Reveal What’s Hidden

This past week I was awestruck by the hidden talent of someone close to me. Hilarious by nature, the humor equally as present in written word, it was something I was unaware of previously. I read somewhere once that a woman didn’t know what she was thinking until she began to write, and I can absolutely attest to that. Often I take photo, or think of a topic and run with it; thoughts pouring out onto the keys, messages that I would not have been able to articulate in the same way had it been through a verbal discussion. Reading his story, fighting through the tears of laughter, it makes me wonder how much talent is lying beneath the surface in those who surround us; how much talent is left untapped in the students in school, yearning to learn and be understood. What measures must we take as friends, partners, teachers and leaders to create a channel to allow the flow of creative energy, talent and raw emotions to breathe life into their existence. What we see on the surface is just the tip of greatness. I’ve never realized that so much as I do now. With each passing week, I experience something new with my special someone, something unexpected and fresh. Imagine what we could experience with those around us, with nature, with the world, if offered our unending love to more than our closest few; if we aspired to spread greatness and do good by others as He does for us. Praying for change is a start, praying for greatness, success, love and peace is important, but a huge piece of creating change is action, and that means not just having the thought for change, but putting your ideas into motion.

From Far Away

From far away galaxies, to the fibers of your own being, matter exists. Energy is in everything, every piece of matter in existence. Have you ever noticed your intuition alerting you when someone just doesn’t seem right? Or that gut feeling when you know you shouldn’t walk a certain way? Does your heart expand with love and gratitude the second you walk in the door after work and you see your dog going wild when they see you? We have an unsurmountable ability to notice and feel the energy that others give off, as long as we are open and accepting. Many times, people write off things as coincidence, or a weird feeling and think nothing more; however, I’ve come to learn that nothing is by coincidence. There is synchronicity in life, and it is ever apparent. The beauty of this blooms once you acknowledge it. It is at that point that it feels as if the stars have aligned, and pieces begin filling in together. Be aware of the bountiful gifts of the earth, open your heart and mind to the rhythm of life, and allow the vibrations of your own energy to increase and expand to the loving earth and its inhabitants.

You are made of up of matter. Everyone and everything is made up of matter.

We all matter.

A New Season

My writing was recently acknowledged at a neighboring town’s writing contest at their public library. I write for me, but it feels wonderful to receive Honorable Mention for a piece that is so close to my heart. The real adventure will be reading it aloud in front of an audience. 😉. New chapters in life bring about new experiences, new acquaintances, and if you’re lucky, new friends who will add value and substance to your already beautiful life; and with that, I present to you, A New Season.

With each new season, comes an inevitable accompaniment of emotions.  Leaves fall, feathering through the air as they gently glide toward their next destination.  While the detachment from the tree is symbolic of letting go of the old, shedding what once was, and waiting in anticipation of what is yet to come, I can’t help but notice the beauty in [this leaf], caught so delicately by the resting fence.  It appears as though a loving hand placed it. The bead of water hugs the stem, giving it comfort, letting it know that while it may no longer be rooted to the tree, it is rooted with love.  The earth is much more powerful than humans perceive it to be.  Nature is not just merely in existence.  Nature feels.  Nature loves.  When we weep, the earth is listening, the angels come near, and there are lessons to be told, not just through experience, but also by opening our senses to what surrounds us and enveloping our soul in the earth’s blessings.  It is up to you to let down your mental blocks, dismiss your fears, feel your spirit with each breath, and channel your mind’s focus and energy toward what is surrounding you at any given time.  This image, which so beautifully mirrors the transformation occurring in my own life, is a reminder that the nurturing environment in which we live is not to be taken for granted.  Love and peace are everywhere.  It is what we live and breathe.  Do not let the opinions and biases of the mind allow you to think otherwise.

As you use your heart as a driving force, and your mind as a sounding board, you will make your way through the waves. At times, it may feel effortless, the soft touch of the water against your skin. Smooth sailing, if you will; things going your way, fitting within your timeline, allowing you to feel instant gratification within the given circumstances. But then, there are seasons where the current pulls you out past your zone of comfort, causing a riff in the way you view things happening. Change ensues, and it is up to you to decide what direction the ocean will take you. Sometimes positive changes result in affliction, as odd as that may be. If you don’t deal with past hurts and only bury them, they are bound to resurface. The winding road is beautiful, though, and as these hurtful truths and self-realizations come into the light, you are able to gain a better appreciation for what you have, where you have been, and where you are headed. You see, the imperfections that make you who you are, are the most beautiful things about you, for if you had never endured those experiences, you wouldn’t be you. Embrace the changes, forgive yourself for your past, show gratitude for what you have and who you’ve become, and live a life of emotional prosperity. Be Free. Grab the reins of your own destiny, listen to the choir in your heart, make a home in a place that soothes your soul and enriches your blood. Feel your inner self, your true self, developing and transforming. Breathe in the air that surrounds you, ground yourself with the earth, allow your worldly love to transcend your body and make marks on the souls of those who you love, and those deserving of love. Be true to yourself and never, ever let anyone dim your light. Allow pain to be released, strength be regained, and the earnest truth of your soul and intuitive mission to progress forward. Be you, be your biggest advocate, be the one who makes your heart full. Love yourself, love God, and love all. Be an exemplar of what you wish to see, and shine light on others, just as it shines within you.

Breaking through the chains of conformity.

Music is freedom. No matter what the constraints, you can find your voice and express yourself creatively through music. I love it. I love the energy it brings, its ability to inspire not only yourself, but anyone who has the opportunity to listen. One type does not fit all, and what may touch the soul of one individual, one demographic, or provide someone with peace at one moment in time, may cause a significantly different emotional response for the next person or group. That’s the beauty of life, of choice, of individuality. Expression is our God given right. It’s not meant to fit a mold, nor is it finite. It’s limitless and ever-changing.

It’s interesting to see the love and acceptance that so many show for one another, and also the undeniable misunderstanding, or lack of desire to understand and relate, that still remains. If only everyone could learn to close their eyes, open their heart and let their soul experience the truth of existence, the love that every living being is meant to experience and radiate without the constraints of one’s ego.

What is of any significance, is what you feel with your soul. The beauty that surrounds us in nature can be enjoyed by all who choose to see it, just as the beauty that surrounds us in diversity can be enjoyed the same.