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H.

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Reflections on (my) new year

As I look back on the past cycle – September to September – on this, my personal New Year, it is with a wearier – and warier – eye than I once had. It has been a year of movement. So much movement! There have been times when I could barely catch my breath for the activity. It was a year of possibilities and planting seeds. Projects, books, gardens. All things in process… But all that commotion fades to the small deaths that – I pray – make the soil more fertile.

Foolishly, perhaps, I prayed to learn unconditional love. And so my prayer was answered with a pain that left my heart bruised but more whole. I was answered by the poisoned darts of my words twisted into something unrecognizable and as far from their original utterance as words could ever fall. Yet always I heard the whisper: “You know who you are… hold Me as I hold you. Know your essence. I have you, daughter.” And so I learn (process, always in process) unconditional love. Through the gift of this war-not-of-my-choosing I came closer to my Essence and a portion of my naivety burned in one fiery night. “Trial by fire, kiddo.” And so, today, I mourn that loss with the understanding that I cannot keep my eyes closed. There is beauty in all things.

With that strange loss I also gained.  I gained a deeper trust with those around me based on eyes that well up naturally, tears that flow freely, the tremendous joys of shared discovery, cooperation rather than competition, and Soulful bonds forged not out of need but out of Service and possibility.  And so I forgive my younger self for SO many things in gratitude (and humility) for what is.

This year I found my thoughts on healing shifting rapidly. Studies in homeopathy refine my ways with oils, herbs, and massage. I’m learning to listen for the voice of the vital essence of each guest, translate the best I’m able, and refine my techniques to encourage its expression rather than “correct” or suppress its symptoms. And so I shift more and more to myofascial unwinding, orthobionomy, energy work that encourages the natural flow of Breath, movement techniques, and herbalism and aromatherapy to support rather than fix. I find myself wandering further from my allopathic (however holistic) training in all disciplines.

Ancestral healing has also moved in surprising ways. I feel the bloodlines of both my parents moving through me in more balanced and whole ways. I honor myself as both my (and The) mother’s and father’s daughter. Sky above opens with a fiery wind and Earth below supports and holds me close.

This year I dreamed things beautiful and terrible. I dreamed our Mother calling Her children to wake as Her voice gets louder. I dreamed the faces of those trusted with power disintegrating as fearsome darkness works their voices. I dreamed an unleashing of the destroyers. I dreamed the essence of a Star. I dreamed the birthing of a world. I dreamed our Father sweeping me into the Sky so that I may know his Love. Dream after dream after dream.

I am learning to allow the love between myself and another to transform as it transforms us. And so we become more whole as individuals within our nest. And while we lost one member of that nest, our beautiful Black Cat, we welcomed another. Lady Thorne of Argyle-Bargle reminds us to stop and purr while Aury and Elan hold space with their feline dignity and variable states of grace.

While researching my not-so-far-removed Amish heritage I creep closer to the position of conscientious objector. The futility of war threatens to break this world as it has broken so many of its people. I do not have the answers but the absurdity of violence to heal violence strikes hard. Why do we fight? Do we fight to defend ourselves against the darkness in others or in ourselves? I wonder if it is all projection. If I project my demons onto someone else (anyone else!) than I do not have to face them in myself. We can rain bombs on the face of our Mother for centuries (and have!) without bringing peace. Clearly the only war that will end all war is the one that ends us all. So how do we defend those who cannot defend themselves (or ourselves) without destroying them (or ourselves)? We are facing the collective Shadow of humanity. All I have now are questions and a journey.

Be Love and your heart heals
Be Joy and your Light sings
Be Peace and you will See

And so, this year, my prayer is for Peace. Peace in the lives of those close and far. Peace in the heart of humanity. Peace in the war-torn bodies and Souls of all children of the Creators. Father & Mother of the All, bless us, guide us, protect us, and may we hear your voices.

Be Peace,

H.

Suit of Stones – Ten

Like all tens, the ten of Stone adds the Holy breath to the promise of the Ace. It is the fulfillment of the promise of the path itself. This card is the fulfillment of the path of Wisdom. One who thrives within the realm of Stones connects deeply with the ancestors in the realization he is the child of promise and it is through making his own choices, following his heart, and dreaming himself back into the Garden he has indeed poured blessings over the entire realm. She nourishes her family tree by boldly following her own path with an ear to the voice of the Parents in all things. He could not have done all these things by blindly following the expectations of others and ignoring the call of his Soul. And so she celebrates the understanding that this place, our Earth, is magnificent and holds the promise of Heaven within Her arms. The ten of Stone celebrates the manifest, the sacred within the seemingly mundane, and the music of magic in all things.

All the manifest world is made of Light and infused by Breath. We are animate participants in Creation. When we learn to experience beauty in every aspect of life the false divisions between what is “material” and what is “spiritual” disappear and we realize there is no division in the sphere of the yin-yang.

  1. How do you define sacred? Profane? Do you consider the events, efforts, and participation in the world to be sacred or profane? Does there have to be a dividing line between them?

  2. Some spiritual traditions consider participation in the worldly realms to be an illusory distraction. Others consider it an extremely important ethic. How do you reconcile the so-called divisions between worldliness and spirituality? Does there have to be one?

  3. Imagine that by following your own path, even when it diverges from the paths others wished for you, you are ultimately pouring blessings on all those around you. Let’s make this practical. When you choose against your heart, did things work out well? When you choose with your heart, how are things different? How can you differentiate? Take a moment to close your eyes, breathe, and connect with your heart. It is your best tool for making wise choices. Ask it to show you “yes” by filling you with a sense of openness, calm, and joy. Then ask it to show you “no” by closing or slightly constricting. Now start learning the language of your heart by speaking with it often, asking it for advise, and making choices with it as your ally.

When the ten of Stones enters your spread know that you are blessed. Your ancestors are smiling, the Holy Breath is dancing within you, and you are sheltered in the arms of Love. Keep your purposes aligned with your heart and your actions will continue to bring blessings to others. Thank you for your Service.

 

© 2013 Heather D. Eggleston

Suit of Stones – Nine

After we adjust to the expectations and responsibilities of power we enter a space of deep abundance. It is here that all the ancestral healing, difficult decisions, creative processing, hard work, humility, charity, introspection, and the careful exercise of influence lands us in a special place where the air tastes delicious. We realize our lives are inherently filled with meaning from the very first breath. Here we stop, look around, throw our heads back and laugh. The stresses, anxieties, and pain fall away in the beauty of the garden, which has always surrounded us. It is here we realize that the point of it all is joyful simplicity. It is here we grow the eyes to see the beauty in every moment and so the moments collapse upon each other in the bliss of having followed one’s heart into the center of things. The nine of Stones takes us deep into the surrender of all the beauty and abundance that surrounds us at any given moment. It is easy to think of this as a linear achievement but this state is available at any time, no matter our outward circumstances. With Grace, we can find ourselves in the garden at any moment so long as we can open our eyes and truly see the magnificence of our Mother’s body. And at this point there is no reason to continue to seek, search, and pursue. At this point we allow. We allow the wisdom and abundance to shelter us. We are in the flow, open to divine suggestion, and move with a sense of surety, confidence, and the absolute trust that we are, and always have been, led.

  1. Consider the following words: belief, trust, faith, hope, know. They are similar but have subtle differences. Which is the strongest word? Which one has the most variability? Which speaks to your heart and which has less conviction?

  2. What does it mean to “return to the garden?” Consider the Eden story from Genesis. The Garden is a magnificent place in which nature is aligned with humans to provide for all their needs without struggle and strife. What did it mean for humanity to “fall?” Is it possible the garden has been here all along and we are only locked out of it from our own ignorance and fears? What happens if we stop struggling and allow the Garden to nourish us again?

  3. Have you ever experienced being in a state of “flow?” What does it feel like? Some people experience a “runner’s high,” which is an exercise-produced endorphin flooded state of bliss. Others experience such a state through mystical prayer, meditation, yoga-practices, and lovemaking. Still others achieve such a state of flow through creative process, labors of love, and work. Have you ever touched such a state of infinity? How often? Do you have a way of getting to that place regularly?

  4. Consider the word grace. What does it mean to you? Look at the etymology, use in various religious traditions, and the good old dictionary translation. Now consider grace as a state in which meditation (listening) and prayer (speaking) blend into one space. Shut off your mind and allow that state to fill you for a few moments each day. This is a way back to the garden.

When the nine of Stones enters your spread take a deep breath, knowing you have achieved a space of Allowingness, which infuses your spaces. Recognize you have been, are being, and will continue to be led by the call of your Soul’s voice. Look around and see the beauty that surrounds you. Take a walk into the woods, play in the garden, allow Nature to support you. This is the Garden.

 

© 2013 Heather D. Eggleston

Suit of Stones – Eight

Following the meditative retreat of seven, the eight of Stones returns us to the world renewed and filled with Power. This is when we step into the role of Wise-one, sage, crone. After giving it back to the All, we are able to more fully embody the role of one who has truly been there and back again. Others naturally gravitate to us for a wise and understanding ear. We become the mentor for those stepping into their Creative possibilities. We influence those around us with a touch, word, or the slightest turn of the head. And so, in such a state, we must learn the proper use of Power. This is not the power of simple wealth or age. Rather it is the power of influence. It is through our blessing (or curse) that others may step forward on their path. If we speak carelessly, their passions may be quenched. We are suddenly in the role of elder to a younger generation looking to us for guidance.
This happens regardless of age. There are some “old souls” who have played the role of elder since childhood and there are older people who may never embody the power of the eight of Stone. And so the now influential elder must carefully manage his own lusts that he may be fair, practical, and compassionate to those looking for his guidance. It is easy here to fall into a quest for power, the glory of being sought after, and the headiness of young admirers. Many a leader has fallen hard on this rung of the path of Wisdom. The eight of Stones urges us to use our power wisely and from a place of surrendered humility.
The duty of the eight of Stone is to use this Power to encourage others to sing their own songs and to follow their own bliss. When you find yourself prompting others into action for your own underlying desires, needs, and wishes there is a problem.

  1. What is your relationship with Power? Is it a bad word? Or is it something after which you seek?

  2. How have you seen power used in the world? How has it been used in your life by others who seemed to have power over you? How have you used it?

  3. Does power have to have a hierarchical structure? Is there always someone who is “alpha?” Or can power be exhibited in a different sort of structure?

  4. Think about the phrase “absolute power corrupts absolutely.” What does this mean? Do you think it’s true? How can we maintain innocent Power?

© 2013 Heather D. Eggleston

Suit of Stones – Seven

The seven of Stones pulls us back into a state of introspection. We have stepped onto the path of Wisdom, found harmony with our ancestral inheritance, created a purposeful life, struggled with greed, loss, and found balance in generosity. And now we may feel a bit weary, even disillusioned or filled with compassion fatigue. It seems all we do (and it is so much!) is the smallest ripple in the largest sea. We plant seeds, watch them grow, and wait for the harvest, but fear the harvest will never come. And even when it does, it will only feed so many mouths. And so we must remember our original partners in the Creative process are the Parents themselves. And, at this realization, we return it back to Them. Perhaps you have earned advanced degrees, built businesses, fed the poor, written novels, healed the sick. None of these things are possible without the cooperation of the Universe. And so, when we are weary of holding the weight of the world on our shoulders, we must remember nothing we created belongs to us. It returns, just as we will, to the All. And so, with the seven of Stones, we relinquish that which we’ve created, and turn our hearts to the mysteries.
It is now that we assess the spiritual indications of all we’ve accomplished in the worldly realms. It is not just how we’ve affected others by our work but how we have been affected by the Light we send into the realms that matters. For every outward action we have made there has been an inner reaction. And so with the seven of Stones we go deep, meditate, speak to the Ancestors, and reconnect to their choir of voices.
1. Assess your life thus far. How has your schooling, work, and actions in the world, affected you? Have you experienced change and growth from your active pursuits? How have you developed toward actualization through your worldly pursuits?

  1. Do you feel like your work has reflected your ethics? When have you met resistance between your ethics and your work? Has it prompted you to make changes? How do you reconcile them?

  2. Do your inner and outer worlds mirror each other? Do you feel congruent between what you say and what you do? Do you “practice what you preach?” Do you feel in alignment with the Holy, in whatever way you experience it?

  3. How have you been taught patience and introspection in your life? Is it an easy lesson for you?

  4. What does it mean to “give it back to the All?” Have you been propelled to do this in your life before? Consider the catchphrase “Let go and let God.” What does that mean to you?

    When the seven of Stones appears it’s time for a “time out” to go within, reassess, explore the deeper spiritual implications of your life, and focus on the Higher purpose of all you do. While you may feel like giving it all up, now is not the time. Patience, meditation, aloneness, and seeing through the Soul’s eyes will bring new and broader perspective.

© 2013 Heather D. Eggleston

Suit of Stones – Six

After the shake-up of loss, potential or actual, we have learned what’s really important. And so it’s time for us to try on multiple perspectives and truly begin to touch Wisdom. We have experienced both loss and gain so we can deeply empathize with the plight our siblings in the human family. And then we must treat others just as we would wish to be treated. Jesus’ Golden Rule echoes through this card: “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.1” In this card, we have the very poor accepting the generosity of a wealthy patron. Put yourself in the place of the beggar, who is homeless on the street and reliant on the wealth of others. Consider the possible circumstances that may have put you in this situation. What could have happened to force you to depend on the generosity of another person? And then put yourself in the place of the benefactor who, unlike the hoarder in the four of Stones, gives generously of his resources to those in need. So the card of loss, the five of Stone, leads to the card of generosity, the six of Stone. When we understand what it is to lose we also better understand what it means to give. And each one of us will at some time or another play both roles in some way. And it is here that lack fills itself with Love.

  1. In times of physical stress, financial, health, or otherwise, who has been there for you? Have you had the opportunity to be there for another?

  2. How do you choose to live the “Golden Rule?” Does it hold true for you? Engage with the different roles in this card. How do you act as the beggar? How do you act as the benefactor? What emotions do you experience in each role? Really put yourself there. Role-play it. Experience the emotions of yourself as each of these characters. Then energetically bless yourself in all spaces. Send blessings to the poor and to the rich with a prayer that they may gain greater understanding of the other and realize that they are One.

  3. Have you found yourself in judgment of those who are very poor, perhaps homeless on the streets? What about those who are less well-off than you who are of a different racial group or socio-economic status? Or perhaps you are more likely to judge the very wealthy or those of the middle classes. Step back from your judgements and imagine what it is like to be them. Understand the choices they make are from their perspective and accept that, more often than not, they are made from a place of innocence.

  4. Is it easier for you to be the giver or the receiver? Some of us are very good at giving and very terrible with receiving blessings from others. This represents an imbalance in ourselves. It is most important we be willing to give and receive equally in all things. If we cannot receive blessings from other humans, we are less likely to graciously receive blessings from the All. And if we cannot give with kindness, and without expectation, then we are freezing the flow of blessing.

When the six of Stones enters your spread, no matter your status, look for some way to give. Even when we are at our most impoverished there is someone we can help. By giving to others, in whatever way seems appropriate, we also thaw frozen places in ourselves and restore movement in our lives.

1Matthew 7:12

© 2013 Heather D. Eggleston