Rewriting Metaphors

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So today while walking Loui and not thinking about anything in particular, other than finding Dandelion leaves for my rabbit.  I got the words…’Riding the Waves’ and I thought to myself, ‘Think I wrote a blog with that title quite recently?’

This is what I wrote:When the still calm waters begin to stir, grab your wet suit and prepare to ride the wave as it carries you to the golden shore’.

So as I’m walking along having an inner dialogue with myself, the scene of huge waves crashing onto a beach was constantly playing in my vision…this is how it kinda went…

I asked,  Q. ‘if the blog post had come to mind as I needed to reread it for some reason?’

A. ‘No, but it will not hurt to read it again’

Q. Ok, then back to Riding the wave?

A. Watch the wave, what is your first thought?

A/Q .  It is a metaphor for the turbulent peaks and troughs that life hurls at us.?

A. Exactly!

Q.   Hmmm, that does not ‘feel’ right?

A. Watch the wave again from a different angle.

Going back into the scene fully, I viewed the sea/beach from above and this time I could see a surfer appear from under the huge wave.  I watched as he weaved his way to the top and rode it all the way to the shore.

Q. I asked how come I did not see the surfer before?

A. If we look through the same lens eventually we are blinded to all other views.

Q. Yes, I get that, so what am I missing here?

A. Look again, rewrite the metaphor.

So again, I went back into the scene, looking at it from above.  This time I saw that riding the wave did not necessarily mean ‘grin and bare it’, or, that being on top of the wave means a ‘good’ period in time/life, compared to the downward spiral.

This time I was on the surf board, surfing the waves from far out into the sea, and I saw it as a blessing.  Those thunderous waves that rise up from the belly of the ocean have the power to drag us under yes, BUT, they also carry us to shore.

Our emotions (sea) are the catalyst to change, life is turbulent, with each passing age we undergo physical, emotional and psychological changes, we are made up of 65% water, so it is in our physiology to undergo the power of the tides, our outer life may have some bearing on this but even those who seem to ‘have it all’ still suffer the same inner emotional turmoil’s.

The wave is not the enemy to be conquered, but, if we allow it, it carries us forward.                With each swell moving us away from the past and closer to the serene and stable shore. 

When our toes finally feel the sand beneath them, the ride there suddenly becomes lost as we engage in the new senses and emotions new adventures that being on solid ground brings.

Give thanks for the ride, each dip, each ripple, each magical moment, that brought you back home, to yourself.

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Mitakuye Oyasin

MWT ❤

 

 

 

 

Thunder Moon Pilgrimage.

Apologies for the long post and the delay in getting it up, life takes over at times.

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On Monday the 18th July, the weather reports were predicting that on Tuesday the day of the Full Moon, that temperatures would soar in to the 30’s, just for one day. The following day thunderstorms were predicted.

So I packed up the car and Tuesday morning, we headed to my favourite camping spot in Derbyshire, only 20mins away from my sacred place, Lawrencefield. 🙂

As with every visit to Lawrencefield, it was a journey of self awareness, healing and love.

My plan was to get up at Dawn so that I could enjoy a full un-rushed day, in the very welcome sunshine at my spiritual paradise.  However, I was late waking up after a restless night and we set off at 10.50am, as it is only a 90min drive, I was glad that I would still get most of the day there and with the lighter nights it made up for missing the morning. 🙂

About 30 mins away from Castelton, the road was blocked and a diversion set in place, I thought ‘great, here we go again’ lol…The road took us in the opposite direction of where we needed to be and eventually brought us out in some suburb of Sheffield, we were lost.

I found a grassed area with a newsagents and pulled over to let Loui out for a stretch and get us some water to cool down. Then set up the sat nav on my phone, we were only 40mins away, so we had not strayed too far off the path and had seen parts of Derbyshire we would have missed otherwise. 🙂

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No matter how many times I have driven through Winnats Pass, it still gives me butterflies in my tummy when I see it, its pretty impressive.

The entrance to the camp site at Rowter Farm.

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I always get a tingle when pulling into the drive up to the farm,  I have been going for so many years now it feels like a home from home and especially nice as the owner recognises me and always speaks.  I have also watched her kids grow up into beautiful young ladies too.

I was pleasantly surprised to find it relatively empty seen as we are in the school holiday season, so I had plenty of choice as to where to pitch up. 🙂

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After getting pitched and making a cuppa, I had an hour soaking up the sun while reading my book, the temperature was up in 30’s, bliss. 🙂

Rather than risk not getting to Lawrencefield the next day due to the fore casted thunder storm, I packed my rucksack and we headed to my sacred place to enjoy the rest of the day.

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Loui paying his respects to the tree 🙂

 

After paying our respects and setting intentions at the gateway (Tree) we headed onto the pond so Loui could get a drink.  On the way we came across a sheep with her lamb, who was very curious and came within millimetres of me being able to stroke her, I could feel her breath on my hands but loui posed too much of a threat even though I had him behind me on a very short lead.  She followed us for quite a while then mum called her back.

We got to the main rock face and was pleasantly surprised to see it quiet, with only a couple of people climbing.  Two elderly gentlemen who loved Loui and chatted for quite a while, while Loui was cooling down in the water.

Then we headed off through the silver birch to connect with nature and find a place to meditate.  We visited another of my portal places and after being disturbed by walkers, we headed off to find another spot. On the way I thought I saw a huge Hare, but on closer inspection it was a tree stump. lol

We walked right to the end of the pathway before it heads down deeper into the valley.

Then I came across a beautiful twin silver birch that called me to connect with it. The left side the tree had grown in two and looked like a twin flame, on the right side it had grown off on its own into a beautiful curved branch.  I embraced this like reconnecting with an old friend and spent 15 mins with my head on it and arms wrapped around it.

Amazing, I cant even put it into words but I could hear/feel it breathing, I was shown symbols, colours and went dizzy like I had taken a psychedelic. Then I was carried on a gust of wind along with the trees breath, to a place of no place, just colours and energy. The tree and I were breathing as one, magical.  It was beautiful, I felt so at peace and then all of a sudden I was back with the tree and Loui was patiently waiting for me to continue our adventure.

We headed back towards the pond, still in a semi trance state when we found a pretty spot that looked like a good place to sit and meditate in the sun.

We sat here a while just absorbing the serenity and listening to the whispers on the wind. It was so peaceful I took a little video to share it with you: Thunder Moon Pilgrimage.

It was getting quite late so we headed back to the car, via the pond for Loui to cool off again.  Then as we headed to the pathway out, the Lamb appeared again and seemed quite distressed.  She had lost her mum and was bleating for her, so I told her we would help find mum and she followed us along the path. Then her mum called back, she was foraging deep in the ferns.  Mum and Baby reunited, we headed to the Gateway (tree) to give thanks for the days gifts. 

 It was around 6.30 when we got back to camp, so I got straight on with making tea.  While that was cooking I packed up my sage, notebook, pen and rattles ready to do ceremony under the moon later.

The Sun was making its decent and soon the moon arose above the farmhouse. 

 

It was around 9.30pm when we set off along the public footpath behind the farm, that leads deep into the wilderness of Derbyshire.

As I was walking I was in awe of the moon, worried about it getting so dark so quickly and the walk back in the pitch black and also wondering where the best place to go would be. (monkey mind) Then I saw this. A reminder to stay centred. wp-1470759546979.jpg

Shortly after I heard, ‘go to the crossroads’.  Which was a relief as it was not too far away from the camp site, maybe a mile.  It was fairly cloudy so I didn’t manage to get a good shot of the moon other than it when it rose over the farmhouse earlier. None worth sharing anyhow. I got to the end of the lane, the crossroads, I lit a candle and sage honouring the directions and began to write out my affirmation whilst singing and whistling my creation song.  I burnt the piece of paper asking for my prayers to be carried to creator on the smoke, then closed ceremony and gathered my things.

When I looked up, all the cows in the field had come close up to the wall to see what this crazy lady was doing out here at dusk.  So I waved some sage over in their direction to bless them too and gave thanks for their presence in our ceremony. 

We made our way back walking into the setting sun, it was a beautiful way to end the day.

I didn’t sleep well, the ground was uncomfortable (I forgot my blow up bed) and it was quite cold in the night. I took this picture of the moon as it was shining through my tent at 3am. wp-1470759973886.jpg

By 4.45am I figured I was not going to sleep, so I got up just in time to snap the sunrise before my phone died.  wp-1470762142062.jpg

After grabbing a quick cup of tea we headed off for a walk. Something made me go Right out of the camp grounds, which leads onto the road.  Normally I go left, down where I went the night before. But this time, I felt I should explore new ground.  Unfortunately, I had no camera, so will have to go back and do it again to capture how amazingly beautiful it was.

When we got to the road I could see off in the distance a copse of woods, so we headed towards that after saying hello to the cows and calf’s there.

When we got to the woods it was fenced off and there was a sign for Mam Tor.  Well, id never heard of it so off we ventured to climb a mountain.  It was hard going especially with my back and Loui pulling my arm out trying to get the sheep!  I nearly gave up a couple of times but from somewhere I decided I was going to make it, bad back or not!

The view from the top was breath taking!! I so wish I had a camera with me.  We sat on the edge watching the sunlight illuminate all the colours on the hillside as it emerged from behind the clouds, the different shades of greens, like waves on the ocean.

As I sat there, I pondered on the weekend and realised that though it felt like I was in the moment and enjoying what this place had to offer, I really was not fully in the moment or appreciative for what I had experienced.

At Lawrencefield, I had that amazing experience with the tree, yet I was still looking for somewhere to meditate, but it didn’t happen, I couldn’t settle. Then, when I saw the copse of trees today my first thought was to see if I could finally meditate, but that didn’t happen either as the trees were blocked off!

So as I sat there on the top of Mam Tor, I  began to see a pattern in my life, of how sometimes things never seem/feel enough or good enough, of my perfectionism and general dissatisfaction with what I am presented with if it does not match my expectations.

Wow, I felt like I had taken 100 step backwards on my spiritual path. Here is something I wrote about expectations, years ago: https://mariawindtalker.wordpress.com/2013/03/27/expectations-2/

I gave thanks for this realisation that I had somehow slipped back into this place of no place where nothing can move beyond until the block has been recognised and released.  Then reconnected to the tree at Lawrencefield to fully appreciate the the vision/experience I had there and to give thanks from a soul level not just a mind one!

When we got back to the camp site I headed to the wash rooms to clean up and there was a lady in there doing the same. Seeing my rucksack, she asked if I was heading out for the day, I told her that we had just got back from Mam Tor and she replied,

‘We did that on our first day and I am still recovering four days later’. 

This made me smile inside, like I had really accomplished something by getting up there, and I did, in more ways than one. 🙂


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Mitakuye Oyasin

MWT ❤

 

Cave of the Ancestors

Hi everyone, still trying to perfect the sound quality of videos here but this is a bit better.  I did it on my laptops web cam.  Its all good, on this one I learnt that I need to speak up if I am going to lead a meditation before the journey 🙂

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Thank you.

Mitakuye Oyasin

MWT ❤

 

Strawberry Moon & Solstice Blessings.

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The two phenomenon—summer solstice and the full moon—have not occurred on the same day since 1967, according to Earthsky.org. Moreover, it will be a so-called strawberry moon, which last coincided with the summer solstice in 1948. It appears as if the full moon and June solstice won’t fall on the same calendar date again until June 21, 2062.


What a blessing, a gift to be alive in these times.  Over the past few years we have had the privilege of bearing witness to phenomena that only arise in hundreds of years.  We have seen multiple eclipses in one year, planetary alignments, Visible planets, Asteroid showers and en mass spiritual awakenings, which to me are all correlated.

Today we are in the energy flow of a full moon and solstice energies.  The sun and moon joining together in the sky like a ritualistic mating dance.

Can you feel the energy? I feel a tightness, like the energy pathway between heaven and earth has been pulled taught allowing for a free flow of energy between the Sun/Moon/Earth.  Its not unpleasant, its very light, free, with a sense of excited anticipation.

I feel the love and appreciation that keeps them in balance, neither trying to outshine the other as they hold true to their mission to planet earth.

That love is available for all of us, feel into it, absorb it for yourself and share it out to others.

A new Era is born as we enter the summer time, a time of plenty.  A new Era for humanity, as we awaken our own hearts and that of the whole.


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So as I write out my request to the Moon, The Universe, to Great Spirit.  I am mindful of all that I am grateful for too.

May you be blessed by the powerful energies available to us right now, and may you always walk in beauty.

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Mitakuye Oyasin

MWT ❤

Solutions to shift extremes conditions – Gregg Braden

Great Interview with Greg Braden.

 

Laughter and the Web

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“It is good to laugh,” Chea said.

“The heart needs laughter. Laughter on the web is like wind on the trees. It strengthens and cleans them.  There is s resonance that happens even into other worlds. The fibres brighten.

We have an affect, each one of us. So in everything we do we must at least have laughter. In living it helps you to keep persistent but never obsessive”

From the Book – The Reluctant Shaman

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Reluctant-Shaman-Womans-Encounters-Spirits/dp/0062509438?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0

New Moon Blessings

Take time this New Moon to give thanks to the clearing away of heavy energies that the full moon brought, and to bring your focus on the New Moon energies.

Tune in to the vibration of rebirth, manifestation and abundance.  Write out a request of all your aspirations to the moon and the universal powers that be. Then burn it under the light of the moon, in gratitude for your prayers already being made manifest. 

As the smoke carries your message on the breeze, feel all attachment to the outcome drift away too.

Blow the remaining ash into the wind and know that it is already done.

Mitakuye Oyasin ❤