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Sunday, July 26, 2009

8 Wisdom/CIB

Greetings on this 8 (Justice), Wisdom/CIB (Wisdom of the Ancients)

Sending Love, Light and Forgiveness
The energy of 8 moves us toward balance and justice, and we are offered the guidance of 'as above, so below.' I relate this to the illustration of the vortex energies, first spiraling from below to the center and out again as it expands upward. It also reminds me that what is sent out, like the vortex, which has an equal and opposite reaction... returns to us.

With renewed intention to release and forgive, I was reminded of a sacred healing ceremony recently offered by my medicine teacher. "First, look to the Sun and draw in the healing breath of light and love, and next, focus your intention for healing on the person who is in need - and exhale, sending the breath of love and light. You can do this 4 times, or blow 4 short breaths on the exhale. Be sure to focus back onto the Sun before drawing each healing breath."

Using this ceremony to send healing to the granddaughter of a dear friend who had an immediate turn-around, I decided I could use this sacred breath for myself. As I considered my renewed focus on forgiveness this morning, I took this one step further and decided to send this loving light to those I want to release with forgiveness. With a first breath, I blew love and light along the entrance to their home and surrounding property. On the second, I blew the spirit of love and light throughout inside of their home. On the third, I blew love and light on their person from head to toe. And, on the final fourth breath - sent blessings to their family, friends and surrounding community.

I experienced once again that when you are a channel for love and light, there is nowhere for darkness to exist within you. When you are sending love and light you create a vortex of love that is returned to you - as above, so below - you are both sending and receiving. We are ALWAYS sending and receiving, and what you send is what you will receive.

My dear teacher shared with me, "Do you know anyone who is not looking for love? Isn't that the one thing that each one of us is seeking - and the only "one thing" that can satisfy our longing?" This is the one gift that costs nothing to give, and requires nothing to receive. In fact, isn't it our whole purpose for living?

in lak'ech
Jaguar Woman 9-Eagle/MEN

Saturday, July 25, 2009

7 Eagle/MEN

Greetings on this 7 (Reflective - flow of the Divine Will); Eagle/MEN (Intermediary between Heaven and Earth)

Forgive, Release, Love
I had an opportunity to visit with a friend and beloved fellow medicine circle sister who is in process of the final transition. In our times together we have shared sacred ceremony and our personal inspirations with one another. It was a conversation that can only be realized as holding a connection with the divine.

She shared with me that she had always hoped for a speedy transition that would not require her to languish in bed, waiting for the end to come. Now that this has manifested in her life, she said it is the greatest blessing of her entire life. Yes, there were times of pain, however she has already crossed the great divide and with the bridge to Spirit already in place - this time has become a last opportunity for personal soul healing - a second chance to forgive, and to release, and give and receive love. What a beautiful blessing to know that joy can exist in this way.

During our conversation she offered two lessons that touched my heart as divine truths:
1) Forgiveness is the path to release our own hearts from misery. We can be grateful if we have many to be forgiven, offering many opportunity to practice the "decision" to forgive. She shared that forgiveness is not about a feeling - like the caboose of a train, our feelings will ultimately follow, if we lead with the "engine" of forgiveness. In truth, our need to forgive is born of our own fears and to forgive is to release that fear. (Consider someone you need to forgive. Isn't the pain 'they caused you' really only your response of fear of not having or getting something that you wanted?)

2) Honor and have faith in the sacredness of your own intentions. My friend mentioned that among the highest demonstrations of free will is found in the simple prayer - "I will that I will the divine will." When you recognize this to be your soul's true intention - this is the soul's true identity. We must forgive the human nature of duality and remember that the divine recognizes the purity of our true intention.

These are days when I find myself seeking divine inspiration that will support my daily walk and spiritual growth. This is something that each of us can share - we can be this light for one another, sparked by the divine light.

Many blessings,
in lak'ech
Jaguar Woman 9-Eagle/MEN

Love is ENERGY - Pass it forward!

The Journey - Conversations With God

Love in a Recipe - Mom's Chocolate Sheet Cake

One of the things I love about my Mom, is that everyone who enters the door is offered something wonderful from her kitchen - this is my favorite thing. This is seriously one of the best recipes in my entire collection - the fastest and BEST chocolate cake you will ever lay hands on. You just can't screw this up!

Mom's Chocolate Sheet Cake

The Cake...
2 Cups Flour
2 Cups Sugar
1 Stick Butter
5 Tablespoons Hershey's Cocoa
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
1 Cup Water
1 Teaspoon Soda
1/2 Cup Buttermilk
2 Eggs
1 Teaspoon Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 Cup Oil

First - preheat the oven to 400 degrees (that is not a typo).
Get a big sauce pan, you are going to mix the batter in there. Melt the butter with the oil, water, and cocoa and bring to a boil. Take off the stove immediately, and add all the dry ingredients, EXCEPT THE SODA. Dissolve the soda in the 1/2 Cup of Buttermilk, then add this, the eggs, and vanilla and mix till smooth. Pour batter into a sheet cake pan - those big pans that are a little deeper than a cookie sheet. (I line mine with parchment paper, or grease and dust it with flour.) Bake for 20 minutes ONLY, or until it springs back.

The frosting...
You are going to use the same saucepan, so rinse and start over for the frosting. This doesn't take long, and you pour it over the cake while it is still hot - only 5 minutes out of the oven... so I usually start this about 5 minutes BEFORE the cake is done.

1 Stick Butter
5 Tablespoons Hershey's Cocoa
1/3 Cup Buttermilk
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
1 Box (2 1/2 Cups) Powdered Sugar
1/2 Cup chopped pecans (optional)

Melt the butter with the cocoa til well dissolved. Add the buttermilk and vanilla - mix. Add the powdered sugar and keep this on a low burner... just to keep it from setting while you are mixing. By now, your cake should be out of the oven - add the nuts if you want them in the frosting - then pour this over the cake. (The frosting sets up like a homemade MMMMM fudge and holds all the moisture in the cake... will stay moist for days like that.)

OMG - Never baked this for ANYONE that they didn't go ape over it. You can leave out the cinnamon, though just a tad is unrecognizable - just "something" good people can't quite put their finger on. TRY IT.

I'm packing boxes for my move, and just couldn't bear the thought of not being able to find this recipe that I love so much. Hope you enjoy it. AND THANK YOU MOM!