I camped out in my west woods at the firepit last night. I like to do very back-to-nature rituals during celebration times. It keeps me connected to what is real. “Real” for someone else may be drinking and partying and watching the ball drop. That’s cool but not my idea of fun, either. I like to reflect during these times on what is important to me and review my accomplishments to date. When I do that, I get hints as to what future steps I might take next.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008 10:30pm Christmas Eve
I got a lot of things done today, I even did something I usually never do on December 24, which is shop. It all began with me waking up and jumping into my To Do List without remembering tomorrow was Christmas. I had an appointment at 10am in Merritt island and while I was there, I passed a Beall’s Outlet. Beall’s is where I just bought some slacks and blouses, and was surprised to find a particular brand of pants they had in fit me perfectly. Continue reading
Tuesday, December 23, 2008 4:00pm
I just read in Florida Today that Fort Lauderdale, FL authorities are looking for a self-proclaimed psychic who scammed five women out of nearly $65,000. 35-year-old Gina Marie Marks told the women she would rid their money of demons that brought them bad luck. The women gave Marks the cash for a spiritual cleansing and they never saw her again. Continue reading
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Yesterday was productive and relaxing. For dinner I made a giant salad of fresh parsley, romaine, tomato, red onion, apple, radish, celery and calamata olives with olive oil and fresh lemon juice. I also ate an ear of corn I’d roasted in the firepit the night before. It feels good to leave my body a little bit emptier than usual after a meal. I feel I have more energy, although I am sleeping more right now. Continue reading
Monday, December 22, 2008 This morning I woke up and did some bookkeeping and drove to the bank and post office. On the way home, I stopped at Beall’s and surprised myself by finding five blouses I liked and that fit perfectly. I’m not a big shopper, but recently went down another size and it made more sense to buy new clothes than to keep taking my old ones in. I caught myself in the mirror the other day and looked like I belong in a hiphop video. Jeans too big, tshirts halfway to my knees, no telling what my body is like under all that. So I’ve been practicing upgrading myself with a little style. Plus Beall’s was next door to the post office where I was anyway, and I had the credit card and discount card in my purse… and it was Monday, extra discount day. Continue reading
Monday, December 22, 2008. It’s 4:00am as I begin to write this and I’ve got one window open, letting in some of the 58 degree air. I can hear the wind out there, palm trees and oaks rustling, my long tubular wind chimes just outside, sounding their songs. This is my favorite time of day to have to myself. I just came in from a quick bike ride around the neighborhood. I like to make the rounds and say hello to all the neighborhood cats that station themselves along the road and watch as I pass. Continue reading
I did a reading last night for a new celebrity type client, who said she saw my name in the acknowledgement/gratitudes section of Doreen Virtue’s book Divine Guidance: How to Have a Dialogue with God and Your Guardian Angels. She Googled my name and had been reading at the Horizons Magazine website for the seven months while she waited for her appointment. I used to get really excited when I began getting clients who were known by the public. Of course that’s a two edged sword, because you have to keep it confidential. But they do turn you on to an entirely new clientele. Continue reading
Saturday December 20, 2008
I spent the morning walking through several farmer’s markets and buying a few days worth of vegetables. I’ve been eating a big salad each day for lunch, sometimes with a clear soup, and then making a vegetable “fried” rice for dinner. I’ve always eaten vegetables, because I was told I should, but I never noticed they didn’t have much taste until after I discovered home grown and organic fruits and vegetables. Continue reading
I was at the post office yesterday with Horizons when a customer asked me “What is this magazine? Is it Christian?” I don’t always know quite how to answer that. I know when I hear that question, that someone thinks I need to be set straight. So my hesitation in answering usually has more to do with how much of that do I feel like getting into at the moment *smile* I consider myself a Christian, absolutely. The next question always is “Do you consider Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior?” The short answer is “sure.” However, I also feel I know a Greater Reality. But one that includes his reality. His reality does not include my reality. Mine includes his.
And I’m not just talking from a standpoint of having studied comparative religions, and seen the same religious script, deity, doctrine, sacrifice, messiah play out in every culture under different names. I’ve seen there are many interpretations even within the same cultures, and it can be divisive. But that if you look, you’ll find the similarities: one ultimate diety; conduct yourself morally; life after death and rewards; one mother, one origin; a messiah or a sacrifice; the end of days. Do I believe the stories? Absolutely. Although I think they represent a very limited perception of the greater reality.
“Is Horizons a new age magazine?” I have to say it is, although I’m not a fan of the term. “Oh, not that stuff!“ he said, good naturedly. So I always ask, “Tell me what is it about new age that you don’t believe in or have a problem with, and I’ll bet you I don’t believe in it either.” That usually stops the conversation and btw I never get an answer to that question.
My experience is that there is Something much greater up there and out there. I used to think this Someone had a long beard and white hair and we called him God. Then I experienced Him as all of nature around me and the sky above me and the earth beneath my feet, and I came to realize I would find Him everywhere I looked for Him. And that He and Him are just pronouns I am accustomed to using and anything else sounds burdensome. I think the Godhead is genderless and formless, and I don’t feel the need to label and describe in detail or try to convince anyone else to believe as I do.
I think “new age” has to do with taking responsibility for how you perceive life and how you react to it. When I think of the new age, I think of the movement away from an impersonal, aloof and insecure society, away from social drunkenness on television, alcohol, drugs, and toward a more spiritual and compassionate lifestyle, where people seek to encourage and assist their fellowman, where we realize that we are all connected, that as individuals we are powerful, and that as a group we are powerful.
A new age approach includes being aware that change only occurs when a change of consciousness takes place. A new age approach includes knowing there are a variety of tools and tricks we can employ to inspire us to change our consciousness relative to any particular subject.
A new age approach includes self-reflection and considering that on some level you have attracted into your life all that you’ve experienced up to now.
A new age approach includes considering that no matter what our past hurts or transgressions, we can begin right now to change our world, and our life. We don’t have to be perfect before we can begin to help others.
A new age approach includes considering that there is a Higher Power that hears and answers prayers, and that our prayers for others help them, and that we participate in creating the reality we experience.
A new age approach might consider arguing about beliefs as an evolutonary step up from arguing about labels 🙂