Week 20 – Be Still and Know

Be Still and Know – Charles Demoret

ocean-storm-wallpaperLashed by the storm, Flinging her waves on high
The ocean seeks in vain to reach the sky.
But when serenely still her waters rest,
In mirrored loveliness
The stars lie on her breast.ocean stars
Be still and know, be still and know

No storms of mortal sense
Can dim the glory of divine Omnipotence.
No clouds of doubt can fill our hearts with fear
Be still, be still, and feel His presence here.

earthWe need not strive as toward some distant star,
But know that God is ever where we are.
And when the storm is past, still, still as before,
The consciousness of love is ours,
The consciousness of love is ours,
Forever more, forever more, forever more.

Finding that consciousness of love is the goal of this wonderful MKMMA course.  The truths we’re learning and practicing have been known for a very long time.  It’s not new, but it sure is powerful!!

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Week 19 – Mayday, mayday, mayday!!

The biggest and best benefit of being in a mastermind alliance is the SUPPORT!!sos

Feeling lost and overwhelmed this week, I reached out to my lovely ladies with whom I speak twice weekly.  lifesaverThey are the best!  None of that nonsense would they tolerate!!  Corrections were immediate, firm, and loving.  Such a wonderful blessing, to have this support system!  I’m grateful to them all.

Before I hit my crisis moment, in our Saturday discussion another in our group voiced the same despair that I came to feel yesterday.  She thought perhaps she should leave our group, since we’re supposed to be in perfect harmony.  Hotel CaliforniaI told her, this is the Hotel California – you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.  I was reminded of this as I voiced my own challenges.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

I am blessed beyond measure.

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Week 18 – Embrace ALL that life has to offer!

Pool-001Abundance.  Life is abundance.  It is abundantly joyful, it is abundantly filled with loved ones, and it is occasionally abundantly filled with sadness.

This week, on Monday, we said our last goodbyes to a family member of the canine variety.  New Lense Test Shoot-025She had been a member of our family from the time she was very small, and for sixteen years she gave us love, fun, and companionship.  She was “the bestest girlie ever,” and her name was Cappy, short for Cappucino.  She was smart, she was communicative, she was fierce when someone came to our door or walked by our house (the NERVE of those people, walking on our sidewalk!!).

Our house has been filled with quiet sadness amidst and beneath the laughter and ruckus of every day life.  No longer have we two dogs and two cats.  Just one dog, who is clinging close to his people.   She was his Mommy when he joined our family, so patient and tender with him.  She’d offer him that rope to play tug-of-war.Animals-015

The cats?  Not sure they’ve deigned to notice her absence.

She was a frequent photo-bomber in the family pictures!  Silly girl.

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I am so grateful for the joy of having her in our family and of the memories she leaves behind,Cappy photobomb001 and I’m so grateful for the grace of her departure.  It was time.  We’d been watching carefully, wondering and debating how you’d know when the time was right, and when it was, we knew.IMG_0151  I’m grateful for that understanding as well.  I’m grateful for the lessons my sons educed, watching the progression of her life, their patience and care as she lost the ability to coordinate the front with the back, their non-reluctant but displeased acceptance of having to clean up when she lost control.  I’m so grateful for the maturity and love of my sons, the support of my husband and friends during this challenging week.Healing

Week 17a – The Hero’s Journey!

Joseph Campbell is a researcher who studied mythology in many cultures throughout history.  His discovery, that all cultures had a hero’s journey story, shows that it’s a common theme.  In wikipedia, it’s referred to as a monomyth.

Here’s an image that summarizes this journey:  hero journey

This story is seen in every popular movie you’ve ever watched.

You’ve received the Call to Adventure in your lifetime.  We all have.  What has your response been?  Do you stay where you are, satisfied with your dissatisfaction?  How silly that is. Change your position, take the Adventure!!  There will be difficulties and trials.  You may feel that you’re stuck in the Abyss.  Stand strong, the revelation will come!  With that comes transformation, you leave behind the unsatisfactory as you discover your true self, the hero within!

“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”  -Joseph Campbell

Watch this movie:  Finding Joe  It’s enlightening!  Watch it with your kids, and discuss it with them.  Help them to start their hero’s journey early, so that they can live their adult lives KNOWING that they’re heroes.  It’s a beautiful gift.