Breathing in the times of change

Now is a great to access nature for healing. Walking in the cooler weather is easier and more comfortable and the colors of Fall are all around us.

I go out and take some deep breaths and then start to look for colors in nature. I breathe in the green of the grass and focus on exhaling through my heart. I see a beautiful orange pumpkin and breathe in the orange color into my sacral chakra, then exhale through my chakra. I usually spend three breaths on each chakra and more on areas that seem to need attention.

I look for red to breathe into my root chakra and then again, breathe out through the chakra. Yellow leaves are breathed into and out of my solar plexus chakra clearing old stale emotions hiding there. The blue sky clears my throat chakra I usually spend a bit of time on my throat chakra, I have issues with my thyroid and have had trouble “finding my voice” sometimes in the past. I exhale fully through my throat chakra.

I look for indigo in the shadows of mountains or stone walls and breathe that into my third eye and finish with lavender in my crown chakra.

If it is a nice sunny day, I breathe in beautiful fire energy of the Sun through my crown chakra to energize my chakra and store energy. I breathe out of my crown chakra back into the heavens sharing my positive energy with the angels.

My last effort is purposely exhaling deeply in nature, the trees and other plant life use my carbon dioxide for their healing. I thank nature for healing me.

I always feel better after breathing in the times of change.

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Alignment back with the Earth – the True Path

This resonated with me so much today that I am going to copy from the book I am reading by Gregg Braden:

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“…the Hopi eloquently remind us that each time humanity strays from the natural laws that affirm life in this world, our choices are mirrored in our societies and the systems of nature around us. …when earth quakes, floods hailstorms, drought and famine will be the life of everyday, the time will come for the return to the true path…when prayer {intention infused with emotion based on the outcome} and meditation are used rather than relying on new inventions to create more imbalance, then humanity will find the true path {back to Earth}.” “The words of the Hopi serve as simple reminders of the quantum principle which states that to change the outcome of events already in motion, we are invited to shift our beliefs regarding the outcome itself. In doing so, we attract the possibility that matches our new belief, and we release the present conditions even those already under way.” ~ from The Isaiah Effect, by Gregg Braden

Return to the Earth, the true path. What is happening in the world is a direct reflection of what is occurring in our collective minds. It is so important to watch our thoughts and don’t become a part of what is occurring in the world. We must look to nature, to the Earth, refresh and cleanse our bodies and minds.

A return to the true path.

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Like attracts like? Our sacred responsibility?

Does the universe seek to fulfill conditions we think about? So rather than creating our reality are we creating conditions to attract what will become our reality? Subtly different, but different none-the-less. In the Universe nothing can be hidden, no one person’s thoughts or actions are more of less important than another’s. We are all made of the Earth and the Earth and the Universe – Unee – responds to each of us the same. So how is the outcome different? Perhaps we create the magnet that like attracts like. We put out negative doom and gloom thoughts and we attract those conditions to fulfill the conditions we were thinking. We put out positive uplifting thoughts and perhaps the magnetic action we have created brings positive conditions back to us.

The power of intentional thought – once called prayer – was well documented in the 1980’s when focused intention was placed on a desired outcome. Collectively people focused on the same outcome could attract the conditions for that outcome to occur. We are not talking beggar’s prayers that rely on an omnipresent figure to grant or not grant the request, we are talking about creating the conditions to attract what is the desired outcome.

Has this power to create the conditions we wish to experience been dormant? Were the ancients, the indigenous peoples more connected to this current in the Universe, connected to Unee than we? I think perhaps so. I think we have learned to give away our power to unseen Gods we couldn’t function with out, to priests claiming only they had the power, to anyone, but ourselves. Likely conditioned into us, but we were also willing participants. We wanted someone else to perform for us maybe so we weren’t responsible for the outcome.

But we do have the latent power to create the conditions we want to be our future. We need to remember and to be intentional using our intuition and our thoughts and accepting that we have a sacred responsibility. We individually and collectively create the conditions that become our reality. It becomes so very important that we learn to discipline our thoughts, feed our minds carefully and be always conscious that like attracts like and our thoughts are magnets for our future.

Turn off the news, think the world you want to see let that be your new current event.

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Church of the Earth Top 10 “not”commandments

Commandments were written at a time when social mores were defined more by religious authorities than civil authorities. The 10 commandments addressed societal concerns in a legitimate attempt to protect and preserve certain social conditions that were causing harm in the society. Ok, that is laudable. So are they still relevant today?

I am the Lord thy God: thou shalt not have strange Gods before me – here one has to assume a “God” is necessary. Written at a time thunder and lightening and other climate related events were thought to have been caused by a God angered by human behavior one could understand why making sure everyone sang hail to the chief could be understood. Now we just check our weather apps.

Thou shall not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain – again, stood to reason if you thought crops failed or there was a drought because God was mad at people, you may want to show him ample respect.

Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day – Still paying homage to the big guy here and making sure he is happy. Similar to how one might treat a Roman Emperor or Egyptian Pharaoh, King on England even – and we know what happened if they weren’t given their due.

Honour thy father and thy mother – common sense unless your parents are awful people. Does this really have a spiritual application though? Is this imperative to one’s spiritual growth? Only perhaps from a Karmic perspective, if we are the one’s that are awful people we may be building an account of bad karma.

Thou shalt not kill – it’s against the civil law so just not a great idea

Thou shalt not commit adultery – just generally not nice, makes for bad karma, but no real spiritual application

Thou shalt not steal – again, against the civil law and not a great idea, who wants to get arrested

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour – can also land you in jail especially if you lie in court. Why would you do this?

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife – especially if the neighbor’s wife doesn’t want to be coveted, I think this one is past its prime

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s goods a materialistic society is based on coveting thy neighbor’s goods, doesn’t make one happy to have more toys, but generally not terribly spiritual in application.

The 10 Spiritual Recommendations of The Church of the Earth

  1. Meditate daily
  2. Sit with trees, learn their attributes, take them to your meditation
  3. Sit with plants, share energy with them, study the effects on you and your plant
  4. Learn the characteristics of certain animals, adopt some of them to overcome your shortcomings
  5. Be conscious of the elements Air, Fire, Water and Earth begin to understand how you can work with them and incorporate them into your daily practice
  6. Seek like minded friends, share spiritual practices
  7. Do not create a hierarchical structure in a group, form a community that shares it’s gifts
  8. Spend your days trying not to create karma
  9. Abortion is a woman’s decision, it is her body growing a new being, do not interfere
  10. Stay out of politics in your spiritual life, poltics and spirituality do not mix
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Church of the Earth

This makes sense to me. Mother Earth and her energy are real, the energy of the Sun is real, Air is real, Water is real. We can tap into the energy of all those elements at will and feel their effects immediately. Water washes us, Fire warms us, Air fills our lungs, dries us and blows away negativity, Earth grounds us, nourishes us, protects us.

Get in touch with nature, it’s demonstrative energy and spirituality. Working at being aligned with nature’s flow is authentic, true spirituality. We don’t know her, certainly not well enough. We don’t work with her in a conscious way to reap the benefits she can provide and give back to her to benefit all.

Get to know trees spiritually and how they can help, sit by and in water consciously and see the secrets she reveals. Let the breeze blow by you and through you and breathe it in consciously and deeply with intention. Make a fire outside meditate on its transformative power to burn away. Give it your past hurts, bad relationships, regrets. Write them down and let her burn them up.

Start here and you become a member of the Church of the Earth at the Temple of Why. At the Temple of Why – ask questions, question what you believe and why you believe it and let go of what doesn’t work any more. Let go of what doesn’t ring true anymore or maybe never did. Move on. There are so many ways to connect with Earth and, for once, to have a meaningful spiritual practice. Be in rhythm with the seasons, with the moon cycles and consciously aware of the elements that are around you always.

If you think about it, religions have nature as their foundation too. They use water to baptize, fire to confirm, the breath of God to bless and oil to anoint. They have just added manmade conditions and laws so someone can be in charge and enforce the rules. We don’t need them.

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We don’t need a deity, do we?

Haven’t we moved past the “my God is better than your God” phase? Maybe not, but maybe we should. I think we all agree there is a life energy of some sort out there that defines living versus not living. Most deity based religions state that God is in us and around us, so life energy would be somewhat universal. I think we get into trouble when we try to identify too strongly with and become too attached to “our” deity. Maybe if we genericize the deity and just agree that there is a life energy it is a place to start.

You can have a “personal relationship” with this energy, how could you not if it is in you and around you? It would treat everyone the same or else you would have to curry favor with it, not very deity like. And what of worship? again, life energy is in us and around us so kinda seems it is there whether we “worship” it or not. Maybe we are worshipping for our benefit? So that would seem to be able to come off the list.

Does the deity bless certain people and not others? I think some people think so, but again I would think a deity would treat all equally otherwise we are attributing human characteristics to a deity. If the deity treats all equally then how or what we do when approaching the deity i.e. worship them, is irrelevant. The deity acts for all.

Deity seems a human construct to help personalize non personal interaction with life energy. Religion would seem to be a man made construct to satisfy the attributes man has given to a non-human deity. Religion drives conflict and it is a manmade construct.

Spirituality with out a deity is so much more. Spirituality is alignment with the flow of energy from a life energy that we all exist as a part of and can not be separated from. We are a part of nature so to align with nature is to align with the flow of the universe and the life force energy of the universe.

Prove me wrong.

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Gods or Goddesses, any or none

Gods and Goddesses of old, their energy is still with us. I am still of the mind that we can’t look back for spiritual answers, we need to bring them forward. Where are the Gods and Goddesses of today? Do we see them and feel their impact in the world? or for some reason is that cosmology lost to us as modern people. Did the magic exist before and now is lost to us or are we not looking to see the magic created now? Do we look back because that is what we know or someone has written down so we can read about them?

Unee and the Temple of Why allows us to challenge all of these beliefs and shine a light on them to see what they are made of. Zeus was the God of thunder, where that came from seems pretty obvious, Aphrodite, the Goddess of beauty, Hades, king of the underworld. We used Gods and Goddesses to personalize things so we could relate to them. I can get behind that, we even thought we could harness their energy and work with them. Ok, I get that too.

21st Century, what does that look like? Unee, the energy of the Universe, constantly creating, constantly giving birth to the ever changing universe. Can we harness her energy? No more than the ancient Greeks could really harness thunder. But we can be conscious of it and align with the flow. See Unee as a person as I see her – if you want – if that makes it easier to relate to her.

Her face etched with rivers of time, her eyes reflecting planet Earth and the bluest sea, her hair silver white sparkling strands cascading down her shoulders. Her heart glowing like thousands of embers burning in a bonfire, her arms and legs graceful willow branches.

I talk with her, say good night to her, thank her when things go smoothly in my life and try to make adjustments if I am struggling. I know if I am struggling I am going against the flow of Unee, not with it.

Unee, Goddess of the 21st Century, co-creator, partner and guide. She is the beacon to which we can align and find our true path.

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Spiritual freedom

We have been conditioned to look outside ourselves for validation about pretty much everything, but especially spirituality. We are told the dead guys, Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed, Moses are our source for true spirituality. Born in a by gone era, culturally so foreign to us, but still, by conditioning mostly based on fear, we look to their rules for truth.

We then look to spiritual leaders, pedophile priests, or bishops and popes who enabled and hid pedophile priests, pastors who preach against adultery while committing adultery, people with the same if not more hang ups as we have, for faith. They are some how someone through divine connection (they tell us) we don’t have, we have to follow.

The only thing we can be 100% sure of is we are surrounded by and composed of Air, Water, and Earth and the influence of Fire. We can’t live without any of them and their energy, strong, vibrant energy is what forms our lives. We all learned in science class that energy can not be destroyed or created and it is the lifeforce pervading everything.

We can learn to harness the energy of the elements by tuning into them and bringing our attention to them. We can start to direct the energy for our good and the collective good. And we should. This is the call to our purpose and destiny. Our spiritual essence, our own energy isn’t destroyed lifetime to lifetime, it is transformed. We can harness the energy of our past lives to focus and create a life now. The universe, Unee, is always a part of that equation, so even when we are working to create, she is our co-creator. We can work with her flow and start to be in synchronicity with her and that is tuning in.

Cooperation, collaboration support for our personal spiritual path is spirituality for the 21 century. Priest, priestess, guru are just an authoritarian power play of times gone by. Be free! Seek your own path be a spark or a lightening bolt that leads your destiny.

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Can technology be spiritual?

Spirituality is one human attribute that can not be replaced by technology. Spirituality is what defines the human experience versus a technological experience. We are teaching our technology to be smart and seeing a sharp increase in the uses for artificial intelligence, but technology will never be able to have a spiritual experience. In speaking with atheists over the years, they are generally unable to differentiate a spiritual experience from an emotional experience, they “understand” emotion, but are quick to dismiss intuition and spiritual encounters. Technology may be able to be taught the conditions by which a human experiences an emotion, sadness, anger, happiness, but the tangible spiritual practice that often results in an otherwise undefinable encounter will not be able to be replicated.

Atheists can be somewhat machine like being stuck in the false concept that what I can feel hear, touch and smell is all that is real. They freely accept changes in science based on new discoveries as scientific advancement, but the spiritual experience along with intuition is left behind as superstition. Anyone having had an unmistakable, life altering spiritual experience knows what that means and can try to explain it to the closed minded, but until it is experienced, it is dismissed. It is also possible that the discernment between emotional states and spiritual states is so blurred that they can not differentiate between the two states of being.

Technology can not experience anything spiritual and since that is what makes humans human, it will remain a barrier even the most advanced technology can not breach. That is why it is so important to be committed to spirituality – it differentiates us from animal and plant life and from technology. It gives us the human experience that gives our lives purpose and definition. It is truly the frontier for human advancement and given technologies progression, something that should be more consciously developed. We shouldn’t downplay and minimize that which makes our experience unique and important. Technology has moved us away from spirituality, but we need to refocus and put technology in its very useful, but clearly inferior place. It is a tool and can’t continue to replace authentic human experiences such as spirituality.

We need to make more time for spirituality and spend less time with technology or we risk losing our humanity.

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Full Aquarius Moon – Focused Intention

I love the Full Moon, I find her glorious. I had a priest from Franciscan University tell me that “Women were like the Moon, cold rocky places were it not for the reflection of the Sun or their husbands”.

Hmmm, I shortly disenrolled from my Graduate program there.

The Moon lights the dark sky shining bravely and mysteriously against the night. I would love to be compared to her in that way. The Second Aquarius Full Moon occurring reflects inner radiance and is a time for contemplating higher perspectives. There are all kinds of perspectives on the meaning of this Moon found with a quick google search – many worth the read.

Candles lit, I will work to prepare myself for my ceremony by bringing myself to an alpha state. The easiest way I have found to do this is as Laurie Cabot has described in her book , “Power of the Witch: The Earth, The Moon and the Magical Path to Enlightenment”. Laurie’s simple and effective method says to sit quietly, and imagine a red 7, then an orange 6, a yellow 5, a green 4, a blue 3, an indigo 2 and a sparkling white 1. You may have to repeat this a few times to experience an alpha state, but it the best way to focus and create a spiritual state of mind where your best work can be done.

After, I will do what I like to do to honor the Moon. I will gaze at her, photograph her, put out my crystals to absorb her energy and recharge and my favorite thing to do, bring a bowl of water outside. I hold the water so it reflects the moon and when I feel ready I drink the water and drink in the moon’s energy. It creates a spiritual vibe in my body that is nearly palpable.

I will also call on her and my deepest self to focus on what I would like to manifest in my life and, since it is an Aquarius Full Moon, what I think the world needs. I will call on the elements; Air from the East, Fire from the South, Water from the West and Earth from the North and ask them to join me. Then I will call on Unee and ask for her to be present pulling all of us together.

Now I will write all that has developed in my life this month since the New Moon, what is manifesting and showing itself in my life. I will write of the positive outcomes that I would like to happen for me and for the World. I will take my time and visualize each one. When I feel that I am done, I will take my thoughts and hopes outside with my manifestation chalice and burn them releasing them to Unee so they may appear in the physical world.

I will then smile at the Moon, thank the elements for joining me, thank Unee for being with us and say good-bye until the New Moon when we meet again.

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