Category: Nature’s Wisdom

Journaling Part II: Charting New Beginnings


/ Photo by Lady-bug /

Once you record your dreams, signs, and visions for a while, you’ll notice that they help you track new cycles, new developments, and evolutions. This is another good reason to journal – to receive those Divine memos – announcing important shifts in your life.

Before I give you more examples from my journal, a few quick tips on journaling:

  1. Invite and pray for solutions – Divine messages will come.
  2. Record shorter bits, rather than long essays – it’s easier to keep up.
  3. Pay attention to pun and metaphor – the Divine’s sense of humor at play.
  4. Be honest about your feelings – within every feeling is an intuitive insight.
  5. Save your journals – you wouldn’t want to lose your soul’s encyclopedia?

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A Tribute to Trees


/ Photo by krisdecurtis /

We didn’t get our Christmas tree until the week before Christmas.

I had a gallbladder attack with intense abdominal pain at Thanksgiving and it took me three weeks to fully recover. Thanksgiving marks the starting gate into the holiday season, and I didn’t leap through that gate, I crawled. Before we knew it, the calendar said December 17th, and we didn’t yet have our Christmas tree.

Once we got our Christmas tree, there was a palpable shift. We finally had a host to set a friendly tone for the Christmas holidays. The pine scent freshened our living room and our breathing opened. We felt protected and emotionally soothed, adorned with the warm presence of the pine tree.

This Yueltide companion does more than provide a decorative centerpiece for a family holiday. Pine trees with their earthy, fresh-forest fragrance offer emotional support. The pine tree is a Grandfather and with his warm outstretched arms he serves as a noble guardian at Christmastime and throughout the year.

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In the Bardo – Part II — Health Crisis as Vision Quest


/ Photo by TroyMason /

I had a bad case of food poisoning this past spring. I reported my experience to my acupuncturist: fever and intense abdominal pain. She surprised me by responding, “You went on a journey, didn’t you? What did you learn?” In my delirium, I heard messages about my future, and they came true a few months later.

A health crisis is a catalyst for spiritual introspection and illumination. You are disconnected from your body because of pain, discomfort, and medication. You find yourself suspended between the physical and spiritual realms. It is another Bardo state.

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