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“Crack of Dark” Symphony – A Wee Peek Into the Process of TLC Keepers

Some of our TLC Keepers work together while much of the world sleeps.  We connect with a 10 hour time difference, using that moment of “see you on the flipside” to link up in the small space when one of us is starting the day, while the other moves to retire for the evening … or vice versa.  We connect for our “dance” – to hand over and hand off the progress of the Day for the one closing down, and the beginning of the Day for the other getting ready to put hand to task.  Early last February, there were only four of us — anchoring the intention and energy from East/West Coast USA, Canada and South Africa.  Two of us created a meditation together in SKYPE chat …. from complete intuition and guidance.  Here’s your opportunity to peek in behind the covers and see how we do that which we do.  Feel free to take a moment to BREATHE and simply flow with this meditation.

“Crack of Dark” Symphony – A Keepers Meditation with Mother Earth

This dark hour is the time to connect with source

In gratitude and appreciation

Our friends are here in their locations on the planet

North, South, East and West – holding the sacred space with every breath

We are so blessed

For the connection we share

Four points of light touching Gaia

Connected

Feel the heart beat and the sway of the Mother as she lumbers in her orbit

Bringing me sun and preparing to send you toward night

Afternoon shadows are getting longer there

And the afternoon is stretching its limbs and preparing for rest… 😉

It must be an awesome vantage point the Mother has to look out in all directions and see her sisters and brothers

flying through the same process

as far as consciousness can be

To constantly rotate and turn her back, as we might to a fire, to warm herself

and then prepare for a crisp run through the dark cold of space

before feeling the warmth again in that exact spot

and we only need close our eyes and we are breathing with her

sharing every bit of it

mmmmmmmmmm

we feel this as we share

In African soil, the Mother yawns and contemplates in the quieter hours of the afternoon,

as the shadows grow  longer, she stretches out and rephrases the day…

whilst with in America –

She is stretching and contemplating the new day, stepping out of bed,

searching the horizon- considering her action for a new purpose, a new dawn…

slowly becoming cogniscant of her surroundings as she rises…

Preparing the symphony of energy that celebrates each dawn.

the sun first creeps from dark into the deepest purples and pink,

slides toward rest and then bursts into a false brightest.

Within minutes, one can literally watch and feel the fireball “thunder up” into the sky,

launched as surely as the greatest rocket straining to break free from gravity’s death grip,

to fly free across the sky

All manner of desert life is active during that space of time – the birds, lizards, ants ….

everything scurrying in that space of time between frozen cold hibernation

and the need to re-secure self before the heat makes it too hot —

on their mission of food and substance wherever it can be found

and with the sun set in the sky, everything scurries out of sight ….

and won’t come out again until those moments between sunset and the rapid temperature drop

while Mother Earth puts the lights on the dimmer and lets all the color fade to black

it’s an amazing orchestration that goes on daily, regardless of anything humans think they can do or “control”

She just laughs softly at her children, those poor little upright s’couns* who go about their play of importance …….

like children in a sandbox constructing magnificence, while those around only see dirt, shovels, toys, sticks and determination in motion

i am blessed.

we are blessed.

we are indeed!!

and it is so restorative to connect to this energy of source as expressed in our Mother Gaia

it is your heart slowing down… your breathing slows… you adjust to the rythym of the core….

that is you and is the earth

and THAT is the way we live at the speed of life

totally attuned, one to another

the music … the symphony … for life.

Hayley Keepers

haleyheart keepers

February 11, 2011

 

*s’coun is from the movie AVATAR.  It loosely translates as moron, but really is directed at the young child so full of knowledge and yet, lacking self-control, who simply runs all over making a mess of things until he matures and understands the rhythm of life, how everything has a place and fit, and how to use that knowing for intent and purpose

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The Four Agreements – Don Miguel Ruiz, Toltec Wisdom Teacher

With so much swirling everywhere, many of us are finding it difficult to stay centered and grounded.  Some of us are more affected than others by the shifting energies, changes and dramatic events of our days.  For those following the Mayan Experience of the Ninth Wave, we know we are now in the First Night of the Ninth Wave … and are giving conscious voice to our intentions.  For many of us, that means breathing and speaking into the space the personal transformation of consciousness,  as well as our intention of unity.  For those following traditional astrology, we know we have a double whammy in that Mercury Retrograde has arrived.  The universe is speaking to us … whispering that we are in a period of reflection.  This is the time to exploit that solitude and examine everything closely.

We collectively reach to our own spiritual practices, faiths and philosophies to seek that guidance for “what next”.  We stand in abject astonishment at the relentless wave of news reaching us as so many of our brothers and sisters around our planet are not only homeless tonight, but suffering serious and extreme jeopardy.  Some of us know that surfing the top of a tsunami has to the be the ultimate big water ride — and so many more of us bear the scars that prove being sucked under the BIG water isn’t so much fun.

Within our collective community at Tree of Life Celebration — both in our website writings and in our Facebook presence, many are bringing wisdom to us to help pilot these days more successfully.  We Are One … what happens to one of us, affects all of us.

In this darkness of the quiet night that I love and treasure beyond any words, I am reminded of the wisdom of another great teacher.  I’ve personally gifted more than 50 copies of this book to others who then embraced the “pay it forward” practice of gifting copies, too.  Don Miguel Ruiz offers a simple and practical guide to walking in the fullness of our lives more successfully and with personal integrity. It seems so fitting and appropriate to revisit his words one more time to see we may apply his concepts to our life situation.  Perhaps there are nuggets we find and take to heart, leaving the rest, if any, as that which does not serve us in this moment.

THE FOUR AGREEMENTS

Be Impeccable with Your Word

  • Speak with integrity.
  • Say only what you mean.
  • Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others.
  • Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.

Don’t Take Anything Personally

  • Nothing others do is because of you.
  • What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream.
  • When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.

Don’t Make Assumptions

  • Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want.
  • Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstanding, sadness and drama.
  • With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

Always Do Your Best

  • Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick.
  • Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.

These seemingly simple statements, when applied to the complexity and drama of the human experience many of us have,  cut to the chase.  We get there by removing the filters from our eyes and taking a very clear and close look.  This is not easy for most of us, especially in taking that first step, the first time.  We must review each situation and ask first — where is the part of this for which  I am accountable?  What of this is mine and how have I veered off my path of intention?  What are my feelings about this — and how do those align with the Four Agreements?  What parts of this situation are mine?  And which are not.

As we practice, we become more adept — and with time, soon we simply live our lives as if these had always been silent, internal guides.   As we probe to find places that indeed are attachments for us — to a certain outcome, a specific process, even just an unexplained feeling we cannot fully name or identify — we may and often do choose to allow these to be released.  In that, we find the most amazing sense of freedom.  With that process, we learn to seize the essence of everything.  We add to our skills the ability to leave anything we are doing, feeling fully loved and supported, knowing that our time to serve in this way has closed.  Other needs are already surfacing wanting our support.  It is in that moment, we find the rhythm and the grace of flowing …. trusting the timing of the universe, knowing that everything that is happening is exactly what is to be happening.

Our human drama generates massive trauma — as this cycles, we find ourselves in a muddle.  Are we simply living with drama trauma or have we moved into full-fledged trauma drama?  If so, we lose ourselves quickly and succumb to a place we do not really want to be.  Thus we lose sight of love and truth.  And we find ourselves out of step, out of sorts, outside our personal integrity, experiencing pain, sadness, confusion or frustration.

We Are One – we are all in this together.  What happens to one, happens to all.  When we have pain, it is shared by all of us.  When we have love and joy, that is shared, too.  The more we move in the direction of love, the better the experience is for everyone.

Take this challenge today to try The Four Agreements.  See how these feel for you.  If you haven’t read this small volume, The Four Agreements, give consideration to making it a priority.  It will change your life.  Buy two copies — before you are halfway through, you will know at least a few friends who will want to read this.  Pay it forward and gift the other copy.

In the words of the wise sage and teacher, Forest Gump, “And THAT’s what I know about that!”  Go have a blessed and wonderful day.

The power of seemingly small things

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak,
but their echoes are truly endless.”
Mother Teresa

 

Mother Theresa is one of my favorite sources of wisdom.  I quote her often, along with other great prophets and sages that include Forest Gump, Maya Angelou, my grandmother, Hope Shackelford (my 7th grade English teacher), and, of course — Porky Pig.   Across the years, they’ve always come to my rescue when I find myself in need of a few short words to express a powerful thought.

The written word must stand alone and communicate everything — precise meaning, “tone” of voice, emotions, level of importance.   When you set your words free across cultures and languages, it becomes even more important to choose each of those words wisely, with some care given to the precise message you wish to communicate.  Many the marketing team has found their best efforts (and sometimes MILLIONS of dollars wasted to folly) when they discover their “baby” of a product name, their tagline of perfection, does not translate into major world languages and land well.  One car company named their new car, did their homework, and woke up to the horror the morning after launch to discover their name meant “broken, cannot be fixed” in a key world language.  Of course, my favorite debacle is the sad news that the creative team at Microsoft faced after months of work on BING! (the search engine).  They launched it … and the first article headline in retort came back.  “BING!?? … Ahhhh …. But It’s Not Google!”  Often the written word can stand bare, naked and ugly, glaring off a computer screen or piece of paper, and simply be received as harsh, judging and failing to communicate what the writer intended.

The same is true with the universal languages — those that come without much written form.  Touch, smiles, hugs, tears, a look that rises from the soul and speaks through the eyes, images that are captured in every form from photographs to hand-drawn crayola pieces of art from the hands of the three-year old child.  Who knew?  These do communicate across the barriers of culture, language, diversity, space and time.  Mother Theresa knew this … each of these are the language of love.  And so effective — whether you simply place your hand on a hospice patient while softly saying — I understand …. or hug that child sitting there with the skinned knees, and tear-streaked face, so she knows — the world is a wonderful place to play.  Each of these languages express love, compassion and kindness, for they come from the heart and soul of our being and from that we engage.

Give yourself a small task today to find just one person you can exercise your universal language “muscle” on.  Keep Mother Theresa in your mind’s eye and then step back to watch the ripple effect as that small pebble of love you launch into the pool of life spreads the effect through the world.

And I bet you are now thinking — “so what’s the wisdom of Porky Pig?”  That’s easy … best way in the world to say goodbye for now, and leave a smile.

“Th-Th-Th-Th-Th-… That’s all, folks.”



 

The Starfish Story …. everything makes a difference

Thank you to all who have posted with your thoughts, support, prayers, affirmations and concerns for the people in Japan … and indeed for the people on our planet who are in every circumstance imaginable today.  We know there are many who recently came through severe earthquakes in New Zealand (that continue), in Chili, the plight of the Haitian people, the huge Tsunami several years back that took such a loss of life in one fell swoop, entire cities under seige from weather events from Florida to New Orleans, the massive volcanic events that claim or disrupt lives around the planets, extreme heat and cold that wreak havoc everywhere, the massive flooding in Australia, those caught in the violence in war torn countries such as Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Lebananon, Palestine, others who seek liberation from oppressive control …. as well as those facing very personal loss of home, children, parents, close relatives, families and friends for any and all reasons that include accidents, illness, starvation, lack of medical care, financial failures, corporate greed, and more.

We know of amazing stories — miners caught below the earth, people who survive unbelievable air crashes only to find themselves in remote areas of snow covered mountains with no resources, to small children who have fallen into uncapped wells. More people than we can fathom take their final breaths of air each and every day on this planet everywhere, while the process of living ushers in many new lives to face the uncertainty of our future.

The loss of life on our planet is huge on any given day … the power of the internet brings so much into our homes, live and large, in real time video as it happens, and often leaves us wondering how is it that we can see these things when those in the affected area are unaware or only know just in that moment an event is underway.  We live in a wired world now, where there are all manner of video cameras installed, people with cameras in their cellphones can and do serve as witness to record events we may not ever had heard about only a few short months or years ago.

Some of us are sad, distraught, or angry.  We want to rail at the apparent injustice of needless tragedy.  It is human nature to want to determine accountability, assign blame, and hold “those” we deem responsible to pay in some way for each and every death.  Even when there is none to find or assign.  Sometimes we feel so helpless in the face of incomprehensible suffering and anguish, wondering how it is that the needs are so great, and we individually feel we can do nothing that matters.  This is not true.

The vast majority of us will never personally know someone in these circumstances … but enough of us do, we also know why everyone can do small things that matter so much to those in need.

Whether we come together to breathe for our planet, offer affirmations or prayers, record memories or thoughts, or put together resources — even by pennies at a time to send into stricken areas — every act matters.

Why?  Because we remember, because we hold hope, because we care, because we spread news, because we draw people everywhere together in a cohesive energy that defies borders, ethnicity, race, culture, economic status, religion or spiritual practice, governments, and more — in short all the human-invented forms of divisiveness disappear as we remember and join in a form of unity consciousness.  The good of any one is as important as the good of all.

It is true that people need food, water, shelter, medical help, … some will get that, many will not.  In every case, a person wants to know that they mattered, that they are remembered, that they made a difference and, most of all, that somebody cares, even if their name is not known or their location undetermined.

It is about love.

This story that follows has been carried on the internet for years — in many forms.  It always reminds me that the smallest act can be everything to someone else.  And reminds to use conscious intention in everything I choose to do.

The Starfish Story

adapted from The Star Thrower

by Loren Eiseley (1907 – 1977)

Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.

One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.

He came closer still and called out “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”

The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”

“I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?” asked the somewhat startled wise man.

To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”

Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, “But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”

At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, “It made a difference for that one.”

This story has appeared all over the web in various forms, usually with no credit given to Mr. Eiseley. Sometimes it is a little girl throwing the starfish into the ocean, sometimes a young man, once even an elderly Indian. In any form it is a beautiful story and one that makes you think.

Loren Eiseley was a anthropologist who wrote extensively. He was the ‘wise man’ in the story, and he was walking along a beach after a storm and encountered the fellow throwing the starfish back.

Books by Loren Eiseley

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