Following Nature’s Clues

Nature’s transitions, like changes in daylight and colder temperature, throw many people off balance. The results of this can be seen in feeling down, wanted to stay indoors, struggling with colds and flu or even stomach viruses. Don’t you find it interesting that Nature’s creatures are able to flow so easily between the seasonal changes? Plants and animals sense when it’s time to change and begin the process.  Plants and trees begin to go dormant, lose their leaves and the sap flows down in the roots preparing for winter.  Nature knows how to prepare for each season. Following the clues from Nature allows one to flow in harmony with the changes and seasonal patterns. Fall is Nature’s time of letting go. Without letting go, there can be no real rest during winter, and no subsequent growth the following spring. Every part of the process has a reason and a purpose, and it all combines to create the cycle of seasons we witness every year. This is the time for ‘letting go’ of … [Read more...]

A Modern Gypsy

How does one know they are a gypsy? In my case it consisted of 5 elements. The first was being born into family that already has its share of misfits, mystics, and psychics. My maternal grandmother was a midwife, tea leaf reader, and herbalist. My paternal grandmother was a garden diva who’s life revolved around the cycles of the Moon and the seasons. Both grandmothers were psychics. Added to this generational milieu, was my love of travelling, my secret desire was to be a hippie, the pull of wild gypsy music, and books that took me to foreign countries. Which brings me to element number two. I was 16 lazing around in the backyard on a sunny summer day when I heard a voice. Yes, a voice! This voice stated very precisely, "You were going to live and work overseas.” As strange as it may seem, those words resonated with me and I had no doubt that they would happen. In the ensuing years I based many decisions on this voice. For example, my career choice to become a … [Read more...]

Stronger Than You Think

I am ever amazed at the resiliency of human beings.  Five mornings a week I teach English and settlement skills to refugees and many other newcomers to Canada. In my role as teacher, I have heard some of the most horrific and heart wrenching stories. On a day-to-day basis I witness the struggle that these newcomers have adjusting to a new life in a new land were almost everything is strange and often incomprehensible. Despite the hardships they have faced, the separation from family and friends, and the daily struggle to learn a new language, life and culture, the students arrive at school with a smile and an amazingly positive attitude. I often wonder what it would be like to be torn away from family and friends and then shuffled about from country to country to finally end up in a place where you were to begin again. You are alone with your nuclear family or perhaps not. You no longer have your family support system. Your friends are either dead or in another … [Read more...]

Your Dreams are Calling!

Along life's journey you have dreams. A few of them have been fulfilled, others are forgotten,   and some remain. The lingering dreams often come with a sense of longing for something yet unfulfilled. These dreams often get buried under the practical side of life which says, “you must do this or you must do that,” but still the dream persists. It keeps coming back. Each time the dream surfaces it brings with it a different kind of energy: a glimpse of joy, confidence, freedom, and expansion. There is a promise within the dream that says you can leave the old life behind and begin a new one. But then, fears rise up and you turn away refusing to see the possibilities, dismissing them as dreaming or wishful thinking. You return to the well-worn path that feels comfortable and secure resigned to make the most of it. No matter how strong the wall of fear, when you least expected it the dream pops in again. This a dream won't go away. It keeps tugging at your … [Read more...]

What’s Your Ikigai?

The people on the island of Okinawa, Japan are some of the oldest, healthiest and most content people on the planet. What is their secret? Ikigai! (pronounced icky guy) Ikigai translates as “a reason to wake up each morning.” Do you have a reason for waking up each morning? Or do you reluctantly drag yourself out of bed each day thinking, “Another day to get through” or “Is it Friday yet?”. Can you imagine waking up ready and eager for a new day of life? It is possible! This is what an ikigai is: it’s waking up each day with a purpose  or direction. You know where you are going. An ikigai is something you love to do, want to do, and that makes you feel alive. It can be a specific goal, ambition or dream or it can also be something as simple as setting an intention for a new way of expressing yourselves or interacting with others. For example, some people find depth of meaning in cooking and caring for their family. Other people find it through genuine and sincere … [Read more...]

How I brought the world to me!

Have you ever looked back on your life and marvelled at the synchronicity that took place prior to certain events or achieving something you really wanted? This is exactly what happened to me in the 90s after I had read the book Celestine Prophecy. After I finish the book I realized that so much of my life up to that point has been led by synchronicity. It was as if I was being led to a certain destiny. When I looked back on the events in my life I saw clearly how the little decisions and actions I took came together like building blocks to guide me in a certain direction. It was almost like there were invisible roadsigns along the way to keep me on track. I can recall my sense of wonder at how it all fit together so perfectly. Even though I saw the magic of it, and became more aware of synchronicity in my life, I never really gave it any deeper thought. I was still trying to control some of the events and direction of my life. I hadn’t completely taken my hands off the … [Read more...]

Fear the Darnedest Thing!

At times everyone is gripped by a some level of fear. You know that tightening of the stomach, the inner dread, the tensing of the body, the sweaty hands or the extreme case of ‘which way do I run’. Fear can be overpowering and debilitating. So, what is fear? First, there is the real fear of personal safety. This is our natural built in fight or flight response. A healthy thing to have in extreme cases where your personal safety is in jeopardy. In these rare cases, thinking stops and your natural inner wisdom kicks in to guide you. You might not agree with me. However from the safety of this moment, most people think they know what they will do but, I can attest from personal experience you will do the unexpected. But what about all the fears that are built around the “what if” story? You know, the story that begins with: “What if I don’t know what to say? What if I make the wrong decision? What if it snows? What if she doesn’t like it? What if I fail?” I bet you can … [Read more...]

Opening the door for fresh new ideas!

I notice at the end of the year I was in a very low place. I was tired, grumpy, unhappy and overall miserable. Intuitively, I knew that something had to change. But as often happens when we are operating from our thinking rather than from the spacing between the thinking, we feel that we can't make a decision. For me it was no different, I played around with different scenarios. I batted around the pros and cons. I stirred up financial insecurities. I even played the “what if” game. An interesting aspect of all of this, is that I was bouncing between tired and miserable versus loving what I was doing and enjoying it. I was actually watching myself fluctuate between the highs and lows of my thinking. About the same time I was introduced to Michael A. Singer’s book The Surrender Experiment where he shares his experiment of surrendering to the flow of life. As the saying goes, when a student is ready the teacher shows up. I feel that this was the case with Michael Singer's … [Read more...]

Where did that come from?

Every one of us have had moments when something happens and we ask, “Where did that come from?” Perhaps it was an idea, an unusual solution to a problem, or a knowing something you hadn’t seen before. Or maybe you have faced a difficult situation and had to act quickly but did so with clarity and precision. It could have been a dangerous situation where you noticed you were unnaturally clear and grounded? In these situations you are anchored in the moment. Your thoughts aren’t racing back to the past or into the future, you're fully focused on what is happening right now. What happens in these moments doesn't arise from thinking or planning it comes from somewhere else, from your own inner wisdom, Divine Intelligence or the Field. This happened to me when I was living in Lesotho when I was mugged by three young men in the middle of the day. What I recall most sharply from that incident was how calm I was, how aware I was of everything in the vicinity, and how I knew what to … [Read more...]

I Am A Miracle!

This past weekend as I was driving toward the mountains for a conference I was thinking about the concept of the acorn and the tree. How does an acorn know it’s supposed to be a pine or spruce or cedar or Tamarack tree? By the same token, how does a flower seed know it is supposed to be a rose, daisy or cornflower? As I pondered the concept of seeds containing the Divine Intelligence to become that which they were meant to be, I had a moment of absolute clarity where I saw the miracle of life within each human. My awareness went from acorns and seeds to the microscopic seed within my mother and the microscopic sperm from my father coming together among the billions of cells in my mother’s body to create that Divine spark of life ~ me. I am that miracle union. I am that seed of Divine intelligence. What bursted out of my mouth at this realization was, “I am a miracle! I am a miracle!” It was a good thing I was alone in the car for it came in a shout of awe. In one moment I … [Read more...]