Posted in Awareness, Faith, Nature, Presence, Quiet, Truth

Green Listening

Namaste All Things Possible Seeds Of Green Potentiality!
Below is a little video honoring of St Patrick and a moment of listening in nature. As we celebrated St. Patrick today, and as we embrace Spring Equinox this week, may we align with what it is to listen. To truly listen to the sacred voice of the Divine that whispers inside us and all around us. And as we listen, may we continue to grow and shine in the light of Love we are created of. And so it is.
“Be still and know that I am God.
Be still and know that I am.
Be still and know.
Be still.
Be.”
― St. Patrick

 

Posted in Awareness, Blessings, Children's Books, Co-Creation Manifestation, Creativity, expansion, expression, Love, mystery, Transformation, Transition, Truth, Yes

Living Love: Rising Above!

Namaste Love Expressing As Life’s Blessing!
Happy Valentine’s Day! Happy Life of Love! I greet you in the name of Love from my heart to yours as I return to this blog space for a February check in. Herein is a sharing of my (still!) new home and a whispering of where Leaping Literacy Library is headed. February is our New Thought Families anniversary and always seems a time of birthing. Before sharing some of the NEWs … Let’s look inside. How is your heart? Your energy? Your Love? If you were Love (and you are!), what would you do?!

Our hearts are so divinely made to guide us, in large part through our happiness! Young children live it so cleanly and simply! As we grow on in life and our hearts experience hurts, subconscious tricks play on us and the WOUNDED heart can guide some of our decisions. Ultimately, divine order wins over all of it. Yet! Many ~ I hope not you ~ carry on too much of the time unfilled, unhappy. As busy adults we can stop listening to our hearts, regularly or altogether. I invite you here and now to place your hand on your heart and vow to listen for all your layers of happy!Of course identifying your happy is only step 1. From there, at least for me, the time tango begins! In my case, I can be pulled in so many directions, implementing my deepest heart’s desires can easily take a backseat ~ or even leave the car! In matters of living Love, we must consciously rise above all that would pull us down and out. That list can be a long one from forces within ourselves, to the people and circumstances of our personal and collective lives. As we spoke of last month in the context of dreams, it is ours to do to return to the purest Love we can muster, over and over and over again. Using our happy as a compass! Here’s a little Laurie StorEBook I co-created last week, Happy Love. The pdf is here.Our Leaping Literacy Library Free Shelf is still available though we are in the process of overhauling our structures! In this moment, you can access Happy Love here! Yes, Leaping Literacy Library and all the websites are getting some renovations with more explanations on that to come! On our New Thought Families Daily Play & Pray Calendar, we are giving away an mp3 a day ~ 28 days of Love Songs! I am showing up on Facebook to sing each of those songs  in a ‘live’ video … I was guided so am following through … many layers of true in all of that! At the end of each week, the mp3s on each of the previous Calendar days are replaced by the video. Day 1 Video, Trust What You Here is HERE!: 

I am navigating Leaping Literacy as well as other aspects of the working me through new and old content and formats birthing into the latest version of what’s next. It’s pretty messy right now. I am choosing to keep showing up for Love and do all I can to rise above ~ doubt, defeat, confusion, illusion!

The new home for me and Creative Spirit Families (and Jeremiah on college breaks!) has been all about expansion and co-creating 1 corner at a time. Here are a few pictures that may or may not translate as the magic I feel here ~ and others do to! And! So far, the live events and classes here are sparsely attended giving my heart new expansion invitations! For the most part, I do not feel sad, just curious and open to further guidance! In this right now moment, you can come on in ~! Welcome! 
Thanks so much for being here. There is a ridiculous amount of stuff that is left unsaid yet in this busy life, even you spending time with my snapshots is a gift!

And of course the greatest gift you can give yourself and this world, is to take time with your own heart ~ celebrating and honoring your own co-creations!
As we dance and romance with our own hearts, we have that much more to pour out into the world. We can co-create peace and harmony on this planet one heart at a time. Truly!

May the outpouring of your heart bring Love showers to you, your family, community and ultimately to our global family ~ humanity! We can rise above our own limitations, living Love will indeed keep us rising above. And so it is. Namaste, Love!

 

 

Posted in Awareness, Freedom, kindness, Light, Love, Presence, Service, Transformation, Transition, Truth

Trust The Truth To Transform

Namaste Trustworthy Truth of Transformation!

So it is that I am here on Transformational Tuesday, the 1st of 13 left in 2018. Truth is, I am just called to commit to this so I am. Maybe it is a needed gateway to get me back into social media in general ~?~ or perhaps through a bit of dedicated discipline, this little series of 13 Transformational Tuesdays will be of service to someone or someones besides me?! Truth can be illusive yet a necessary foundation to well being. Thereby, we begin with truth. And trust. In the era of fake news, we are collectively more focused on truth these days. National and global dramas can pull us in to a swirl where lies seem more prevalent than truth sometimes. I have been astounded over and over how people I respect believe things (politically) that to me, seem to be blatant lies. As spiritual beings in this human experience, we must constantly tether to what is true for us personally and then hold the highest vibration we can for others and for the collective. When we are rooted in the light filled truth in our hearts, we bring a higher perspective to the table.

In the pervasive chaos, it can be hard to keep tethered to our truth. In times of change, our personal truth may shift. In navigating the end of a mothering era, I found myself off center. Someone used the word ‘disorienting’ when describing her own daughter’s departure some years back and THAT WAS IT! I was feeling so disoriented! Yet! No matter what we are facing,  Spirit is always here to bring us back home to our hearts and the truth of who we truly be that lives there. Yes, we do have to stay aware of our wounded heart in deciphering truth so when emotions are present, they must be danced with … felt, honored, and ultimately transformed into higher power.Today’s Transformational Tool:

While we find our spiritual truth in our hearts, it is our minds that often must do the work to allow the natural progression of transformation, aka FREEDOM from pain! Today’s tool is Byron Katie’s The Work available in this free PDF. Katie discovered her suffering was attached to whether or not she believed her thoughts. Hence, the work begins with the question, “Is it true?” Like all truth, “The Work” must resonate with you for it to be a tool you will use.

We know that thoughts create our reality so if we do not like our creation, thought is a great place to start!

And! We can’t ever forget the power of our hearts for trust, truth, transformation. Whatever we continue to be called to, is our truth. If the calling and truth feel good, feel like Love, than we are surely home in our heart truth … and ultimately remembering more of the truth of our being!

I continue to be called to my own work and to share it here. Here is a bit of the Farm Day I invited you to here in the September blog a few days ago … our Feature Creature Teacher, Peacock hid most of the day yet I got the pictures below and Tina the emu was a favorite for her loud, thumping drum-like heart beat. All ages had a restorative, fun gathering! More pictures here.

Our October Leaping Literacy Library Free Shelf is stocked with lots of transformative goodies including 3 songs from the new CD! We will be offering lots more freebies this month during the 13 days of Halloween. YAY! Let’s play!

Thank you so much for being here in the Spirit of truth, trust, transformation. May the thoughts of your mind and your heart guide you well into ever more fullness of your yesness expressed. Namaste, Love!

Posted in Awareness, Sacred, Service, Transformation, Transition, Truth, Vibrations

September Remembered In Sacred Reverence

Namaste Sacred Expression Love!
As September takes her last summery breaths, I greet you in the heart of home, the heart of Love, the depth of heart that holds the sacred center we all share. Ah, September, a month often so full of new beginnings and endings … harvest, and the new school year, the final surrender of summer and the fall leaves beckoning to release what no longer serves us. Equinox balance is bringing shorter days and longer nights as winter whispers her approach (on this side of the planet!). My personal and our collective experiences this season provide a plethora of potent material we could open up to this mindful moment, yet in the swirl of possibilities, let’s sit still …
There is a timeless truth … in the stillness our Creator awaits to meet us in unconditional Love. The September interfaith calendar has also been full this month. Of all of those remembrances, I’d like to pause on forgiveness. The 23rd was Ksamavani, the Jain Universal Festival of Forgiveness. In the Jewish tradition, Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year was celebrated this year on September 19th. This day of atonement ( at one ment) clears the heart and home in preparation of Sukkot, the time of grateful blessings and happy home. In many ways, what we allow to stay in the * inn * of our hearts, is indeed what constitutes home!

There are many ways to shine the light on our hearts, our homes. Sitting in the silence, in an embrace of remembrance and forgiveness can be a great gateway into more freedom and happiness. The Jewish Sukkot is a week long celebration (Sept. 23-30 ‘18) where the 40 years of living in the desert is remembered; God gave the people shade, shelter, food in the desert. Sukkah is an outside ‘house’ where each family lives for a week, remembering their blessings, sharing them with others, and being happy! Equinox times of the year, September and March always invite us towards balance. Cleaning our homes (the physical home and the heart home) do indeed help us restore peace, harmony, balance within ourselves, our families, our homes and communities. Jeremiah left home for college this month and there is a new home being built next door with new property lines being drawn expanding ‘their side’ of the space. Both of these things have been so huge for me that I will be speaking to them in the weeks to come with some tender tidbits on Transformational Tuesdays. For now, I will say Jeremiah leaving home was so much harder than I thought it would be, I’ve had to keep forgiving myself for not being as ‘ready’ as I thought. Truth is, you can only prepare so much and then it just is. For the neighbors, I’ve had to forgive all the ‘not in my yard’ feelings and thoughts. Our national dramas have left many of us re-visiting traumas ~ in particular, so many of us women (and men?!) who have been sexually assaulted have had the opportunity to remember and forgive. This last week when the brave Dr. Ford stepped forward, I remembered the trial I was ‘on’ as a 17 year old rape victim. Even though the man had stuck a gun to my head, raped and beat me up, the woman judge still allowed them to question me, “What were you wearing?” I had to answer. Objection! What was I wearing? The man put a gun to my head! The truth of that ‘Me Too’ story is that he was the easist one to forgive over the years. While the court questioned me, I didn’t question myself. There is, of course, SO much more that could be said ~ about all of it!

The hearing this week showed a compelling testimony by a woman reliving trauma and a somewhat unhinged testimony of a judge not telling the truth. And! Just the latest installment of the craziness. The hard truth and actual good news about all of the political and national chaos is that our collective shadows are being illuminated … and thereby we are invited to clean up our hearts and homes. We CAN rise above all this and I believe, we will. We are!

Yes, it can be exhausting. Yes, it can be disheartening. Yet forgiveness is part of the path forward. Forgiveness is a spiritual practice that never ends! Some things we can forgive more easily than others. Some things ‘stay’ forgiven while others, just don’t. We just forgive as often as we need to. We know we need to through the GPS of our heart and soul saying it is so. We feel and know this GPS best in the stillness.

At this year’s Feathers Of Freedom Camp, the Forgiveness Footpath ended with this:

You know, like “This is the song that never ends …!” I was alone at Camp recently, the place closed up for winter. I went on the Forgiveness Footpath remembering in my mind’s eye the invitations. I forgave. I cried. I forgave some more. At the end of the path, the sign above was still there. Whaaat?! I had already been to the camp once before with lost and found and didn’t even realize the sign was missing! It was a beautiful remembrance of divine order as well as the ongoing need to engage in forgiveness as an ongoing spiritual practice.
Spirit is always issuing invitations to sacred awareness, to holy living, to coming home to our own hearts. The more we can free the debri, the more our heart eyes can see the smiling sacred everywhere!
The place that can be hardest for me to see the sacred is inside myself. I am usually the hardest one I have to forgive too! Curious how that works. Even on my spiritual high road, I can still wrestle with the little me who is never good enough. It is not a battle, just a journey.
I do battle sometimes with decisions of time and energy … I have wanted to get back into weekly blogging all year yet the reality has been more like monthly. So! I am stepping into Transformational Tuesdays for the rest of 2018 ~ vowing to speak to transformational tools in short, succinct ways. I hope that by being in service to this persistent calling, I can be in service to you!
Today’s Transformation Invitation:
Ask your heart what it would like to let go of … anything there asking for forgiveness? Sit with it. Feel it. If nothing readily comes, take the invitation into your day, your week, and be ready when it appears to meet and greet it. Sit with it in the silence. Then use words, written, spoken, sung … I forgive you. I accept you. I thank you.
Deeper Invitation ~ Practice Radical Forgiveness:
As I have blogged here many times, the work of Colin Tipping’s Radical Forgiveness is where the empowered heart is called to go. Essentially, we step through release and forgiveness to a place of gratitude for our soul’s journey and all those who have played a part in it. Visit Tipping’s website for this FREE Transformational Tool!
So! My September silence has led to this super long post and I want to wrap it up with Creative Spirit Families’ invitations! I am hosting an event tomorrow … outlined below, join us in person or in Spirit!
There’s the ever present Leaping Literacy Library Free Shelf and the New Thought Families Daily Play and Pray Calendar. These are always online even if I don’t make it ‘here’ on time! 🙂
And! That new CD! I would have been ‘here’ sooner yet vowed to get the new CD onsite first. You can go HERE to HEAR samples of the 37 songs WITH LYRICS! And an opportunity to purchase the CD should you be so inclined. Not a convincing appeal I suppose in and of itself. Yet! The songs ARE HERE and I hope you CAN HEAR that they are designed to help you align with your divine shine and raise your vibration in Spirit celebration!
Last Minute Invitation to a Local Celebration!
Come out and play in a fall harvest celebration, fine freedom feathered friends! Let us gather and be nurtured in the heart centered home of nature! Creative Spirit Families is hosting a Fall Fun PlayShop at Piccolo Pastures in Elk Grove THIS Sunday, September 30th from 2:00-5:00. All (ages) are welcome!
Rev Karene and Big Don Piccolo have invited us to their farm to visit with them and with white donkeys, Duke & Dutch, Tina the emu, miniature horses, Harry & George as well as a gaggle of geese, chickens, goats, and the peacocks! Peacock is our Feature Creature Teacher who we will learn from as well as play with their fabulous feathers! Peacock reminds us of many things, including to dream! The beautiful feathers of the peacock juxtaposed to their loud, squawking voice, gives us lots of food for thought and heart invitations for deeper understanding. In addition to the animals and crafts, we will sing, drum and snack, walk and pray the labyrinths, visit and share hugs in our loving, playful Circle Of Love. Let’s meet to open up & create more heart and home for ourselves, our families, community! Feathers of faith filled Heart freely flying out to our world family!
The September Free Shelf in our Leaping Literacy Library is still stocked for a few more days before we embrace T, U, October & Halloween. The Free Shelf can be accessed through Creative Spirit Families.
So divine expression of sacred goodness, thank you so much for being here as part of this September remembrance and forgiveness celebration! May you stand tall, and stand strong as we journey along. Blessed be! Namaste, Love!
Posted in Acceptance, Affirmations, Awareness, Co-Creation Manifestation, Creativity, Divinity, Light, Love, Nature, Prayer, Truth, Unity, Vision

Summer Shine: SEAing The Divine Design

Namaste Bright Lights! Happy Summer Solstice Shine! Happy Father’s Day & Flag Day! Happy Ramadan!

Yes our jubilant June is at a mid-way place on the calendar as we speak to a few of these celebrations, we will also explore a few ways to align & realign with the shine of our divine design!

This very day of June 14 is Flag Day in the United States; a day set aside on May 30, 1916, by then President Woodrow Wilson. Many Americans will be displaying the red, white and blue in front of homes and businesses; our little town is no doubt lined with flags by now set out early this morning by the dedicated boy scouts. The flag was originally commissioned by George Washington to seamstress Betsy Ross in June of 1776 to represent our country in anticipation of our declaration of independence. Each star represents a state, Hawaii being the last to be added in 1960, the stripes the original 13 colonies. The Native Americans have never been represented on our flag signaling a certain lack of unity this country was founded on. This destructive division still threatens us now. May we wrap ourselves in the flag this day with great compassion, tolerance, acceptance of who we be as a nation ~ tempered with the warrior spirit of our eagle to cry out and rise up against injustice.Yes, not a war general or president, a great storyteller, Aesop is the one to say “United we stand, divided we fall.” Check out those fables here!

Just as our daily news is riddled with alarming stories of corruption and disruption, there are the million hearts of light and Love praying, speaking up, marching, reaching out … Shining light through kind words and gestures of acceptance and support. In this holiest month of the Muslim calendar, Ramadan, there is a beautiful letter writing campaign you can see ~ and participate in ~ at Do Something.org. Breathe in this beauty in this Sincerely Us one minute YouTube video of young, caring voices:

YES for LOVE! Though I am hugely grateful for those who are fighting injustice as necessary like our CA Senator Kamala Harris and our CA governor Jerry Brown who is committed to the Paris Climate Change agreement, it is the loving hearts of all ages who will see us through these evolutionary birthing pains into living more of the divine design with SHINE!

Divine Design: Sea Stars to Seahorse!

This month and next, I am celebrating at Creative Spirit Families and at Spiritual Life Center, SEAing the divine. Our infinite oceans and the truly AHmazing life forms that live there provide an excellent backdrop for a deep dive into the infinity of divinity. Our ‘Creature Teachers’ like sea stars (aka starfish) offer how they can regenerate an arm if it’s lost ~ we, too can reclaim the shine of our design! And! Seahorses! Their chameleon capacity to change colors and structures coupled with their eyes that can move and see independently of each other make them great teachers of adaptation and going with the flow of what is. They also teach us about the unexpected deviation of ‘normals’ by the fact that they are the only species on earth where the male carries the eggs and gives live birth. So! Father’s Day! Seahorses are THE dads, hugh?! According to Wikipedia, Father’s Day came along in the U.S. after a few struggling efforts to launch the day. In companionship to Mother’s Day, the day has been celebrated almost as long though fathers have reportedly been honored and celebrated along with Saint Joseph feast day on March 19 as far back as the middle ages. Ah, so many lenses of history, humanity, nature, and divinity can and do define our reality!

And so it is we have our traditions and revisions. No matter what our personal and collective trials, we find ways to adapt to new ‘normals’. And! As conscious co-creators we have a constant invitation to shine the Light of Love on what we are co-creating! Here on this side of the world, we have Summer Solstice next week, June 21. The longest day of light allows us to see so clearly what we’re up to and what, if any, changes we deem needed to align/realign with the shine of our divine design. On the other side of the planet, the longest night offers the same invitation in a different way as the darkness can also illuminate our path. What do we wish to create? What seeds will we nurture for our ultimate shine and brightest design of the divine?!! As reported last month, I took a part time job at our old church, Spiritual Life Center which has me co-creating from PlayShop to Sunday Experience. I have remembered and implemented that I don’t believe in Sunday school ~ for so many reasons! I do believe that coming together each Sunday to experience the divine is a fine, fine way to align with our brightest design.
So! Here’s a glimpse of last Sunday … from our children’s church gathering of setting the altar ~ in this case with shells and glass, to singing the affirmation, “I am a bright light” to praying as we pass the heartbeat of shine within us hand to hand around the circle, to listening to the seashell in meditation to having the power of light in our hands … to erase mistakes and align with shine. Then! On to creating at the creation stations! Back to the circle for sharing, song, and praying out and on our way with Unity’s Prayer of Protection.

Create! I am the light of Love!

In keeping with the Solstice spotlight on my own personal life, this new church creation has been wonderful in many ways and I have also been on complete overload with my life as it continues to be ~ taking care of my father and so many details of his life on the ranch, throwing an 80th birthday party for my mama’s June birthday, doing the family program for the San Francisco Folk Music Club’s Free Folk Festival again this year (and missing Faith~!), mothering Jeremiah having all 4 wisdom teeth pulled and taking 3 summer online college courses while going to Boy’s State for a week, East for 3 weeks, Band Camp for a week ~ showing me the ‘sins of the fathers/mothers’ so clearly! “Sins” means mistakes and overload, overwhelm, and overdo are highly prized sins of mine! Yet! Divine design WILL bring us back to shine whenever we choose to align!

So! Here’s 9 fine, favorite ways to align with (my) shine:
1. Quiet Time ~ This can be just absolute rest and/or listening for the divine!
2. Nature ~ Walk, look, listen! From the leaves on the trees to the clouds in the sky, nature can always help align us high!
3. Introspection ~ Journaling and/or thinking deep as we listen for the still small voice of wisdom always ready to be heard.
4. PLAY! Allowing myself time to do what feels good, joyful, playful. From paintbrush to beach walk, playtime is different for each of us and often dependent on the day/time of our calendar lives. Yet whether it’s moments or days, there is great freedom and alignment with play!
5. Inspiration ~ This too is different for each of us yet reading or listening to a master teacher can help us realign. Inspiration can also come from music, a friend, nature … an infinity of ways!
6. Process yucky feelings! In order to align with our divine shine, we sometimes or oftentimes must first release the yuckies; exercise, journaling, screaming, crying ~! As I’ve talked to here many times, I love the Healing Codes, Emotion Codes, Access Consciousness.
7. Be a Sovereign Being! Unplug from all the yucky of others so that you are not aligned with THAT! From family to the collective uproars, negativity is always swirling with the invitation to join in. Be aware! Access Consciousness has a great tool in the question, “Who does this belong to?” If what you are feeling is not yours, it will drop away. If you have been triggered, then you need to use other ways to release. We are in a constant vibrational matching game so stay sovereign and match HIGH!
8. Affirm and Deny ~ Affirming the truth of who we truly be while denying the lies, is a great way to align. i.e., the voice of “I can’t do this” surfaces so we can meet that with a definitive affirmation of “I can” or a definitive choice of “I choose to know I can do this.” “I choose to find the help I need to do this.” “I choose to release the fear and doubt so I can do this.”
9. Ask Questions! While the power of affirmation is great, it is also limiting. When we ask questions, we open up to the infinity of divinity to answer them. Just keep asking and be open for answers that can come in all ways. Again, from Access Consciousness, they always ask, “How does it get any better than this?” By asking that, we are opening up to greater ways of experiencing happiness and thereby ourselves as infinite beings shining our divine design.

With the last few months of familial and (other) work creation, some aspects of Leaping Literacy Library and Creative Spirit Families are in a divine order holding pattern … swirling and twirling into more better, I am trusting! There are lots of fun freebies as always + we have reduced our Marvelous Membership fee for the shining, sizzling summer: a divine $99 for a year’s access to hundreds of videos, songs, Laurie StorEBooks and ALOT of new content being birthed. Hoping to have that NEWs in jolly July!

Our June Free Shelf in the Leaping Literacy Online Library:

In the divine shine of our design, so it is we go …

One by one … Two by two … Or by the school!We all shine our divine design!And so it is!

In this divine design month of shine, may we each and all see our daily purpose through the eyes of the divine. May we love ourselves and each other deeply with compassion and tenderness. We are all the same creation of Love on this journey of life … living in a sea of infinity and divinity. I bow to you now in a Namaste of your infinite potentiality as you shine your own divine design. Namaste, Love!

Posted in Acceptance, Appreciation, Awareness, Humanity, Sacred, Spiritual Parenting, Thanks Living, Truth, Unity

Snowflakes As Spiritual Sacredness

snowflake-1245748_640Namaste Soft Snowflake of Shining Sacredness!

I greet you in the Spirit of snowflakes this day; in celebration of the intricacy of their beauty and the connectivity of their stability. As a creation, snowflakes are a wonder … water forming into ice crystals that attach to each other making an infinite array of sparkling configurations. If you care to take a few minutes to watch this video, Snowflake Watching, from Discovery UK on YouTube, you will meet  Physicist Ken Libbrecht  and see some of the extraordinary snowflakes he has photographed around the world as well as simulated in his lab:

My Jeremiah just turned 17 and he aspires to perhaps be a physicist. I doubt snowflakes will be the thing he follows though who knows?! His generation are forging into new (job) creations of all kinds ~ very much like the infinity of designs that snowflakes engage in. Like everything in our existence, we can have various viewpoints on what something is and what it means ~ to us. The term ‘snowflakes’ as a putdown came into my awareness fairly recently and the brief research I did on the subject seemed it was aimed at those who were ‘soft’ or intolerant of intolerance, perhaps most often the younger generation my son is growing in to. The putdown, as near as I can tell, is focused on being too soft … as if there is such a thing, at least from the spiritual perspective.eiskristalle-422532_640I sincerely hope I have raised my son to be soft … and tolerant … and yes, I’m o.k. ~ as the snowflake I am ~ with a peaceful intolerance of such things as hate speech or the ideologies that leave others out such as white supremacy. And while I don’t choose to delve further into any aspects I may be missing to the term ‘snowflake’ as a putdown, I see the strength and beauty of the snowflake perfectly in the being of a new generation of youth who are connected, who do build upon each others information and inspiration … Yes, certainly through the world wide web yet more importantly through the interconnectivity of their open hearts. When people of any age are willing to learn and grow from each other as well as be inclusive … gorgeous, global structures can form. Not really so different than the chaotic yet divinely ordered beauty birthing snowflakes. Truly, the science of snowflakes is a spiritual experience! If your interested, here’s another very short YouTube video from the BBC where they refer to the “miracle of engineering” evident in the snowflake formation process:

We can see miracles in everything as Einstein said. And perhaps the greatest invitation and inspiration of the heart is to see the sacred in the cries for Love ~ like the putdowns and prevalent negativity. Sacredness is ever present and omnipresent on this pretty planet though I have found sacred awareness often requires some qualities that are often put down in this society … slowness, softness and surrender for instance. Using these helps me to see and be the sacred. Centered in sacred awareness is the surest place to spiritually parent from. So whatever hearts you are tending to ~ of any age ~ and of course including your own ~ may you go slow enough to see with the soft eyes of the heart. In surrendering into the softness, may you be as strong and resilient as snowflakes ~ yes, even when they melt as the ultimate surrender! We are all in divine timing existence with phases of insistence, persistence and resistance in the circle of time … macro-1209271_640As we breathe in the beauty of snowflakes and the spiritual sense therein, let us also celebrate the science and scientists. Let us embrace all the truth we can, near and far, in continuing to co-create the miracles we are. I leave you with one more YouTube video from It’s Okay to Be Smart, The Science of Snowflakes. Namaste Miraculous Sparkling Sacred Snowflake!

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Posted in Co-Creation Manifestation, Creativity, Divinity, Gratitude, Love, Reconstructurist, Spiritual Parenting, Transformation, Truth, Vibrations

Disciple Of The Divine: Voices, Vibrations, Valentines

divineloveNamaste Disciple of Love, Voice of the Divine, Vivacious, Visionary Valentine!

Hoping this finds you feeling more loved than lonely, more serene than unsettled, more blessed than stressed. I have been doing a dance of resistance and insistence all week as the alchemist empath I am (that I Am!) keeps finding more and more voices and choices I want to speak to in this anniversary blog. Our roots of Love and Spiritual Family Literacy celebrations began 10 years ago this week online  as the New Thought Families website and in this little blog here 6 years ago. So yes, this Love filled post is longer than long … feel free to scroll through for whatever will help you along in staying divinely strong!loveI continue devotion to giving spiritual choice and voice as Love expressed especially for children and families in daily Play & Pray, as well as reconstructing some old features and introducing some new ones including the little visual face lift here. So! This special edition post gives some attention to Black History, the Season Of Peace, some Peaceful Reconstructionists, the power of words, education, literacy, our current, constant callings to civil rights … And! The innocent inspirations of imagination with and for our children!

And so it is I offer the following information and celebration through the latest perspiration in manifesting inspiration! AKA, putting hands to prayer!loveinaction

Season of Peace

beatingheartearthgifsmallWe have long participated in the Association for Global New Thought’s Season of Peace and Non-Violence. This is the 20th year for this grassroots effort celebrated in the 64 days marking the memorial anniversaries of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi. The Season,  January 30th – April 4th, offers special programs and remembrances by many Unity, Church of Religious Science and other New Thought communities. As an independent artist and through New Thought Families, I have worked with youth in honoring ‘Peacemakers’ through drama, music, hands on “Peace Rocks’ and online, interactive ‘playsheets.’ The online offering of ‘Name That Peacemaker’ was first launched in 2010, and has been re-launched this month as ‘Peaceful Reconstructionists’.  Essentially, we honor great folk from history like Gandhi & Dr. King who peacefully reconstructed our society and world. Just because they acted peacefully, it doesn’t mean the process was peaceful ~ making waves usually isn’t ~ and it doesn’t mean they felt peaceful. Imagine yourself as Harriet Tubman on the Underground Railroad or Rosa Parks on the bus. We have a page on the website dedicated to each Reconstructionist and then interactive ‘playsheets’ online that help integrate the information and inspiration.

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Black History: Truth Telling To Transform

The recent release of the movie, Hidden Figures tells of 3 black women who worked for NASA and were instrumental in putting a man on the moon. The systemic racism still inherent in our country has shifted enough that their story has now been told. YES! So many strong, truth telling voices of our ancestors and those still living yet perhaps their stories still not told! For instance, do you know Claudette Colvin? She was the first in Rosa’s movement who refused to give up her seat on the bus and the spirited teen, in fact, helped fuel Dr. King and Mrs. Parks. The true story is that Rosa Parks was not simply tired that day, though she had indeed had enough, the refusal to move and subsequent arrest were long in the making and young Claudette Colvin had a big part in it. “Truth is powerful and it prevails.” ~ Sojourner Truth

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When new U.S. President Trump kicked off Black History Month on February 1st, he spoke of Frederick Douglass saying, ” … people will get to know him more and more …” And indeed they did ~ reportedly out googling him to the same day online birth announcement of Beyoncé! Yet, as Beyoncé wins her Grammys tonight and goes on to create a great buzz throughout her fan base ‘beehive’, let us continue to be inspired by the great abolitionist and early feminist of Frederick Douglass. He, along with Sojourner Truth  visited with Abe Lincoln during his presidency.

abetreesOh the search for truth and reality has been more pronounced of late!  Yet, it remains paramount that we find the truth for ourselves and for our children. As spiritual parents and teachers, we must tell the truth to the best of our ability while allowing young children’s innocence to be protected. Though many aspects of our culture seemingly ignore it, our children deserve their innocence and the delights of imagination. Yet, we must also teach the truth including the continued revealing of so many hidden figures. Movies, stories, books, songs … this vast worldwide web, so many ways to tell the truth!

And! Remember, the power of words with your children as well as your inner child! Yes, in all the media and outside sources yet most importantly in the simple words we use with ourselves and each other. Be sure to express your divine shine, Valentine!

Children’s Books!

Though the storybooks of old were often (literally!) grim, many of the famous Grimms’ Fairy Tales like Rapunzel, Snow White & Cinderella continue to be spun and respun to this day. In response to civil injustice, many lesser known children’s books have been published and linger still in the web!

 The Gospel Of Slavery is an illustrated antislavery children’s alphabetary in verse, by Iron Gray (New York: T.W. Strong, 1864). Digitized by the Antislavery Literature Project, there is a sample page below. Visit their site and read all of The Gospel of Slavery!

 

libertybellL Stands for Liberty Know you the bell

That ’76 sounded so nobly and well?

Or know you that soon was developed a flaw,

By Freedom’s assertion of Slavery Law?

“Created all equal.” — ” Excepting the black,”

From States of the Union the answer came back.

Then cracked the big bell. Vainly chipped to the core,

No “compromise measures” its tone could restore,

And the prophecy stands, though the bell, in its fall,

Now silently hangs in Old Liberty Hall!

The bell referred to, cast in 1753, has on it the inscription, “Proclaim liberty throughout the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.”– Lev. xxv. 10. Was this a prophecy? That bell announced the Declaration of Independence in 1776. It was afterwards cracked — I know not the date. Occasional use on national anniversaries increased the difficulty. Chipping, so as to separate the vibrating edges, failed to remedy the mischief. It now hangs in Independence Hall.

Just as I am reviewing and renewing the Peaceful Reconstructionists, I am also re-visiting …

KidSpeak!

kidspeakloveOur children have a wealth of (spiritual) wisdom if only we let them speak and we truly listen!

In our traditional literacy sections of Leaping Literacy Library, the Laurie StorEBooks often focus on a repetition of a vowel sound. Yet, they can sometimes also speak to very big concepts as in the short I celebration, Skin. This one was (finally!) re-illustrated last week with huge gratitude to the free stock images ~ and generous photographers ~ at Pixabay. The video version is below and here at Vimeo! Skin features my Laurie Story ‘Mother Goose Rap’!

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Laurie StorEBookTV: Skin

Our Leaping Literacy Library is well stocked with Laurie StorEBooks, songs, videos. Marvelous Members access all that’s there now and being added like our Reconstructionist scripts. Should you be interested in supporting us and utilizing all that’s there, sign up here and use this coupon code to save 40%: WeeFeeMe  There’s also a Free Sign Up there for our Free Shelf and lots in the Library and on the sites that you don’t need to sign up or log in for!freebiesSo many ways to play and pray, sing and wing, read and feed … mind, body, Spirit!

Truth Telling Today!

I am so grateful for great journalists that press on in doing their best to tell the truth. Our Peaceful Reconstructionist Ida B Wells used the power of the word in newspapers reaching many who back in the day had no other way. Unfortunately, one of Ida’s biggest cries was against lynchings and todays Black Lives Matter is not so different than that. The dizzying first 3 weeks of the new White House administration has millions of us praying up, standing up, speaking up for civil rights. “They can shut me up, but they can’t change the truth,”U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren Forgive me, if you’re looking for something without politics; I can’t seem to ignore or be silenced by so much of what is happening and the abolitionists and Peaceful Reconstructionists featured in this post wouldn’t want me to! There is so much happening towards justice and injustice … I mostly want to just encourage us all to dig deep, find good journalists we trust for the truth and keep making informed, inspired decisions about what and how we share with our kids.

As much as you can, ask questions and get answers! Many of us knew instantly that the Travel/Muslim Ban was a racist wrong. We take heart in all those rallying for our brothers and sisters from the 7 banned countries. We sing with Woody Guthrie and all the folkies at airports singing, “This Land Is Your Land!” And! I was so informed and inspired by the wonderful podcast from This American Life that gives much explanation and real inspiration as well as sorrow inducing testimony from so many affected by the ban. Within the program, is information explaining how extensive the refugee vetting process is  ~ some have been in the process for nearly 10 years! Their time had come yet the ban got in the way. They were unable to board that final plane … and had no life left to turn back to. I hope with the judges stay, they have now been able to come after all?!  I read another first person account of implementing the vetting process and another first person account of being a refugee, now American citizen. The voices are out there, the choices are ours!

Senate Democrats have had battle after battle trying to block cabinet positions for the new administration ~ from the unqualified to the downright directly destructive. I won’t rehash the details here too much yet I applaud the efforts of Senator Warren and her colleagues to persist ~ as in the 24 hour round of speeches urging Republicans not to vote for Betsy DeVoss for Secretary of Education ~ a person who clearly has no knowledge of the public school system at best and believes it needs to go, at worst. At this and every juncture, I breathe deep into my belief of divine order … always and in all ways.

I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs. ~ Frederick Douglass

Our government’s decisions are having inevitable ripples into our homes and hearts and it should be so! We must be awake and aware and activated ~ if only, and perhaps especially in prayer! Prayer from the chair as well as with hands and feet! I know I am in daily energy re-management when I feel my heart breaking ~ like for the people of Standing Rock and the reinstatement of action on the Dakota Access pipeline. Josh Fox has a recent post on DAPL where he interviews Water protector and lawyer Chase Iron Eyes who said, “Something greater than ourselves has moved us and it started with prayer. That prayer came from human beings but it’s the natural elements in the universe that have their own spiritual authority. They’re older than us. Our stories, our cosmologies tell us this and kind of give us that center from which to find our place, you know.” stoneheart

Vibrations To Align With the Divine!

So! I know a lot of us ~ especially those empathetic alchemist types like me! ~ can easily get into anger or despair over our current threats to humanity and the environment. Yet! There are many transformational tools we can employ to stay in line with our innate divine shine. And this higher vibration place is where we can certainly do the most good … as well as feel better than the lower vibrational, reactionary places so understandably prevalent. There are wonderful YouTube Channels dedicated to high vibrational music. So much gratitude for them! Here are a few of my faves:

Zen Life Relax

Power Thoughts Meditation Club

Elke Nehler & Freedom Consciousness

And! Love the archangel tracks from Well Being Academy! Just have the music on in the background of your day for positive results. Personally, I rarely use headphones yet always feel the benefits! This is a great way to bring harmony to yourself, your home, your family. Feel free to feel them on for size ~ trust what you feel with each and flow with the ones that feel best! Also watch for the reactions of others in your home ~ including pets! ~ and adjust accordingly.

 Vintage Voices ~Valentines!

Vintage Voices, for us, includes honoring some of the aforementioned  Reconstructionists with the online playsheet games for free, no log in, online usage. We are also putting some of the Reconstructionist drama scripts into publication; they will be available in the Library in the coming weeks. And! I have a large filing cabinet of vintage voices from the old family home and store I have worked on cleaning out ~ fruits of my labor and the upside to family hoarders?! I have been wanting to put these out ever since I laid eyes and hands on them!vintagevals

Valentines from the 1920’s! These amazing beauties are multi-dimensional pop-up cards that are truly fun and gorgeous! Since you can’t tell from the pictures, I put a (rough) video together ~ with 20’s music! Yes, all the little cuties are fair skinned which, in light of today’s discussions makes me wonder … do Vintage Valentines that portray more of our citizenship exist?! Mmmm … Still and all, these Valentines are works of art and so it is a joy to share them in this video here and on Vimeo.

Thank you so much for sharing (some of) these choices and voices with me, Love! Namaste Divine Valentine!