We Were Made For These Times -Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Oct 7, 08:39 AM

I thought I would share someone else’s words for a change. A friend sent this to me during a time of difficult passage. May it feed you full of hope and trust as you forge your own character.

We Were Made For These Times
Clarissa Pinkola Estes

My friends, do not lose heart. We were made for these times. I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered. They are concerned about the state of affairs in our world now. Ours is a time of almost daily astonishment and often righteous rage over the latest degradations of what matters most to civilized, visionary people.
 
You are right in your assessments. The lustre and hubris some have aspired to while endorsing acts so heinous against children, elders, everyday people, the poor, the unguarded, the helpless, is breathtaking. Yet, I urge you, ask you, gentle you, to please not spend your spirit dry by bewailing these difficult times. Especially do not lose hope. Most particularly because, the fact is that we were made for these times. Yes. For years, we have been learning, practicing, been in training for and just waiting to meet on this exact plain of engagement.
 
I grew up on the Great Lakes and recognize a seaworthy vessel when I see one. Regarding awakened souls, there have never been more able vessels in the waters than there are right now across the world. And they are fully provisioned and able to signal one another as never before in the history of humankind.
 
Look out over the prow; there are millions of boats of righteous souls on the waters with you. Even though your veneers may shiver from every wave in this stormy roil, I assure you that the long timbers composing your prow and rudder come from a greater forest. That long-grained lumber is known to withstand storms, to hold together, to hold its own, and to advance, regardless.
 
In any dark time, there is a tendency to veer toward fainting over how much is wrong or unmended in the world. Do not focus on that. There is a tendency, too, to fall into being weakened by dwelling on what is outside your reach, by what cannot yet be. Do not focus there. That is spending the wind without raising the sails.
 
We are needed, that is all we can know. And though we meet resistance, we more so will meet great souls who will hail us, love us and guide us, and we will know them when they appear. Didn’t you say you were a believer? Didn’t you say you pledged to listen to a voice greater? Didn’t you ask for grace? Don’t you remember that to be in grace means to submit to the voice greater?
 
Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good.
 
What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts, adding, adding to, adding more, continuing. We know that it does not take everyone on Earth to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group who will not give up during the first, second, or hundredth gale.
 
One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these – to be fierce and to show mercy toward others; both are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity.
 
Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do.
There will always be times when you feel discouraged. I too have felt despair many times in my life, but I do not keep a chair for it. I will not entertain it. It is not allowed to eat from my plate.
 
The reason is this: In my uttermost bones I know something, as do you. It is that there can be no despair when you remember why you came to Earth, who you serve, and who sent you here. The good words we say and the good deeds we do are not ours. They are the words and deeds of the One who brought us here. In that spirit, I hope you will write this on your wall: When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for.


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Staying Balanced

Sep 8, 07:48 PM

Friends,

If you’re having a rough time, just know it IS a rough time. Astrological transits are causing old unhealthy patterns to resurface. It’s a tense time in between eclipses with Mercury in Retrograde, and other big planets at hard aspects. I don’t know anyone who is finding this easy. We all have moments of despair and hopelessness, but we also now have the tools to shift back to our true selves. Don’t forget that.

If you find yourself at wits end this month, then first of all check to see if you are taking care of your body and your health. This eclipse has a lot to do with health and self care because it was in Virgo.
Then tune into your breathing patterns; are you taking time to have nice deep, slow, even breaths that fill you down in your hips?
Also look at your schedule, are you filling every spare second with work? The Fall Equinox is always about balance and without it, we can literally fall over the edge. So make sure you are at a sustainable pace. Perhaps it’s the opposite, and you’re having trouble getting motivated. Again, Mercury retrograde is a time to revisit old patterns, programs, and projects. Perhaps there is some re-visioning to do before you can move forward freely again.

Sitting in nature and earthing your body, is something I talk about a lot as being the Great Healer. If there ever was a time to do this, now’s the time. And don’t forget to do something every day that you love doing. And maybe that could be deep breathing in nature. But it could also be patting the cat, or singing or dancing, or drawing with your favorite colours, or taking a flower bath. Reaching out to a friend that you can trust with your feelings might be helpful.

And of course flower essences are perfect for this intense period. I recommend my heart or root chakra blends right now for grounding and staying heart centered, but if you are aware of particular issues that are rising up, you may want to focus on a different chakra. I have good descriptions on my essence page about the various qualities of our chakras. I also make a special eclipse remedy for people who are going deep into their shadow work. It’s called Persephone and it’s very powerful when there’s no other way out but through. Please contact me if you are interested in the Persephone Remedy. The chakra remedies are sold in various stores across Nova Scotia or you can order them through me.

Be Brave!
Equinox Blessings,
Beth

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Welcome Summer!

Jun 13, 07:00 PM

I’ve been frolicking in the heady spring magic, experiencing the unfurling of nature’s beauty, lingering under lilac and apple blossom, drinking in the robin call. This absolutely joyous time where the green is lit up from inside itself.

My Hands to the earth, listening.

Our trip to the desert stirred something deep inside me. Perhaps a part of me that was left in the Southwest as a child, came back. The land was holding little me safe, maybe on a butte in Arizona or a canyon in Utah. This soul retrieval opens me to a more spacious part of myself. The wilder me that I search for in life, picking up her scent on river rocks and hemlock groves.

Now I have more of me to make my way foreword.

Within this reclaimed spaciousness, I have rediscovered my love for the garden. For years I’ve had this half assed garden life, preferring to be out in the woods or on the ocean, enjoying the land most when it’s free. And yet, I’ve also longed for a wild garden of my own. A garden that expresses the magic of creation, not just untouched wilderness, but a place next to the home that might evoke the same feeling and maybe share some food with us. A place that I can rest in and not have to “be” or “go” anywhere. This spring, the land where I live showed me such a place.

Earth time is slow.

My hands are in the earth still listening.

Perhaps I’ll move this rock or plant this seed. What does the robin have to say? Over here? No, there. No, not that stone, this one, I can get a higher perch from this one. See more worms. And when you’re not looking, I’ll eat that seed too. Well, I don’t even mind anymore, I”ll just plant another one. We can share. Your song enchants me, and makes my life sweet. Maybe I’ll play my flute with you.

So it goes. Slow. In this garden slowness something transformative and miraculous happens. Plants grow, the earth turns, everyone gets fed. And little secrets reveal themselves.

My hands go deeper and my heart opens wider.

Happy Solstice

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Shining One Meditation with Light.

May 23, 06:11 PM

Fill a small water bottle with water and add 8 – 10 drops of your chakra essence.
Find a peaceful place in nature where you will not be disturbed for 10 -20 minutes.
Take slow, purposeful, periodic sips of your water throughout this meditation.

Find a comfortable place to sit, with your legs crossed and spine tall and uplifted.
relax and breath in the fresh air.
Observe your breath and slowly begin to gently deepen your inhale and lengthen your exhale.
relax.
close your eyes if you like, or leave them open.
bring your awareness to your heart centre, you can even place your hands over your heart.
Ask to receive the nourishing support of the essence and of the place your are sitting in.
relax, breath, receive.
Feel the earth under your body.
Listen to the sounds around you.
See the beauty around you.
go back to your heart and receive even more. Listen and feel and see even more deeply. Let go of any thoughts or worries that may be distracting you. Surrender to the beauty.
Connect with the light you feel growing in your heart with each breath.
Know that you are fully supported by the earth.
Know that every Being around you including the trees and the wind and the animals, and all that is unseen, can feel the light growing in your heart as well.
When you feel done, you can take a moment to thank the place for supporting you in your practice. You could leave the rest of your essence water for a plant, as a gratitude offering. You may want to journal about your experience or create a drawing.

Accept that you may have limitations such as fears of bugs or wildlife, discomfort with cold or dampness, inability to focus, but you are doing it and with time and persistent practice, you will overcome your limitations.

Spirit Blessings

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Aries New Moon.

Apr 6, 10:58 AM

Today with moon, sun, and uranus in Aires, is a day to liberate yourself! To claim what is truly yours. Your authentic voice, your true nature, your awakened heart. This Aries new moon is the beginning of a greater cycle. Take a step with your Warrior Spirit into your own freedom. What’s a limiting pattern or belief that you can look at with compassion and do differently? Can you stop the cycle, take a deep breath, ask for higher guidance, and choose another way? There is a lot of power in this new moon to help you.

Can you get down into your body and breathe? This is so important to regain your inner power and life force. And we need our life force to manifest our dreams. Can you look at your situation from the perspective of your Higher Self? This is also really important, because it is so easy to look at our lives from old tired eyes. Even if we have truly changed our ways, our old ways of seeing might be clouding the new truth. So if you are experiencing great transformation, don’t forget to acknowledge it, celebrate it, and honor it.

And no matter what is going on, whether this time of change is exciting or a struggle, and where ever you are, seek out Mother Earth. Find her and be present in your body with her, even if it’s for 5 minutes. Acknowledge the Beauty that we are all here to steward and protect.

Bright Spring Blessings,
Beth

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