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After the final no, there comes a yes…and on that yes the future world depends.

~Wallace Stevens, quoted by Al Gore in a recent TED talk

Al Gore used this quote to illustrate how it often takes a lot of time and effort to make major social changes, such as women’s right to vote, the end of slavery, civil rights, etc. His emphasis is on environmental issues, our dependence on fossil fuels and climate change.  He talks about how there is often one ‘no’ after another until the tide turns, the shift happens, the perspective and consciousness about the issue changes.  In his TED talk, he says that the ‘no’ is shifting to ‘yes’ in the renewable energy and climate change arena.  That is good news!  More needs to happen, to be sure, but I’m glad he gives voice to the positive shift.

It feels like we are in a time when there is much resistance to many changes that need to happen and are happening. That means a lot of yeses are on the way!! This is true in the collective as well as in each of our lives.  What is happening now is so much bigger than just a shift in a single issue.  It is a transformation of human consciousness!!  How exciting!!!

In the meantime, it can be challenging or just plain hard to deal with the resistance to change we are experiencing in all of our institutions and within many people and, yes, within ourselves. Trust and patience are sometimes not easy.  If we can center ourselves, get quiet and listen, I think we can hear and feel the yeses flowing more forcefully all the time.  Yes to freedom, yes to peace, yes to clean air, water and soil, yes to a healthy earth and healthy, joy filled people and so much more!

Blessings, Mary

From Gaia, October 30, 2016

Dear ones, beloved and precious to my heart,

Much of the ascension shift has already occurred. It has happened within the earth and out into the galaxy and universe.  It is happening within the hearts and minds of all human beings but many are just becoming aware.  Others are arguing that nothing has changed.  But just because people have closed their eyes and can’t see something does not mean that it isn’t there!  In a dark room, you may not be able to see the furniture or pictures on the wall, but they are there!!

Now the Divine Spirit is slowing turning up the light of transformation. If a huge spotlight is turned on abruptly, it can be disorienting and even blinding.  So we of the spirit realm are turning up the light and sound of the Transformation little by little so you can adjust to the changes.

Some people are awake and looking eagerly around to see what is happening. They are delighted and thrilled to see and feel all that is happening.  They are feeling the peace flowing, the freedom rising, relationships blossoming, portals to the Unseen Realm opening!

Other people are just waking up, rubbing their eyes and things look fuzzy. They are unsure of what is happening and feel a mixture of excitement and fear.

Some people are awash in fear as they feel the present reality dissolving and transitioning to one of a much higher vibration and frequency. They feel the gap growing wider and are not sure that they can make the needed changes.  So they cling to what is familiar and have a death grip on the old systems that support their current way of being.

There is yet work to do but we are reaching a time when you can relax, knowing that all is unfolding and supported by massive waves of love from the Divine. Focus inward, clearing out all that no longer serves you and welcoming all that does-the love, beauty, grace and myriad gifts being offered to you.  As each person reaches higher and higher vibrations, all are blessed and the entire planet transitions.  Breathe and become quiet.  Then you will feel and know in your deepest being that all is well.

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

 

 

 

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Once we no longer choose to accept that we are limited, powerless and helpless, all of the structures whose existence depends on those beliefs will crumble. Then we will create a new, more empowered world.

~Jennifer Hoffman, Enlightening Life

I woke up recently with images connected to freedom on my mind:

*a kite on a string straining to go higher with the wind

*an airplane ready to take off

*a seal and a penguin, awkward on land but so swift and graceful in the ocean

*birds who are slow on land but fast in flight

*an animal with the cage door open

So it was interesting to see the quote above in Jennifer Hoffman’s October energy report. It basically says it’s time to roll.  We have done so much work over the last few years.  Sometimes it felt like there would be no end to the endless cleanse as we cleared out old fears and limiting beliefs that no longer serve us.

Most of us have old ‘stuff’ that we will need to clear and release from time to time. But Jennifer says it’s time to move from being a wounded healer-trying to heal and fix everyone and everything around us-to living a healed, whole life.  Wow!  Sounds great but many of us are in new territory when we really focus on that.

We are so programmed to work, be productive, take care of others. Not everyone is, of course, but a lot of us are.  I know I tend to have a ‘to do’ list and one of the items isn’t ‘have fun’!  So for those of us steeped in the old Protestant work ethic, it’s time to seek balance with a bit, or maybe a lot, more emphasis on being rather than doing.  Being joyful rather than being busy.  Self-care balanced with caring for others.

The good news is that the energy is supporting our freedom in amazing ways. Jim Self of Mastering Alchemy says that the old 3D template has been removed from the earth.  All that is left of the old programming of domination, power over and limitations is our old beliefs.  When we clear that out, we can embrace the freedom that is abundantly available to us.  Perhaps we are a little like an animal who has lived in a cage for so long that when the door is opened we need a little time to stretch and believe that we are truly free.  But how incredibly wonderful it is when we taste and embrace that!!

Blessings, Mary

From Gaia, October 3, 2016

My beloved ones,

Indeed the doors to freedom are opening at this time. It is a beautiful convergence of people who have reached a point where they are ready to cast off the shackles of servanthood and even slavery.  People are feeling freedom in their souls.  Yet they are realizing how little freedom they currently feel in their lives.

It isn’t easy to leave the familiar for the unknown. But there is no other way to reach new vistas.  Consider the seed.  It is small and safe inside its hard shell.  But in that form it is not free to be its true self-an oak tree, a flower or a blade of grass.  So the seed hides itself in fertile soil and when the time is right, it emerges and begins to stretch toward the sun and air and rain.  It is following the blueprint for its growth and so it grows.

No one would say to a seed, stay safe inside the husk. We are glad when seeds sprout and we know that it is how nature does things.  So, too, with humans, always expanding, casting off the barriers that limit growth.

Dear ones, this time is a ‘growth spurt’ in planetary evolution. I know that you can feel it more and more!  Breathe into it until you catch the excitement, the knowing that old limitations are giving way to new possibilities.  You have the blueprint in your soul!  Feel yourself emerging into the New.  You are creating the New!

The old systems and limitations are very visible. But they will vanish when we release the beliefs that hold them in place.  It is a natural progression so stay centered and in peace.  Do what the whispers of your spirit are encouraging you to do!  Then let the rest unfold in Divine timing and wisdom.

Feel the comfort and love of the Mother and all the beings of the Unseen Realm who are so near to you. Rest against my heart when you are troubled or afraid.  I never leave you and you are always in my heart.

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

 

 

 

 

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Our insistence on happy endings and ‘good’ outcomes keeps us stuck in healing cycles. Our toughest lesson is acceptance. This is being complete with someone’s choices or a situation that we cannot change. Our congruence happens when we fill our own empty spaces, when we become congruent on the inside. Then we are healed and whole on the outside.

~by Jennifer Hoffman, Enlightening Life

I recently returned from an amazing healing class in Findhorn, Scotland. It is part of a series I am taking over the next 9 months.  It’s a huge commitment which has stretched me way out of my comfort zone.  I’m finding it’s a great way to expand my comfort zone!

The course focuses on teaching us healing techniques and methods which is wonderful. But a major part of the course is about our own personal growth and healing.  I am loving it!  As we raise our vibration, the unhealed parts of us come to the surface to be released and cleared.  It’s not easy at times but the results are so freeing and even exhilarating.  I can already tell the difference when I give healing sessions.  Lots more energy is flowing through me which assists in the healing of the person I am working with.

It feels like what is happening to me is a microcosm of what is happening everywhere.  A lot of dark, not-so-pretty stuff is coming to the surface of our collective awareness.  What do we do with it?  Shine light on it!  Send love, refuse to get dragged into the ugliness.  As we each shift and shine, the darkness vanishes.  It doesn’t always happen instantly but it does happen.

Each person has a different path. Some people are activists working on the social problems of our day.  Some are helping friends and family.  Others are following their inner guidance in a beautiful rainbow of being and action.  Each of us is doing our part to create ‘the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible’, as Charles Eisenstein says.

A Course in Miracles says it ‘does not aim at teaching the meaning of love, for that is beyond what can be taught. It does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love’s presence, which is your natural inheritance’.  What we see around us…and sometimes inside of us…may not always be what we would prefer.  But we are incredibly powerful co-creators and as we grow and learn and heal, we can be a part of the beautiful unfolding of heaven on earth.

Blessings, Mary

From Gaia, September 14, 2016

Dear ones, my beloved,

Do not be discouraged or hopeless about the darkness you see around you or the darkness you might discover within you! Now is a wondrous time to be alive on planet earth!  Those who have been asleep or dormant or moving slowly like a sloth are now realizing they need to step out and step up.

The power to make changes is within you, far beyond what you may have realized. The circumstances of the world are activating an incredible groundswell of action!  People who have been passive are becoming active in a myriad of beautiful ways.  People who have been slogging through life, just existing rather than living radiantly, are finding that this way of living is no longer tolerable.  So they are seeking ways to become healed, whole and joyful!

Much of the change feels uncomfortable at first. When someone has been inactive, the first vigorous walk or exercise session causes sore muscles.  But continued walking and exercising strengthens those muscles so they become vibrant and contribute to vigor, enthusiasm and well-being.

So it is with the earth changes and changes on earth. All is working together to motivate and, in some cases, force people to make changes and reach for a better way to live and be.  Weak and flabby areas are becoming strong and healthy!

Embrace it all! Love it all!  Seek the higher perspective, the greater good that is being activated and created!!  The lovely lotus flower emerges from a womb of mud.  The earth’s vibrations are supporting and assisting you in ways you can scarcely imagine or take in.  Just breathe the breath of life with all who surround you, both in the Seen and Unseen Realms.  Trust the birthing and transforming power of this mystical and magical time.  Discern what your part is and do that.  Let others do theirs.  Lean against the Mother when you are weary, frightened or discouraged.  All is well, held in Divine Love and Peace.

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

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Insects are messengers

When the nature kingdom needs to draw human attention to a situation, it will first dispatch large numbers of insects to interact with humans.

~Deva of Insects from Garden Workbook: A Complete Guide to Gardening with Nature Intelligences by Machaelle Small Wright

When I first read this in Machaelle’s book, my first reaction was, HUH? Insects as messengers???  I had mostly thought of insects as pests, nuisances and sometimes icky invaders.  As a child I had a particular aversion to spiders and sometimes was fearful that they would crawl on me while I was asleep.  Certainly it had never occurred to me that insects were messengers.  Yet Machaelle says that insects are often how nature gets our attention and points us to situations where things are out of balance and where people need to make changes.

I have pondered this idea a lot and have learned to observe the insects in my environment with an eye to what they might be communicating. I wish I could say that I do a great job of interpreting the message but often I can’t.  But I try to stay open and this can be a doorway into a very interesting way of looking at things.

In a diverse ecosystem undisturbed by humans, nature finds a healthy balance. Humans often disrupt healthy ecosystems in unhealthy ways.  We kill off the predators that keep things like deer populations balanced.  We pollute.  We spray toxic pesticides to kill insects and plants that we consider pests.  We have made quite a mess of things on the earth.

Yet we are learning and nature is more than happy to support and teach us, if we just listen and act in co-creative ways. How fascinating that ‘lowly’ insects would be important messengers!

The next time you find insects getting your attention, ask what the message is for you. Ants on your sidewalk?  Maybe they are reminding you to work with others to accomplish goals.  Japanese beetles?  Hmm, maybe provoking thoughts about integrating western and eastern concepts into our thoughts in positive ways.  Butterflies and bees?  Perhaps a beautiful reminder of our need to protect habitat and care for our pollinators.  The messages can come in many ways, some for us personally and some for the collective.

Author Carolyn Myss says that bacteria and viruses that cause disease are also messengers. She points to polio that visited humans after the Depression, when the economy was ‘crippled’.  Then Jonas Salk discovered the antidote for polio and people got ‘back on their feet’ along with the economy.  Carolyn sees AIDS as the messenger of how we need to stop destroying the earth’s ecosystems and believes that the cure will be found when we restore and nurture the earth.

It may feel like nature is being cruel or harsh with some of its messages. Yet we are the ones who need the messages and when we learn them, we can work with nature to remove the need for them.  May we be open to the messages and gifts from the insect kingdom!

Blessings, Mary

I want to share an experience I have had with a particular insect and would love to hear yours.

My Lesson from Ticks

In 2009 I purchased an acre of land in Iowa City as a place to practice what I was learning about the Unseen world of nature-the nature devas, nature spirits, fairies, elves and others. The first year I was on the land I never saw a tick.  The second year, they began to get my attention.  I would see them on plants and in other places.  Sometimes I would find one on my clothes and some even hitched a ride to my house.  This continued for two or three more years.

I really tried to develop a peaceful relationship with them but it wasn’t working. I was repulsed by them.  I found myself becoming anxious about being in the garden…would a tick show up on me?  Frankly, they grossed me out.

My intense dislike of ticks finally motivated me to try out what I was learning about co-creating with nature. My teachers were Dorothy Maclean from the Findhorn community in Scotland and Machaelle Small Wright who created the Perelandra gardens in Virginia.  They were pioneers in communicating and co-creating with nature.  So I decided to give their ideas a try.

First of all, I knew I needed to find something to like about ticks. Co-creating with nature is about finding solutions that work for all of those involved, rather than ones that benefit humans at the expense of some part of nature.  That was hard.  What’s to like about ticks??

I figured there had to be some reason that ticks were created, despite my aversion to them. So I affirmed their purpose, even though I didn’t know what it was.  And I realized they were giving me a powerful reason to explore the process of working with the nature beings.

I talked to the Deva of Ticks and asked for help. I said I didn’t want to harm ticks, I just wanted them out of my space.  I thought a lot about solutions to my dilemma that would work for everyone and everything.

When Dorothy MacLean and Machaelle Small Wright had issues with moles creating problems on their land, they asked the moles to move to another place and they did. I didn’t feel comfortable asking the ticks to leave and go other places.  I figured they would then bother animals and other people and that didn’t seem like it would be good even if it helped me.

Finally, the idea came to me to ask the ticks to go into another dimension, a place where they would have their needs met without needing human or animal blood to give them nourishment. I didn’t know what this meant exactly but it felt like it would meet everyone’s needs.  I would not have ticks in my space and they would have a place to exist where their needs were met.

So I asked for this to happen. I talked to the Deva of Ticks and said that I was sorry that I wanted them to leave but I did need them to go away for my peace of mind.  I hoped I was heard, but I was still nervous when I would go to the garden, checking my clothes and watching for them.

It felt like a miracle when I stopped seeing ticks at the garden, on my clothes or anywhere I went. It took a long time for me to trust and accept that they had left.  Yet for the rest of that year, I did not see any ticks.

The next spring, I was again watchful, wondering if ticks would come back. Early in the spring, I saw a few.  Again, I asked the Deva of Ticks to please send the ticks into another dimension where their needs would be met without needing to be on humans or animals.  After that I didn’t see any more ticks.

The third year there were no ticks to be seen. I started to relax, believing that we had come to an agreement that would continue.  I still had times when I would check to see if I saw ticks but I didn’t.  I expressed my gratitude to nature for blessing me with the gift of tick-free living.  I realized that ticks were indeed my messenger, motivating me to work with nature to have my needs met.

Each person will find what works for them in this journey of exploration with nature. Blessings to you as you experiment!!!

 

 

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When we make direct contact with the surface of the Earth our bodies receive a charge of energy that makes us feel better.

“Earthing” by Clinton Ober, Sinatra and Zucker

I grew up on a farm and every year I went barefoot from early spring till late into the fall. My feet got so tough that I could walk easily on most any surface, including gravel.  Thistles were about the only thing that penetrated the bottoms of my feet.  My brothers and sisters did the same thing, it was just a part of our daily lives.  Like our ancestors for millennia, it seemed so natural to walk with naked feet upon the earth.

This spring I decided that one of my goals for the growing season is to spend more time barefoot in my yard. It has been delightful!  I realized what a ‘tenderfoot’ I have become.  At first, just about everything I walked on hurt my feet but after a few weeks, they are doing better.  And it feels so good!

More and more information is coming out about why spending time in nature is beneficial. It calms us, helps us feel less stressed and is good for us in so many ways.  Research is also showing that touching the earth has health benefits-neutralizing the free radicals in our bodies and helping us in other ways.  It seems so simple, yet many people rarely touch the earth directly.  We wear shoes of manmade materials that block out the flow of earth energy to our bodies.  Most of us spend most or much of our time inside buildings.  We have to be intentional if we want to touch the earth.  Yet it’s worthwhile in so many ways.

I do Healing Touch treatments for many people and when I assess the energy flow in their bodies, I often find blockages in their feet and legs. I frequently suggest that they take some time to walk or sit with their bare feet on the earth.  If the weather is cold, I suggest that they put their bare hands on a tree since trees have an energy field that is obviously connected to the earth.

My friends who do reflexology tell me that most of our energy meridians flow to our hands and feet. That makes intuitive sense to me since humans evolved while living in intimate connection to the earth.  Our bodies are designed to access earth energy.  What a beautiful thought.

Regardless of any health benefits, it just feels so wonderful to be in direct contact with the earth, trees, plants and soil. If it’s been a while since you have walked barefoot on the earth, give it a try.

Happy earthing! Mary

From Gaia July 2, 2016

My beloved co-creators,

Imagine my joy when I feel people’s bare feet on the ground, hands in the soil, your loving touch upon my earth body! This intimate sharing is blissful and renewing.  Now is the time for people to rediscover the blessing of our shared connection.

All is in divine order. Humans needed to learn and grow with limited conscious awareness of how dependent they are on the earth.  The earth supplied all of your needs while people took this for granted, often not appreciating the importance of clean air, pure water, unadulterated food and fertile soil.

It was a divergence of sorts, a childlike stage when people wanted to be independent, not realizing that their basic needs were being provided all the time. Gaia has a mother’s love and I was always near, loving and attentive to your needs.

Now it is time to recognize that no person can survive or thrive without earth support. It’s time for people to move into an adult relationship with the earth, where there is mutual respect, caring and love.

The transition to this new stage is chaotic and may appear to be quite a mess. Yet often it takes difficulties for people to awaken and try new things.  Much progress is being made so focus on the positive and more will emerge.

Always you can turn to the earth and your partners in the Unseen Realm for support, love and peaceful reassurance. Ask for help!  Open your eyes, hands and heart and all you need will flow to you in divine and perfect timing.  Know that you are loved beyond measure each moment.

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

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If I could talk to the animals, just imagine it

Chattin’ with a chimp in chimpanzee

Imagine talking to a tiger, chatting with a cheetah

What a neat achievement it would be.

~from the song ‘Talk to the Animals’ by Leslie Bricusse

This song was written in 1967 for the musical Doctor Doolittle. As I read through the words of the whole song, the message was that it would be awesome to talk to animals but it wasn’t something that was possible but rather just a whimsical notion.  We’ve come a long way!  I know a lot of people who talk to the animals and have great conversations.

I was thinking about this while I was working in my garden today. I tend to talk to plants more than animals.  I was wishing some plants would grow in some places but not in others.  Then it occurred to me, ‘Am I communicating that clearly to the plants?!’  I realized I wasn’t.

This is such an exciting area of our expanded consciousness, in my opinion! Think of the possibilities!!  There is so much taught about inter-person communication.  Yet communication with nature is something that isn’t often spoken about, at least in the mainstream culture.

I have learned so much about communication and co-creation with nature from Dorothy Maclean, a founder of the Findhorn community in Scotland and Machaelle Small Wright from Perelandra in Virginia. They were pioneers in the 1960’s and 70’s in co-creation with nature.

Dorothy and Machaelle both talk to the Unseen Beings of nature. Some of their communication with these beings is practical-what do the plants need to thrive, how to solve problems, etc.  Some is beautiful learning about realms we can’t see or touch but that have great wisdom for us.

I think it is so important that we talk to plants when the purpose is to find ways that work for people and nature. If we are at war with parts of nature or try to impose our will on nature, she will go into defense mode and that’s not co-creative or positive for anyone.

I am ready for a new phase in my partnership with nature. I plan to start communicating more about my needs and finding out what the needs of the plants are.  I am full of excitement and anticipation about what we will come up with.  Stay tuned!!  And please share your experiences in communicating with plants and animals…and bugs and rocks and whatever else you are drawn to talk with!

I am going to include a longer piece at the bottom of this message about some of what I have learned and done in communicating with nature so far. I’m a beginner but it is so awesome and fun.

Blessings, Mary

This whole arena of communicating with nature is so interesting and exciting to me! Nature has such a strong, unblemished connection to the Divine.  Humans have lost much of this connection and it has been distorted and damaged through our forgetfulness and ignorance.  Now the portals are opening in wonderful ways to allow us to communicate and co-create with nature in magical and mystical ways.  Woo hoo!

Dorothy Maclean and Machaelle Small Wright both tell stories of their issues and communication with moles. Each had a situation where moles were damaging their gardens and they wanted them out.  But instead of getting out the poison and traps, they talked to the moles!  They asked them to please move to another area adjacent to the garden.  And they did!!!  It involved more than a quick conversation but that is the essence of what happened.

I these are wonderful examples of how we can work WITH nature. First we need to understand, recognize and respect the plants and animals’ needs and rights.  Humans are often very self-focused, thinking only of how to get rid of things that are interfering with our plans.  No wonder we don’t get cooperation.  People are part of ecosystems and we need to be partners, not dictators!

It’s about relationship! I certainly don’t appreciate someone coming up to me and bossing me around, telling me to do something without asking for my thoughts about it.  Why would plants and animals like it?  Love is so powerful and if we can love the plants and other parts of nature, things flow so much better.

If we want cooperation from nature, we need to look for answers and solutions to problems that work for everyone. Dorothy says we need to find at least one thing to like or love about the plant, animal or insect we want to move from a space.  That can often be a challenge.  What’s to like about a mouse in the house? a bug eating our roses? poison ivy giving us itchy rashes? bindweed strangling our vegetables?

I think if nothing else we can find some admiration for the qualities of those critters or plants. Mice are good mothers, bugs are amazingly resilient, poison ivy feeds birds, bindweed can teach us about tenacity.

Then we look for solutions to problems with those critters and plants that work for all. First of all, I think it helps to acknowledge that it’s the ‘problem’ that is motivating us to communicate with nature and express gratitude for that, even if it’s grudging!  We express our needs.  We ask for help.  We brainstorm possible solutions and see if we can come up with something that we can all agree to try.

Dorothy tells of a place at Findhorn where she loved to go lie on the grass. The area was surrounded by thorny gorse bushes.  One year she went to this special place and the gorse was growing so she couldn’t get to it.  So she asked the gorse if it was okay to trim it and she got a yes.  So she trimmed the gorse and enjoyed her spot.  The next year she went and the gorse was growing to create a path for her to go to her grassy place, no trimming needed.  The gorse was welcoming her!

I see this whole area as a balance. I have studied permaculture and it teaches about how to work with nature.  There are things we can do in the physical world to partner with nature.  If we don’t want weeds growing somewhere, we can mulch the soil.  Nature will always cover bare soil with plants and we can use this knowledge to make decisions that create what we want.  And there are things we can do in the Unseen realm, talking to the beings of nature. Enjoy!!!

 

 

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness…it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…

~from Tale of Two cities by Charles Dickens

As I thought about this quote, I once again was reminded of my friend Nancy Joy Hefron saying that we live in a ‘both are true’ world right now. Charles Eisenstein calls it the ‘space between stories’.  Jim Self of Mastering Alchemy says he sees two worlds forming and co-existing in the same space, one of a higher vibration.  Regardless of how it’s described, I think we all sense that profound changes are happening.

The new is emerging yet many people are clinging to the familiar institutions, systems and ways of doing things. If creation comes out of chaos, everyone is doing their part to stir things up!

Lately, I have been tuning into Gaia, asking her how she is feeling. What I get from her is that she is excited about what is going on.  Since she sees things from a much bigger perspective than me, I am grateful and reassured.  I feel her confidence that things are heading in positive directions and we mainly need to keep our vibration high and each do our part to be in integrity, love and nonjudgment.  Not exactly easy sometimes, eh?!

I am so deeply grateful to be a part of relationships and groups that hold a space of love for the birth of the New in its many shapes and forms. Thank you to each of you for your part in this time of transformation!

Blessings, Mary

From Gaia, May 19, 2016

My beloved friends and co-creators,

So much of the new earth and the new ways of being have been right under your noses all along! Much of what is changing is your vision, your ability to see what was not visible to you before.  More people are seeing how everything is interconnected and realizing that they can play an active part in changing things for the better.  This is good news!

People are stepping into their creative power! Those who felt like victims of unfair systems are realizing that they can change the systems.  There will be resistance from those who currently are in control but they cannot maintain their power when people refuse to accept this anymore.

Accept all of your feelings in their diversity and complexity. Sometimes you may feel empowered and excited about what is happening to you individually and collectively.  Other times you may feel deep frustration and despair because the changes are happening too slowly, from your viewpoint.  All of your feelings and thoughts matter.  Hold yourselves in a space of love for being on the earth at this amazing time.  Affirm yourselves and pat yourselves on the back for all the steps you are taking to learn and grow and evolve.

Know that you are not alone, not even for one moment. Know for certain that you are loved beyond measure by your Earth Mother and the angels, archangels, elementals, guides, Spirit Beings and so many of the Unseen Realm.  Take some deep breaths and know in your heart that all is well and that you are being held with great tenderness and gentle love.  Remain calm amidst the chaos and ask for help whenever you need it.

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

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Miracles emerging

Miracles are everyone’s right, but purification is necessary first.

~A Course in Miracles

We live in such interesting times! Right now it often looks and feels like things are the proverbial ‘going to heck in a handbasket’.  Yet from a higher perspective, we are in the midst of a massive, global house cleaning, a purification.  The first step is seeing what needs cleaned up and that is being revealed in a huge ways.  How exciting!  Once we see the messes, we can take steps to clean them up, to co-create systems and solutions that work for all.  That is exciting too!!  I see it happening everywhere.

I heard a speaker recently who talked about all the group and individual efforts underway to restore the health of the earth’s ecosystems and create justice for people and the planet. He said these groups and individuals are acting like the earth’s immune system, getting rid of what is damaging it and activating and restoring health.  Woo hoo!!  It’s not as fast or easy as we might prefer but in the process, people are claiming their power to create needed changes.  We are seeing that we are not helpless victims of systems and institutions that don’t work.  We can be the change that is needed.  How incredibly empowering!

I have been listening to Caroline Myss tapes where she uses the story of the Wizard of Oz to describe how change happens in our lives. When it’s time for change, a cyclone hits our lives (or the world).  Or we can initiate the cyclone of transformation.  We go through circumstances that call forth our courage to make changes.  We find our strength and realize how capable we are.  We click our ruby slippers together and find that we have all we need to create beauty, integrity and freedom in our lives.  Not always an easy journey, just like for Dorothy, but one that is well worth it!

In my last message, I shared a bit of my journey to establish a Healing Touch practice and the stumbling blocks I was running into. For me, it was a huge step to let other know that things weren’t working out the way I wanted.  Admitting this caused me to feel very vulnerable and was such an important shift for me.  I realized almost instantly that I was trying to force my will on this situation and I needed to surrender to Divine will.  As I have done that, miracles are emerging.  I’m feeling so peaceful and reassured that all is well, unfolding with great love.

Let’s support and encourage each other as we navigate the path to miracles!!

Blessings, Mary

From Gaia April 7, 2016

Dear ones, my beloved,

The earth changes are unfolding in perfect and divine timing. The energy of change is in motion and gaining momentum.  Your role is to make choices about how to shape and respond to the opportunities that are emerging.  Will you ignore the circumstances that are in front of you or will you call forth wisdom and discernment to make choices that serve the highest good of yourself and others?  Will you resist or respond?  Will you go with the flow or paddle upstream against the current?

Know that you are surrounded and upheld by waves of love that will be with you each moment without ceasing! Humans have free will so those of the Unseen realm are sending light to reveal the path.  We are holding out our hands and welcoming you to walk with us in safety and in joy.  We are holding you close to our hearts and loving you with love beyond measure.  We are offering strength, guidance and wind beneath your wings.

Don’t be dismayed by the problems you see all around you. The fires of purification are burning away the things that need to be cleansed and released.  After the fire, new growth can emerge and blossom.  All can be made new.  Trust that all is held with love in the heart of the Mother.  Be still and find that place of peace deep in your soul.  Breathe that peace into your being until there is no room for fear or doubt to dwell.  Beauty is unfolding and much more will soon be visible.

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

 

 

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Pause or be paused

I entered this year gearing up for a book-writing effort similar to my previous ones — something I know how to do. But my “soul calling” has not allowed me to do that. Instead it has called in severe health issues: first a 6-week bout of fatigue that was nearly incapacitating at times, and then, after two weeks of health, a three-week-long dental ordeal that has turned me inside-out.

~Charles Eisenstein, public speaker, self-described “degrowth activist” and author, http://charleseisenstein.net

I find it fascinating to follow Charles Eisenstein. I get regular messages from him because I signed up to support him on Patreon, a site that allows people to give financial support to artists and writers.  He has written some amazing books, including Sacred Economics and The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible.  I am glad to make a small monthly pledge to help him have time to write his next book.

He said in his latest post that he has spent the last few years giving lots of presentations all over the world, writing articles and blogs and following his calling to help activate change. He had planned to take some time off from his work travel to write but life has caused him to shift plans and regroup.  Sounds like he was exhausted and needed to pause and do some self-care.

I think most, if not all of us, can relate at least a little to what he is going through. I know so many people who are bumping up against health problems, work challenges, relationship changes and much more.

Actually, what Charles is going through seems less intense than what many other people are experiencing. Yet the winds of change are blowing hard for everyone right now.  Charles says we are now living in ‘the space between stories’, where the old story of our culture no longer works, yet the new ways and story have not yet been fully created.  He says that his health problems indicated his need to settle into this space between stories, rather than live the old story.

I have bumped into a need for change in my life. I have been working to establish a practice doing Healing Touch treatments, something I love doing.  Yet it has been challenging to build my client base.  I have had a plan and goals and they haven’t been moving forward the way I had hoped.  I recently spent a few days in angst and frustration, not knowing why things weren’t flowing.  Then I felt a shift and a knowing that I need to relax and let things unfold, rather than trying so hard to make things happen my way!  I can definitely get stuck in the old story!  I have reached a point where I can smile and shake my head at how I sometimes get an idea in my head and ignore a lot of wonderful possibilities that are beckoning, if I just trust the universe to direct me.  It’s humbling to realize this, yet very freeing.

Blessings and love, Mary

From Gaia, March 22, 2016

Dear ones, my beloved,

You live in very, very potent times! It is hardly surprising that you feel ‘applecart upset’, so to speak!!  Humans are creatures of habit, naturally wanting to stay in comfort zones, even if they are uncomfortable and confining.

The earth is vibrating at a new, higher and faster frequency. Take a moment to breathe and feel this in your being.

Everything on earth is attuning to this new frequency and it is not always smooth or easy. Old structures, patterns, emotions and thoughts are being shaken loose.  They are in the collective, being transmuted and transformed.  Humans are a big part of this but everything in the density of matter is affected-animals, plants, landforms, the weather, everything existing in physical form.

Nature has not lost its connection to the Divine in the way that humans have. So this is a time ripe for people to spend time in nature, accessing the wisdom and love of this realm.  Here you can find peacefulness amidst the chaos and storms of this Turning Time.

Miracles surround you, just waiting for you to see them and allow them into your lives. Be very conscious of where you are focusing your attention, for you will create more of whatever that is.  So, focus on the gifts and blessings in your lives and more will enter.  You will find comfort and help when you are open to receive them.  They are near you and within you always.

Do your best to shake off the fear and frustration of what may appear to be a ‘world gone mad’. The real change is your awakening so you can see clearly the injustice and all the things that need to change.  You are being assisted in myriad ways so you can create the peace, beauty, love and perfection that your hearts yearn for.  In the realm of spirit, fly with the eagle to see the higher perspective and the calm after the chaos.  Know that you can find it inside yourself, despite what is happening in the external world.

I love you, my dear ones. I am with you always, as are the angels, archangels, elementals and all of the spirit realm. I am Gaia, your Earth Mother, your friend

 

 

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This post is going to be a little different format than usual. I am just going to share some thoughts and impressions that are happening with me.  It is about things that are hard to put into words but it feels so good that I want to write about it anyway!!  I suspect that many of you are tuning into the same vibration, as it feels very big and expansive.

My husband Blair is very sensitive to energy fields and shifts and for quite a long time, he has been saying that ‘something big is happening!’. Sometimes I just enjoy hearing that and other times I get frustrated because I’m not feeling the same thing and I want him to explain it, which is like asking someone to explain red if you’ve never seen it.  Difficult if not impossible!

Well, the last few days I have been feeling VERY intense energy in me and around me. It is a pushing energy and sometimes feels almost ‘hard’, like it is moving me, clearing me, opening up new portals and dimensions.  Sometimes it is very uncomfortable but as I woke up this morning, it was very energizing and exciting.

This morning it was me saying to Blair, ‘something big is happening…actually it feels like something massive is happening!’. As I tried to put it into words, I said it felt like tectonic plates are shifting and moving.  Things that have been stuck are being pushed open!  Things that people have been putting up with are being moved so we can’t ignore them any longer.  Logjams are breaking up and the current is flowing free again.  And we are getting bursts of fresh, blossoming energy to support us as we change.  Wow!  It feels good!

Today I just want to bask in the energy and let it bathe me in warmth and light. I want to be quiet and let it absorb into my being.  I want to welcome it and simply be with it.

I’m sure that many of you are like Blair and have been feeling this already. I imagine that I have been feeling some of it for a while but the intensity has now turned up to the point where I can now feel it more fully.

What does it mean? I don’t know and, surprisingly, I don’t really care.  I’m sure that any meaning that I need to have will be revealed as it unfolds.  Right now it’s about just feeling and experiencing, not needing an explanation which I probably would have trouble understanding anyway.

As I tune into Gaia, I feel like crying with joy, as I see her smiling and saying she is so incredibly glad that people are throwing off the clouds of darkness and oppression and stepping into the freedom of a new day dawning.  She loves us SO MUCH!

Several years ago, I gave a card to a dear friend of mine. It said:

Come to the edge, he said.

They said, we are afraid.

Come to the edge, he said.

They came, he pushed and they flew!

Who knows. Maybe in the energy fields somewhere, this friend has invited me to the edge and could tell that my spirit was finally ready to fly so he pushed and in that realm or dimension we are flying free at last!  My body is still in the physical realm so I won’t be jumping off any cliffs!  But our spirits are not bound by the physical so we are free to spread our wings and soar!!

Love and blessings,

Mary

 

 

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