Thursday, April 26, 2012, 3:16 PM
This past year has been an exciting time for me. I feel like so much is changing and I sometimes find myself scrambling to stay on my feet! I seem to have found my voice, in terms of online presence. Although I will still pop in here from time to time, I now have a blog at rocksntrees.wordpress.com, and I have a twitter feed, twitter.com/#!/RocksNTrees and just recently, I created a Facebook page, too! .
Sharing online is a way for me to walk both worlds, in terms of my personality. It combines my love of technology with my love of spirit. If this felt forced at all, I don't think it would be the right thing to do. However, it is truly a blessing in that the words and ideas flow, after just a few short centering moments. For now, I am convinced this is where I am meant to be. The time I spend writing online leaves me feeling energized, excited and joyful!
If any of you would like to explore my pages, I would love to "see" you! Comment, follow, like, whatever the appropriate verbage ... having a dialogue about the impending shift in our collective consciousness is a way to lessen any anxiety and become better prepared for what is to come. If you don't believe in any shift, I want to hear from you too! Getting comments only from those who agree with me is no way to foster growth!
Hope to see you on the web!
Thursday, November 4, 2010, 5:09 PM
I have a private online journal that I use quite frequently. I was re-reading my posts, and the following paragraph from last spring struck me as being deeply true. Not sure if you know what I mean … Something that isn't just a surface truth that changes with the events, but a statement that touches on bedrock and is core to who I am. It has been the focus of much of my inner contemplation today. I think this is part of the passion and the 'geekiness' that defines me:
"Knowing with relative certainty that something else waits
around the corner for me, I want to get there ... to be
there. I have always been that way, my whole life. I want
to go to that new place. I want to follow the wild goose
in the fall. I want to learn that new thing. I want to
gain that new skill. I want to deepen that talent, go to
that place inside where I have never been. I don't think I
am hopping from one high point to another, because I don't
mind the work, the learning, the training. I want to
deepen. I want to become. Sometimes, it feels like a geis
layed upon me. Like the dancer with the elvish boots, I
can't stop, even if my feet get bloody."
I wonder about others out there. Do any of you ever feel this way too?
Sunday, October 3, 2010, 10:31 AM
I love change more than most people I know. I am comfortable with new things, new adventures, contemplating new ways of looking at events, society, issues. Yet, each Sunday, I wake up, spend a few minutes outside with the dog (a wonderful shih tzu named Murphy), come back in and make myself a huge latte, sit down in front of the computer and contemplate my friends, my life, the events of the last week, etc. I spend at least an hour doing this. I may write in my journal instead of going online, but the process is the same either way. (By the way, for those who want a personal diary accessible online, you may want to check out www.my-diary.org - it's even free!)
I really don't like it when events mess up this little ritual of mine. I used to go to church every Sunday, and I still miss the feeling of having a "home church." I guess this is my personal church service. I may read a holy book: I love the NIV version of the Bible, or maybe The Seven Hills and the Seven Valleys of the Baha'i, the Bhagavad Gita, A Course in Miracles, or one of dozens of others that help me focus on spirit. This morning, I decided to journal here, instead ...
Lately, I have really resonated to the teachings of Eckhart Tolle. I like his approach, and so I paraphrase here: You can go to seminars, read books, listen to lectures, but these are all just pointers. They will lead you to the edge, but at some point you have to leap into the new-to-you world that every great spiritual teacher has pointed at throughout human history ... you have to let go of the ego's version of who you are, and allow yourself to be authentic. That doesn't cost anything. It doesn't take a set amount of time to do. You "just" have to stop analyzing every minute, every event, and allow life to be as it is - for this moment. Work to change it or your life's circumstances if you want to, but that doesn't alter the fact that each moment is as it is. To change things, you have to accept that, whether you perceive it as a positive or a negative, this is where you are. Accept the now. Say 'yes' to life as it presents itself. From that point you can move with authenticity and in alignment with the power of the universe. It is amazing what happens when you act from that place within yourself.
When I focus on that approach, my stress levels go down. The world seems brighter, clearer, more energized. When I let go of the obsessive over-analysis and the constant stream of thoughts in my brain, I realize that my worries and stresses are all about what I believe will or might happen in the future, or wishing I could change something that happened in the past. What a waste of my life's energy!
When I can hit the "zone" and simply be, not only does life seem less stressful, but I see options that eluded me before. I believe this helps me tap into "the still small voice" or the Universal Unconscious ... whatever you want to call that ubiquitous energy that is the lifeblood of spirit. It is a very positive and uplifting feeling. Joy.
Saturday, October 2, 2010, 8:32 PM
I was thinking about what I wanted to write about tonight, and I started thinking about my family and how my mom used to tell me that you should never talk money, politics or religion in public. I have been known to do all three, so I guess I didn't learn my lesson very well!
I am blessed with people in my 3D world with whom I can discuss these topics to my heart's content. We don't always agree (as a matter of fact, there are at least two friends with whom I almost never agree, at least about politics!), but that's the point. If I only spoke about these things with those people who share my opinions, I won't grow. So, if I spout off on topics where you have a different opinion, please share how you see it. No anger, "yelling" or abusiveness, but lets talk about it ... we might have to agree to disagree OR we just might both grow.
Thanks to Guessses, I have learned that there is life out here. It is mostly residing in Hot Topics. So, I am off to explore!
Friday, October 1, 2010, 11:44 AM
Day 2 of my exploration of BeliefNet. I will say that this is not the most intuitive nor user-friendly site on the web. Even an effort to offer suggestions for improvement was blocked because the web page would not recognize that I had put any text in the comment field (I had multiple paragraphs).
I like the idea of this place. I also truly want to get to know people out here. I do recognize that there may be a learning curve as I figure out how to do the things I want done. Even so, I mess around with technology for a living, and am quite comfortable trying to figure things out myself, or using a site's internal search, even resorting to google to ask how to do something on beliefnet. I have to wonder if this lack of user-friendliness plays into the fact that many of the groups I have checked out are actually zombies: They look like they are there. They look like they have members. It takes a moment to realize that the last posts were actually in 2008. No one ever cleaned them up, took them offline or to an archive segment of the site. They are just left out there to tempt people into frustration when the seeker eventually realizes that their will be no response to any tentative attempts at connection.
So, I am not giving up by any means, but I definitely wish it was easier to use!
Thursday, September 30, 2010, 5:26 PM
In computer programming, getting a system to display "Hello World!" is usually one of the first lessons any budding coder needs to learn. So, this is my way of both saying "Hello" to any of you who may stumble upon this page, and a hint that I work in the computer world. :-)
My daughter jokingly calls me a "Pago-Christian" or her favorite, "Christ-o-Pagan." (Note: she pronounces this with the long 'i' sound.) I have a strong reverence for the Christ figure, but not so much for the religions that have spawned in his name. I resonate to the Ghandi quote “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
About 18 months ago, I stepped on a path exploring shamanic practice. This nature-based belief system found a deep echo in my soul, and I have never been so comfortable in my skin as since I started this path. I do not claim to be a shaman, and I think it takes a lot more than 18 months to gather any level of expertise anyway! What I *have* gained from this study is an integration of many layers of myself. I feel more whole than I can ever recall!
As part of this path, I read Jamie Sams book "Dancing the Dream," and had an aha! moment when I read of the two-spirited. That is how I have always felt. I even would tell people that my life is nothing if not a series of bridges between worlds. In so many ways, I walk with one foot on one bank of the river and the other foot on the opposite shore. I guess it is only fitting that I walk with one foot in paganism, while the other is christ-centered.
My personal goal in joining this community is to explore and expand upon this wholeness I feel with the friendships I hope to explore here on BeliefNet. So ... Thanks for stopping by! Thanks for reading this, and please leave me a note. I'd love to stop by your page and say "Hi!"