On Good Friday we mark the day that Jesus was crucified. As Christians, we honor the suffering that Jesus went through for us, and that he died for our sins. This is a day of reflection, a day that we look at ourselves, and our faith.
Worldwide we are experiencing the cornavirus pandemic, which includes the need for isolation. We will not be celebrating Good Friday, or Easter, in the company of other people. This year we will be experiencing an isolated holiday.
We can reach out through digital media, including phones, Face Time, Skype, e-mail, text, and You Tube. We are actually rich in resources, if we look for them.
Something that crossed my path was the concert that opera singer Andrea Bocelli is giving a free, online concert at 1 pm EDT on Easter morning over his YouTube channel (https://www.oprahmag.com/entertainment/a32106751/how-to-watch-andrea-bocelli-easter-concert/). Accompanied by organist Emanuele Vianel, he will be singing alone at Milan’s famed Duomo di Milano. (He will literally be in the cathedral with only his accompanist, due to the continued need for isolation in Italy.)
May you all have a wonderful Good Friday, and a joyousd Easter!
We are in a time of major change. Because of the coronavirus many people are out of work, many people are working from home that normally would not be, we are experiencing a level of death that we had not expected, and we feel out of control. How can we keep ourselves grounded and centered during this time, and what can we expect our future to be?
Here are some of the things we can do to make it through this time:
We can acknowledge our feelings, and our fears.
We can be willing to talk about what is going on.
We can actively listen to what those around us are saying.
We can expand our perception of what life is.
We can re-prioritize our needs and our goals.
We can offer help to others.
We can ask for help when we need it.
We can limit our time with toxic people/situations.
We can give thanks for that which we have on a daily basis.
Consciously live in the present.
What tools can we use to cope:
Write our thoughts out in a journal.
Take a walk (keeping a good social distance from others).
Do a breathing meditation.
Listen to music.
Get up and dance.
What challanges can we expect in our near future?
Our entire health care system will have to be re-evaluated.
One-time stimulus payments will offer some financial help.
People will re-evaluate which expenditures are important, and which after not. Things like new cars and new clothes will be much further down on the list.
People will be making more of an effort to set aside 3-6 months’ worth of money to cover bills.
There will be an effort to stock essential foods for at least 60 days.
Many people who lost their jobs will be looking for jobs.
We will be looking at the November elections in terms of how the current crisis was handled, and what we found out about our government.
This is not a time to be afraid. It is a time to move forward with confidence into a future that is unlike one that we have ever known.
We have a whole new vocabulary now, starting with “self-isolating”. We’ll add “pandemic” just to round things out. What does self-isolating mean? It means staying indoors and avoiding contact with other people. We are advised to self-isolate if we have symptoms of the coronavirus, if we have tested positive for the coronavirus, or if we are waiting for test results. It is suggested that people who fly also self-isolate for two weeks (14 days) after they return home.
Most states are restricting the movements of tfheir residents, and requiring businesses that deal with large numbers of people, such as casinos, restaurants, hair dressers, nail salons, and tattoo parlors, to temporarily shut down.
We can restrict our own movements by staying home, avoiding contact with other people (or keeping a six foot distance from other people), washing our hands (for twenty seconds, with soap), and cleaning frequently touched surfaced daily (door knobs, refrigerator handles, oven and micro-wave handles).
We are advised not to use public transport, not to go to social meetings, and not to have visitors. Do not go shopping unless necessary (such as the pharmacy or grocery store).
There has been panic buying by the public, especially for such items as TP, kleenix, paper napkins, disinfectant, and meat. I am lucky, in that I only have to purchase for myself. And I work from home, so the “isolation” is already a normal for me.
Individuals and organizations are stepping up. Neighbors are checking on neighbors. Distilleries worldwide are making hand sanitizer. Clothing manufacturers are volunteering to make faced masks and surgical gowns. In the sports world, the four Formula 1 teams based in the UK are offering their technical expertise in manufacturing respirators. Ferrari, a Formula 1 team based in Italy, is looking into offering the use of one of its factories for producing respirators. A French perfume maker is dedicating three of its factories to producing hand sanitizer. The list goes on.
When this pandemic (defined as a disease prevalent over the world) is over, there will be a new normal. We need to help define that new normal. People that I follow for advice include Bill Gates, Mark Cuban, and Dr. Anthony Fauci. You need to follow the people that make sense to you. Don’t panic – take things a day at a time, an hour at a time. We can make it through this!
Accepting myself is one of the hardest things that I have ever had to do. Like many others, I have chosen to wear many different masks in life. I reflected what was appropriate for the situation I was in, or for the group of people I was with. I never reflected anything that I was not, but I often did not reflect all that I was.
I have done well in three different professional fields, yet I still hold on to some level of feeling “not good enough”. One of the strongest tenets in life is that our homes reflect who we are. Sound like I am on a tangent here? That would be far from the truth.
While I have always tried to create a home that reflects who I am, at this stage in my life I feel that I can do this in a stronger, more dynamic way. I have sorted and given away things several times since my move to Nevada four years ago. I feel that I am at a level now that I can sustain, and that I am ready to have my home reflect me in a different way than before.
“The Alchemist – A Graphic Novel” is food for the mind and the soul. I just finished reading it, and it was a marvelous journey. Written by Paulo Coelho, with artwork by Daniel Sampere, it is an incredible collaboration that defies description. (It is an illistrated interpretation of Coelho’s story “The Alchemist.) It is what I needed, right now, at this point in my life.
I absolutely could not put this book down. The beautiful imagery, the intense colors, and the magical storyline grabbed me and would not let me go.
The story follows the life of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd. He is happy with his life, but he ends up on a search for treasure. Along the way, he meets many different people, and is placed in many different situations. Each has something to teach him on his journey to find his own story, his “personal legend”. He becomes, essentially, an “alchemist” inhis own right.
To me, our personal wellness journey covers all levels of our being – mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual. We find all of that in this book. We see how all parts of ourselves are bound to our personal story/personal legend.
The original book (in text) is a classic – as is the graphic novel version!
To accomplish anything, we need focus. There are many tools out there that we can use to help us focus, including prayer, affirmations, and visual images. I recently had the very good luck to have the “everyday Enlighenment” cards, by Becky Lundin, cross my path.
This is a 48 card deck whose purpose is to help us focus on our day, as well as to help us find our inner strengths. I have started drawing one card each morning to give me some insight into my day. I am very pleased with my results!
I made a major decision at the end of November to put my author’s newsletter on hiatus for a year. I realized that I needed to regroup as an individual, to spend some time sorting myself out. I have committed to doing some very specific things for myself in 2020 – starting in January (this month).
I have always remembered my dreams, and been able towork with them. In 2020, I am going to work with flow-dreaming. The focus here is connecting with the universe and manifesting abundance – whatever we perceive as abundance. I am very much looking forward to working with meditations, affirmations, creative visualization, and more!
I will also be working with a 10-week journaling course entitled “The Productivity Habit”. This will be interesting, as notes are “supposed” to be written in the book itself, which I have no intention of doing. I will be creating an e-file, which, while it may be time consuming, I think willwork well for me. the focus here is on boosting productivity. I would like to see my fiction writing start selling – I think this journal is a very positive, forward step to making this happen.
The third tool of empowerment that I will be working with is crystal grids. I have worked with them on and off for years, and feel that 2020 is the year to step it up a bit. I came across Karen Frazier’s book “An Introduction To Crystal Grids”, andfound everything that I needed to get started again. There are layouts for specific intentions (prosperity, health, joy and many more), crystals that are appropriate for each layout, and information provided about the energy of each crystal, so that the reader can construct their own grids for their own purposes.
Whatever your own tools of empowerment are, may you use them wisely, and have a healthy, abundant, and prosperous 2020!
Philosphers such as Eckhart Tolle suggest that it is most important that we live in the now, and that we pay close attention to where we are and what is going on. In other words, to experience the present moment in a meaningful manner.
I just fnished sorting my books – some to keep, some to rehome. My next project is to sort my divination/meditation decks. I walked back into my guest room, where all of this is stored, this aftrnoon. I stood for a moment looking out the window (which faces the street), then I picked up a couple of my decks to look at.
One deck in particular struck a chord with me, and brought back some very pleasant memories. The image above is from the Limited Edition Gaian Tarot by my friend Joanna Powell Colbert. This deck came out in 2004 (time does fly!). I was blessed with the opportunity, along with many other people, to follow the progress of this deck. It ws an exciting time, and Joanna is someone who is very gracious with her sharing of her progress.
I chose the card The Teacher deliberately to accompany this post. The energy is that of a very humble spiritual person who carries the ability to teach others through laughter and the ability to access the realm of the ridiculous.
What do you find when you pay atention to your day?
What are divination readings? What can they do for us? Why are they important? Divination readings can be defined as seeing into the future by other than ordinary means. Divination can be considered a process, or even a ritual. I call it both. There is a process to doing a divination reading, and that process sets down a template for bringing information through. I view it as a ritual because I am connecting with and honoring the tools of divination that I am using.
What purpose do divination readings serve? What can they do for us? How can they bring us understanding? How can they empower us? Divination readings answer any questions that we might have. They help us to undertand the past, to come to terms with the present, and to set goals for the future.
Why are divination reading important? Because they give us guidance, they help us to connect with ourselves, and they help us connect with spirit. They help us to be the best person that we can be. We need to honor the reading that we are doing, in whatever form it takes. Be clear on what we are asking, and why we are asking. Be concise. Be willing to listen to the information that comes through for us.
We can use anything as a means for divination. We can use symbols from our dreams. We can use symbols of everyday things (birds appearing in the sky, feathrs found on the ground), we can work with the energy of the angels, we can work with sacred passages from any religion, we can work with formal systems such as Astrology, Tarot, I Ching and more. The illustration that i used above is that of the Dolphin Divination Cards, which is a nice, gentle system based on dolphins. We use whatever we feel comfortable with, whatever that might be.
Starting in my twenties I used divination readings as an avocation. For over twenty-five years now doing divination readings (specifically using the Tarot) has been my vocation. I read for myself for each holiday, for the changin of the seasons, for the new year, and whenever I have a question or an issue that I want to understand better, that I have questions about.
Anyone can do divination readings. Find what appeals to you, what you feel comfortable with, and work with it. Honor the system that you work with, honor yourself.
I have a small table under the window by my desk. I have several things sitting on it, within reach. They are all what I call tools of empowerment – things that I can use to help make a decision, calm my mind, or bring a small moment of joy into my day. One of these things (at least for the month of October) is a deck of divination cards called “The Halloween Tarot” (by Kipling West). It is a lovely, non-threatening deck that I can use for myself and others.
Another deck that I have sitting out is “The Field Guide To Garden Dragons” (Arwen Lynch, author; Stanley Morrison, artist). Thisis a lovely, gentle, user-friendly deck that carries its own message, but that can also be used in conjunction with other decks.
Another item that I have sitting on this table, and this is an item that I have had for many years, is the book “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success” (by Deepak Chopra). I have always admired Mr. Chopra’s work, and have found this small but powerful book to be a very good resource for grounding and centering myself.
How do you empower yourself? Do you put your tools of empowerment where you can easily find and use them? This is probably the very best way that we have of nurturing ourselves!