself.

She was actively pursuing a new position working as an interior designer when the Universe stepped in during a huge rainstorm, bursting a pipe that flooded the store that she would be working in, causing a delay in plans.  The owner called to apologize for the delay, but still no offer of employment.

Then came another offer to come to Oahu.  So, what did she have to lose?  There must be a reason for all of this, she thought. So, she packed her suitcase for one month, with two pair of jeans, some sleeveless shirts, and underwear.  When she was finally approached for employment in May, she told them that she had taken a temporary job, and would come in to see them when she returned.

She decided to stay in Hawaii until August as that was how long she was needed.

Nothing had materialized on the surface of her life yet, in the love department anyway.

Well, maybe a sprinkle of hope.  But nothing tangible.

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All she knew was that she needed to use this special time of benevolence to take care of herself, carry on with her life, create her art, and let her life unfold naturally, as the workings of Nature always knows the best course.

She trusted that things would unfold at the right time, in the right way.

Her guidance was ”  Do nothing. No need to push or strive, but let Nature carry you forward”.  and so she was willing to wait, as there was still more work for her to do in her journey of self-healing.

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Following bread crumbs…How did Hansel and Gretel survive?

By practicing the 27 days of Feng Shui challenge here, and 30 days of Gratitude here at the beginning of the year, I think of the story about Hansel and Gretel leaving bread crumbs along their trail in the forest so they could find their way home upon returning.

The Forest

We’ve made the clearing by eliminating all of those things that no longer spark joy.

Hansel and Gretel were left in the forest because their parents couldn’t afford to feed them.  They expected them to become lost.

The forest is your home.  By clearing your clutter you will see your way more clearly.

The bread crumbs

We’ve laid a path of gratitude and love, taking time to appreciate the people, circumstances, and  blessing that are present in our lives.

Hansel and Gretel dropped bread crumbs along the path, thinking this would lead them back home.  Little did they know, that the critters in the forest were hungry and would eat all of the bread crumbs. (The bread crumbs symbolize insincere prayers that are not heart felt. )

The ginger bread house

There may be distractions along the way. ( When Hansel and Gretel saw the house made of ginger bread, their hunger got the best of them, and all they could think of was devouring that house!)

Habits, moods, circumstances can draw us in and cause us to lose our focus.

The Witch

We’ve faced head-on some of the less than pleasant things in our lives and hopefully pushed pass them.

Or maybe they found a way to move on.

It seems that everyone is hungry in this story, even the witch!  She was planning to eat the children for dinner!

Perhaps, their hunger was a Spiritual Hunger, that could only be satisfied by a Connection to Spirit.  ( Everything else can wait, but your search for God cannot wait. Once the connection to your God Source is established, all of your needs are satisfied. )

The Oven

You may have escaped from “the oven” of uncertainty and witnessed a miracle, or been given more clarity.  ( The oven is the Fire of Spirit directing your life and burning up the dross of a matter based existence. )

After the children pushed the witch into the oven, they were free.

Now, it’s time to turn and face the path home and hope the birds haven’t made a meal of your bread crumbs.

Practicing gratitude should be an everyday occurrence by now.

Gratitude promotes prosperity and healing in our lives.

Even if the birds have devoured some of your carefully laid bread crumbs, you can look for other signs to find your way home.

The signs that the Universe brings are sometimes subtle and easy to overlook, to miss all together, or to discount their validity.

And you may not get reminders if you ignore them.

Have you ever regretted not doing something when the signs  were all around you?

I have.

What kinds of signs can you expect?

You could receive a hunch or an idea.

You might see something that reminds you of someone.

Nature often sends signs.

You could get a strong feeling that every thing’s going to be okay.  That could be an Angel whispering in your ear.

You could feel a strong urge to take an action.

You could see a message on a license plate while driving.

Whatever it is, take notice, jot it down in a journal or a notebook, or take action.

Start collecting those bread crumbs or signs that you see along your path.

This is how the Universe guides us.

When we are doing “inner work” there’s a time for sewing the seeds and reaping the harvest.

It takes time.

Sometimes years.

It’s important to do the work of decluttering, training our minds to expect the best, pushing through adversity, and practicing patience through trust and faith.

Watch for the signs and be ready to act when an opportunity presents itself.

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  1. Stay in tip-top form, by staying physically active – exercise and nutrition
  2. Update your wardrobe so you look your best.  Update your home’s “wardrobe” so it lifts your spirit.
  3. Keep mentally sound through meditation, getting plenty of sleep, learning all you can.
  4. Emotionally fit by practicing gratitude, forgiveness, and always focusing on the positive.  No more complaining.
  5. Spiritually Alert – through inner stillness, meditation and prayer, spending time in Nature.
  6. Keep a journal of the signs and symbols that come your way.

Now you are ready for the next great offer that comes your way.

Hansel and Gretel found their way home after discovering the Witch’s treasure.  They returned home to help their parents with their newly found prosperity.

Do you have an idea what the Witch’s treasure might have been?

Please leave your comments below.  I hope you enjoyed this post.  While I was writing it, I actually surprised my self with some of the things that came forward.

I wish you all the best.

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Why Worry? and what you can do about it.

 

Do you ever find yourself worrying about something, imagining the worst outcome of something over which you have absolutely no control over?

I’ve probably spent at least 30% of my life worrying.  No, maybe even 50%!

I’ve worried about my children, relationships, money, health, loss, always fearing what “could” happen.

I even worry about my car getting a flat tire while I’m driving on the freeway.

At some point, I decided that worrying was a futile attempt, as it didn’t do a bit of good for me or anyone else.

I realized that I was only sending the vibration of worry out into the Universe.

Worry is a non-constructive effort.

When my son was in high school was when I finally realized that worrying about him walking the streets at night was pointless.

That’s when I took up water color quilting.

 

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Exuberantcolor/Wanda S. Hanson

I could spend all of that time and energy on something creative.

I could spend the time used for worrying, cutting, and piecing together the pictures that I wanted to create.

 

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Water color quilt by Wanda S. Hanson

My mind would be healed as I worked with the colors and focused on creating something beautiful.

 

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Color Wash quilt by Wanda S. Hanson

It Worked!

I would become so lost in my art that time previously spent on worry, was replaced with a mind that wanted to create beautiful things.  And the time would pass so quickly!.

I just had to trust that my son would be okay.  And one night, when he arrived home, he sat down with me, and started helping me place some of the squares.  A very special moment for me.

Another thing I learned was to imagine a white light surrounding whatever it was that I was worried about.

Whether it was my car, a person, or a situation, I would call in my angels, ask for their help and protection, and put a white light of protection around it.

Then I would just hand it over to God.

I trained my little ego mind to delegate it’s concerns to the greater power.

I still worry at times.

But now, I recognize what’s happening, and redirect it’s course before it takes over.

I just live one day at a time and focus on the Now as much as possible.

Live each moment to the fullest and let the future take care of it’s self.

Now that I’m older, I even have less lines of worry on my forehead.

They’ve been softened and smoothed by the Angels.

Worry ends when faith begins.

For we walk by faith not by sight.  2 Cor. 5:7

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Pushing through adversity

via Daily Prompt: Survive                                                                                                        “Forgiveness is actually gratitude for the gifts beneath the actions; they both set you free.” Kara – Soulstice Rising

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me, age 3 with my Norwegian grandmother

 

I woke up this morning thinking about my dad teaching me to ride my new bike when I was five years old.

I think about this often, as it has been one of my life lessons on using sheer determination, working past obstacles, and surviving in a world of pain.

“Don’t be a quitter” was one of his favorite sayings.

My new bike was  second hand with fat tires and a new paint job in green and cream enamel.  It was a small two wheel bike with no training wheels.

I was a healthy 5 year old with freckles on my nose, amber colored hair from being bleached in the sun, and a very strong will and a fighting spirit.

Dad must have thought that I needed some tough lessons to survive this life.

It was 1958, and I’m not sure if training wheels had been invented yet. ( Actually, it looks as though they were invented around 1950, but there was some controversy as to whether they actually helped.) I don’t think my dad would have thought them necessary anyway, as he was pretty much “old school”.

Regardless, I was to learn to peddle, balance, and steer with a single push off.

That’s how I was taught to ride my bike.

I don’t remember how many times I fell and skinned my knees, only to be told to get back on and try again.

As I held back the tears, I would get back on and keep trying until I learned to ride that darned bike.

One of the worst feelings I remember is skinning my knees again after just freshly skinning them on the rough cement pavement.

It burned a lot as the blood ran down my legs and I peddled furiously to learn this new skill.

The physical pain, the emotional pain of failure, all of these things worked against me.

But my dad kept making me get back on my bike until I learned to ride in my first session.

Harsh treatment for a child, you may think, and it was.

But many times in my life, this story has kept me going, and I survived it all .

In Buddhist teachings we are taught to thank our adversaries, forgive them, and understand that they have been placed in our lives to teach us.

Whenever I’ve been confronted with relationship or material loss, abusive relationships, dire uncertainty, or physical challenges, I’ve been able to keep my focus on my goals, keep my nose to the grindstone, and carry on regardless of what circumstances came my way.

It’s important not to let our lives be distracted by these obstacles that arise to throw us off our path.

We can work through the pain, by keeping a clear focus on our values, plans, and dreams.

Try not to give too much importance to the pain, the drama, the naysayers that rear their ugly heads.

Move beyond it.

Stay focused and firm in your authenticity

You can survive anything.

 

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pillow from Target

 

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Dear Ones,

As you go about your life, take time to choose wisely, navigate with care, and always give more than you receive.  The end result will be a life filled with much happiness, love, and peace.

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