• Hope for a better world

    Manifesting a New Earth

    Yesterday a friend and I gathered to do a prayer ritual for our Earth. It was an eye opener for me because it was so simple. Sometimes I have this mistaken impression that these things need to be long and complex in order to be effective. There are many formats that would work. What we did was create a simple altar, do some gentle rattling, call in some wise Beings to be present with us and to help magnify our work and words. We invited Christ, a few ascended masters, and some earthly and celestial helpers. And then we simply started claiming the world we wanted to create: a world…

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    Keeping the World in Balance through Acts of Kindness

    This morning I sent an email to a friend thanking him for his kindness. He replied, “We soar in our hearts when we can share small kindness with people in our lives.” (Thank you, Tim Bergere!) I absolutely LOVE that! Not only does the recipient of our kindness benefit, but we do ourselves. It reminds me of that movie, Little Big Man, in which Chief Dan George is fond of saying, “My heart soars like an eagle.” Last week I messaged another friend who had spontaneously and generously offered me a monetary gift so that I could buy a better vehicle after my car had been totaled in a rear-end…

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    Why Eating More Vegetarian Meals is Smarter than Ever

    For those who love animals, it is easy to understand why someone would want to be a vegetarian. But what about those of you who love animals and yet whose bodies still seem to crave extra protein? This essay is for you. This is not a sanctimonious, judgmental piece. I confess that I still occasionally eat meat occasionally, so I have no room to judge. But I also understand that all our bodies are different. I know, for instance, that people who live in colder climates will probably require more animal protein. After all, there aren’t many fruit trees growing near the Arctic Circle, and the growing season for gardens…

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    Alternate modes of healing in these scary times

    When I was sitting in front of my altar the other morning, I remembered something I hadn’t thought about in a while. And it feels extremely relevant for these times. When I was in Brazil two years ago, I had a beautiful healing experience. And clearly we are all needing a lot of healing in the world right now. Here’s how it all started: Unexpectedly, I was offered a ticket to go to Brazil–specifically to go to a Marian center (a place where Mother Mary is honored.) I love Mother Mary and so I was more than happy to accept the gift! I experienced a lot of beauty at the…