This Moment is Nothing

I was reading something today, (written by my favourite author Jamie Sams), that triggered an idea or opened my mind to receive a message: this moment is nothing.

When the message entered my awareness I felt my whole body react – my eyes widened, my shoulders went back and my lungs inhaled. This was a very powerful message.

The basis of this message comes from the story of “the beginning of the world” by an Ojibwe Elder (the link in on the homepage of my website). My understanding of her story goes like this:

    “In the beginning there was nothing… absolutely nothing — except the possibility. And if there was a possibility for one thing, there is a possibility for all things.”

When I received my words of Wisdom today, I realized that each moment is the beginning, the blank slate, the “nothingness”, filled with possibilities.

Each moment is filled with all that “Is”, all the Possibilities that have unfolded and are waiting for what will be. And in each moment of nothingness we are creating the possibilities.

As human beings we often fill our minds with thoughts of “what if” and “if only” or “tomorrow” or “next time” … but we don’t have to wait for some miraculous occurrence to change our lives. In this moment of nothing, that in-between breath, we can change who we are, where we are headed, what we think of ourselves, how we present ourselves, and what we are saying, thinking, and doing. We can make the Possibilities happen.

And from this moment of “nothing” … all things are possible.

~ Debbie, “The Journey Within “ logo


The Book

My last blog entry talked about a book that I had been guided to read.

“Understanding Life” by Wendy Hill is a book about the dreams that Wendy has been given, helping her understand the Truth and to guide her through healing not only herself but of discovering her gifts as a healer and thus healing others.

I really enjoyed the book, for so many reasons: the wisdom, the stories, the importance of dreams and their messages, and there are probably some more “gifts” that the book has given me but they aren’t flowing out my fingers at this moment.

One of the biggest “eye opener” pieces of Wisdom that has kept me thinking for the past couple of days is that we teach our children to think about “me” rather than “we” during their time in school. In the community, if someone is struggling and needs assistance of some manner, what do we want everyone to do? Help out – step up, step in, and support the individual in whatever manner is needed. And what do we want children to do if someone is struggling with an academic challenge, especially a test? We tell them and make them step back and leave the individual on their own to struggle with their challenge on their own. We tell them that is it wrong to help their neighbour and that “winners” are those that succeed while others do not. It is a “me” success, not a “we” success.

Powerful and thought-provoking.

We are one community – all of us. And each of us is given a job to do, a gift to use, a purpose, a “Sacred Possibility” (as I have come to label our journey) and together, when we put all of these gifts and possibilities together, we fulfill the one journey, the one plan, the one Possibility. We need everyone doing their piece to get the job done. Together, helping each other complete their tasks, we are united, we are strong, and we walk the path of Truth.

“We” is our families, our communities, our society, our countries, our continents, our planet, and our Universe. We.

How can I help you with your part of the journey?
~ Debbie, The Gathering Place


The Clan Mother for this Moon cycle is “Listening Woman”. She teaches us how to listen and how to hear in order to gain the Wisdom, heal ourselves and change the world.

Yesterday I was asked to observe a young man in a Grade 8 class. While I was there I witnessed an interaction that was, to me, extraordinary and was a perfect example of Listening Woman at work.

The assignment for the class was to write an essay about something that was important to them, such as why the school day should be shorter. One student, a young lady, who apparently does not interact in class or work on tasks in the classroom, sat quietly at her desk for most of the class. Even after several attempts to get her to start writing she never looked at her paper or picked up a pen.

Then near the end of the class she put her hand up and asked the teacher to help her find an idea to write about. She had my attention – she had asked for help. The teacher came and pulled up a chair beside her desk and sat quietly. After a moment she asked the young lady a question about her family. It was a simple question and after the equally simple response the teacher made a comment that opened the door for the student. For the next few minutes she told a story about her family and shared her feelings about the situation. It was like a plug was pulled and the floodgates opened. Not only was she telling a story but she was sharing some pretty personal thoughts and feelings about the situation.

The teacher was asked a question by another student and the storytelling paused. The teacher then turned her attention back to the student, having said nothing since her original comment. The student said, “I’ve picked my topic.” Surprisingly, it was not about her family but about a very important cause and prevention strategies. She then shared another story about someone in the community and how the situation had impacted her.

The teacher said that it was a very important message to share and left her to start writing. For the next twenty minutes or so (right into the next class session) the young lady was busy writing. When she was done she held up her paper and proudly showed the room, not that anyone noticed, as they were busy with other things. She then went to two friends to have them each read the story and to share her passion. Her eyes were wide and glistening with alertness; her words came quickly as she urgently passed on her message. She had come “alive”.

I sat in awe. Coaxing and coercing had done nothing; feeding her ideas to write about had done nothing; asking her what she was interested in had done nothing … and then someone listened and her world changed.

The rest of the class I looked around at all the young troubled souls who were clambering for attention by disrupting the class, who made it very clear that they did not want to be there, and I wondered, “what if someone just listened…”

Thank you Listening Woman for that experience and that Wisdom.

~ Debbie, The Gathering Place

The Fire of Truth

Imagine sitting around a fire, with a number of people sitting around its edge.

To get a complete and true description of the fire we must put everyone’s perspective together. We must see it from above as well as below.

Our own perspective is just one viewpoint of the fire, one piece of the puzzle. Our perspective is so incomplete.

As is our perspective of the truth.

~Debbie, The Gathering Place
(the fire story is a Native traditional story)

Which Comes First: The Vision or The Message?

Recently, I have had a few conversations with people about Vision Boards. Coincidence? Rarely is. And so I contemplate the tool.

The Vision Board is a place to document your dreams, aspirations, and goals. There is a lot more to it, of course, but that is the general gist of it. You turn your visions for your future into something concrete using pictures and words etc. And then the Universe guides you along the path to achievement.

I wonder if the Universe is smiling at the process. I wonder if perhaps it is the Universe who gives us the ideas in the first place — planting the seeds, in our mind, of things to come in our lives. We then think “Gee, I really want to do this, to get this, to be this, in the future” and we create our Vision Board and it unfolds as planned — by the Universe.

Perhaps, thinking of the goals is really “listening” to the messages from the Universe. We have been given “free will” — the free will to listen if we choose, to dream if we choose, to accept and aspire to fulfill a goal or to ignore it all and just meander through life, going wherever it leads us without thinking about it or to do the opposite, for whatever reason.

This month, the Clan Mother is “Looks Far Woman” who teaches us how to perceive and receive the messages from outside ourselves as well as that inner voice of Truth. Perhaps She is smiling right now and saying “Ah ha!! Ding, ding, ding!! We have a winner.”

Perhaps the Vision Board is the tool of a Spiritual Seer. Perhaps…
Have you created a Vision Board recently?

~ Debbie, The Gathering Place

Cloud Watching

The Cloud people had a message for me yesterday. As I was laying in the hammock soaking up some of our early summer-like weather I noticed that the big soft wisps of clouds looked like an eagle soaring across the sky.

As I watched, the slowly changing formation transformed to what appeared to be a bird laying on its back looking upwards. As I watched, contemplating the message from above, the cloud again transformed and the eagle was now soaring towards me with its head down, staring at the earth.

The Eagle, to me, represents seeing the whole picture. The message given to me reminded me to look upwards to the Spirit world, forward to the future, and to Mother Earth, the physical world.

Now, I just have to apply the message to my daily living.
~ Debbie, The Gathering Place

The Balanced Path

Actions (our masculine energy at work) without the guidance of our feminine energy (the inner knowing) will head us down a rocky road, creating chaos of one sort or another.

Listen to your inner Self and keep at least one foot on your true path.

~ Debbie, The Gathering Place


This week, during a Gathering, the conversation turned to the meaning of “sacred”.

Last fall I had an “aha moment” where I realized that as a spirit of The Great Mystery I am thus “Sacred”. But what exactly is “sacred”? The following is a quote from White Bison: “When something is sacred it means it’s so holy you can’t attach a value to it. ” (and the rest of the statement added that the item thus cannot be bought/sold.)

When we treat all things as Sacred it changes our perspective of life as a whole and how we walk our path. It is yet another fascinating component of the journey of a spiritual seeker.

Try it — look to your left; whatever your eyes stop at, find the sacredness in it. Where do your thoughts go from here? How will you interact with that object in the future?

~ Debbie, The Gathering Place

Clan Mother: Weighs The Truth

As we walk our paths, we each formulate our own version of what is true for us. This belief system is shaped by our experiences and our interpretation of these events.

Our openness to looking within, to confront our fears, to release our burdens, and to think with our hearts and not the egoic mind peels back the layers of grey to discover the beauty of the pure Truth.

Today we begin the cycle of the March moon and at our Clan Mother Gatherings this month we will discuss weighing and accepting the Truth, to move us beyond the grey.

I invite you to join one of our Gatherings to share your wisdom about this topic, strengthening the healing energy around the world.

Upcoming Gatherings:
Tonight, at The Gathering Place, 7:00 PM
Friday, March 19th at 1:30 PM, at the Welkin Wellness Centre, Brantford
Saturday, April 3, at 7:30 AM, at The Gathering Place.

~ Debbie, The Gathering Place

Becoming a Full-grown Woman

According to Native beliefs, as described in the books by Jamie Sams, a woman reaches full womanhood when she is 52.

For me, this takes place in two days and I have been very excited about this milestone ever since I read about it. Over the past year I have had many amazing experiences and have grown, Spiritually and as a person, in leaps and bounds.

I thought that, because this past year was my 52nd year, that all that took place was my big “wow” for the milestone time in my life. However, I met a lady a couple of weeks ago who said that something big was going to happen. I said that it already had and she looked at me quizzically and said that that was just the beginning. It’s going to get bigger. Well isn’t that exciting!

So this morning, with the hint of spring in the air, I took out my Sacred Path Cards, by Jamie Sams, to refocus on my Spiritual Journey, after a quiet time during the winter months.

The East Card (Opportunity Knocking), “Medicine Wheel”, indicates that doors are opening for me right now and I am heading in a new direction.
The South Card (Faith) “War Bonnet” reminds me to “exhibit confident willingness to be a pathfinder” and to trust my path that is unfolding.
The West Card (the path) “Field of Plenty” reminds me to give thanks for the resources that are to come my way and to manifest the visualizations through action. (To change a dream into a goal you have to take action — not just sit thinking about it.)
The North Card (wisdom) “Smoke Signals” tells me that the outcome of this part of my journey will be a clear purpose and conviction.

As a “dabbler”, I have my hands and mind in many different outlets, and the ideas of possibilities are many. I often am blocked by simply not knowing which direction I should take, or focus on.
The cards remind me to stay focused on “something” and become a master at it. (A message I was bombarded with last fall.) The cards also remind me to take action, to follow through with the ideas. I have done a lot of work on acting on ideas — I have written several books, hosted Gatherings, and, oh, so much more.
But obviously there is more to my path.
A clearer path is about to be uncovered for me. I must listen to my inner voice, spend some time in meditation, paying attention to the visualizations of my now and my future and of my purpose. I “need” to be open to the messages that will guide me through this doorway of opportunity and into my next stage of “I Am”.

I am very excited about the journey and about the possibilities.
I AM and now I have to do the ” I am” steps.

~ Debbie, The Gathering Place

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