Ceremony

All things are Sacred, as everything comes from the Great Mystery.

And if everything is Sacred then everything we do should be performed with Ceremony, honouring, respecting, and giving thanks for the objects, the gifts, and the support they provide on our journeys.

It is hard to remember this as we go through our day, or I should speak for myself – I find it hard to remember this, but on occasion I will remember and treat whatever I am doing as a Ceremony.

What an extraordinary experience it is to wash one’s face or make a cup of tea in a Ceremonial fashion. Even putting on socks becomes a powerful event when thought of as a Ceremony. It is amazing how many things one can be thankful for just by putting on socks! There is the material that the socks are made from, the people who made the socks, those who delivered them to the store, the store, the financial resources needed to purchase socks, the feet that the socks are going on, the changes in weather that make socks a much-appreciated resource, the hands that put the socks on, the nerve endings that sense the socks as they are being put on… and the list goes on! Extraordinary.

Have you experienced the effect of such Ceremony for simple, daily activities? I’d love to hear about it.

~ Debbie, “The Journey Within “
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Exciting Times Ahead!

At this time of year, here in Ontario, children are getting ready to start their school year. They will possibly be meeting new teachers, going to new schools, making new friends, taking new classes, learning new skills, and, well, there really isn’t an end to the possibilities!

For me, I, too, seem to be at the beginning of a new year, as my September is filled with a variety of new projects. The following are some of my new ventures:

~ I am co-facilitating a “Wise Woman’s Circle” in our community. I am really excited about this. Not only will I be facilitating self-awareness and empowerment discussions but I will also be learning from a group of ladies, learning from their wisdom, from their experiences. I know that these Circles are going to be very powerful events.

~ the “WoW: Empowerment Series” will be available online within the next month. The program is finished and ready to go and I’ve listened to the audio files twice now, since completion, and each time I have had new aha moments and been inspired.

~ the Gatherings continue to take place here in The Cabin as well as at the Welkin Centre. I have a feeling that something wonderful is going to take place at these Gatherings over the next few months.

~ the 2nd Annual Li’l Creek Bluegrass Jamboree is around the corner and that will be a wonderful afternoon of music and socializing.

~ there are new things happening with the LumberJocks.com / GardenTenders.com / HomeRefurbers.com sites, but I’ll have to leave you wondering about that one. Announcements will be made within a couple of weeks, I hope. (For those of you who don’t know, I am the Community Manager for these online communities. If you are a woodworker, a gardener, or a home refurbisher (for fun or profit) be sure to check out our sites.

~ and last but not least is our big family get-together in December. Our entire family will be home for Christmas. I think that the last time this happened was for my Mom’s 80th birthday in 2007.. no, not everyone was able to attend that. So, I can’t remember when the last time was! This is going to be a wonderful year.

New Beginnings – new possibilities, new inspirations, new Wisdoms. Life is good!

~ Debbie, “The Journey Within “
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Badges of Honour

At one point this morning I thought about the little age spots appearing on my hands and I smiled.

Looking at my hands, my thoughts turned to my great-aunt Ettie, a wonderful woman, an extraordinary woman, who had grandmother hands. Her hands had birthed hundreds of infants, baked zillions of pies and cookies, fed many flocks of chickens, cared for flowers and for her family, and, oh the list goes on.

My great-aunt Ettie had many badges of honour, besides her hands. Although I’m sure she had physical scars from events in her life, I don’t think I ever saw them. What I did see were wrinkles, glorious wrinkles that reflected the love she had to share. They symbolized the caring and nurturing she had done throughout her life. They showed the years of work, hard work, she had done over her lifetime, caring for her family and her community. And most of all – they spoke of her Wisdom, the knowledge and insights she had gained throughout her life.

In our society, today, we try to hide our badges of honour, pretending that we are living in our years of youth. The sad part of this is that we are perhaps embarrassed by our pasts and our wounds.

My journey over the past several years has taught me to celebrate the wisdom learned from our pasts and let go of the negative emotions that we have attached to our experiences. And then, looking at those badges of honour that appear on our bodies we can see them as symbols of the experiences and the Wisdom that we have gained.

Looking at my hands now, I see the life experiences that I have had, the Wisdom that I have gained and I am proud of the woman that I have become. My body and I have experienced over 52 years of life and there is a lot more to come, a lot more experiences and a lot more Wisdom — AND a lot more badges of honour.

And I celebrate this!

~ Debbie, “The Journey Within “
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Setting It Free

The other day, while walking the beach with a friend, I had an interesting experience.

As I walked, I was not only “just be-ing” but I was also being aware of objects that were calling my name. On my walk I found a feather with half of the one side missing and a piece of driftwood that formed a “y” with one side shorter than the other. The two pieces seemed to copy each other in shape. The message that I received at the time was that my “left brain” was not in balance with my “right brain” — I was not using one of them enough in my life — I think it is my creative side that is lacking at the moment.

Anyway, as I walked north along the short I saw a feather floating in the water. I had a quick thought to pick it up and then realized that I was to leave it to go on its journey and so I kept walking.

On the way back, I saw the feather again and smile. I kept walking and, soon, my friend also passed by the feather and I heard her say, “No – you have a journey to travel. I will leave you on your way.”

Interesting that both of us had the same response to the same feather.

Later, as I was sitting on the beach holding my lopsided feather and my piece of driftwood, contemplating their meaning, I felt a slight breeze go through the feather, making it vibrate from tip to tip. I wondered if I should let it sail on the wind but held onto it, although a little less firmly.

I continued to contemplate the messages of the morning and added the meaning behind the amazing vibration that I was feeling. Then, I decided to return to the water and I sat the stick and the feather into the hollow of my camp chair seat. At first I put the feather on top but realized that it wouldn’t stay there long and I tucked it underneath the piece of driftwood. I said, “if you are gone when I get back, I know that you have a journey to go on.” And I smiled and walked away.

When I returned, the driftwood was laying in the sand in front of the chair and the feather was about six feet away laying in the sand. The wind was not that strong and the wood and feather had been sitting in the “pocket” of the chair seat, well protected from the breeze and yet they had been lifted out of the chair and the feather was released into the wind.

There are many things in our lives – tangible and intangible – (including relationships) that we know we need to set free (or don’t know) and yet we cling to them – sometimes holding tightly, sometimes twitching as we waver between letting it go and holding onto it longer.

But in the end, one way or another the items are set free. Hopefully it is because we made a conscious decision to do so and in so doing we set ourselves free as well.

~ Debbie, “The Journey Within “
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Gatherings

When you add one thing to another you get double the stuff. When you mix two ingredients in cooking, you get double the taste experience. When you put two Spiritual Seekers together you get double the insight and double the positive energy.

Regardless of whether or not you think of yourself as a Spiritual Seeker, you must have felt the power of bringing two like-minded people together. As mankind struggles to regain a synchronicity with nature in order to undo the damage we have done to the earth as well as to reach our next level of development and enlightenment, it is important that we each unite our positive intentions and energies in order to strengthen them and to have the most impact on our journey.

Of course, the more people you have in one room the more powerful the effect will be but even a 1:1 conversation with someone has a huge impact. Not only do these two people become inspired by being in each others’ presence and by the Wisdom shared but they each go out into their own little worlds and share this new energy even if it is only through the glowing smiles that adorn their faces.

The more Gatherings that take place around the world the faster our healing will take place. Imagine a single drum beating and then a second adds to the rhythm. Wrapping around the world like a blanket, the impact of the drums becomes a power that one can only imagine. We are these drums echoing the rhythm of Mother Earth.

Are you attending or hosting a Gathering this month?

~ Debbie, “The Journey Within “
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(See my Gatherings Webpage for upcoming events)

Ask the Children

I have a story to tell you. I hope you find it joyful and perhaps insightful.

Yesterday I had an experience that reminded me of a dream/vision that I was given some time ago. I won’t get into that story, other than to say that the message was: “Ask the children. They already know.” The dream was a reminder that the children of today have a stronger connection with Spirit than we have and are very aware.

Yesterday, while in a waiting room with my Mom, a little girl (about 4 years old) came into the room and walked up to me and put her face very close to mine. I ignored her closeness but it was hard not to check her out, since she was right in front of me. She wore glasses, her eyes big like saucers, and she had a splint on her one finger.

She ran back to her mother after our brief connection.

A few moments later she returned to me and the following dialogue went like this:
Girl: What’s your name?
Me: Debbie. What’s your name?
Girl: (her name)
Me: Pleased to meet you…
Girl: Pleased to meet you, too.
( a pause and then she stepped closer to me)
Girl: I have a very sad story to tell you.
Me: Sad? Do I need a kleenex?
(she looked at me, thinking)
Girl: I will tell you the story first. You see if you need a kleenex.
Me: Ok.
Girl: I was at the pediatrician’s and when nobody was looking I took it off. (She held up her finger in the splint.)
Me: Uh-Oh
Girl: (she steps closer again). Did you need a kleenex?

Over the next hour of waiting, she and I had several discussions (I had my Early Childhood Educator hat on and did a few little lessons on “running” and “controlling one’s body). She listened, and in her words, “I tried to control my body but it won” – as she made her last sprint around the waiting room.) But I’m getting off track. So easy to do, when in her presence.

My Mom noted, later, that of all the people in the room, she came up to “me” – perhaps the one person who would listen and interact. Perhaps .. but there was something. She was aware of something… she knew what nobody else knew. And she acted on it.

After our 3-hours spent in the waiting room, my Mom said that she would have left long ago if I hadn’t been there. My response, “Yes, but you wouldn’t have gotten to meet this little girl.” My Mom smiled. “Very true,” she said, “Very true.”

~ Debbie, “The Journey Within “
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Breaking Through The Bubble

When working with clients who are struggling with turmoils in their lives and/or emotional upheavals, I use the analogy of a balloon to help them through their current challenges.

Picture yourself in a balloon, all is well – until you want to break free. To get to that outside world, to the possibilities that lie outside the closed space, you have to get through the balloon’s outer surface. You can’t just step through, you have to push and twist and shove. You will probably sweat a little, have some not-so-nice words popping into your head and even, perhaps, off your tongue, but you struggle through, because you know that on the other side there is a great freedom.

This struggle is what we experience when we are in the process of changing our lives, breaking free of our past and walking into the opportunities of the future.

Emotional chaos and roadblocks along your path are just notices from the Universe that it is time to move onto the next step of your journey. It is telling you that the current (or past) way of life isn’t good enough any longer. You have learned those lessons, grown as much as you can from that lifestyle. Now it is time for new lessons, new possibilities – a new “you”.

Are you currently struggling to break through a balloon? Oh how exciting!! I wonder what lies on the other side, for you?

~ Debbie, “The Journey Within “
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New Website

I have a new website!

Not much to say other than: check it out.
“The Journey Within at the Gathering Place”

~ Debbie, “The Journey Within “
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A little DASH of this …

I was going through a box of stuff and found some notes from parenting programs that I used to facilitate.

I like to use acronyms as part of my tool kit because they help me and others remember concepts that we talk about. In the pile of stuff I found a page describing “DASH” as one of the tools to help raise healthy children.

It is a good acronym and I’ll be using it with my clients in the future, I am sure, if the need arises.
* D … do unto others. That’s an easy one. I think everyone knows that phrase, although we don’t always remember to treat others as we would want to be treated.

*A … acknowledge others. Another easy one, but again, do we give thanks and/or attention to others on a regular basis? Have you thanked family members for those little things they do around the house? Think about those individuals who could use a little appreciation but, perhaps, fit into your announces category? Have you acknowledged them and/or their skills recently?

*S… seek wise others. Who do you go to for your advise? Who do you spend time with? Who are you influenced by? Do these people have lifestyles that you want to be a part of? Do they act in ways that enhance and support your true self and personal goals? Do they enhance your positive energy?

*H… help others. And how do you contribute to the Greater Good? Are you helping others or are you just out for your own gains? Are you making a difference?

When we add a DASH of this to our own lives then we become not only stronger, healthier individuals but we become better role-models as well– especially to the children, the next generation.

Enjoy the DASH to the finish line!
~ Debbie, The Gathering Place

Making Change

.. not the dollars and cents kind … but changing our society.

Last week I overheard someone making a statement about our society in a non-subtle, subtle way. The statement was a complaint that did not hold any specifics or information as to how to change things. The gentleman was making a point and letting the world know that he was not happy with how our society operates.

The event has troubled me since it happened. It obviously holds a great Wisdom for me and so I am writing about it in order to discover what that is and to pass it on to others.

As usual, when I am receiving a message from The Universe, I am put into a few similar situations to make sure that I am getting the point. This situation was no different. Once the “uncomfortableness” had set in I was able to see the same issue everywhere I turned.

When we don’t like something, wee complain. And then what – well, I know from experience, that we (or “I”) often then sit back and wait for someone to fix the problem. It is important enough for me to complain about, but what do I do about it?

Well, many issues are too big for me to tackle or I should say too big for me to choose to tackle. And sometimes I have so many bandwagons that I have hopped onto that I leave a few for other people to tackle. But that’s the “take action” route to change. There is another way.

Thinking back to the gentleman with his troubling statement, I have thought about what he could do to make change. As he was, in that moment, for me, he was not a good role-model. He was not someone I would aspire to copy or follow. Instead, if he had stood there as a confident man of Truth, with that positive Spiritual energy oozing out of his pores, and if he had spoke of Truth and well-being and of a united humanity, the situation would have been completely different. I would have wanted to hear more. I would have left feeling stronger, closer to my path of Truth and to my Spirit Within. I would have changed – in a good way – and would have wanted to go out and change the world!

As I am writing this, goosebumps are sending shivers along my arms. The power and impact of living in Truth is huge. The impact one has on others, just by being in someone’s presence in the state of Truth … wow.

And on that thought, an image of Queen Elizabeth pops into my mind. During her visit to Canada, I watched the news and contemplated why she has such a following. Why do I hold her in such high esteem? Is it her title? Perhaps. But, I think it has more to do with her presence. She is a strong woman who gave up her personal life and goals out of duty to the royal family, to take on a huge role in our world. She has endured numerous family dramas and yet remains this calm and solid force, at least to the outside world. Throughout her life she has maintained her image of royalty and integrity. There is that “something” that just inspires me to live better.

Change: I – you – we – have the opportunity to be a catalyst for great change. And all it takes is to “be” in Spirit.

Who is in your presence right now and how is your “being” having an impact?

~ Debbie, The Gathering Place

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