In this newsletter we will talk about the classes and gatherings offered by ZenSpirit in the coming month, also touching on the burst of creativity at PhotoZen. Sarah is offering some thoughts on asparagus. And we look into the theater boom in Reno and what that may mean to our city.
Where do your talents lie?
What is it that is holding you back from achieving your potential?
This morning I pull three cards from The Power Deck, asking the questions what it is, and what will it be in the end.
Have you made goals?
This is the time to focus on what it is that you wish to create or what it is you wish to be. This is a time of laser focus letting go of the things that are distracting, knowing that it will just be for a while. This time of focus will also be a time of expansion.
What preconceived notions are holding you back?
You have learned exactly how it is supposed to be. Others have filled your head with their observations, now is the time to take a step back and ask yourself if their observations ring true to you. Perhaps it is what you believe to be the only way that is actually standing in your way.
Are you ready to do the same thing but in a completely different way?
The laser focus on what you wish to achieve or what it is you wish to be will lead you to a time of questioning what it is you have done and how you have done it. This will open the door to expansion. A time of discovery will present itself and it is for you to embrace creativity, and be aware and ready when that creativity shows you ways that will not work as well as showing ways that bring a new vision.
Your destiny is to fulfill those things upon which you focus most intently. So choose to keep your focus on that which is truly magnificent, beautiful, uplifting and joyful. Your life is always moving toward something.
Embracing this time of insight I offer you today’s mantra:
I see clearly where it is I wish to be
There is a path ahead of me that many have walked before
Today I choose the path less used
Opening the door to new discoveries
Are you wishing to be seen?
Do you feel the compulsion to connect with another?
This morning I open to the cards to see what this day may be. I am using the Medicine Cards and the Voyager Tarot to bring inside to our our day.
Elk shows us that strength and stamina used wisely can help us to accomplish our goals. Elk also whispers wise counsel that if we are showing ourselves off too loudly we may attract danger instead of pleasure. Today move forward using your power and stamina to reach your end goal, but do this quietly and with intention.
The path ahead shines brightly with many sparkly distractions, do not pause too long to gaze into those distractions.
Allow your heart time and space to be cleansed and purified. Today may offer some healing for the wounds that may be keeping your heart closed.
If the path ahead for you to calls to use your hands to create, as an artist would, be aware that your brilliance may shine brightly. Allow that brilliance to create without restriction even if the end results are not as expected. This is a place today of great transformation and how you think of creativity.
What thoughts have you been saving and nurturing, waiting for the perfect time to share and express?
If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
~Henry David Thoreau~
What is hidden is the importance of connecting to your own belief system. This may be something that you have put aside for a while, but perhaps today it may be revisited?
Ultimately what will be revealed today is a place of growth and perhaps even an epiphany or two.
Moving forward I offer this mantra:
Quietly I move forward
Seeing what I create
This morning I share my personal reading with you. Exploring the cards for personal insight is something that I have done quite often for a very long time and this practice I have found very enlightening. I do recommend this practice of personal exploration to anyone interested in expanding their connection and vision. I share with you my birthday reading unfiltered just the way I received it..
As I emerge into a new way of being, what is it that my passions will create?
There have been many things put into motion, promising things full of insight and adventure, for this weekend it is for me to contemplate the path that I am being lead down.
The path ahead will be lit by passion and community. This is a place for me to examine my role in the greater gathering. Even if I walk my path in the singular fashion I will never be alone.
What is it that I see as I look around me?
Opening the heart to divine guidance and critical examination will be of great benefit as desires and enlightenment come into sight. This calls me into places of deeper reflection and ceremony.
What is it that I feel as I open my heart completely to what is offered freely?
As I fall into creation it is to fully let go of some of those things that brought me to this place, allowing them to depart in the spirit of love and joy for all that they have offered. Creation, art, community, will all be part of this transformation. It is certainly time to look at things from a different perspective.
How will the change of scenery enlighten my own inner vision?
I have been offered many gifts and insights, and now is the time to open my hands freely and offer what I have learned to the community that I am part of. There’s a positive transformation already taken place, and many of the insights that I have been given are pieces to the puzzle of this transformation, not only for myself but also for those around me.
Can I wrap my head around the role of teacher?
Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together.
What is hidden is the wisdom of diplomacy. With the deeper knowledge and deeper understanding of the places that I travel also comes responsibility to treat every situation in a kind and loving way, knowing that there are times when the feather has much more weight than the hammer.
What is yet to be revealed is how the whispers from the ancestors will lead me to that place of self-nurturing. This speaks to finding a place of personal strength that will serve not only myself, but the greater good as well.
What I see reflected in the cards for myself this morning is exploring a place in the greater community that serves not only the community but the individuals as well. Many people gathering together all individually powerful and assured finding a common goal and with skill and determination combining talents to transform the world that surrounds us.
As I ponder the question of what is my role in this community I share with you my mantra this day:
Listening I learn
Are you ready for things to slow down?
How can you make the best use of time on your hands?
The week ahead may not offer lots of things that need to be accomplished. Looking deeper, the week ahead may offer space to complete the things that have been put aside. Taking advantage of this quiet time will serve you well.
True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
This time of slowness may seem torturous in ways, and one may wish to just hide away. There is also the great advantage of having space to create with your hands and think with your head. In this space there may be protection from outside influences that may wish to steer us in directions that will not serve in this time, and with this our astute business sense will show even greater than ever.
When you stop worrying about what you can’t influence, you have time to affect the things that you can.
I offer you today’s mantra:
Thankful for the space to complete what I have started
I work at a pace that invites creativity
Knowing that soon enough my plate will overflow with wonderful challenges
Can you see clearly the complexity that this day will offer?
Complexity and harmony can go hand-in-hand. If the complex nature of all that surrounds us is spinning to the same tune then we may have moments of harmony. The key is awareness, being aware of all that is going on around us, this is more external and internal today.
That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.
Wisdom and truth will be found on the path that we walk today, but there may be distractions in our heads. Be aware of these distractions and know when to walk away, allowing clear thought and welcoming wisdom.
The heart will surely have cause for celebration; this is the place to allow Joy to overtake us, there is no reason to hide from laughter. Finding strength in the joy that fills our hearts we may create such wonders today.
Is there a simple challenge that you will face today?
What lesson can come from a simple challenge?
What is hidden today is the need for purification. I see this as looking into our own thoughts as we observe the spinning world around us. What thoughts come into our heads? This may tell us where we can tune up our own thought processes. We have very little influence over the first thoughts that come into our heads or even the emotions that we feel, but with time we can clear out the clutter and find out the purity of nature within ourselves that we all yearn for. If we are open to our guides and angels, they will offer help with this today.
As the world around me spins I offer you this Mantra:
I see clearly the nature of the world outside of me
I explore with delight the world inside of me
Finding the balance and the rhythm of both
What are you excited for today?
There are times when something comes into our life that is exhilarating and exciting. Being fully present in this experience will bring much more joy. Honoring the gifts offered will indeed invite more gifts to come.
If you have zest and enthusiasm you attract zest and enthusiasm. Life does give back in kind.
Norman Vincent Peale
Today offers excitement, also peace and tranquility in a safe place. This is a good time to let it all hang out, let the experience take you away knowing that this is a safe place to be free and to be who you truly are in this moment. Cast caution to the wind and know that you are protected today.
I offer you today’s mantra, ripened on the vine and ready to eat:
Excitement carries me away
Feeling free to be me
Expressing from my heart center
I share my joy enthusiastically
Tonight’s moon is called the Beaver Moon because it was the time to set traps, before the waters froze over. This may call to mind of the things to do and the things to enjoy before winter is upon us.
As the moon is Full and high in the night sky, do you feel your connection to your guides, and your angels just a bit more vibrant?
As you see the reflection of the moon, so you see the reflection on the shiny silvery skin of the salmon swimming upstream. This reflection is your own inner knowledge and wisdom. This inner wisdom combined with the gentle whispers of your guides and angels serve you well.
When we stop opposing reality, action becomes simple, fluid, kind, and fearless.
On your path today, you may run across someone wise and willing to lend a hand. Open up your heart not only to that wisdom offered, but the whispers of your guides and angels as well. Taking this wisdom and wise counsel will help you create and grow whatever it is that your hands wish to build today.
What will the moon light reveal for you tonight?
During all of this, be aware when fear comes into your thoughts and emotions. This fear is offered to you as a lesson and should be processed, looked at, and you should get to know this fear as it is part of you. You may find that once you make friends with this fear a new avenue of joy may open for you to travel down.
As the moon shines down upon me, and her wicked energy fills my veins I offer you this mantra:
Her reflection shows me inner wisdom that I may have missed
I revel in what she offers me
In this time of moon lit night’s
I accept her gifts of wonderful insights
When was the last time that you made the ordinary extraordinary?
Creativity is in the air for the next few days. Allowing that creative energy to fuel the unorthodox perspective that calls will serve well. This may also fuel emotion, there are times in business when we feel emotions do not serve, this is not one of those times, allow your emotions to guide this week.
In my 35 years in business I have always trusted my emotions. I have always believed that by touching emotion you get the best people to work with you, the best clients to inspire you, the best partners and most devoted customers.
In the week to come there may be a feeling of being off-balance and perhaps precariously perched, look deeper at the root cause, allow your heart to whisper wise counsel in finding that root cause of those off-balance feelings. The desire to create may overtake the wisdom held in one’s hands, but remember to fall back on lessons learned from the past and be aware of the abundance that is offered. One word of caution; if you’re reach outweighs your grasp there may be much to lose.
With the flare of an artist I offer you this mantra:
I make the ordinary extraordinary
Adding emotions onto my palate
Offering a colorful image
For all to see
Can you see clearly from the place that you are standing?
Even with the dynamic action that surrounds us this is the time to step back, removing ourselves from the action for a moment or two, and just observe what truly is happing. In this space there is much to be discovered, and if we remove ourselves from the energy of the action epiphanies may come our way. Remember though, there is a time when we must walk back into the fray and take our place and take part once again.
A retreat from someone or something isn’t unusual. Just as how you edge closer to see better, at times you may need to take a step back to get a clearer view.
The message from above is one of healing, kindness, and creativity. Our guides and angels speak to us kindly and softly, allowing us to see in a much more creative light and in fact we may be offered words of healing as well. As we step back to see the bigger picture we do our best to remember that kindness and love will always shine the light brighter on what we see.
From below words whisper in her ear of letting go of the baggage we carry. As we see the bigger picture we also see the places that we carry what no longer serves, this is an opportunity to clean out and clear out the things that are slowing us down. The cards assure us that we have the power to do this, and when we find ourselves in a clear space we will also find ourselves in a stronger place of personal power and integrity.
We are never more complete than in that moment we stand arms outstretched hands empty and open naked to the world expressing our true nature without the masks that we wear day to day.
All of this will bring enlightenment to our hearts, revealing a pattern that we have embraced, and now allowing us the choice to change this pattern, if it feels right and calls to us to do. Not all patterns need to be changed, but perhaps some desire to be understood on a deeper level. The lessons that we may glean from understanding may allow this pattern to be exactly what we need in this moment.
Growth demands a temporary surrender of security. It may mean giving up familiar, but limiting patterns, safe, but unrewarding work, values no longer believed in, and relationships that have lost their meaning.
John C. Maxwell
All of this leads to change. Indeed, change is always upon us, but there is a bigger change on the way, this is not to be fought, but being in the flow as the change happens. We will know in our hearts that this is right, and our guides and angels will whisper reassurance in our ears as we flow with the change that is offered to us.
How will you find your way to that place of clearer vision today?
As I sit high on this hill looking down at the vibrant seen below me, I offer this mantra for today:
I step back and see the beauty below me that is my life
Observing this colorful tapestry I find the joy
Without fear I open my critical eye
And embrace the wonders that I am offered