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Saturday, September 4, 2010

To every time there is a purpose...

“The Mayans believed that each day has a spiritual purpose and intent. When you align your acitivites and intentions to the energies of the day, you should find it easier to accopmplish your goals.” from The Daily Tzolkin

The Maya believed that everyone has a purpose and destiny. Most disagreements with the idea of a preconceived destiny are based on the idea that a destiny denotes a specific outcome of circumstances in the physical world. Instead, the Mayan Calendar speaks of a destiny and purpose of the Spirit.

A personal destiny oracle not only defines destiny and purpose, but also offers insights on where you may feel challenged, where you need to grow, how to find supporting energy, and who you will find to be your best role models. The calendar offers insight on the activities and goals that are destined to succeed on specific days. There are no predicted outcomes, only the Spirit of the experiences is suggested.

They call it the ‘calendar of synchronicities’ because it is experienced as a feeling of reading your own story. At first, the ah-ha’s seem amazing and magical; and, over time - though, still magical – it becomes evident that there is a divine order and purpose to every moment of our universal experience.

Our universal challenge and purpose…

to recognize that we are ALL part of the ONE. The moment we remember that we are "all in this together" we will never be the same. How different would life be if you REALLY realized that every harm done to another was a harm done to yourself? And, what if you experienced every joy offered to another was a joy to yourself? Only a thin veil challenges us to remember what we already know to be true – in it’s fullness.

Why is it sometimes so difficult to see the simple evidence of how lessons of our destiny and purpose have been handed down through history…

Of our true one-ness.

‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' Matthew 25:40

"you are the body of Christ," 1 Cor 12:27

And a divine design – where the order of the universe is based on a precise flow of time…

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3
Every indigenous tribe on the planet, observed this 13 moon calendar - as the sacred flow of time. The Gregorian Calendar was enforced to promote commerce - and now that is what we have, and we have forgotten our inherent connection to the 13 month calendar... an illusive disconnect and forgetting that is only remembered by following the days of the calendar as reflected in ALL of nature.

in lak'ech

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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!