CONNECTING POINT
It is September 2019 and I have decided to revive my blog.  I'm using the same one, though this is the first post in over a year. I still like the idea of talking about ways we are or can be consciously connected spiritually. This is what I wrote some years ago about why I want to do this blog and it is still true now:

I believe the real point of connection for us all is through our hearts. So I plan to share what comes from my heart and it is my hope that readers will join me and share what comes from your heart about the things we experience which connect us, our commonalities and our appreciation for sharing the world we live in with each other.

If you would like to read other blogs I have written over the last ten years, here's a link:

Rise Up!

I have been thinking about this for a while, that when I was younger there was a lot of music that supported those of us who were working for change. We had anthems that invigorated us and supported us and gave us the spirit and inspiration to stand up for what we believed in, for what we knew in our hearts was right and to reject what we knew in our hearts was wrong, abusive, inappropriate, unjust or corrupt. At that time we fought for freedom from war, for women’s rights to be athletes or leaders in any capacity, for reproductive rights, for equal pay, for freedom from Nuclear mishaps, for just and respectful treatment of our indigenous communities and for freedom to just be who we wanted to be without traditional conservative limitations on our lives.

So I started feeling like I needed an anthem and maybe we all need anthems about now, when there is so much craziness going on around us: our global climate crisis, our President abusing the power of his office and so many signing off on his lying and lack of integrity, domestic terrorism and hateful attacks on our own citizens, countries and leaders who are attacking, torturing and killing their own people or neighboring countries, with so many animals on the verge of extinction, monstrously large floating fields of plastic in the oceans and micro-plastics in our sea life, because we don’t even have a national recycling program to handle our own waste, our own country splitting up families, putting children and adults in prisons and warehouses, detaining and mistreating people who just want a better life, a safe life.

It can be both overwhelming and depressing for us to give our attention to all the issues that need our attention. If we are to continue and even thrive on this planet, we need things to energize us, lift our spirits and inspire us to stand up for what we believe and to speak out against what we know is wrong. The song Rise Up from the 80’s came to my mind and it took me a while to figure out who performed it. It was the Parachute Club with Lorraine Segato. I’m posting YouTube’s of the original version and the Anniversary version from The New Parachute Collective, including Lorraine Segato. I have also including the lyrics below the videos.

Please share these with others who might like some inspiration and share your anthems that inspire you to Rise Up.

 

Rise Up - New Parachute Collective (Anniversary Version) Lorraine Segato

Oh rise and show your power
(Rise up rise up) We're dancing into the sun
(Rise up rise up) It's time for celebration
(Rise up rise up) Spirits time has come

We want lovin' we want laughter again
We want heartbeat
We want madness to end, we want dancin'
We want to run in the streets
We want freedom to live in this peace
We want power, we want to make it okay
Want to be singin' at the end of the day
Children to breathe a new life
We want freedom to love who we please

Oh rise and show your power
(Rise up rise up) Everybody is dancing into the sun
(Rise up rise up) It's time for celebration
(Rise up rise up) Spirits time has come

Talkin' 'bout the right time to be workin' for peace
Wantin' all the tension in the world to ease
We wantin' love while walking on the streets
We want to be free, we want that be free

Talking about a new way
Talking about changes and names
Talking about building the land of our dreams
His tightrope's gotta learn how to bend
We're makin' new plans
We're gonna start it again

Oh rise and show your power
(Rise up rise up) Everybody is dancing into the sun
(Rise up rise up) It's time for celebration
(Rise up rise up) Spirits time has come

Rise up now

It's time, it's time, it's time

Oh rise and show your power
(Rise up rise up) We're dancing into the sun
(Rise up rise up) It's time for celebration
(Rise up rise up) Everybody's time has come
Spirits time has come
Spirits time has come

Oh rise and show your power
(Rise up rise up) We're dancing into the sun
(Rise up rise up) It's time for celebration
(Rise up rise up) Spirits time has come
Willing time has come
Spirits time has come

Everybody
Time for you and me

 

10/14/2019

Returning Home

My dearest and most beloved friend, I love you so much, so deeply. I feel great sadness at the thought of never hearing your voice again, of never sitting across from you and sharing our feelings about those we care about, and our thoughts and beliefs about the true nature of this world and the invisible world of our souls. I know it is your path to move on ahead and actually experience the things we have pondered over these many years. You have returned home to that heavenly realm from which we all arise and I am grateful for your freedom from the suffering you have had to endure these last years. I am grateful also for your freedom to explore your new life in spirit and to visit any of us who love you so much and who you love so much, where ever we are, whenever you want.

I know it was very hard for you to leave us, even while wanting the suffering to end. I don’t know that any of us who remain will ever understand the purpose or need of suffering in order to leave our physical life. It is my belief that even though it feels to us like you have had to leave this life too early, that there is purpose in this timing. I believe this is of your souls choosing and that you will have great happiness in being able to continue on your life’s work of creatively expressing your conscious evolution and loving kindness for all of us whose lives and hearts you have lit up and inspired. Even though we are heartbroken about all the pain you endured and we feel deep sadness not to have you physically here with us, I know it has been your destiny and I am grateful to know that you will be there waiting for us when it is our turn.

I am also grateful to believe that you will be in touch in some way and that you will help me to make that connection with you. I think you will be helping us all as we struggle to continue without you in this life. I believe I will feel the presence of your very loving spirit and I look forward to hearing all about our spiritual home to which you have returned and to learn about your adventures in consciousness from your new perspective.

Your friend, eternally...


10/13/2019

Because of you...

I recently drove back home to Southern Oregon to visit my oldest and dearest friend who has been living with cancer. I knew it would probably be our last visit and it was so hard to leave her. She was heavily medicated and struggling, her eyes closed most of the time. On the third day as I was getting ready to leave, she opened her eyes wide and looked right at me and kissed me several times, and we told each other how much we loved each other. I told her not to be afraid, that she would be happy, she would be healthy again and could do whatever she wanted and wouldn’t have to wait for the things she wants to happen the way we do here. I told her that her animals would all be waiting for her and she smiled. I told her I would write to her the way I write to Barrie and she nodded her head. The following is a letter I wrote to her in my journal the next morning. She passed a few days later, early this morning, Sunday October 13, 2019.

My dearest friend, when I was 10 and the new kid in school, when we moved to Eagle Point in the middle of the school year, you scooped me up and brought me into your world. You became my best friend from that point and all through Junior High and High School. Over these 54 years, there were times when we were living in different towns and different states and not always in touch, but each time we reconnected, our friendship and love for each other remained steadfast.

About 15 years ago you scooped me up again and brought me into your spiritual world. You brought me back to beliefs and philosophies I had abandoned. You literally lit up my life with renewed hope and purpose. The books you shared with me gave me a foundation and ignited my curiosity to pursue greater happiness and to develop my knowledge and awareness of a spiritual way of living. It led me to learn about methods of emotional healing which I believe saved my life and my relationship with Barrie, because I had shut down emotionally after my mother’s death some years before. It helped me to heal from childhood challenges, from my fathers early death, from my mothers and from other family deaths. This spiritual foundation and your love and friendship helped carry me through Barrie’s illness and passing. At times you were the only one I could talk with about spiritual ideas and we shared so much over these years. We shared books we would find in used bookstores, we shared our writings, and we had great discussions trying to gain better understanding about what we were reading and learning and the deeper truths of our being.

My friend, you have been and will always be in my heart a deep abiding love, and because of you, I know you have gone from this Earth into the welcoming light of all the angels who surround you with the love and the light of our Divine Spirit. All the love you have given to your family, friends and even strangers throughout this life is pouring back over you now and you are knowing greater love than we can ever imagine. You are experiencing the glorious infinite loving nature of God and I know it will be your great happiness to share that with us. Because of you I know your love, your great light and your spiritual presence will surround us and you will be our angel of light, touching our souls with the depth of your love.
Your friend, eternally…


9/22/2019

Our Most Important Relationship

When I went to the recent Climate Strike Rally in Portland, Oregon one of the speakers spoke about realizing that the earth is the most important thing he could give his time and energy to because it is our home. He said the earth is the foundation upon which everything else is built and the key to our survival. I couldn’t agree more that we all need to take Global Warming and the Climate Crisis seriously and do whatever we can in our individual lives to cut dangerous emissions, waste and the single use plastic which is polluting our land and our oceans. We also need to let our law makers know they need to take these things seriously and we need to quit supporting companies that pollute. Our relationship with earth, our home, is so very important and treating her with care, honor, respect and love is the least we can do to protect her and the future of civilization.

I take the idea of our most important relationship a little deeper though. I feel that the real foundation upon which all life rests is our spirit. Within us is the Divine Source and Substance, which has many names including God, and which is the ultimate Intelligence of life. Our most important relationship is with that Divine Intelligence which organized the earth and all life upon her. It is this Intelligence which drew from the Divine Substances of light and love to form humanity, the stars and the heavens and all that is known and unknown to us.

This is what I have been giving my attention to and from this perspective I am re-establishing within an awareness which is not new, which most indigenous societies have brought forward from ancient times. It is the awareness of how sacred our earth is and how sacred ALL Life is, and how important it is to honor her, especially now when there are very really attacks taking place against earth and all who live here.

There are business people spending hundreds of millions of dollars along with people in our government who are actively working to hide the truth and the science which prove the very real crisis that threatens the earth, our quality of life and the future of our existence. Our opportunity to reverse this activity, as well as the increasing hatred and violence we are witnessing and experiencing, lies in our waking up from the materialistic consciousness that we have all been taught by both well meaning people and by those people and companies who only have a materialistic focus and see only profit margins as the goal of living.

It is well past time for us to remember the spirit we were each born with, that Divine Substance we all have within us. It is time for us to wake up and remember our most important relationship is with that Divine Intelligence that organized all that is good in our world and the earth which is our home.

This isn’t so hard to do and it isn’t so much a mental activity, but an activity of the heart. Science has recognized what has also been known for thousands of years, that our hearts are also a brain and a far more powerful brain than what is in our head. It is as simple as opening our hearts. Our hearts know what truth is. Our hearts hold compassion, love and gratitude and when we even think to ourselves, “I will open my heart”, we feel better, we care more about those in need, we feel more like sharing what we have. It is so very important that we spend even a little time in every day opening our hearts and caring about each other and the earth, our home.

From this foundation, this spirit that is so visible in young Greta Thunberg and all the young people asking us to wake up and support their future, we will be able to have a future which is good for all. It is from this foundation that our lives can be whole and fulfilling. It is the strength, wisdom and power of our hearts which will enable us to move the mountains of resistance created by those who are endangering life and our future and who are trying to keep us blind to their devastation of our lands, our wildlife, our oceans and the very air we breathe.

 

 

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