Today’s my last day in Hawaii. I’m already missing this place that has nurtured my soul for the past 4 months. I came here to help my daughter empty her storage unit, sell off some furniture, and remodel a photo studio, but in the long run, I’ve received much more than I could ever give.
Is it just another day in paradise? Or is it something more?
Each day, no matter where we are, we have the opportunity to connect…
to color an otherwise white world….
with aspects of our soul….
to bring more beauty into every day, ordinary experiences….
by letting ourselves play, discover, and imagine….
to find beauty in the simple, the ordinary, the priceless things that appear in our lives.
Away from the distractions we will find ourselves looking back at ourselves, asking for
It’s important that we listen to these promptings…
Honor our soul’s calling…
Feel into the love that is there for us, just on the other side of the veil (our ego) and keep our connection with Source (God) alive.
Cottage Mavens, I was astounded and amazed when I saw that people from 16 countries had read my blog yesterday. (46 countries year- to- date )
At that moment, I was glad that the “translator” was on.
Finally, hitting the 3 year mark, I don’t think I started writing on the blog right away.
And once I did, I started out gingerly, tip-toeing in to the blog world, not sure what I would be writing about.
Things started to shift and evolve within me.
Thinking that I would write about decorating and all things related, my spirituality started showing up in a big way.
There were messages coming through that I needed to share with the world.
When I started to share these things, my heart began to fill up.
Even though I have just over 200 followers, I continue to blog. I’m not only inspiring myself, but hopefully others. 😉
Even if you don’t know what the Lion’s Gate portal is on 8-8-17 (8), the full moon eclipse, the global shift, etc. etc. etc. , you can prepare for this worldwide event by preparing your altar.
The full moon in Aquarius, the friendly sign, will most likely be bringing people together, and with the sun in Leo, there may be large gatherings, parties, and get- togethers done on a larger scale – or you may choose to spend the time with those closest to your heart.
Whichever way it plays out for you, there are several things you can do to prepare.
Create an Altar ~ this can be temporary or permanent.
Here are some suggestions for you to try…
Your altar can be simple or extravagant, it is entirely up to you.
create a central focal point, like in any good design!
You can start with a table, place a cloth on the table if desired.
add pictures of the Christed ones such as Jesus, Paramahansa Yogananda, Babaji, Lord Buddha, Amachi, your own personal guru, your ancestors, or a symbol that denotes peace, love, and world unity.
You can also use a large rock or crystal
Add something from each of the elements, ie. fire, earth, wood, air, water, using natural living things found in your environment.
Fire ~ Candles, Incense, Sage wand
Earth ~ Crystals, rocks, lava, dirt
Water~ a bowl of water, a mirror,
Wood ~ Herbs, Flowers, leaves – here I’m using leaves, Rosemary for longevity, faithfulness, and spiritual strength. Sage for clarity and guidance.
Air ~ feathers, bird nests
Look for things close to your home, or take a walk and see what finds you!
The idea is not to go out and buy a bunch of stuff or spend a lot of money on your altar.
Find things from Nature, the elements, or your kitchen!
As I’m sitting here with this altar, sacred space, with all of it’s beauty, softness, and grace, I feel deep emotion, blessings, and so much love in my heart.
The energy of the herbs, flowers, crystals, send forth their love, fragrance, and gratitude, making our job easier.
Our job of sending this love and gratitude worldwide.
Why wait until the full moon?
Get the family involved in this vigil, this ceremony.
Spend time meditating near your altar infusing it with your peace.
Then, on the full moon, collect the energy of your altar, rolling your hands over it and collecting it up into a great ball of light.
Give your energy ball a blessing and send it out into the Universe.
Every Sunday, in August there will be worldwide global unity prayer circles.
Keep your altar refreshed.
Create a group of your own .
Keep the Ball rolling!
Feel the peace in your heart and become a “smile millionaire”* giving your smiles away to all you come into contact with. ( smile millionaire first coined by Paramahansa Yogananda)
Eat more super foods and Raw foods to increase your own Life Force energy. You can find my recipes here.
With much love, Lorna
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First of all, if you are feeling stuck emotions, depression, a sense of helplessness, it’s important to honor those feelings, spend time with them, feel them through and you may find yourself coming out of the tunnel on the other side with some new insights, refreshed energy levels, and some inspiration of what to do next.
Find out what’s blocking you. Dive deep into your feelings to see if you can “see” what’s holding you back. Do you need to let go of something, forgive yourself or someone else, speak your feeling to someone? Or are you just trying to control something that is not yours to control? Practice Self-Reflection. Step out of yourself, and take a serious look at yourself from an objective point-of-view. What do you see?
Sometimes the only thing that will help at the moment is to just take a nap.
Sleep as much as you need to.
Start a journal ~ If you can write every day before you even get out of bed or while you have your morning coffee, just dump all of your thoughts and feelings onto the pages.
I like to do a ‘stream of consciousness” writing where I write down every thing that I am hearing ( like the fan), feeling in my body, any thoughts that come up , random things that I think about. This can give you some insight into what it is that’s bothering you.
It’s also a way of getting in touch with your intuition.
After journaling each day, just say a simple prayer ” Heavenly Father, Divine Mother, Friend, Beloved God, Angels and guides, I surrender these feelings and thoughts to you. show me what I need most today on my journey to self-healing. guide me by your loving hand to make the right choices for my life. If I cannot handle my feelings today, send me an angel to lift me out of despair. Help me to recognize that I am not alone in this life. show me a way to rise above my sorrow and reach out to others. I put my trust in you. Wrap me in your loving arms as I go about my day. Help me to have a deeper understanding of myself and others so that I can feel your Divine presence in every thing. Om _ Peace _ Amen.
Whether it’s a corner of a room or ideally a whole room, decorate it, paint it your favorite color. add uplifting words and pictures, or things from Nature.
Bring in some soothing music or even music that you enjoyed at your happiest times.
Make this your go-to place of retreat where you can work through your feelings and pour your heart out to God or your chosen source of comfort.
Wear your favorite colors. What colors are you drawn to? think about this for a minute. There’s a reason you are drawn to certain colors. They can help heal you! Honor the impulse. buy some new underwear. Go shopping and try on some clothes that are totally out-of-the-box from you usual. Your fantasy self. You may discover that you like some aspects and incorporate them into your wardrobe.
Try wearing natural gemstone jewelry.
Visit a crystal shop and discover which ones you are drawn to. Keep your favorite crystal next to your bed. or on your mini-altar.
Citrine for Joy!
Amethyst for peace.
Rose Quartz for love and connecting to your heart center.
Walk through your home.
Is there any clutter?
Images that don’t uplift?
Old tired or broken furniture?
If so, they are depleting your energy every time you pass by them.
If you can’t muster up the energy to do it yourself, then call someone to come and help you.
a cheerful house cleaner could be just what you need.
Sit down and draw a picture of your home.
Or start with one room.
Put your drawing in a chair and sit across from it.
Have a conversation with this room or with your house drawing.
Ask it what it needs.
Write down what ever comes up.
You may be surprised.
Be sure to take action on whatever it tells you.
This is a fun exercise.
I hope you try it.
Try planting a garden.
Working with plants can be very uplifting.
Bring some fresh greenery indoors. Or a big fresh bouquet of flowers!
Plan an herb garden in your kitchen window.
Open the windows and let the fresh air come in. Bring more light in.
Is there enough lighting in each room? Add some lamps for ambient lighting.
Clean the windows so the natural light can fill your space. This will help you “see” what’s blocking you.
Have you smudged yourself lately?
Sage wand – dispels negative energy and clears the air of heavy dross. It also carries your prayers on the smoke!
Sweet Grass – Brings in the beautiful, positive energies.
Nag Champa insense is used in temples. I always burn this after cleaning a room. It brings a calming influence, and my family loves it!
Palo Santo is my new favorite insense! It brings in a soft intimate feel to the room, enhances intuition, and opens your mind to see more clearly.
This is where I feel most connected to Source. Spend some time hanging out with trees. They are known as the “tall ones standing, praying” in the Native American culture.
They will help you on your journey and lift some of your burdens.
Do you have a pet?
Animals are very prescient of what’s going on with us.
They have been some of my greatest healers.
I used to cry to my cat, Monkey. He would stay with me , purring, comforting me.
I also had the opportunity to care for a boston terrier named Lucy. She would come into my room every morning and get me out for a walk. We would hang out at the park and commune with the trees. I received so much healing during that time.
Hobbies – Do you have a hobby? Now’s the time to dive right in to that hobby. It will help you shift your mind to something creative. Try something new. And remember all art is perfect! and so are you, just the way you are!
Try this prayer, or wish wall hanging made from old magazines, a tree branch, wooden clothespins, some bakers twine, and your positive intentions or affirmations!
I only promised to stay for April so that I could return if a job offer came up.
By the time May rolled around, I had committed to stay in Hawaii through August, and let the company know that I would come in to see them in August.
Here we are in July, and I get a message inquiring about my availability.
So, now I need to know if there is an offer on the table.
One week later, I get the offer.
I am so thrilled !!! and filled with Gratitude for this day.
Just as the hidden roots of a plant are grounded and fed by Mother Earth long before the flower buds and opens into bloom, so too is your Divine creation in the process of becoming a reality. ~ Sonia Choquette, The Answer is simple #21 Be Patient.
Why the Birdsnest? I found this one on the ground with one cracked egg in it.
The birds who built this nest worked long and hard.
I suppose they had set their intention and started to work on it long before the eggs came along.
It’s a work of art in itself and teaches us a valuable lesson ~ Life is continually changing and evolving ~ Why not start building what you want right now?
When Auntie Deelee comes to town ~ it’s never a dull moment! You can read about her beach cottage tour here.
Not only is she a fantastic cook, engaging conversationalist, and all around positive person, she’s into a lot of the same things that I’m into, like healthy food, meditation, always learning about new things, and viewing life as an on-going adventure. ( I’m trying to talk her into starting her own blog!)
Auntie Deelee’s sage advice :
The practice of yoga postures takes you closer to meditation.
What is life without meditation?
In other words, if you are having trouble getting into meditation, get started with a yoga practice.
Then you will naturally move with ease into meditation, by stilling the body, the breath, and the mental chatter first.
Meditation is the key to happiness no matter where you are in your life’s journey ~ Cottage Necessities
Don’t wait! Start Now.
Now here’s the delicious Summer juice that she made one day ~ I got so excited just by the beautiful coral color that I immediately staged a photo shoot.
We are here lovely lady. We are always present with you.
We hear your call –
We will provide a stepping stone for you each day as you walk the earth.
You are our beloved and we feel much joy in your progression.
Take time to heal yourself as this is part of your journey to wellness.
Do not neglect every day matters that you feel you have no control over.
Pray for a beneficial outcome
Trust that your prayers are heard
Expect a good outcome, in fact, more than you could ever imagine.
When we feel we need to intervene, we will. No matter is too small for you are loved and nothing can take that love from your heart. It is securely planted there just for you, for the wonderful being that you are.
Your blessings are great and they will multiply with these daily practices.
And So It Is! The Universe, God, Source hears you and is waiting for you to become partners with the Beingness of Love.