SPIRIT WEAVER’S WEB

“When we attune to the rhythm of Grandmother Moon, we step into remembrance of our divine feminine blueprint, recognize our place in the natural world, feel connected with women everywhere, and embody our truth from the sacred source of love.” ~Achintya Devi

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Image from: http://www.healingwingsretreat.org

I have been quiet. I have been still. I have gone deep.

I have been in intense council with my powerful, generous, wise spiritual tribe.

It was a time of serious foraging around in my soul,

a time of acute personal inventory,

and a time to conjure a blueprint for the spirit lodge I wish to build of my life.

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Imagine everyone of us joining hands and creating a giant circle around mother Earth. With eyes to see and ears to hear we are paying attention to the smallest details of this sacred planet. As we feel our own heart beat with unimaginable joy and ecstasy. We pray together for lasting peace and equality. We are called upon by the nature spirit to listen to the wind and dance together in the sun. All our ancestors join in song and dance as we blossom like a bud into a flower of God.

It was so good to be in the company of wise wimmin 

with strong hearts, open minds, & expansive spirits

who have shared my spiritual journey with me for decades.

I’m not gonna lie,

I’ve had a few bumps this summer…

not being able to go to the Sierras to be in the jolly good company of my Beloved sister Kim…

only marginally managing the unrelenting heat of another summer in Tucson…

and passing forward my Girlz With HeART Project to eager new stewards.

Understandably, I have been feeling a bit muddled & unfocused about “what’s next?”…

and, maybe, too eagerly I began quickly to fill up the space I had just cleared out in my life!

It felt like I needed a few weeks to process it all.

Though a caregiver, a counselor, and a sage carrier for others myself, it was time for me to seek counsel from my trusted allies.

Melody at The Brave Girls Club offered this gem:

“Letting go of things that you have outgrown is painful and sometimes even takes you to a period of grieving over what you have lost.

Just because something feels painful, it doesn’t mean you made the wrong decision.

ALWAYS go back to the point where you made a difficult decision and remember the peace you felt when you knew you had made the right choice.

The most important decisions often come with a great deal of sacrifice…you often have to give up something good for something that is best for your life.

Often we have to grieve over the good thing that we had to give up to be able to get to the best thing.

It will pass.

One way to make yourself very sad and miserable is to keep trying to keep the tip of a toe in the ‘good’ old life, while trying to move forward into the ‘best’ new life.

Turn your whole body to face directly where it needs to be and let yourself be there, heart and soul.

Let the old stuff go when it’s not helping you to be your very best self or when it’s keeping you from enjoying and LIVING your life in the very best way.

Let yourself grieve if you need to grieve, then let yourself move on.

It is time.”

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So I gathered my sacred tools, my Irish drum, & my adventurer’s kit bag.

I opened my heart to a vast willingness to dance & sing & cry & make powerful magic.

aug dance Image from: http://www.pathwaysofwisdom.com

Imagine everyone of us joining hands and creating a giant circle around mother Earth. With eyes to see and ears to hear we are paying attention to the smallest details of this sacred planet. As we feel our own heart beat with unimaginable joy and ecstasy. We pray together for lasting peace and equality. We are called upon by the nature spirit to listen to the wind and dance together in the sun. All our ancestors join in song and dance as we blossom like a bud into a flower of God.

And I ecstatically leapt into the fire of some very intense spirit work.

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“For we women are not only the deities of the household fire, but the flame of the soul itself.” Rabindranath Tagore

This is what I learned.

It is not time to convene our Sage Sisters Elder’s Council quite yet.

Things are in too great a flux.

It is the season of siesta.

We must rest & recharge.

We must each, in our own realms, “walk our talk” and craft our intentions.

Making art together, sharing our stories, building our tribe…that is our work for now.

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“You are needing a moment of recuperation and restoration of your reserves.

There is a lot of feeling brewing behind the scenes for you and you could find a great deal of comfort if you turn towards your inner life for a moment.”

That is the advice I left the circle with.

In this brief interval until Autumnal Equinox, I traditionally take time to re-direct, re-focus, and re-invent my path.

Honoring the wisdom of my spirit circle, I shall do just that.

I will quietly hunker down in my she-bear cave

(between beautiful days spent with you all in the loving circle of our tribe at The Creative Cottage)

and I will weave my web.

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We are all connected in a beautiful web that stretches and flexes and catches the light.

May you be nourished and uplifted by whatever spiritual allies you have in your own life.

Heed their counsel.

Celebrate your own wisdom.

Listen to your heart.

Follow what feeds your soul.

All the rest, as my dear Albert says, is just “poopadoodle!”

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I extend my eternal gratitude to my own special circle of  Spirit Weavers and the beautiful Creative Cottage tribe!

P. S. Look for new August schedule under the Cottage Classes tab and new Creativity Chix adventures under that tab!

© Copyright, Kaitlin Meadows, 2016. All Rights Reserved.

Images attributed where known; otherwise, gleaned with thanks from Pinterest.

 

By Kaitlin Meadows

LEARNING TO TRUST

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Have you noticed:

life has been impossibly challenging

in light of recent murders, on-going wars, continuing bigotry, and intensifying world violence?

Some of you, responding to my last blog post about choosing to be happy,

have asked how that’s possible given the state of the world and the depth of its problems?

This is what I think:

life is a beautiful, glorious, magical thing and (whatever happens)

it’s our responsibility to live it fully, to live it with purpose and passion,

and to work tirelessly to make it better.

Yes, life is full of challenges, setbacks, and senseless acts of utter incomprehension,

but our job is to weather what brings us grief

and to celebrate what makes us happy.

I struggle every day with news of more bloodshed and cruelty.

As an empath, as an intensely sensitive human being,

the plight of the Earth and her people

touches me deeply.

Frequently, I feel discouraged and powerless.

Sometimes, I even lose my way a little and get really scared.

What saves me is this observation by the Dali Lama:

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So it’s my job to choose happy, to choose joy, to work for peace, to vigil for justice,

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to raise my voice and open my heart

with all those of you who are,

in your own small, steady ways,

lifting up the light and holding the love too.

As an over-thinker, an over-feeler,

easily swept away by emotions that almost make me shut down completely,

I have to remind myself to :

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I have to remember that

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When the world gets particularly crazy, bloody, scary, and sad,

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I have to remember

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and that

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So, this is what I do…

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I just keep on truckin’…

keep on loving, keep on teaching, keep on sharing, keep on believing…

How dare I look for happy in a world of chaos and bloodshed?

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I trust.

I trust the good. I trust the love.

I trust the great capacity of humankind to correct our course.

And when that doesn’t work, I pray.

In my own way. In no temple, at no alter, to no god. I pray.

“Divine Universe, please add my love to the cauldron,

my sweat to the struggle,

and my commitment to the cause

of peace.”

I know…

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so I prevail–even when it’s soooo hard,

even when it seems hopeless,

even when I doubt we can do it.

I prevail.

In my home,

in my Creative Cottage,

in my LIFE,

this is what I stand for:

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I am learning to trust

that if we all do what we can,

with what we have,

where we are,

things will get better.

Trust

and do the hard work.

Trust

and spread the love.

Trust

and say your prayers.

Love From Kaitlin

The She-Bear

© Copyright, Kaitlin Meadows, 2016. All Rights Reserved.

Images With Thanks From Pinterest