Posted in Awareness, Life, Perspective

Entering in Silence

It feels to me that just like the changing season of winter, I am entering a season of dormancy. I am slowing down yet I am moving ahead at full speed. Just in different ways. At times I am feeling like a philosopher, my musings and pondering’s are reaching a new level. A new way of questioning, a deeper level that is meant for me and doesn’t necessarily requires sharing. I seem to have less to say, although I have posted every day, mostly pre-scheduled posts with the occasional plug in. I look back to times when there was so much to be said, so many quotes to be posted, so much information to be shared, advice and wisdom that came to the surface, begging to be past on whether it was for sharing that wisdom or looking for like minded souls that related and validated that part of the journey. It seems that there is less of it. Plenty is still bubbling up, many more so than ever, but the means to share have changed and are becoming more streamlined. The new is slowly emerging and coming into light. A different way of sharing. A way of sharing with myself, marveling in all that I have learned.

Life has taught me to become a philosopher. To question everything and explore all the possibilities of what is and what can be. It has taught me that the proof lies within and that we have everything we need within ourselves. I know that I have said this many times before, but new meaning and new understanding is coming to this phrase every time we master one level of grasping the concept of it. New lessons are around the corner, bringing new meaning and understanding to what this statement really holds for me. At one time or another we will reach a point in our lives where we have to answer to ourselves and acknowledge what we are made of. Where we come face to face with the truth and the reality of things. Not for anyone else and not to prove anything to the world, but to answer to ourselves. To answer open and honestly without hiding behind the masks. To answer that ancient question and gain a deep understanding while learning not only about life and it’s many lessons, but also about ourselves so we can put our doubt to rest and become less of a critique to ourselves.

Posted in Life, Perspective, Poetry

Woven in by Ullie – Kaye

On only my second hike this year besides The Wave, I got to take my sweet Cinnamon Girl to my favorite swimming hole in the Sierra’s. It’s late in the season for this higher elevation place, but I am grateful to have seen it at least once this year. And that I made it and continue to build my strength. And of course this is a picture from a different time and I didn’t go swimming yesterday. Burr…that would have been chilly.

It’s been nearly a week now after being shot at and I have done remarkably well. There is nothing that needs to be overcome, no trauma to be processed, nor fear that is waiting to be dealt with. I live my life the same way I have always lived it, at least for the last few years. I am aware of my surroundings and I pay attention. I trust my intuition and my gut feeling. If something doesn’t seem right, I don’t question it but remove myself form the situation just I like did that day. For two days I was keenly aware that this situation could have ended much differently, but even that thought is processed by now and it didn’t end in horror. Therefore there is no need to go back to it over and over. It’s something that doesn’t my time to process it and get over it. I already moved on, but it did bring new layers of gratitude and appreciation. And it did yesterday as I sat, looked out over the water and remembered a beautiful pondering from Ullie-Kaye called woven in.

I crave solitude. Those fragrant mornings where there is nothing standing between the sky and I. But I crave connection too. There are souls upon souls that live inside of me. From every walk of life. They’re woven in. The ones I cannot even remember never knowing. And those strangers. Those beautiful strangers that cross my path for only a moment but somehow still hum their songs into the landscape of my skin. I am richer for it all.

Posted in Inspiration, Life, Perspective, Poetry

The Secret to life – a pondering and original poem

Maybe the secret to life is learning to smile through the storms. To enjoy the uphill battles and know that a grand view is waiting for us once we reach the top. Maybe the secret to life is to dance in the rain, to laugh and play with childlike abandonment and seek more of the things that set our soul on fire. Maybe the secret to life is to live in the now, to be present in this moment because it’s all we truly ever have. Maybe the secret to life is finding a way to be our most authentic self and to be true to who we truly are. Perhaps the secret to life is forgiveness, for those who have hurt us but also for ourselves and the tough standards we aspire to that sometimes seem too impossible to be achieved. Perhaps we need to feed virtue with compassion, love and understanding. Practice patience, kindness and mindfulness. Maybe the secret to life lies in second changes, in believing and trusting, in less control while forcing an outcome. Maybe the secret to life is unconditional love for everything and everyone, including ourselves.

A pondering and original poem by Rhapsody Bohème

Posted in Awareness, Inspiration, Life, Perspective

Breathtakingly beautiful

Life is amazing. And then it’s awful. And then it’s amazing again. And in between the amazing and the awful, it’s ordinary and mundane and routine.

Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary.

That’s just living heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life. And it’s breathtakingly beautiful.

~L.R. Knost

Posted in Inspiration, Life, Perspective

If we only remembered

Life in the moment is often unexpected and takes us off guard. It’s not always easy to remember and apply the wisdom we have learned as we tug along each day. I’m not always that quick witted to recognize what’s going on, and sometimes I just can’t help it, even if I do remember my own advice. Sometimes we get stuck, and situations and even people get the better of us, leaving us behind wishing we could relive that moment. In hindsight we often come to the conclusion that we would handle things differently the next time. The fact remains that life is not perfect, and neither are we. We will not always have the perfect response. We will make mistakes or come up short. If we are lucky we get to try again, another time, down the road. Perhaps sometimes it helps to check our perspective and way of thinking. And perhaps other times we just need to give ourselves a little slack. I guess I am saying that there is always more to it then the most obvious. Life is complex and so are things. Seldom can we come up with a one fits all solution, but understanding the inner workings, the complexity of it all, and being just a tad kinder to ourselves might come to the rescue.

Maybe this can help…

Anything that annoys you is teaching you patience. Anyone who abandons you is teaching you how to stand up on your own two feet. Anything that angers you is teaching you forgiveness and compassion. Anything that has power over you is teaching you how to take your power back. Anything you hate is teaching you unconditional love. Anything you fear is teaching you courage to overcome your fear. Anything you can’t control is teaching you how to let go.

Posted in Life, Perspective, Sadness

If you are feeling sad by Jeff Foster

If you’re feeling sad, you are not in a “low vibration.” You are not sick, or broken, or unenlightened or far from healing.

You are not “trapped in your ego” or stuck in the “separate self.” You are not negative, and you don’t need to be fixed. Sadness is not a mistake, it is just life moving inside of you, and life can never be a mistake.

You just feel sad, that’s all.

It’s an emotional state that manifests itself on the vibrant and lively screen of the presence, that’s all. It’s not a problem that requires a solution or patch. It is a sacred and precious part of you that craves for love, acceptance, embrace, rest.

Today you have been blessed with sadness; you have been chosen as it’s home; do not run away to such a precious visitor.

Today is such a day where I needed to hear this in an effort to embrace the sadness. There seems to be a lot of it lately and as old chapters close, new ones open. The world is burning around me right now with evacuations in place 1 Mile from my house. A wildfire started two days ago and has grown to 22,000 acres with 0% containment. Houses have burnt and people have lost everything already. The fire produced a rare Firenado which was caused from fire and 60mph winds. Currently ash is falling from the sky and we just got done with another round of thunderstorms that can produce more fires. The winds have kicked up and the fire can shifts abruptly into any direction. The air is polluted with heavy black smoke und unhealthy conditions. I pray for the 441 firefighters currently on scene, for the communities and the wildlife.

Further I am asking for prayers for my uncle in Germany who is fighting a life threatening infection, and who has been hospitalized for some time now with further complications.

There is more that could be said and sadly more issues are moving across my life, deep inside a wounded heart. I can’t help to feel disappointed, I can’t help to feel hurt, and I can’t help to feel the sadness. I have always trusted too much, loved too hard and given too much of myself, but on the contrary, I wouldn’t change it for anything. It allowed me to feel deeply and with the immense feelings of bliss and happiness, also comes sadness and loss. It’s hard to remember that in an instance everything can change, and rarely is something constant and unconditional. It’s like that all the time whether we remember, whether we are ready to accept it and whether we are ready to let go. Today I can only trust that all is for the best and how it’s meant to be. There is no turning back now.

Today I embrace these sadnesses in some way, and hope that I can find it in me to value this precious friend that has come to visit. This too shall pass and I’m sorry for the less than positive message today. But that’s life isn’t it and I am definitely not exempt.

Posted in Authenticity, Energy healing, Perspective

The authentic healer

Photo taken from google

Something is on my mind, and I’m soliciting your perspective and point of view. Someone reminded me that being a healer, authenticity means everything. Authenticity to what? I can’t come to terms how this comment applies and I have thought back and forth. I struggle to see the point and what it even means in regards to me. It almost feels like an attack, but this is not the point as to why I am writing about it now. I don’t need to be right or be defended, I just want to understand what that truly means.

The authentic healer???

What makes you an authentic healer? Authentic to what, or who? Does it mean you follow certain guidelines, old proven ways, a process, or how else could it apply? What makes something or someone authentic when it comes to energy healing? Is it a process or has it to do with your own personal character traits, giving in to the expectations of society or standing your ground?

When I look back to the beginning of last year, studying to become a Reiki Master, I recall my own experiences. During my study I was taught some of the traditional Reiki Symbols, the hands on and hands off approach, which was left up to your level of comfort, whether you felt ok with touching people or not. With my training I learned of healing sequences and methods. I remember my Reiki Master choosing and drawing a Reiki symbol with her hand during a session demonstration. She mentioned that you could also activate the symbol in your minds eye or by saying it. It was simply up to you to what intensity you wanted to learn the symbols. For myself I learned the name, how the symbol looks like in my minds eye and how to draw it with my hand, line by line. For me it was about a deeper connection and more love that would pour into a Reiki session as well as the activation of the symbol.

What I was taught was what you might expect when you go to a traditional Reiki session. What was even more amazing was that there was room to adjust Reiki to your own teaching and healing style, simply to what felt comfortable to you. The emphasis was that as long as you came from a place of love, there was no wrong that could be done.

Needless to say, I loved and adapted this concept as I was learning several energy healing modalities at the time. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if traditional, perhaps “authentic” was a sure fit for me. I was after a unique experience, something different, something very personal and geared towards my clients individual needs. I didn’t feel people were in need of the same old, what would bring them to me! What would I look for, and believe me when I say that I know what it feels like to be a number, when it’s business as usual and the human element such as compassion and caring is missing. I had my own ideas of what that meant and what I wanted to provide in my personal services. The end result for my healing sessions was authentic to myself, but perhaps not to what you expect at a typical Reiki session or even to someone else’s belief. But who are we to judge what works for someone that might not work for us?

So how does this comment fit in with me. Am I considered not being a authentic healer because of my personal healing style, because I don’t follow a step by step authentic processes? Authenticity to me means staying true to yourself and your beliefs. It means taking core learnings and the foundation, the structure, the outside walls, and making the insight fit to you and what you contribute to the overall outcome and the world. If authenticity means being a cookie cutter version and just another number in a process, then it is not for me. I have never followed the herds and it takes courage to blaze your own trail. However, I think it is exactly that what makes you truly authentic. Authentic to yourself, your identity, true self, and your higher calling. Empowering others to be themselves, unique and different has always been my motto. I know it can be a scary process and many feel the need to act a certain way for acceptance and approval. Believe me when I say that you don’t have to. Stay true and authentic to YOURSELF, because after all, everyone else is already taken anyways. 😉🙏🏼