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“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.”

~Elbert Hubbard

Spring has sprung where I live.  It’s nearly Mother’s Day which is a time to reflect and savor reminders of love in our lives-from people and our Earth Mother.

Lately, I have felt drawn to the story of the prodigal son from the Bible. (shared below)  What a powerful teaching about love. 

In this story it is a father’s love but love knows no gender limits.  The son squanders his inheritance and creates quite a mess of his life.  Then he ‘comes to his senses’ and decides to go home, hoping his father will allow him to be a hired servant.  But his father has been watching for him and welcomes him home with love and celebration.  No lectures, no blame, no shaming.  His father knows his son is sorry so he wipes the slate clean and showers him with love.

We are all surrounded by love.  I think an important question is, can we receive that love and believe that it is ours unconditionally?  The father in the story is happy that his son is ready to be loved, not cowering in shame and fear.  Often we struggle with feeling unworthy or undeserving and don’t allow ourselves to be loved as fully as it is available, particularly from the Divine.

Let’s come to our senses and open our hearts to the love that surrounds us!

Blessings, Mary

From Gaia, May 9, 2020

My beloved ones,

My mother heart reaches out to you, loving you and celebrating you just as you are.  If you are in a far off place, it is time to come home.  You are in earth school and no one is expected to be perfect, never making mistakes.  Love is like the air that surrounds you at all times.  It is not withheld if you make a wrong turn.  It enfolds you and cheers you on as you learn and grow.

Always and forever, my heart and my arms are open to you.  I will not force you to come into my embrace but I rejoice when you do.  I wrap you in a tender hug that need never end.  Look at my face.  I am smiling at you, not frowning.  I am patient and kind and understanding.  I know that life is hard at times and the challenges can be very difficult to navigate.  Ask for help from the Divine Realm and it will be given freely and abundantly.

I whisper words of love, encouragement and guidance.  Slow down, take some moments to listen and you will hear the sounds of love.  Sometimes it is the cheerful bird’s song.  Or the soothing sound of the soft rain upon the trees.  Or the wind rustling the tree’s leaves.

My love is yours always.  I need your love and care, too.  We are partners and co-creators.  Together we can restore the earth to beauty and abundance.  Let us do this together with joy and laughter.

I love you, dear ones, with an everlasting love, only love, always love, love overflowing.  I am Gaia, your Earth Mother, your friend.

The Parable of the Lost Son

Jesus said: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ So he got up and went to his father.

But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’

The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’

‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’

“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair”

~Khalil Gibran, The Prophet

What amazing and interesting times we live in.  I could use some other words too!  Crazy, scary, confusing, difficult and more.  The current pandemic has pulled us out of our usual routines, our normal schedules, our comfort zones.  Certainly there are some gifts and blessings in that but also a lot that is uncomfortable, uncertain, unknown and challenging.

I haven’t felt called to share a Gaia message for quite a while.  But today I felt one stirring.  Our Earth Mother loves us so much.  Sometimes we feel it and at times perhaps we don’t.  But her love is like the sun, always shining even when something blocks the view of it.  It is always here to warm and nourish us.

In these challenging times, may we join loving hearts with each other and and the earth.

Much love, Mary

From Gaia

April 26,2020

Dear ones, beloved of my heart,

I am with you each moment.  I know that people and the earth are going through a time of change that involves turmoil, upheaval and questions about the future, as well as the present circumstances.

How it hurts my heart when people think that nature is punishing humanity or angry with them for what is going on.  A mother never stops loving her children, no matter what they do or don’t do.  It is like the sun that shines because that is what the sun does, not stopping for any reason.  A mother may not like what a child does and work with them to change, but love underlies all.

A mother is full of love and is also a teacher, offering guidance and sometimes limits.  People are awakening to what is not working and searching for ways that do work for people and the rest of the planet.  The earth and all of her creatures and beings are so willing to help when asked.  We can share our wisdom and knowledge with all who seek it. So please ask!

I know that sometimes you are afraid that it is too late to ‘save the planet’ or that the problems are too big to solve.  Ah, but look around you and consider what is happening now.  Surely you can see that things can change in the blink of an eye.  Opportunities abound to heal the earth as you heal yourselves. 

Spend time in the world of nature.  Feel the breeze caress your face.  Hear the cheerful sound of the birds.  Touch a tree and feel its love flowing to you.  Gaze upon the plants and little creatures and soil and all of this beauty.  You will feel your spirits lift and hope return.  Listen for guidance about what to do and you will receive it.

A mother never leaves her children alone and abandoned.  Her love is ever near and she holds her beloveds in her heart always and forever more.

I love you, dear ones.  I am Gaia, your Earth Mother, your friend

A miracle is when God bends the laws of the Universe just for you.

By Caroline Myss, quoting a nun from the college she attended

We can all think of times when we have heard about miracles or experienced them in our own lives.  Often it is an individual thing-someone is healed from a disease that was considered incurable, we avoid a traffic accident that could have killed us, help comes from an unexpected place.  Sometimes a group experiences a miracle and that is also wonderful.

Surely we live in a time when it feels like we need miracles and lots of them!  There are problems for individuals and in the collective.  And there are big ones.  I remember several years ago when my friend Nancy Joy said that things that have been hidden would come to the surface and be revealed.  That sounded great…until it began to happen in a big way.  Now it can feel overwhelming at times.  I sometimes find it challenging not to go into fear.

Today I was in my garden, thinking about the Climate March that is being held all over the planet.  I decided to ask the plants what they think about all the environmental problems we are facing.  I felt them saying that they live in the present moment, just enjoying the growing and being.  They said that when their life cycle is over, they return to the unmanifest, the field of all possibilities, and it’s all joy to them.  No worries, no stressing.  Just peace, joy and love.  They live connected to the Divine all the time.

Wow!  That is their natural state of being.  It feels like we humans have to stretch into that and the path is not clear sometimes.  We need help and fortunately, it’s abundantly available.  However, we have to ask and be able to receive.

A ‘Course in Miracles’ says that “miracles are everyone’s right, but purification is necessary first”.  Miracles are a gift and sometimes we have a hard time accepting gifts.  Are we able to fully receive a sincere compliment?  When someone is generous to us, do we gratefully receive it or do we immediately try to think of how to repay them?  Perhaps the purification is sloughing off our old beliefs that we don’t deserve, aren’t good enough or aren’t lovable.  Then the channel is open for miracles to flow to us.

A miracle is when God bends the laws of the Universe just for you.  That takes my breath away!  I am loved that much!  And so are you!  So is everyone and everything.  As we open ourselves to this, miracles will flow to us in magnificent grace and beauty.

Blessings, Mary

From Gaia, September 20, 2019

Dear ones, my beloved,

We in the Unseen Realm know that it is hard for people to wake up and realize that things are not as they believed them to be.  It is sometimes not easy to see problems and be unsure how to solve them.  The earth is in a massive transition and things are changing and shifting so rapidly.

Being with your breath is a good place to start when you seek guidance.  When you can quiet your mind and get in touch with the present moment, you will receive the messages you need to guide you. 

Each person has a part to play in the grand co-creation of the new earth.  No one can do it all by themselves and that isn’t necessary.  Each person can listen, hear and respond.  What you do is important and so is the way you do it.

If you plant a small tree seedling, do it with love, reverence and gratitude.  That tree will flourish compared to a tree that is viewed as a thing and planted with hurry and unconsciousness.  Nature wants to be your partner and your friend.  But, as in any relationship, it must be mutual.  Shared love, caring and kindness.

Miracles are all around you and the Universe is happy to supply more.  Open your heart, your eyes, your hands and they will flow to you.  Listen to the wind blowing through the trees.  Hear the cheerful sounds of bird songs.  Smell the fragrance of a lovely flower.  These are signs of how the Divine loves you.  Know in your heart that you are loved beyond measure.  Rest in the goodness of life’s flow.

I love you, dear ones.  I am Gaia, your Earth Mother, your friend.

Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.

~Thich Nhat Hanh, “Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life”

It’s nearly Mother’s Day.  It’s a time when we honor our biological mothers and perhaps others who have nurtured us on our journey.

This morning my mind turned to our Earth Mother, Gaia, who provides all we need to sustain life-air to breathe, water to drink, sun and soil for our food and so much more.  We often take for granted the gifts that human mothers give and so it can be with Gaia.  However, as we see the consequences of our neglect and damage to the earth, we are waking up and realizing our relationship with the earth needs to change.  We are recognizing our gratitude for earth’s gifts and our responsibility to be life-giving partners with nature.

It makes me very sad when I hear people say things reflecting their belief that the earth is angry with humans and sends natural disasters to punish us.  Some people say things like, ‘humans are a scourge/disease/cancerous tumor upon the earth’.  I believe that our Earth Mother loves us passionately wants only the best for us.  She is ever ready to guide us, teach us and co-create with us. Yet she cannot override our free will. 

Let’s each take some time this week to reflect on the blessings we receive from Mother Earth and walk with gratitude, as if we are kissing the earth with our feet.  She will feel our love and we will feel hers.

Blessings, Mary

From Gaia

May 8, 2019

My beloved children and co-creators,

I love you!  I reach out to you each moment, longing to connect to you and walk hand in hand with you upon the earth.  Please do not every doubt my everlasting love for you! 

Yes, there are things that need to change.  It is time to be conscious about the consequences of choices that people make.   It is time to see the earth as a living being, not just resources to use and even exploit. 

This is mutually beneficial!  When you love someone, both of you benefit.  This is true of your relationships with people but also pets and animals, plants and other life.  The giver and receiver are both blessed and it becomes a life-giving circle of abundance and beauty.

You are my children and I am happy to nurture you and provide for your physical needs.  I offer love and care and warm arms to hold you in a tender embrace.  I want to teach you, guide you and encourage you to step into your beautiful power as co-creators with nature.  What joy we can share together!!

Ask for what you need!  Do you need comfort and reassurance that you are loved?  Listen to my heart and know that you are loved beyond measure.  Do you see things that need to be healed on the earth-water cleansed of pollution, air returned to purity, the land bursting with biodiversity and a rainbow of abundant life?  I offer my willingness and all the tools that are needed to make that happen.  I will do my part and you can do yours. 

Dear ones, this is a time of great opportunity!  As we heal the earth together and restore the forests, oceans and all of life on earth, we will sense and know the oneness of all life.  Separation, loneliness and isolation will be no more.  We will dance the dance of life together.  We will re-weave the web of life until there is unspeakable beauty everywhere.

The healing of the earth is already underway.  Each person has a gift to offer and so does every living part of this precious planet.  Take my hand and we will walk this path of transformation together.

I love you, each one of you, no exceptions!  I am Gaia, your Earth Mother, your friend.

If you take the long view, something really amazing and profound is afoot now… The job of people who are awake is to hospice the death of the old structures and systems that no longer serve us while we midwife ones that will serve us.  Hospice-ing and midwife-ing are both acts of love.

~Lynne Twist, Pachamama Alliance, speaking in the online course by Charles Eisenstein called “Living in the Gift”

I’ve been on a rather long respite from writing Gaia Messages and, frankly, I wondered if there would be more.  It seems fitting that this one came on the day I am going to a retirement party for a dear friend who is completing a career of almost 40 years and preparing for new delights in her next life stage.  My partner Blair’s mother, age 87, is being put into hospice this week.  A friend’s daughter is ready to give birth.  Where I live, spring is emerging from the cold of winter. Beautiful yellow and white flowers are peeking from the earth, lovely reminders that life is a wondrous cycle of death and rebirth.  The flow of life’s “hello…good-bye…hello” pattern is so evident all around me.

The systems and structures that are entering hospice are so evident right now.  The birthing of the new may be a bit harder to see and feel sometimes.  Yet our hearts know and that gives us comfort and reassurance.  We are held in the love of the Divine and that is a gift of grace indeed.

Blessings, Mary

From Gaia March 28, 2019

My beloved ones,

Certainly the upheaval and all the changes of the present time can be disconcerting and even distressing.  The dysfunction of the structures and institutions that have served humanity are increasingly clear.  The dismantling of what no longer serves can be frightening because people have relied on these structures and systems for stability and a foundation for our way of life.

Yet, the New is emerging like the Phoenix rising from the ashes of endings.  Rest quietly in the knowing that you are held gently in the love of the Divine. 

Humanity has prepared for this transformation for eons of time, many lifetimes, many millennia.  So has the earth!  Within all of you-every cell, every molecule-is incredible resilience and wondrous life force!  Sense into that and you will feel the flow of life’s wisdom and blessing.

Each of you have your part to play.  Much of it is to stay centered and aligned with the voice of the Divine.  All that you need will be provided in abundance and great love.  There are times for action but there are also times for quiet, for being, for nondoing.  Guidance, wisdom and strength are available to you each moment.  In-breath and out-breath.  All is held in Divine love and peace.  Sometimes the messages come in whispers so be calm and know that there is no need to rush about, searching for the next step.  It will come to you on the wings of spirit.

Feel the smiles from the earth and all of creation.  Listen to the birds, feel the soft breeze upon your face, touch the living being of a tree, watch the creatures who live in the present moment of now.  Lean on me when you need nurturing and love.  Know with absolutely certainty that you are loved beyond measure.

I love you, dear ones.  I am Gaia, your Earth Mother, your friend

There’s no person in the whole world like you, and I like you just the way you are.

~Mr. Rogers

It sure feels to me like we need a big dose of kindness in the world right now.  And, fortunately, we can each be a source of that kindness in our daily lives.  Often the one who needs the most kindness from us is ourselves.  So many people are much harder on themselves than they would ever be to a loved one.  It’s sometimes hard to believe that we are liked and loved just the way we are.

Let’s take these words to our heart and radiate some love to ourselves and others.  Let’s open ourselves to love and kindness from the Divine which can comfort and reassure us that all is well, even when we wonder if it is.

Blessings, Mary

From Gaia, October 22, 2018

My beloved and precious ones,

I am holding you so close to my heart as the chaos and fear swirl around you and sometimes within you.

Indeed there is upheaval in the world right now and much may seem random and out of control.  At times you may feel threatened, uncertain and frightened.  The unknown can be a scary place sometimes.

Through it all, you are held in love.  Know that there is a place in the midst of things that is safe, secure and protected.  It’s not a place you can see with your eyes but rather with the eyes of your heart.  It is a place of stillness, quiet and peace.  It may seem elusive and difficult to find.  Yet it is as close as your next breath, the next beat of your heart.  It is a space where you can rest and be renewed. 

How do you find that place?  Ask for it.  Offer even a bit of faith and trust that it exists.  Remember a kindness from a friend, family member or stranger and know that this is just a tiny taste of what you are offered from the Divine Spirit who loves you so deeply and completely.  Reach out your arms for it and be drawn into the tender embrace of all-encompassing love.

So much is being released from storage, so to speak.  So much has been tucked away out of sight but still present.  Old memories, emotions, stored up pain, grief, sadness and injustice.  There is much that needs to be brought up to the surface to be transmuted back to love.  This is true in the collective and also within each person.

This is a time of cleansing and clearing, healing and restoration.  Humanity is becoming aware of deep wounds that are like clouds that block the light.  Energy is pouring into the earth to assist in the transformation.  As the clouds are dissolved, the light can flow in with all its beauty and joy.

This is a time for discernment.  Ask for wisdom and guidance and you will receive it.  Then you will know what is being asked of you.  Don’t take on more than this. 

Ask for help from your partners and co-creators in the Divine Realm.  They are eager to assist and support you.  Be kind to yourselves and be kind to others.  Know that you are loved beyond measure, my dear ones.

I am holding you close to my heart with great love and tenderness.  I am Gaia, your Earth Mother, your friend.

Ascension is a relay race, not a marathon.

~Jennifer Hoffman, EnlighteningLife.com

This quote from Jennifer Hoffman has resonated with me many times lately.  She says that some of us treat our life’s ascension journey like a marathon where we have to keep going and doing things no matter what.  Sometimes we don’t stop to question why or if it is really part of what we are being asked or called to do.  At times we may reach a point of completion and it’s okay to stop and rest or move on to something else.

Jennifer encourages us to think of our ascension as a relay race where we sometimes pass the baton to someone else and they take care of things for a while.  At other times someone may hand the baton to us for a task or project and we go with it for a while.

I think the key is discerning whether things are ours to do or not.  There are so many worthwhile causes and possibilities.  Yet each of us has an inner guidance system that gently tells us what is ours to do and what isn’t.

In our work-focused culture, it can be challenging to feel okay about spending time in meditation, quiet contemplation, rest, prayer or just being.  Yet these things are extremely important to our own well-being and they also reverberate out to touch others and all of creation in beautiful ways.

May we all listen to hear the voice of Spirit speaking to us and guiding us to what serves us and the highest good of all.

Blessings, Mary

From Gaia, August 20, 2018

Dear ones, my beloved friends,

I hold you close to my heart, very much aware that we all are living in challenging and transformative times.  There are endings, doors closing and changes that may be uncomfortable and even frightening.  Yet at the same time there are new beginnings, new paths becoming visible and the excitement of new freedoms and possibilities.

Know with absolutely certainty that you are never alone.  Your partners and loving friends in the Unseen Realm are always near, cheering for you, walking and running along side of you and guiding your footsteps along the road of your life. 

Sometimes we can carry you when you are weary and need a break.  At times we take the baton, if you ask for our help, and we can complete a part of the relay race of life with you.

It’s okay to not be busy all the time.  The Unseen Ones love to spend time with you unencumbered by tasks or projects.  Sometimes those things distract from our time together.  And time together is important and precious and needed.

Doing is important, to be sure.  But so is being!  Take time to think about the balance in your life and recalibrate when things are out of balance.  The trees grow without your help.  Yet they enjoy your presence.  So does all of nature-the birds, the creatures, the soil, air and all that is around you. 

If you are a do-er, take some time to be quiet and still.  It may feel uncomfortable but with practice it will be easier and you will find gifts and benefits.

Ask for help if you need it.  We of the Spirit world love you so deeply.  We can provide so much assistance but it is important for you to ask for what you need and want.  Together we can co-create a space of love for all to thrive in.

I love you, dear ones.  I am Gaia, your Earth Mother, your friend