The Divine Presence

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In the month of Elul the Earth, our world is born. In the following month of Tishrei, we are born, specifically on Rosh Hashanah. It is said in these two months God/Goddess,the Divine(Ha Melech-the King in traditional Jewish liturgy) is very close. The Divine walks in the garden, the same that we walk in.

‘Hineni’ is Hebrew for ‘here I am’. When Abraham and Moses are called by God they answer, ‘Hineni’, “Here I am”.

When Moses is told to go back to Egypt to free his people, he asks this god, what name can he give to this force that has brought him back to his people. The name is “Eh He Yeh”, I am that I am.

But for these two months, God tells us “Hineni” and we tell God “Eh He Yeh”

The Divine Presence

What is the splendor of the royal divine

The hand that offers the beginning of time,

Who’s wind of beauty’s breath,

Fills form with its spirit.

Our hands reach toward,

a grasp tremulous,

Urged by the pulse of earth

And heart of our soul.

This time, when earth has again come into its rebirth,

When the last harvest offers its cool time bounty,

And we begin our own new season,

The holy is in this place and calls to us,

We walk in the garden verdant with the scent of earth’s turning

And hear, “Hineni”.

“I am here”

In a swirl of spirit

Vines wend themselves, with leaves green as hope,

Into a path that leads to life’s vibration.

“Remember,” is whispered to our souls,

“I walk with you at your birth and hold you up.

I tell you I am here when you forget,

I only ask that you tell me who you are when you remember”

Like the light that makes flowers translucent in petal,

We become iridescent in tone

And answer “Eh he yeh”

“I am who I am”,

For this is all we can be.

And so we return and

step forward in our prayers that are woven

with our joy and tears,

with our questions and yearning wrapped around us.

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Shavuot

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SHAVUOT

Wrapped in the whispers of stars and ages

Inspiration from above like a glittered swath is around my shoulders.

It is a shawl of time and ancestors,

Breath beats eternal.

Of vision and wisdom,

I am surrounded by the old stories and the voices of the desert.

The tambourine still vibrates from the crossing

And its skin shows echoes of

Water of libation to freedom and tears of joy and fear.

The wind plays harmony on the wheat fields as they sway in their gleaning dance.

She dances her heart-led way toward her chosen path.

His feet part the mountainous dirt below,

Arms hold the emblazoned stone above.

Breath and dust meld into one,

Forced forward by the divine lightness that supports the heaviness of the human heart.

Did this happen?

Did this happen this way?

Does it matter?

What do you want to bring down from your mountain?

 

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Happy New Year

We often just feel we are at our beginnings and our endings; but we are really always in our present. Blessings that this year gift us with the courage and peace to stand there strong and bow there in humbleness.

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Solstice Thought

Happy Solstice

“When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it’s bottomless, that it doesn’t have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast, and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much space.”
Pema Chödrön, Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living

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Solstice Thought

“When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it’s bottomless, that it doesn’t have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast, and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much space.”
― Pema Chödrön, Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living

Happy Solstice

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The Force of Light

While the light may be coming back, we are entering the deep of the winter. I offer a way to cope. It is very old and powerful. It is called laughter, frivolity, cheer and whimsy. May the light bless us all with it and may we bless each other with it.Solstice The Force

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Tuning in to the Season

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Tarot Seasonal Check Up

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The season has changed. We are in full fall. Sweaters abound and the last harvest is in.

Time for a seasonal spiritual check-up you say? How right you are!

Each season affects us a differently on all levels.

If we were to take a picture of our minds, find an image for our emotions, render a visual of our spirits and sketch our bodies, what would they look like?

Are we satisfied with where we are in our lives, or are there things we want yet to accomplish and understand?

Tarot is a powerful tool that we can use for this exploration. Tarot readings are a concise way to get the information and gain the understanding that we need. We can also be shown options and ways of looking at circumstances that we might not have considered previously.

Phone readings are also available.

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What is Eco-Art Therapy Expression

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“Look deep into nature, and then you will know everything better.”
Albert Einstein

Eco-Art Expression is a psychological and spiritual discipline that combines art-making(painting, writing, movement, etc) and eco-psychology (thinking, relating, feeling and relating to the Earth’s wisdom in mind).

This can be used to gain insight, for inner-healing, self-discovery, life issues and transitions, spiritual growth and relationships to name but a few.

The embodiment of the natural world into our internal landscape is a fundamental need of our culture. Nature speaks to us through our senses, many of which we are unaware. Nature is an intelligent and communicative force that offers us wisdom, healing and restoration.

How do we do this:
When we approach nature as a teacher and healer that it is, we will be led to what will help us.

State the issue you are going to explore.

Go to a place in Nature that you like and ask permission to enter this natural realm.

Think about your topic and notice what natural being attracts you. What plant, animal, cloud, speaks to you. How does it relate to your concern?

Look at the characteristics and life cycle, what relationship it has to the rest of its environment. How does this mirror and enhance your understanding of what you are working on. What light does it shed. You will be surprised by how smart Nature can be!

Art-making is presence-making. The act of creation brings our senses, our minds, our spirits and hearts into alignment with our truth. When we combine this with Nature, we become whole.

Client quote:
“Being in connection with and adding Nature into your list of trusted friends for whom you care and go to for advice and solace as well as celebration, makes life fuller. There are also now more skills and mode of understanding and information tools for us. “

Transformation Exercise

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Purpose: To explore how Nature can assist you in letting go of stale habits and limiting beliefs by recycling this “mind-pollution” into more supportive energy.

Change and transformation is part of Nature’s and our human experience. Some transformations happen easily, but sometimes we want to change but do not know how to go about it.

Think of something in your life that you want to let go of and transform. Is there something, perhaps a haunting hurt, an attachment to negative thinking, a failure that you would like to transmute into a lesson that will help you move forward.

To Do:
Create a piece of artwork about it and name it.
Now look to see a Nature object that attracts you and can assist you in altering and transforming your art into something new and changed.
This is about letting go of the issue represented by your art piece. Give your new artwork a new name.
Client quote:
“I really liked this process because I really needed this process! I still have a lot of sadness, frustrations, anger and disappointment in myself.”
“After drawing some of the curving lines I looked and just cracked up, in a good way. They looked like a swan. Well, I was attempting to let go and say goodbye to all those hard feelings. This lesson was to be my ‘swan song’ to them.”

“I felt a wind and knew that I wanted to give these feeling up to wind to let them finally leave. I was ‘told’ to make a wind chime. As this lesson was about transformation, I wanted to use Nature’s materials from the garden.”

I have grown to go to Nature and this process myself. I have experienced the powerful healing that this provides. I would love to share this with you. Nature rocks! (yes, Nature does enjoy a pun!)

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Yom Kippur

Kol Nidre

Yom Kippur and Keter

Keter is the highest sfirot in the tree of life. But although it sits on the tree, so to speak, it is not really of the tree. Keter means crown. A crown is something that is worn on the head, but it is not part of the head. It sits atop as a regal presence and while in relationship with the head and body, they remain a separate thing. This is the first step towards understanding just what Keter is and how it functions in relationship to the rest of the sfirot, as well as how it relates to us, our spiritual practice and our relationship and understanding of the divine.

Keter was the first manifestation, the first spark and flow of life in the space that we know as our world. It was the beginning of the Divine Creator’s grace to us. The Creator’s first utterance towards our creation was a silent, ineffable nod of divine ‘ratzon’-will. The primordial vitality, this pure light of spirit is the animating, yet still unformed and undifferentiated crown that sits just above the tree. Keter is the spirit hole through which the other sfirot pass on their way to their own place on the tree. Keter is pure being. It is not contained or limited by form. To sense Keter, in even the most vague way is to come as close as we can to the infinite.

Just as a crown sits on the head, Keter sits on the top of and heads the energy of the holidays. The Zohar explains (Parshat Pinchas) that Rosh Hashana is the right column,Yom Kippur is the left column, Sukkot is the central column while Keter overlooks them. Keter illuminates the holidays and Shabbat. This is when its presence is the closest.

How can we work with, connect with something that is not manifest in this world. What is the mechanism by and through which we can even make an attempt. Keter is in between creation and the infinite. To be in that place means to be connected to both sides. We are in a similar place on Yom Kippur. We are in the physical world where we pray for all of our souls, ask forgiveness from each other and from our Creator. We fast and disavow our vows at the same time we are encompassed and bathed in the flow of the Divine’s love.

Keter Meditations

Kol Nidre-An angel stands in front of each of us as we chant the Kol Nidre. They come through the spirit hole to help us. Acknowledge your angel if even by a nod. Close your eyes and let an angel image form in your inner eye. You take the next step.

Fasting- Present yourself to the Creator in humbleness as a soul who is ready to give over what is holding back your life. Visualize the spirit hole above and feel the forgiveness and love as it flows into you and cleanses you. Present yourself again, but now as a brave heart who is happy to love and grow. It’s hard to be hungry and thirsty, but a little suffering for the right thing can lead to unexpected beauty and lessons especially when you are being so loved, cleansed and supported by the divine.

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