Monday, September 29, 2008

Charity begins at Home


Self discovery always precedes forgiveness of self.

Forgiveness of self always precedes self discovery.

To forgive is to have compassion.

To have compassion is to forgive.

Compassion begats unconditional love.

Unconditional love begats compassion.

Unconditional love of self and others creates a blissful state of sustained and well fed forgiveness and compassion toward self and others.

All needs are met.

All is good.

Blessed be.

---Sadie, via her human scribe.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Mother of All Things


I have been extra blessed these past few weeks in getting to have some exciting mother/daughter healing sessions. It is such a powerful fusion when two people come for a healing together. Years of therapy get rolled up in one exponential mindblowing session. And the love that fills the room is pure divinity. How cool is it to know how much you are loved as a mother, and as a daughter, and as two souls...and to be able to acknowledge that in the present, for the future, and ultimately as forgiveness for any misunderstandings from the past. So, to honor this part of the journey, here is an apt Lao Tzu quote I found today on Eknath Eaaswaran's Timeless Wisdom for Daily Meditation website...

Mother of All Things

The universe had a beginning
Called the Mother of All Things.
Once you have found the Mother
You can know her children.
Having known the children,
Hold tightly to the Mother.
Your whole life will be preserved from peril.

Open up the openings,
Multiply your affairs,
Your whole life will become a burden.

Those who see the small are called clear-headed;
Those who hold to gentleness are called strong.

Use the light.
Come home to your true nature.
Don't cause yourself injury:
This is known as seizing truth.



(Chapter 52 of the Tao Te Ching, a collection of verses about Tao – "the Way," the indivisible unity of life – traditionally ascribed to the great Chinese mystic Lao Tzu.)

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Reverence for those who came before us




"Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world."
John Milton

I love to meet older people who shine. They reflect a life spent giving joy and adding good light to the world. I was walking around Lost Lake this weekend and came to the spot on the lake where Mt. Hood soars gloriously in the distance. Mt. Hood is awe inspiring. I stopped to take a picture. Nearby, was a picnic table. Sitting at it were two gentle souls having lunch. Margaret and Ady. Best friends for years. Margaret is 79 and Ady is 85. I hope I have as much energy as they do when I am their age. We yakked for awhile, and with each passing minute, I felt more and more healed by being in the presence of two happy souls who have blossomed on their journey. Older folks are like majestic trees, wise and possessing a deep understanding of compassion and forgiveness. The beauty of Mt. Hood only magnified the glory of the exchange. To add icing on the cake, Ady gave me some of her homemade brownies to take back to the cabin for my honey, who was being such a trooper by hiking everywhere Sadie and I wanted to go. Food is love, and I could taste Ady's eight decades of cooking for those she loves as well. So, I thank you, Ady and Margaret. I am grateful for the brownies, and for the two of you being guiding lights who emanate as wise beacons for those who are fortunate to follow in your footsteps.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

A Clarion Call to Save the Planet


“Basically we are all the same human beings with the same potential to be a good human being or a bad human being ... The important thing is to realize the positive side and try to increase that; realize the negative side and try to reduce. That's the way.”

---His Holiness, the XIVth Dalai Lama

I try to stay away from politics in my blog, but I just can't today. It's scary out there. I keep thinking about Stephen King's epic novel, The Stand. I love Stephen King's works. He is one of those chosen writers who channel classic mythological truths, delivered as only a masterful storyteller can deliver. In the novel, after an apocalyptic event, survivors are split along two factions, one that is being called to follow the light and seek out an elderly black woman, Mother Abagail. The others are moved to follow an evil biker dude who is connected to Satan, Randall Flagg. It feels like this fictional story has many parallels to what is being acted out in America today. I am saddened by all the meanness that is going on in our country today. People are making lines in the sand and crossing their arms in belligerent stances. Why all the hate and rage? I am scared for the survival of the planet if people vote for the ticket that espouses meanness disguised as compassion - McCain/Palin. I don't understand why someone would be proud of wanting to shoot moose with machine guns from helicopters? How is that showing love of all creatures that share Mother Earth with us? Why is their life not as precious as that of humans? And to kill for sport? We have only one planet and it is imperative that we do everything we can to keep her healthy. Palin knows first hand that Alaska has some of the most beautiful scenic wildlife, and to even think of wanting to destroy nature for our own thirst for oil, is just suicidal for the future of humankind. Destruction of the planet, and the killing of God's creatures, is not the answer. Spewing hate and rattling a saber is the opposite of what great spiritual teachers espouse. Rather, we are taught to turn the other cheek. To forgive. To love thy neighbor as thyself. To be tender toward one another. To be compassionate in the true sense of the word. This pairing of McCain and Palin have forged a covenant based on revenge and meanness. They have been blinded by the clarion trumpet of war. Hopefully, there are more survivors of a very tough eight years who are heeding the clarion call for peace. The bottom line is we need to focus our efforts on protecting Mother Earth, the mother of all mothers. The survival of the planet depends on a shift toward the light, one human being at a time.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Angels we have heard on high



"The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship;
it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship."
---Ralph Waldo Emerson

Yesterday was yet another glorious day spent hiking with Reverend Martha. She had been excited to try Angel's Rest hike in the Gorge. It was billed as a strenuous hike, but, as all hikes in the company of Reverend Martha, it felt as if we were floating the whole way up and down. Good company will do that. Along the trail, we met marvelous folk, and some very spunky dogs. The terrain was too rocky for Sadie, so she had to stay at home, albeit getting to spend the afternoon next door at Camp Cheetos (thus named as she gets a Cheeto from Loren after her evening poop).

People on hikes always give off such a glow, undoubtedly from the healing they receive as they walk amongst nature's beauty. At the top of the trail, we met the sweetest couple, Katherine and Matthew. I felt my age when I said to Matthew that he looked like a handsome young Ralph Fiennes, only to receive a blank look in return! The two had taken the hike on their first date four years ago, and decided to go back again. That is a long hike to take on a first date if you find out early on that you don't care for the other person's company! Of course Reverend Martha and I harangued them about getting married at the summit of Angel's Rest! I even pointed out that we had a minister present who could perform the ceremony on the spot. We only harassed them, as it was so easy to see how much love they exuded, and the ease they had in each others company.

Angel's Rest is a sacred spot, and I am grateful for having been led there in the company of an angel. Our friends are our angels, as they accompany us during our journey, and love us, despite our faults and neuroses. They feed us, laugh at us, and with us, and console when needed. More importantly, they let us share their journey as well.

P.S. If you click on the photo, it will enlarge, so you can better see how beautiful the spot is, and the cuteness of Katherine and Matthew. Their smiles say it all!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

To Wally, with Love, from Sadie and her Caretaker


My adorable friend, Shari, forwarded to me an email this morning, which she had received earlier from her man. She and her hunky soul mate, Kurt, have just been "picked" by a sweet black lab named Wally, who has come into their life this year. Funny, it sure seems more than a coinkydink that he showed up shortly after they sealed their commitment and got married! Animals in a relationship are part of that commitment, and blessing, and teach us about unconditional love on a daily basis. There is nothing more wonderfully magical than walking with a dog, whether alone, or with the one(s) you love. Dogs take the time to sniff, without abandon, through the neighborhood in which they live, and allow us to take the time to breathe in joyfully as well. We are wholly grateful that Sadie blessed us by coming into our lives. I once saw a bumper sticker that said something akin to "may you be fortunate to have an older dog to care for in your life". I digress, back to Shari and Kurt's wedding, which was, by the way, a beautiful ceremony on the beach! They gave towels for those of us who wanted to sit on the sand during the ceremony. Kurt and his guy friends wore kilts. It was a sweet affair. I mention the towel bit, as we still use the towel to wipe Sadie's wet paws when she comes in from the outside. I am sure Shari and Kurt would appreciate knowing how their wedding towel (given as a gift, not absconded with!) is being honored by being used to wipe the princess' paws! Our pets bring so much love and joy into our homes. Thus, in honor of Wally, I am pasting Shari's email below, received from her Kurt, who I can see is totally smitten with his boy, Wally! Good job, Wally. Feel the love.

A PET'S TEN COMMANDMENTS.........

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation
from you is likely to be painful.

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my
well-being.

4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock
me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your
entertainment, but I have only you.

5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words,
I do understand your voice when speaking to me.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget
it.

7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I
could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask
yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not
getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or
my heart might be getting old or weak.

9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will
grow old.

10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please.
Never say you can't bear to watch.
Don't make me face this alone. Everything is easier
for me if you are there, because I love you so.

~Take a moment today to thank God for your pets. Enjoy and
take good care of them.
Life would be a much duller, less joyful experience
without God's critters
~Now please pass this on to other pet owners. We do not
have to wait for Heaven, to be surrounded by hope, love, and
joyfulness. It is here on earth and has four legs!