Friday, April 25, 2014

Back To The Garden - Part 17

A Poetic ... Artistic View
Thought … Feeling … Being

Letting Go
Of all we think we know

Filling our hearts
With a new song
A glad song

A song of love
Praise and gratitude

Keys to the kingdom of true being

Returning to a time of innocence
Oneness with our Creator

Returning to a time without separation
To a time of joy
Pure being

Reawakening to the truth of who we are

Let our hearts be filled with
Praise and wonder
Let our hearts sing a glad song

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Back To The Garden - Part 16

Earth Day And St. Francis
In honor of Earth Day, I’d like to share what I think are some fascinating facts about probably the first known figure to honor our planet and all of its inhabitants …
Francis of Assisi lived from 1181 or 1182 – 1226. While he was born into a wealthy family, in early 1209 he heard a sermon that would change his life and the world forever. He was inspired to devote himself to a life of poverty.

He began to attract followers and according to tradition, on April 16, 1210 Pope Innocent III endorsed Francis’ group … and so the Franciscan Order was officially founded.

Although never ordained into the priesthood, Francis was proclaimed a saint by Pope Gregory IX in 1228. He is considered one of the most adored religious figures in history. He became known as the patron saint of animals, the environment and one of the two patron saints of Italy.

Did you know that in 1223 Francis of Assisi was the first person to arrange a Nativity scene, including live animals? Or that in 1224 he received the stigmata, making him the first person in recorded history to bear the wounds of Christ?

Francis admired the work of the Creator in every living creature ... He saw the world of God and the world of nature as one … and taught that all of creation was sacred and we needed to live accordingly.

Francis did not build artificial walls between the natural world and the supernatural … the secular and the sacred ... and often used animals to teach his followers. He “saw even in a bug the sacredness of life.” – Max Scheler, German writer-philosopher

The sculptured image of St. Francis as the bearded little man standing on a birdbath is so popular and “so universal that you can find it as readily in an Episcopalian’s backyard or a Buddhist prayer garden as at a Franciscan retreat center.

This image of St. Francis is just a way of saying, “This man had a special link with all God’s creatures, and it’s just like him to be standing there humbly among them.” 

I just discovered a little known piece of information … the popular Prayer of Peace “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace … “ commonly attributed to St. Francis, was not written by him at all. While it clearly embodies his spirit, there is no real evidence to have existed in Francis’ time.

He did author the lesser known CANTICLE OF THE SUN, a poetic song, that simply and clearly expresses his life-long theology of the sanctity of nature, and of our human relationship to the earth and all its creatures. 

According to tradition, this song was first sung by St. Francis himself upon his own deathbed.  


Be praised, my Lord, through all your creatures,
especially through my lord Brother Sun,
who brings the day; and you give light through him.
And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendor!
Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.

Be praised, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars;
in the heavens you have made them bright, precious and beautiful.

Be praised, my Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air,
and clouds and storms, and all the weather,
through which you give your creatures sustenance.

Be praised, My Lord, through Sister Water;
she is very useful, and humble, and precious, and pure.

Be praised, my Lord, through Brother Fire,
through whom you brighten the night.
He is beautiful and cheerful, and powerful and strong.

Be praised, my Lord, through our sister Mother Earth,
who feeds us and rules us,
and produces various fruits with colored flowers and herbs …

Praise and bless my Lord, and give thanks,
and serve him with great humility.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Back To The Garden - Part 15

Lush Rainforests
While there certainly are vast differences between Gardens and Rainforests ... They're certainly both examples of the magnificent variety of the Divine in Expression on this lovely planet or ours.

When the title Lush Rainforests caught my eye ... I had to check them out ... and once I saw them I had to share them. I also saw something that described them as 50 Shades of Green ... I thought that was funny ...

"These beautiful green wonderlands all get over 160 inches of rainfall per year. In a rainforest, the precipitation and other weather conditions combine to make a nourishing environment for many plants and wildlife as well as just the right shades for spectacular photography. Here are some of the world's loveliest rainforests, seen through a camera lens." - From  Photo editing by Lia Pepe.

Another thing to remember about rainforests is that they play an important role in Earth's delicate ecological balance ... and like every other living species on the planet play a part that only they can play. 

This photo made me think of the drawing I did the other day of the butterfly and the flower.
Butterfly in the rainforest of Iriomote Island, Yaeyama Islands, Japan
 View of the Smoky Mountains near Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Back To The Garden - Part 14

Life Is A Garden

Mary Lennox may have said "The whole world is a Garden," but I'd like to suggest that Life itself can indeed be likened to a Garden.

So back to the Synchronicities … as I said yesterday, it seems like everywhere I turned, I was receiving messages referring to my “Garden” theme in one way or another. 

Here are the two emails that started my juices flowing: 

Kellie Keucha is a woman I new quite well from when I lived in Florida. I received this from her on Thursday 4.17.14 ... The subject line was Sow and Grow Rich ... 

"The gifts you sow into the world must be greater than what you are asking for in return. If your business is not helpful, and you struggle with your finances, it's time to do a check in to see how many seeds you have been selling. You can't wait until the day you have enough to sow, you have to sow now with faith and ask God to bless your seeds and multiply them."  

Then I heard from Mike Robbins, a man I interviewed on my Radio Show in 2006 ... In his newsletter, he made the suggestion that we remember to "Take time to 'watch more sunsets' …"

The emails I received from Etsy this week used the following headings ... 

Growing Roots 

Beauty in Bloom 
Let Love Bloom 

I found the following quotes from Unity's Daily Word especially relevant:  


"the seed of new possibilities has been planted in me. I blossom in every area of my life. I am happy joyous and free! My freedom grows as I trust in my God-given power … In springtime all is made new …"   


"Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid." John 19:41 

Another thing that began this week and just happens to be fitting in with my theme is the 21-day Meditation Experience I’m doing again with Deepak & Oprah. I think this is the 4th or 5th such program they're doing and I’ve done all of them. Their theme this time is Finding Your Flow

I received an email from them today which talked about Spring being underway … “a time for new beginnings, growth and abundant flow. What a perfect moment to reflect and witness the sprouts that may be emerging from the seeds you planted during the last week …You are stepping into a new season of your life …” 

Each day's experience includes a short discussion by Oprah and then Deepak on the Theme for the Day with a Centering Thought … then Deepak gives the Mantra for that day and leads us into meditation. 

I’ve often had the experience of seeing a picture in my mind while meditating … Day 1 on Monday, April 14 was one such occasion … This is what I saw.
Each day’s meditation includes a picture and sometimes they’re so beautiful, I just have to try to draw or paint them. Here’s my impression of the picture from Thursday.   

I can't explain WHY I feel this compulsion to share all of these references to Nature ... All I do know is that I Must ... If there is a meaning or some kind of understanding ... maybe it will become clear in time ... or Not!

I think I’ll end for today with the following quote which comes from the book From Survival to Recovery published by The Al-Anon Family Groups

"Looking back today with gratitude reveals my background as a rich garden of human possibility, just waiting for the gardener with the right wheelbarrow full of tools… The 12 Steps." Page 201

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Back To The Garden - Part 13

Earth Day, Goddesses and Your Fabulosity

I've written about synchronicity many times in the past.  When seemingly unrelated occurrences happen, I'm always delighted and consider them "messages" or guidance that everything in my world is developing according to plan … And in Divine Order.

Well, in the past few days, I have had more Divine Confirmations then I think I've ever had before with regards to Gardens, Gardening, Gardeners, Nature,  Seeds, Planting, Blossoming ... And Mother Earth.

The Most Exciting thing to happen is that I've been named #Goddess of the #Fire in this #Earth-day issue of #Butterfly You! #magazine !!!
Celebrate Earth Day and 
Find your Fabulousity!

Self-assessment game: Discover the Goddess Within You

You are going to have tons of fun in the Earth Day Issue of the beautiful Butterfly You! digital magazine: Find your Fabulousity!”
The issue has been designed as an inspiring, fun self-assessment game for women that connects you to Earth Mother and helps you find the Goddess within you. Find out:

·        Are you a Goddess of the Earth, Flowers, Waters, Fire or Air?

·        How does your Fabulousity show up in your emotions, creativity, heart, body, mind or spirituality?

·        What is the essence of your Fabulousity?

·        What do you need to be watch for? What is the flip side of your Fabulousity?

·        What must you do to honor your Fabulousity?

Finally, meet five gorgeous Goddesses that embody these elements and are living their Fabulousity:
·        Anne Gudrun – Goddess of the Flowers
·        Susan Schanerman- Goddess of Fire
·        Cherie Roe Dirksen – Goddess of Earth
·        Cynthia Segal –Goddess of Sky
·        Maria Mar- Goddess of the Waters

Enjoy the beautiful art of four of these Goddesses, who are visual artists, and get their generous gifts.

This is a highly interactive, fun issue and the nature photography is an exquisite celebration of Earth Day.

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