....Thomas Merton

Oh Nobly Born...Oh you of gloriously origins, remember your radiant true nature, the essence of mind. 

Trust it.

Return to it.

It is home.

~ The Tibetan Book of the Dead

Then it was as if I suddenly saw the secret beauty of their hearts, the depths of their hearts where neither sin nor desire nor self-knowledge can reach, the core of their reality, the person that each one is in God’s eyes. If only they could see themselves as they really are. If only we could see each other that way all the time. There would be no more war, no more hatred, no more cruelty, no more greed….I suppose the big problem would be that we would fall down and worship each other. But this cannot be seen, only believed and “understood” by a peculiar gift. 

Thomas Merton

...turtle island

I sometimes feel like an alien creature
for which there is no earthly explanation
Sure I have human form
walking erect and opposing digits,
but my mind is upside down.
I feel like a run-on sentence
in a punctuation crazy world.
And I see the world around me
like a mad collective dream.
An endless stream of people
move like ants from the freeway
cell phones, pc's, and digital displays
"In Money We Trust,"
we'll find happiness
the prevailing attitude;
like a genetically modified irradiated Big Mac
is somehow symbolic of food.
Morality is legislated
prisons over-populated
religion is incorporated
the profit-motive has permeated all activity
we pay our government to let us park on the street
And war is the biggest money-maker of all
we all know missile envy only comes from being small.
Politicians and prostitutes
are comfortable together
I wonder if they talk about the strange change in the weather.
This government was founded by, of, and for the people
but everybody feels it
like a giant open sore
they don't represent us anymore
And blaming the President for the country's woes
is like yelling at a puppet
for the way it sings
Who's the man behind the curtain pulling the strings?
A billion people sitting watching their TV
in the room that they call living
but as for me
I see living as loving
and since there is no loving room
I sit on the grass under a tree
dreaming of the way things used to be
Pre-Industrial Revolution
which of course is before the rivers and oceans,
and skies were polluted
before Parkinson's, and mad cows
and all the convoluted cacophony of bad ideas
like skyscrapers, and tree paper, and earth rapers
like Monsanto and Dupont had their way
as they continue to today.
This was Pre-us
back when the buffalo roamed
and the Indian's home
was the forest, and God was nature
and heaven was here and now
Can you imagine clean water, food, and air
living in community with animals and people who care?
Do you dare to feel responsible for every dollar you lay down
are you going to make the rich man richer
or are you going to stand your ground
You say you want a revolution
a communal evolution
to be a part of the solution
maybe I'll be seeing you around.

—Woody Harrelson

....the Crone

"The Crone holds an unspeakable wisdom in the very cells of her body. 
The beauty and the horror of all life are held together in love. 
Being with her.... we begin to see everything from two sides--
the side that is totally in life, 
and the side that is already dwelling in disembodied soul. 
The Crone helps us hold the paradox."

--Marion Woodman--
Borrowed from the blog..
Maiden, Mother, and Crone

...what to do with all those questions

I want to ask you, as clearly as I can,
 to bear with patience all that is unresolved in your heart, 
and try to love the questions themselves, 
as if they were rooms yet to enter or books written in a foreign language. 
Don't dig for answers that can't be given you yet: you live them now. 
For everything must be lived. 
Live the questions now, 
perhaps then, someday, 
you will gradually, 
without noticing, 
live into the answer.
 ~Rainer Maria Rilke

...spring cleaning and a reading

I am cleaning up my studio after 5 weeks or so of creativity.
It taking me some time because I am not rushing through it.
I have treasures I had forgotten about...
and things that have gotten put on a shelf or under my futon, forgotten.
I came upon a little basket of faces that for one reason or another weren't speaking to me at time they got put away.
I feel a little bad about ignoring them for so long...
Little Spirit Figures want form.

This cleaning is part necessity...
no place left to set anything down and a floor full of danger to my feet and Shylee,
but it is also because it feels like spring here...time to shift gears...
and although we haven't had much rain we did have a cold, cold, winter.
I spent much of my time in my nest by the wood burner 
doing handwork and watching dvds.  

I've been in kind of a funk...feeling kind of stuck.

I've been letting the state of the world get me down.  Limit my view.
I've been letting others who have a more limited view of the world influence me.

The sun is shining and I love the warmth on my skin and the light.
Sunny spring like there anything better?

So I am going through treasures and trash, deciding what to give away, toss or keep.
 I'm feeling stronger...
Letting go of old stuff.
and looking forward to new stuff...
in all the areas of my life.

The other morning I thought what perfect frame of mind to throw a few cards....see what the tarot had to say about my Spring.
So I asked,
"What can I look forward to during this time of beginnings?"
''What should I be aware of?''
''ready for''

 I focused
and threw down three cards...

Judgement....Queen of Hearts/Cup.....Six of Wands

Of course I think of this card as me.
I am a heart person.

I have been considering matters of the heart, 
things that bring me peace and make me feel alive....

As a rule I don't even like the word....Judgement
This is a powerful card and some readers say it trumps all the others...
the Judgement card is about BIG things.

Are your days of sitting on the fence done? Have you found a reason to keep living? Are you feeling refreshed and looking forward to moving on? Has a casual interest turned into a dominating philosophy of life that you are pursuing as your true calling? Are you able to brush aside the ambiguities and obfuscations of the past and clarify exactly what it is you have been through? When the Judgment card arrives in your Tarot reading, it is time to take a stand as the hardest choices become obvious after the simplest of appraisals. 

I didn't throw the cards with the placement in in past, present or future, as 3 card spreads usually are... 
if that were the case this Judgement card would be in the past position...
and I look at it as a BIG judgement or agreement made in the past, to be or think in a certain way that might not be serving me or anyone else today...I think the Judgement card is asking me to settle my skitterish, busy brain down and look at what is I really want to vision for myself.  Where I want to put my energy...create a clear vision.
Six of Wands

Is a card of triumph and movement.
In the future position it often means one is going to succeed at something 
they will take great pride in.
It's about the pleasure of reaping rewards from something you have worked for.
I wanted a little more information so decided to throw one more card...
so I shuffled, and cut,
and threw out the Fool...

I happen to be a reader who thinks the fool is a good card...
but it does depend on circumstances.

In some decks the Fool is blindfolded as she/he starts out on a journey with few things to be encumbered by...The Fool may not have a clear idea of where the journey will take her but she has faith that all things will turn out as they should.....
the little dog is often seen as a protector, keeping the Fool from walking off a cliff...
getting this card feels good....and it isn't that life is easy...or decisions are easy... 
but there can be ease in my heart....
a certain knowing that I have what I need to start an new journey.  

As I was putting the deck to the side
The Ace of Hearts fell on the table...

Believing in synchronicity I decided that it was meant to be used in this spread.
The Ace of Hearts/Cup is all about love and if paired with the Judgment card it means that I will be making some important life decisions.

I going to interpret this reading that I am in heart mode and should be.  
That listening to my heart is always the best choice for me. 
I am taking a serious look at some decisions 
I've made that have left me playing small...
Looking again at some opportunities I haven't taken a serious look at because it was more comfortable not to...
and because I was putting a great deal of energy into things that I have no power or control over.
It's kind of like the AA mantra...the Serenity Prayer....

God grand me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change
the courage to change the things I can
and the wisdom to know the difference.

I feel like the Six of Wands is telling me to return my focus to my creative inspirations and that I will have continued success in that area, greater success.

Aces are gifts in the tarot and the Ace of Hearts is affirming that I will have the opportunity to make decisions about my future that will allow me to have continued success in my creative endeavors, and continue to have great love in my life....
 I believe I have the support of the Universe if I stay in my truth.

Happy, happy Spring to you....I hope all your decisions come with ease.


If any of you are readers...tell me what you see..ok?


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