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Namaste SoulPlay Campers & Mindful Beings of Love everywhere!

Well … ok … Mindful beings of Love who are landed here! Here now. In any mindful moment. And yet! SoulPlay IS everywhere and in everyone whether or not those Love expressed souls ever find this page, or our little online camp … or … me. The working Truth of SoulPlay and all things Creative Spirit Families & New Thought Families et al is that it is all about me and has nothing at all to do with me ~ when I am able to flow pure essence.

Today is Camp SoulPlay Day 11 filled with Earthly Sprinkles of Heaven. I wasn’t going to use the rhyme heaven … It was “Where Ya Headin’ for Day 7″ … But as I stay present to the gifts that are being offered up here in this amazing grace unfolding, I realize that SoulPlay Love expressed is exactly like sprinkles of heaven … it is the passion of hearts sprinkling this little patch of humanity’s garden … breathe in a moment with us now … even if you don’t go to one session of the hundreds of expressions at the 21 Day  SoulPlay TeleSummer Camp!

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From behind the scenes of this adventure … I have been swept up in an intense divine energy and zealous passion to keep saying yes and while my Spirit has stayed mostly happy, I have come into new places and faces of awareness of my human limitations. Angel grace has certainly been flowing through all aspects of the physical … making problematic footage taken this summer work, keeping my computer & programs happily humming through long, intense hours, having all the technology gratefully working for the most part ~ sans the Camp log in that has confounded some folks ~ sorry! So many naked truths …

And grace for me and this body temple to be sure. I have not slept more than 4 hours a night since Camp began. There have been a few naps here and there but most days, not. While Spirit fuel ~ and coffee! ~ are amazing, I have noticed some breakdown the last few days as exhaustion in the scope of this task surfaces. I have done a great job mostly but have missed many marks on posting times et al!  And I definitely had a breakdown in my business bank account over this summer of work without pay.
Naked Truths.

~ This picture is from today’s ‘Naked Truth’ message in our ongoing daily Pray & Play Calendar at New Thought Families ~ linked as part of Camp’s early morning reverent reverie! Fab Photo Thanks: Chance Arguella at Free Range Stock

Oh gentle readers, there are so many naked truths I could say … but in the best interest of SoulPlay and all of our busy days, I will sprinkle in a few of today’s Camp highlights & Counselors ~ to give you an idea of the bounty & beauty of what is there each of the 21 days + I’ll share some adjustments I am making for program & director wellbeing that will surely work for the highest good of all! I have many naked truth’s surfacing about why I am doing this blessed crazy thing but will be saving most of those for a post camp wrap up! My biggest conviction is that I am surely made for this work and I love it but it would absolutely be for the highest and best of all if I was working with others ~ human team, meet Spirit team!

SoulPlay Day 11: Sprinkles of Earthly Heaven ~ Sign Up/In to Access Each Day’s Activities!
01.SoulPlayDayWe are beginning each SoulPlay day in celebration & remembrance as well as dedicating the day to an inspirational person. Today’s tribute is to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and features one of our Teen Talent peeps; Josh performs part of Dr. King’s most famous ‘I Have A Dream’ speech. Another of our Teen Talents surfaces this day with Joe’s improve piano. Wendy Fedan & Dr. Angi K Orobko are two of our 20 SoulPlay Camp Counselors who share multiple talents with us; Day 11 is Wendy as illustrator and Angi as musician ~ or at least music lover! And we sing the Angel song ~ to YOU!
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2 of our Star Counselors are the Wild Mystic Rachel Flower and our SoulPlay Camp Chef Anne Baker who serves up gluten free goodies! Another 2 amazing star Counselors who aren’t on today’s roster are  Sound & Light visionary Jan Cercone & Color Me Yoga & Amputee Yoga Marsha Therese Danzig.10. EarthGym11. AnneOur SoulPlay Camp Counselor Luisah Teish is an internationally acclaimed storyteller who shares such rich storytelling, art, and her founding of the Overground Railroad. Today she has a moment of nature’s beauty and a little cotton candy cloud story! 05. ExpressionTeishWe have 2 amazing Grief Guide SoulPlay Counselors ~ for death, grief, and release are such important parts of the soul’s journey. Yesterday and tomorrow, Michelle Peticolas shares her grief release, life celebration dances:
03. MichelleGrief Guide Uma Girish is on today with some of our audio conversation about signs and communications with Spirits ~ our loved ones who have died. We play ~ and invite you to do it too ~ a Grief Game using the classic book, The Little Engine That Could: 03C. ThatCould 03B.UmaSPEach of our SoulPlay Counselors are such gifts to the Camp and to the world! Visit them all on the Camp page! One of my learnings and adjustments is to keep presencing myself to them … their souls … and what they are offering all of you … and presencing my soul to your souls … the ones that I am doing this for. Yes, I am doing this because I am called, driven and determined ~ certainly layers of unworthiness still at work but mostly just the yesness of “I think I can” and I will! Going forward, this content will be offered out in several ways that will truly honor each of our Camp Counselors better as well as the whole offering of SoulPlay!

For going forward for the next 10 days of Camp … I am making some adjustments in the amount of sessions I produce for I am still producing as I go and re-committing to a more balanced flow of life. I am still a single mom and daughter to aging local parents with needs you know! + the me that needs to walk and take bubble baths!

I will still be honoring the schedule of daily activations, vibrations and celebrations from all of our wonderful Camp Counselors and surprised guests but I am doing some re-runs … the originally slated 252 listings will still be over 200 which is plenty for all of us busy souls! This came into full play today when I realized that our Day 10 Campfire never posted yesterday ~ so wa, la … there it is today!

I will also keep trying to make the early morning mark for new day posts ~ scheduled for 6:00 a.m. Pacific ~ with reruns this should be easier. Today I was the latest ever, about 2+ hours beyond my “ish” mark! Naked truth. But I am fully forgiving myself for this in being a 1 woman operation and hope that any SoulPlay Campers and Counselors would forgive me too! I am doing my best ~ and there is always a plethora of Camp Activities for free ~ most of which are there for at least 24 hours. I choose to embrace the divine order of every bit of it!

So, bottom line of the soul journey is to stay committed and flexible … this has been said so many ways … I’m hearing the old Kenny Rogers song … “You gotta know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em …”! BTW, have you heard the SoulPlay song?! It is in the last post along with the SoulPlay Camp invitation video which are also both found on the Camp page which houses our Counselors, daily revolving schedule, donation opportunity and free Camp registration.

Thank you to ALL of our Camp Counselors ~ want to be honoring them ALL ~ and thank you to my incredible angel & Spirit team ~ and thank you to me, the fearless, senseless(?!) Camp director ~ and thank you to YOU our SoulPlay Campers ~ and you are all SoulPlay Campers and Counselors by virtue of the fact that you are living your soul’s essence and brilliance right here and now … and in countless ways …  every SoulPlay day! Thank you! Namaste, Love.

 

SoulPlay ~ My Job!

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. …” ~ Steve Jobs
This free, innovative, integrative experience airs 8/9-8/29!

This free, innovative, integrative experience airs 8/9-8/29!
We are LIVE today!

Namaste Beloveds!
I greet you in the name of celebration, radical trust and every bit of my crazy, round peg, misfitedness! As SoulPlay Camp director, I can say yahoo as we brought out the fun of day 1 today ~ for the select few who signed up and *may* be saying “Woo Hoo!” My summer of 1st world ‘Job’ (bible)-ness is coming to some sort of milestone today with this ‘job’ I created for myself launching out. Behind the scenes, there is still plenty more work to do and no money *yet* coming in. I think I mentioned in the last post, I have definitely mastered the hard work without a paycheck on this one though I am holding and hoping for August payments. And even though I have always chosen the work that calls my heart, this one has me indeed wondering, just how crazy am I?!

Thereby, time to affirm with all of you, the essence of SoulPlay that is so real … beauty, music, story, resonance, remembrance. You know the feeling when your soul wakes up to a new/old truth? The feeling that you are weightless, timeless, completely free? The laughter that takes you over in waves of joy?!

Eat Well!

Fab Photo of Blueberries Thanks: Chance Arguella at Free Range Stock ~ Our SoulPlay Camp Chef of Nourish Holistic Nutrition, Anne Baker,  has many gluten free recipes & tidbits! ~ This picture is also featured on Monday in our ongoing daily Pray & Play Calendar at New Thought Families ~ linked as part of our early morning reverent reverie!

We know that as human beings, we are a mix of body, mind, and Spirit; each of these aspects of self can be activated through fun experiences. When we follow our heart, passion becomes activation in remembering more of who we are and why we are here.

Play is one of the best teachers ever because it is experiential and activates our inner passions. When small children play; they are immersed in the moment, in full focus passion. Children are experts at play! People of all ages seek fun but too often, not often enough! Fun is something to be squeezed into our busy schedules. Typically, as adults, we schedule play in the form of vacations, organized sports, or some other ‘destination’; SoulPlay is an invitation to another way of living in the flow of what our souls know. From this happy place, we are free to be more fully expressed and fulfilled in all areas of our lives.

For me, that happy place is all about play, children, story, song, nature, beauty, divinity, sweet Spirit in all forms.   I can only hope in this moment that my job of SoulPlay ~ Camp & otherwise ~ is meaningful & inspirational for others …

With a mix of storytellers and songsters, there’s 1 Laurie StorEBook at each of the 21 nightly SoulPlay TeleSummer Camp campfires!

All the aspects of play & passion in my Laurie’s Stories & New Thought Families literacy work are coming together at Creative Spirit Families. This latest endeavor of an online summer camp mixes the arts with Spirit play.

SoulPlay is a groundbreaking, online experience that invites all ages to flow their divine essence as Love expressed and PLAY! This 21 day event is chock full of inspirational, imaginational invitations from an awesome assortment of cultural & healing arts presented by an array of authors, artists, musicians, teachers, and soul reachers, aka Camp Counselors. Each counselor appears 5-15 times throughout the 21day camp. The roster of free offerings changes daily at 6:00 a.m.Pacific. Here’s our Day 1 roster sure to foster soul FUN for someone if not everyone! Each day’s activities, updates and links are on the SoulPlay Camp page.
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The SoulPlay Camp page has videos also found in the August 1st post here. The Registration for SoulPlay allows you free daily access and there is a wee fee for purchasing all of SoulPlay. Our 501C3 Creative Spirit Families donation button is on the bottom of the page.

Whether or not you join us for any of our online camp, I am grateful for your presence here. I wish you the grace filled gift of letting your soul come out to play ~ in your own unique way! ~ Sending infinite Love ~ Namaste!

1st World Job?!

Namaste Beautiful Mindful Ones!

I have missed our connection here last month and in these fleeting moments before the dawn of August, I am here with updates and a new song! Before we celebrate this new note of SoulPlay, I will briefly speak to the post title …BirdAlone1First of all, I have never liked the terms, ‘3rd world’ or ‘1st world’ because of all the condescending judgments these names imply … however, you know what I am saying when I report that my life has been overrun with 1st world problems this summer! My East Coast travels were both blessed and challenging and then upon returning to CA, another long list of challenges began including a surgery for my father and a week of his convalescing here ~ about to end tonight ~ and another spinal surgery for my mother tomorrow. Then there was the fall and brain bleed for my step-father who has both Parkinson’s and ‘Old Timers’ … shall we say lots of elder care issues around here requiring a different dimension of spiritual parenting … and the teenage boy? Lots of changes and good times for him with dad and at music camps this summer. All of this has had intense measures of mama soul growth for menopausal me. My technical snafus have been considerable in the middle of producing the SoulPlay TeleSummer Camp which airs this awesome August … my phone & internet signal was diagnosed at -10 this week … and then rectified to a 5 …. good I guess as we are perched on the grassy hill where the hawks fly and the night coyotes howl. My 1st world list of discomforts is actually much longer than the above but I will spare us all sufficing it to say that no matter what, like the biblical Job, I have and continue to choose Spirit, sweet Spirit, and faith, deep faith in the divine order and gift of life. Happy for no reason and happy for every reason has taken on epic proportions!CSFMission1

Meanwhile, SoulPlay Camp has been and will be WAY more work than I could have imagined ~ which is again, me doing life the way I do life! I seem to have mastered the art of working for no paycheck … or as my dad keeps repeating, “It’s a rough go for short dough.” To which I am internally chanting, “NO! I KNOW that money is an energy I am open to receiving in a bigger way than any of ‘my people’ have ever known!” I am ready to receive a SoulPlay paycheck in August and I definitely have to be more vocal in asking for my worth! Thereby, if any of you feel called to donate something to me and our 501C3, you can do that here! Or you can own SoulPlay and access it year round for a wee fee on the sign up page. ~Thanks for the practice in asking! ~ Whatever the SoulPlay monetary remuneration ends up being, I have already been richly paid on many levels. SoulPlay is an amazing experience and one I am delightedly determined to offer the world! It has brought me into contact, celebration, and honoring of some wonderfully gifted beings that I really MUST share with you here ~ at some point! The video invitation is below which includes a fun introduction to some of our SoulPlay Camp Counselors. And of course, come to Camp itself and meet these precious peeps as well as more of the precious you ~ SoulPlay TeleSummer Camp is online & free! You can start here and now! Here’s the happy SoulPlay theme song perfectly imperfectly taped at Silver Lake & Thunder Mountain. The lyrics are below it. EnJOY!

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Chorus: Yippee hurray  ~ Souls are out to play!
Yes this world be blessed with our Love expressed … Soul Play!

You came here with so many gifts to give;
you were born with infinite Love to live!
Filled with Love inside, let it come alive  & out to play …
(Knock knock. Who’s there? You! You who?)
Yoo-hoo, yoo-hoo! The essence of your soul is calling you!
Chorus

Just what are those gifts you came here to bring?
Tune into your dreams, the song you’re here to sing.
Listen, your heart whispers, can you hear it say to play?!
(Knock knock. Who’s there? Ya! Ya who?)
Yahoo, yahoo! The essence of your soul is calling you!
Chorus

How are you called to give expression to SoulPlay?!
Can you live your gifts in celebration holi-days?!
Follow your child, they always know the way .. to play!
(Knock knock. Who’s there? Woo! Woo who?)
Woo-hoo,  woo-hoo! The essence of your soul is calling you!
Chorus
Soul Play! Soul Play! Let your Soul come out to play!

Meanwhile, New Thought Families continues to play and pray every day, Laurie’s Stories is still filling the Free Shelf ok, Creative Spirit Families is still making it’s way and we are indeed inviting you to register for SoulPlay! Namaste, Love!

Rising Soul! I taped the sunrise for a SoulPlay Camp morning reverie!

Rising Soul! I taped the sunrise for a SoulPlay Camp morning reverie!

Namaste Beautiful Expressions of Love’s Evolution!
I greet you in the name of Love and yes expressed as well as in the allowance of fear and voices suppressed. For truly we are all of that and more, in any given moment … My June moments have been a swirl of allowing yes to flow and facing many blocked places within still saying no … embracing all of it with a commitment to know, deeply know, the Love that I am. I Am that I Am.

I am currently back East at my friend’s beach house on the NJ island of Brigantine. I have had some good moments of healing here … painting my ‘shell fish’ as I did last summer … I love how these broken pieces of shell each have their own stories to tell. Like each of us, of course!

My celebration of the pieces ~ shell fish!

My celebration of the pieces ~ shell fish!

My own sense of broken pieces mostly stems from the deep grief I have been feeling and healing due to shifting relationships in my life. Back home, I have 3 elderly parents who have all been having severe health challenges ~ it is not the dying that is hardest, it is the daily dying of abilities and freedoms. Aging can be one of life’s greatest struggles. While much of it is simply nature taking its course, we don’t, in general, flow with ease and grace ~ we deny, we fight, we cry. As I help my parents in the ways that I can, I further embrace my own aging process including my ongoing dance with the scales and loving a bigger version of this body temple. And in the midst of all of this, my deepest grief is in the parent dance … what feels like on multiple levels, a sort of unwanted divorce from my beloved son, Jeremiah. It is, of course, my whole way of being in the world and nothing more than him growing up and needing me less and less. He is blessedly attending 3 different band camps this summer where my job is to get him there and back home after attending & applauding the end of camp concerts ~ no daily prayers or check ins like I am so used to. Our annual sojourn East for Jeremiah to be with his dad and grandparents is also in a major transition this year. After last summer, I vowed not to stay at his dad’s house again this year so they are on their own. I am East as a sort of backup though it now feels silly for me to be here. This coming week we will do a short family trip to DC and some 4th fireworks and then I will again leave them be and travel for some SoulPlay play dates!

My June play date playmates for SoulPlay Camp ~ airs 8/9-8/29!

My June play date playmates for SoulPlay Camp ~ airs 8/9-8/29!

Yes, I am engaging in my own great adventure this summer with SoulPlay and you are invited and encouraged to come along! Following a long time calling, I am producing the SoulPlay TeleSummer Camp which airs online August 9-29. I have been having these super fun play dates with some amazing playmates who are sharing their gifts with me and with us for the camp. Check out the SoulPlay Camp and sign up now!

This free, innovative, integrative experience airs 8/9-8/29!

This free, innovative, integrative experience airs 8/9-8/29!

So as I continue to navigate family & aging and co-create staging SoulPlay Camp, Creative Spirit Families, Leaping Literacy Library, Laurie’s Stories & New Thought Families (whew!), I reflect on the top 10 transformational tools that seem to be at work and play. Here they are with a few more recent life highlights sprinkled in as examples.
Top Ten Transformational Tools
LOVE is THE tool that is at the root of each of the 10 ~ the one that brings all of us through any and every transition, large or small.
1. Aware ~ Truth Telling to Transform
I have watched various stages of denial in myself and in my parents that acts as a block to the shifting energies of what is. Being acutely aware of what is, is  a foundational, transformational step to change.
2. Accept ~ In the embrace of acceptance, Love lives.
Being able to accept is a crucial gateway to the flow of Love; when we judge or condemn ourselves or others as wrong, or ‘shouldn’t be’, we are blocking the Love & grace available to us in any transformation. One of the hardest for me, is accepting the way my body is different now in how it burns and stores energy. When I embrace all of me with Love, it is easier to lose weight ~ on more than 1 level!
3. Allow ~ To deeply accept is to fully allow all that is and isn’t!
Even though I have been aware and accepting of the grief I have been feeling in the middle of the celebration of Jeremiah’s growing up, I only recently fully allowed myself to feel the depth of that pain without judgment and am slowly, subsequently awakening into new levels of freedom.
4. Surrender ~ To fully allow is to completely surrender!
As I have seen with myself, and with each of my parents, each time there is a full surrender into what is, there is a new expanse of peace available. Surrendering is often not our go to response but it is the one that can actually buoy us with strength and peace. As I often affirm, “It is not I but the Spirit within me that doeth the work.”
5. Gratitude ~ Always the most transformative tool we have!
We all know the importance of gratitude for a happier life, right? Using gratitude will always make ourselves and others feel better but get this, you don’t have to feel gratitude for the changes before you’re ready to! Using gratitude in the middle of transformation does not mean that you have to give thanks for the very things you are feeling pain about ~ though you can utter thanks in faith ~ like ‘I know that somehow this is for my highest good’. Irrespective of that faith filled thanks, use an attitude of gratitude to keep you and others lifted by all the things that ARE so good and still right. There truly is always so many things to be grateful for that as you focus on them, you will feel infinitely happier and more empowered. Start with your breath or the sky!

Simple ways to play ~ we can co-create Peace, Love & Joy every day!
6. Generosity ~ Any act of kindness or giving will lift your Spirits and that of others ~ every time!
The other day, I experienced immense joy through a simple act of giving what I had to give in the moment. I was on a train and the 2 little boys across from me were getting bored so I offered them my colored pens and notebook. The way they instantly settled into their creative, quiet selves brought me and others like their parents great joy and peace! Just a simple act. There are infinite ways we can help others and this takes us out of our own self focus and pain to rise up into more of the true nature of Love we are created to be.
7. Curiosity ~ When faced with change, see it as a teacher and ask questions!
Curiosity is our innate gift for embracing change! It is how we grow. Ask questions. Reach out and reach in to explore what is there and more and more of the gifts of the situation will be revealed. As I do my mother dance, I discover more layers of all aspects of my being including the calls to other relationships and community.
8. Intuition ~ Another of our all time, anytime, every time greatest gifts!
Our intuition is our internal GPS that we never have to second guess. This God Positioning System is always available to us! While it is preferable to hone your listening and flowing abilities in the best of times; it is often the worst of times that get us to tune in. Whether or not you are lost, ask your GPS for guidance! As you listen, if the voice you hear is at all critical rather than encouraging, know that is an inner critic putting up roadblocks, just keep affirming and attuning to your divine design intuition and it will come to fruition!
9. Courage ~ The transformations of the human journey often require courage!
As you face what is before you, name and claim the courage required to move forward. Often, the simple act of facing the fear will produce all the courage you need. It has taken courage for me to publically admit the deep grief I feel in my boy growing up and our relationship shifting and yet as I do, the power of the fear dissipates ~ thank you courage!
10. Action ~ Every change or transformation requires the prayer to move our feet!
More often than not, the actions most needed and doable are the small, consistent steps. Just as the headlights on the car only illuminate what is right up ahead rather than the whole journey, we move forward step by small step. It is the only way, I am able to produce SoulPlay!

Breathe deep and give thanks!

Breathe deep and give thanks!

And so it is that I bring this post and this month full circle here in blog land … still in the messy middle of merging all the parts of me and my work, embracing this moment & this day with SoulPlay! Sign up for the online Camp below by becoming a Free Leaping Literacy Library Maverick Member, keep fine tuned here and on the sites for more SoulPlay playmates and updates and also know that we continue to play & pray with you every day at New Thought Families.

I wish you all things Love for whatever transformations you are undergoing. May you be blessed by yes expressed. Namaste, Love!
SoulPlay TeleSummer Camp Ag 9-29, 2014

Namaste this Mindful Monday Matters Moment turned Transformational Tuesday! I greet you in the Spirit of truth and transformation! What is growing and changing for you this month, this week, this moment?! Are you changing with ease and grace or morphing as you kick and scream?! Are you dreaming, scheming and believing?

 If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform a million realities. ~ Maya Angelou

Since I was here last month, I have been trusting the power of truth & transformation ~ our original, musical play cumulated, Jeremiah promoted from the 8th grade, we travelled to attend my nephew’s college graduation, we hosted a Family Prayer Flag PlayShop, and we birthed our latest baby, the SoulPlay TeleSummer Camp; scheduled for 21 Transformational Days this August, we are in full swing pre-production booking more than 30 Artists, Musicians, Healers, Teachers & Soul Reachers to serve as virtual Camp counselors, facilitators & co-creators!

Our original, musical play, "Rainbow Forest"

Our original, musical play, “Rainbow Forest”

Jeremiah with his 1st grade teacher!

Jeremiah with his 1st grade teacher!

Family Prayer Flags PlayShop

Family Prayer Flags PlayShop

 

 

SoulPlay TeleSummer Camp Ag 9-29, 2014

Airs Online August 9 ~ 29, 2014

In the transformation process, sometimes there is new growth ~ like a tadpole sprouting legs to become a frog and a boy sprouting hair as he becomes a man. Sometimes there is total breakdown, like the caterpillar turning to mush before transforming into a butterfly. Did you know that once the butterfly sprouts wings and is ready to break free from the chrysalis, there is a length of struggling time whereby the ‘breaking out’ time strengthens the butterfly and allows for the excess water in its body to dissipate. You may have heard stories of someone trying to help a butterfly end their struggling by snipping them out of the chrysalis. This results in the inability of the butterfly to take flight and thereby a quickened death. In nature’s divine order purpose, there is great purpose in the butterfly’s struggle. And I suspect, in ours as well. In all of our growth spurts and transformations, there is likely to be struggle, growing pains, and even some dying out of old patterns or relationships. In our human transformations, we are likely to ebb and flow with the resistance and struggle and the surging, birthing & rising to shine. I do believe for us humans, myself at least, my own resistance to the flow of sweet Spirit makes for way more struggle than necessary!

It has taken a lot of melt down within me to merge my work of Laurie’s Stories, Leaping Literacy Library & New Thought Families. The development of the 501C3 non-profit umbrella, Creative Spirit Families for all of it is an ongoing learning and allowing curve. Even though doubt still constantly raises its ugly head, I see, know, and affirm that I am Spirit led. So I continue to allow vision to pull …

Pain pushes until vision pulls.
~ Rev Michael Beckwith

New Thought Familes Branch Leaping Literacy

We have 170 Videos & 130 Songs in our Leaping Literacy Library’s New Thought Families Branch!

I continue to practice surrender and Spirit alignment. The SoulPlay camp has been calling for awhile and I am finally, fully stepping in as authentically as possible. I am issuing invitations to lots of Yes Expressed Guests to provide our Spirit Centered Staff for this online extravaganza which will be free to you and yours in August! Some beautiful, powerful BEings have said yes, and some no, and some have said nothing at all. But I keep suspending doubt, aligning with my truth and trusting that in what is true for me, lie the seeds of creativity, divinity, and infinity which is the cornerstone of the SoulPlay camp ~ mm mm good! All of this is in tandem of my ongoing consolidation & transformation of New Thought Families, Laurie’s Stories & the Leaping Literacy Library and Creative Spirit Families. They are slowly, magically, mystically, methodically merging…

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As always we have plenty of content to browse through without signing up for your free Library card & downloads. Our New Thought Families daily Play & Pray Calendar has playful invitations to tell the truth and to transform ~ play & pray with us every day!

As for this blog, it is still in a bit of transformation too! After the 3 year anniversary in February marking 3 years of consistent weekly posts, I made it twice in March and twice in April and only once in May! I vow to make it back here at least one more time in June with our Top Ten Transformational Tools ~ woo hoo! Meanwhile, much Love to you; no matter what you are going through, may you allow the flow you know as truth to transform you and take you anywhere you want to go! Happy trails, Love. Namaste!

Quit or commit. Choose it or lose it.

Quit or commit. Choose it or lose it.

Namaste & Happy Mindful Monday Spirit Travelers & Creatives!

Unbelievably, it has been nearly a month since I’ve been here! How have you been? Mindfully, joyfully co-creating your good?! I started several May posts here including on Mother’s Day where I ended up honoring my mother on FaceBook instead ~ Thank you Mama for growing us up singing! In general, I have been swept up in life’s flow making my priorities those of supporting others as well as myself and the little time left for business has been spent mostly in the birthing of vision into structure still forthcoming! There are some new songs shared below and you will be seeing some big, integrative changes in the coming weeks and months for New Thought Families & Laurie’s Stories under the umbrella of Creative Spirit Families. There is always a song to sing! Here’s a picture found on today’s Play & Pray Calendar at New Thought Families. Our invitation today is to sing your own song ~ whatever wants to flow! Airport MessageQuit or commit. Choose it or lose it. I had to give this ultimatum last week to a group of kids I am working with in an after school creative theatre project. We spent all of April crafting a play that we will perform at the end of May. There were multiple factors that impacted some of the kids ability to commit to actually learning the parts they helped create and showing up regularly to rehearse. Hence, the ultimatum. When several of them did in fact quit, I went to Spirit ~ the ultimate coordinator, co-creator & trouble shooter. Luckily for us, Spirit remains ever in place for us ready to respond no matter what we choose or how many times we quit! I was in the middle of another play last week ~ Jeremiah’s Jr High Drama Club production, Dorothy In Wonderland, which combines Wizard Of Oz and Alice In Wonderland. Jeremiah played the great & powerful Oz and the funny, quirky Mad Hatter. He was awesome in both roles and all the students really stepped up and did a great job. I was the parent volunteer who took it upon myself to take on some jobs I thought necessary ~ like costumes ~ which turned into lots of hours. The high school interns were in charge of the play and in my estimation were unable to give it the time and attention it needed and deserved. The intern in charge of the play saw it completely differently and chose to berate me and my efforts quite harshly via messaging at the end of my 14 hour day at the school. I was amazed at how people can see the same situation so differently! And I am still untangling my mind from her judgments and accusations whilst giving thanks for her as my teacher … showing me the above realization and also illuminating where my growing edge is in terms of living my truth unaffected by the accusations of another. Still, I am celebrating the project and the day whereby we had 4 performances that included hundreds of younger school children in the audiences. I was also able to get replacements for the other, original play, handing the paperwork to the parents face to face ~ always good! In both of these cases I chose to commit and re-commit and submit my time even though it was considerably more than what I signed up for. I also am poised to choose differently in the future! I was faced head on with what joy & Love stealers judgment and expectation can be and reminded up close and personal that re-committing moment by moment to the present as gift can and will restore Love & joy every time!

Mad Hatter Jeremiah in his after play celebration yesness! ~ An affirmation of my own yesness blessed!

Mad Hatter Jeremiah in his after play celebration yesness! ~ An affirmation of my own yesness blessed!

 

Growing and flowing! We are co-creators of our lives; this knowing will keep us flowing and growing! I wrote a musical score for the original play to be performed next week ~ Jeremiah helped a bit which was great. Just for fun, you can hear those songs on the New Songs page! There is another powerful song there I just wrote for the ‘Overground Railroad’ ~ there is a bit of information there on the page and a whole lot more forthcoming! In short, ‘Rail Of Liberation’ is a song for freedom. We are all singing the song of freedom ~ or we wish to be.

The truth is, there is great freedom when we commit and when we quit … it depends on the situation. If we choose it, we commit. If we lose it, we quit. But we will choose something else. Always. And as previously noted, our Creator never quits on us, just patiently waits for us to choose ~ free will ~ to choose and commit … and re-commit … and re-commit … for as long as we choose.

Thanks for choosing this mindful moment here and now … if you choose another, visit our New Songs Page or the Calendar. Whatever you are committing to this day, this life, may you continue to know & grow the flow of Love and Joy. Namaste Love!

Infinity Of Divinity!

Happy Earth Day to all my relations ~ those of you here and now ~ at any mindful moment as well as all the winged ones, crawling ones, sprouted and rooted ones … oh what an infinity of divinity lives in our earthly family! Our Creator blessed us with an amazing expanse of divinity on this earthly home … when you think of the grains of sand, flower petals, feathers, rocks, drops of dew … truly an infinity of divinity for me and you!

For any who are inclined to have a celebration meditation song for our sacred mother, here’s our Earth Mama song in You Tube video:

With Earth Day coming in the afterglow of Easter and the ending of Passover this year, the Spirit of miracles, resurrection and renewal is richly rooted in our souls. Our sacred mama is all about resurrection, renewal, and miracles every season, every day. This is the 4th April, I have been graced with the amazing blooming face of the pink dogwood out both my downstairs & upstairs windows ~ it kisses me awake each morning from my bed and keeps me in glowing good company next to me through the window by my computer. I found myself impatient again this year wondering if the buds and early blooms had enough water rooted in them to reach full spectacular splendor ~  they did. It reminds me to trust that each of us have it too … the seed of our greatness lives in us ~ always.
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The abundant beauty & diversity of our planet home is indeed full expression of the infinity of divinity … from the red rock deserts to the rolling seas … to the sprinkles of nature living amongst humanity … oh mama earth, we celebrate you!RedRockToSea copy

IMG_0314In the mindful honoring of our mother, I must put in a note of green actions … in our New Thought Families branch of the Leaping Literacy Library, we have a section for simple ways to live green at home. While it is a blessing to be mindfully aware of earth’s beauty & sustenance, it is also a necessary responsibility to be aware to take care ~ for ourselves and our children. Yesterday, our 4 year old home phone system which had been symptomatic for awhile, gave up. It might have been batteries, but no one could say. To replace the batteries was the same cost as replacing the phones … so we sent the old set to e waste. Yet., where is that waste? Where is away? I probably live more green than many, still this action troubles me some …  We have created this consumer society that says things like computers and phones are outdated after 3 or 4 years … yet the old ones have to go somewhere. Do I really want to know where they go? Do you?! This type of dilemna is why I typically stay blissfully uniformed with my head in the clouds or in the petals …
Stripes LaurieBloomFree Leaping Literacy Library Members , get a Mama Earth celebration of song … including the singing Laurie StorEBooks, Environmental 12 Days Of Christmas which sings of ways to act green & Tree In The Sea which giggles green with mirth!
12 Days - 09 copyTree08 copyFor our Mindful Meditation Invitation, let’s open our awareness to see, feel, and know our divine selves and all that is ,as infinite Love! In whatever ways of infinity you are celebrating, honoring, noticing our sacred earth & life divinity, may you know sublime joy with the resurrecting renewal of self awareness that indeed you and I and all that is, are indeed  miracles in the sea of divinity’s infinity. Namaste Love!

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