. . . Bring May Flowers" is a common phrase most people are familiar with. Did you know it originated in the United Kingdom or Ireland? And that it serves as a reminder that even the most unpleasant things can bring about very enjoyable experiences? It is also a lesson in patience and holding an optimistic attitude while moving through unpleasant events in life. Such simple and familiar phrases are often spoken without considering where and why it was first coined.
The sound of a morning shower brought an early wake-up call that kicked my heart in gear. There is something very serene and gentle about a rain shower that seems to soothe my soul. Thunderstorms are another story and yet they, too, offer us the opportunity to ponder such acts of nature and consider how our heart feels during such events. For me, thunderstorms jolt loose stuck emotions that are ready to be addressed and moved through. In either cases, nature is offering us the opportunity to feel on a very deep level.
This morning the sounds of nature brought my attention to the emotions of certain situations that I had put on the "back burner." I'm grateful to be examining these feelings with the gentleness of the morning shower, rather than the fury of a thunderstorm.
And with these rains, everything is coming alive! That stirs my heart and spurs me on to focus on what is springing forth after the long winter months of silence. I'm ready for movement, play, gathering with those I love and accepting that it may look different than it was before Covid. And that's ok too! I am one of the fortunate ones that did not lose a loved one to this pandemic, how can I complain about having to modify activities, wear a mask or take a vaccine when multitudes have an empty space in their hearts from their losses.
As the rain falls in your neighborhood, consider counting your blessings, it just might bring more love and joy along with the flowers in May and color your world with beauty!
Warmth, opportunities, greening of the landscape and the emergence of rich colors are but a few of the gifts of spring. Astrologically, the New Year begins with the Spring Equinox on March 20, thusly we have yet another opportunity to set intentions for 2021. This is a time the sun moves North across the celestial equator, and night and day are of equal length. After the darkness of winter diminishes and light increases we may feel a building of imaginative and creative energy. We live in a dense, physical world where shadows exist, while carrying the radiant light of the sun in our souls. It is that balance point that helps us walk the path we chose with clear intention and purpose. Spring is a time to celebrate the freshness of life and allow the energy of birth and newness to assist us with bringing forth the dreams our heart birthed during the stillness of winter.
What awareness did you heart bring to your attention? Call to nature to help you know how to bring those dreams forth. Step outside and observe how the plants emerge from Earth Mother and consider designating a specific day each week to check its growth. Now might be a time to set a regular walking routine to help broaden your scope of observation. Consider it a walking meditation in order to make this a time of noticing, not thinking!
Connecting with our senses and consciously choosing to notice our surroundings helps shift our focus to one of curiosity and wonder. It offers us a distraction that is actually healthy and helps us grow in all areas of our life. Keep in mind, those little sprouts that emerge from the Earth also benefit from our attention. Who does not grow stronger when they are given attention and feel seen? The natural world is an extension of us as we are an extension of it. We’re all interconnected . . . humans and nonhumans. This is where the Lakota phrase, “Aho, Mitayuke Oyasin “fits”, it means, “I acknowledge, All My Relations!
“When you see a new trail, or a footprint you do not know,
follow it to the point of knowing, - Uncheehah, The Grandmother of Ohiyea
The 13 Clan Mothers:
The Full Moon on March 28 brings in the energy of, Looks Far Woman. She heralds in a time to “See the Truth” in all colors. How timely is that? Bear with me as I recall the first song I learned as a child, Feel free to let your heart sing-a-long:
“Jesus Loves the Little Children, all the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight, Jesus loves the Little children of the world!”
This Clan Mother offers us a time to travel beyond this physical dimension and take a look at the “Crack between the universe,” We can only do that when our heart is open and willing to see things beyond our limited physical existence. She teaches us how pain is a teacher that offers many blessings and gifts.
Click on the tab, 13 Original Clan Mothers on our webpage and read about this beautiful teacher. Rather than rely on what others say is Truth, buy the book and each Full Moon read the corresponding Clan Mother. I promise you will glean an understanding of your personal Truth. Your heart and everything around you will change!
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“The natural order of life springs forth before the divine whispers of love are even heard.”
The old woman, Head to Heart Talks: Rediscovering Your Authentic Self.
“When the power of Love overcomes the Love of power, the world will know peace,” Jimmy Hendrix
Our Deepening into Wisdom circle is cancelled for Thursday, February 18 due to the weather. We will resume next month, Thursday, March 18.
If you are interested in learning more about the story of your ancestors, a different culture, or the origin of a topic you may have always been curious about join us next month. As was mentioned in our blog, "The Light," if we are to understand some of the perplexities our country currently faces we must understand the underlying theme or history of the topic or situation. That is, what happened that created the attitude, judgment or belief that has brought us to our current situation?
Participants are the key to this circle. The topics or points of interest to explore will be chosen by those in attendance. We hope you will join us and grow in wisdom along with other like minded people, Thursday, March 18, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Until then, stay warm, stay safe and enjoy the last month of winter!
As the snow continues to fall and white blankets the land around my home, my heart rejoices! Yep, my prayers have been answered! It has been many years since we have had a really good snow fall in central Indiana and this Hoosier welcomes the sight. Gratefully, the Indiana Department of Public Transportation is top notch and well managed so that roads will be passable and safe for those that have to travel.
From the massive amount of closings, it is apparent the welfare of our residents is paramount over profits and productions. I mention this because it feels important to shed light on the goodness of people . . . and there are so many good ones! With so much focus on the darkness this past year, how about we consider this snow as a white blanket of purity here to replenish the Earth with abundant hope, kindness, and truthfulness. They say whatever you are looking for, you will find. I’m looking for decency, integrity and honesty to be the focus of our world. How about you? Where’s your focus? What are you looking for?
The Clan Mother for this month, Wisdom Keeper, offers this description, “Snowflakes are the messengers that carry each person’s dreams and feelings back to Earth.” Just as there are no two snowflakes alike, so each of us carry our own unique dreams and feelings. Those qualities we wish to see more of in the world.
How about we hold onto those words and consider what 2021 will offer once warmth thaws the Earth and allows those dreams to burst forth with spring.
What dreams and feelings of yours are carried within the snowflakes that blanket your yard? What do you hope to see spring forth when warmth returns to Earth?
In the meantime, really look at the beauty and sparkle of the snow that blankets the Earth and remember the infamous words of Jimmy Hendrix, “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace!
The statement above is the fifth habit in Stephen Covey’s book, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” I read this book back in the 80’s and the wisdom of those words became forever embedded into my heart. These powerful seven words, if implemented into your life can change the course of events in the lives around you as well as yours.
I am convinced if we listen more and talk less we will become more effective in every area of our life. Today everyone has an opinion and few actually listen. They may be silent while you speak, however, chances are what they are doing is creating their response to what you are saying. Actually listening indicates you are truly “seeking to understand.”
I heard a young man speak yesterday about how the widening gap between cultures could be greatly narrowed if we simply took the time to “know the history of a different culture than our own.” What a profound idea!
Consider both of these statements. Whether the differences pertain to gender, ethnicity, socio-economic levels, age, education, spiritual beliefs, or a host of other differences, these two simple yet powerful statements could open the door to understanding and healing.
It all begins within! How much do you know about your family history? And, how far back can you trace your lineage? When was the last time you spoke to your parents or grandparents about what life was like for them when they grew up?
There are tons of wonderfully powerful and informative books on every topic imaginable, perhaps a book has been “calling to you” that could shed light on your family lineage, another culture’s history, or some topics you would like to know more about. Maybe there’s a novel you picked up because you liked the title and it’s still sitting on your shelf, patiently waiting. My shelf currently has several such books!
With that in mind, the idea was birthed to create a book discussion group to satisfy two needs: First, have a reason to pull one of the books off my shelf, and secondly, to connect with other people with similar passions for learning, understanding and/or simply being entertained. We are offering a monthly Book Review via Zoom the second Tuesday of each month. Our first session is Tuesday, February 9 from 6:30-7:30p.m. If you would like to participate, email me: email@example.com by Monday, February 8. A zoom meeting will be scheduled and the link will be sent to whoever shows an interest.
Since this is short notice, if you are unable to attend this month, be assured you are welcome to other monthly Book Reviews. Those dates are listed on the Events link on our website: www.headtothearttalks.com Let’s get reading!
Thursday, Jan 28 is the first Full Moon in 2021. It is referred to as the Wolf Moon and will offer a time to take center stage of your life. According to astrologist, this moon is in Leo and if you know much about Leo's they enjoy the position; in fact, they do their best when everyone notices their gifts! Whatever you are creating or re-inventing within yourself, this Full Moon will offer you the opportunity to release, reclaim and reinvent an aspect of yourself that beckons to be noticed. Perhaps it is time to get in touch with someone you have considered joining a relationship with, be it personal or professional.
Let your heart be your advisor and use the powerful energy of the Wolf Moon to "howl" in and proclaim something that is ready to be brought to the light of Grandmother Moon's glorious face. Then watch the universe bring to you, precisely what you want and need to be successful with your new endeavor! Then be prepared to receive the gifts brought with the New Moon February 11. It is true, the whole universe waits to be of assistance to all the inhabitants on Earth Mother. Claim yours by being willing to give your best to any endeavor you choose to bring forth. Leave a note or email me if you'd like participants of this Lodge to support you through silent prayer or a full blown celebration. Despite the distance or the pandemic, such celebrations can be shared within the sacred spaces of our homes.
From my heart to yours, Vicky
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
Today we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. a true symbol of Truth and courage. While his magnificent words are many, the quote above is important for us to remember as we move through the current situations in front of us as a country.
In the history of the World, there have been many such Bringers of Light and Truth. It does not matter what part of the world they came from, such teachers have ascended on this planet, along with the rest of us, and made a difference. They came here as newborn babies, just as you and I did and moved from that place of purity and innocence of spirit. They, too, had to learn how to exist on the density of Earth and learn the ways to live within the community in which they were born. These ways were taught through the traditions, customs, stories and actions of those within the community. It is from there each of us develop our beliefs.
Of course, everyone is aware of these truths, and yet, in light of our current situation in this country it appears we also learned our ways were the only true ways by which everyone must live. To live differently makes one right and another wrong. Now might be a grand time to pause and examine the ways in which we live in order to realize the impact our words, thoughts and actions are influence have on the young ones with whom we encounter, along with the next seven generation after us.
Friday, January 30, Grandmother Moon will show her face fully to anyone willing to look up. The brightness of her Light heralds in a time of high, exciting energy, and with that we are offered a time to reflect and release that which no longer serves us, or the World! She offers us a time to prepare to receive what our deepest hopes and dreams are for our life, and our world. Along with her presence, the energy of the Clan Mother, Wisdom Keeper offers to teach us how to "Honor the Truth." Truth, a very valuable understanding to really know within your Life. It might a good time to reflect on what your interpretation of Truth is. (More information is available on the Clan Mother)
Interestingly, a new monthly circle for 2021 begins this Thursday, January 21, the Wisdom Circle. It is designed to assist seekers yearning for deeper understandings to explore, share and learn more about the diverse world in which we live. If you are seeker desiring a deeper connection within your heart and within a community of other seekers, check out the Wisdom circle link.
This Lodge continues to share the Light of Love within each of our hearts, to honor those that walked before us, and those that walk among us that also believe what Dr. King demonstrated in his life. We choose to use Light and Love to bring more peace and harmony to this very chaotic time in the country and around the World. We invite you to be a part of the Light we offer, whether attending some of our offerings, or simply sharing your community teachings and offerings with us, we wish to be as Grandmother Spider and create a web of Light and Love that will blanket our country and world.
The full moon, today, 12/29 heralds in the 13th Clan Mother, Becomes her Vision. It is important to mention her since the presence of 13 full moons only occurs every two and a half years. While it "pales" to the Grand Conjunction we witnessed a few weeks ago that had not occurred in nearly 800 years, it still adds yet another celestial event that has filled the skies in 2020. Becomes Her Visions is the compilation of all the Clan Mothers, that are Teachers of Truth throughout the year.
Interestingly, Gives Praise proceeds her, and she teaches us how to WALK the Truth. This Clan Mother suggest we "step back and consider what we have learned this year, especially from the difficult times." She teaches us how a change in perception, attitude and consciousness creates the magic and miracles to carry us with light toward our goals.
Hence, Becomes Her Vision teaches us how to BE the Truth. She is the Mother of Change that teaches us how to bring forth our spiritual gifts to become a living vessel of Love. This we do by taking the time to look at our personal myths/beliefs and carefully discern what of those old beliefs need to be changed or discarded because they have become outdated and no longer serve us or those around us. All too often these old beliefs become an albatross around our neck that keep us from moving forward and becoming our authentic self.
As we move into this New Year, 2021, now might be the perfect time to first write out your gratitudes. Then, without "thinking about it" write out a list of all the beliefs that immediately pop into your head. Once this list is complete, go through each one and put a check mark beside those that may be old and outdated. After all, life changes as we move through the cycles of life, and often those old beliefs or myths we were taught no longer fit into our current stage of life.
Finally, go back to those you check marked and consider if they simply need to be changed to fit your current place in life. It is at that time you take your gratitude list, beliefs list and create the goals you want to accomplish in 2021. Always, make certain you do this with gentleness and kindness to yourself. For when you drop working with old beliefs, accept your goodness and simply BE that Truth, then your hearts feels light, hope abounds in your being and you're ready to embark on the next great adventure in Life; you're ready to Become Your Vision!
What a year it has been! As we stand at the threshold of another New Year, now is a fabulous time to pause and reflect on what this year has meant to us. Every single person on the planet has been affected by this most unusual year. There's an old saying that states, "You can run but you can't hide," and that pretty much sums up what 2020 has shown all of us. While we often feel life keeps us too busy, it seems safe to say many of us had felt the emotions that surface when we aren't so busy.
It's a two edged sword that has brought out the creative solution skills that often lie dormant in the routine busyness of life. And, with that sword, we have had been given the opportunity to sever some of that busyness and discover what's really important.
As we enter into the Winter season, now might be a grand time to learn a bit about the bear, caves, hibernation and to discover the gifts gained when we slow down and sit still. Seriously, look into why the bear hibernates, and what purpose it serves for our furry friend. Funny, in a way, many of us have been doing that most of 2020.
Nature offers so much wisdom and gifts from which we may grow and enjoy this human life. In a very significant way, this pandemic has brought families back to the local parks to explore the wonder of the natural world. Back to the kitchen to cook, clean up the table to make room for the "games to begin!" Go to the closet, dust off the board games and puzzles and enjoy a friendly game of healthy family competition! Such simple acts that feed the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of human beings.
As this most unusual year completes it's circle, look low in the western sky Monday evening and watch Jupiter and Saturn display a Great Conjunction that hasn't happened since 1226! This event is also referred to as the "Christmas Star." The heavens offer us a promise of new and amazing things that are heralded in during this most amazing event. The tides of change are here, the question is, are you ready? Take that question in to the cave of Winter and when Spring appears March 20, bring those new dreams into the warmth of possibilities. It might be another 800 years before such a grand change in awareness and consciousness is heralded in. Be part of this amazing opportunity to grow and be what you wish to see more of in the world! Indeed, everything you think, say and do has an affect on your family, community, and yes, the world. Choose whether you'll be part of the problem, or part of the solution. The world awaits!
Saturday evening seven lovely ladies gathered around the Fire to celebrate. There was much to be grateful for and gathering around a Sacred Fire was the perfect place to share a few stories of our lives. Most of the ladies have shared the experience of sitting in circle together for many years even if that was held in other places. Because life often offers us many choices, all too often a great time lapse can happen leaving us to seemingly grow distant from those we respect and love.
With that said, time is truly irrelevant when it comes to our hearts. Those that we have a strong connection with are "ties that bind." Whether it has been a week, month, or year, when we finally connect, it is as though it was just a moment ago.
Saturday evening was one of those moments. Seven deeply connected people took the time to come together and have their hearts refueled and their relationships deepened with those in attendance. Interestingly, three of the ladies were new to the Lodge. Of those three, two of the ladies had a deep connection with one of the regular members, and the other one had a connection with me. Interestingly, by the time food was shared, songs were sung, drums were played and rattles filled the air with intoxicating vigor we all felt connected. To complete the evening, stories were told that opened the door to much laughter as new hearts now became deeply connected to everyone present. Interesting how that can happen; one simple evening and seven open hearted ladies connected on a level that often takes people years to develop.
It is the power of the Sacred Fire that burns away any differences and opens our hearts to trusting our innate instincts to venture into the realm of all that is true, real and honest. Yep, we had to be willing to be vulnerable, open, and willing to show up. And, it was because each of us had at least one person we trusted invite us to that special evening.
The wide open space of the night supported social distancing to be honored, and the Sacred Fire offered a place for remembering what is truly important. It was also the other human beings, just like us, doing the best they can to move through the changes in front of us that supported us doing that with grace and ease. The stars were brilliant, the sliver of the new moon moved through the sky with an orange glow that matched the flames of the abundantly rich Fire.
That Fire ring is available for anyone feeling the need to have an adventure for an evening. Go to the contact link and send a message to me and arrangements can be made to host such an evening for you and or any one you would like to invite. There is still another 4-6 weeks of Fall weather available to allow the gift of the Sacred Fire to feed your heart. Looking forward to hearing from you. From my heart to yours, Vicky
Vicky Kelm Williams
I find people absolutely fascinating!