I was inspired by Molly Roberts – HerSpeak on YouTube and Facebook to consider the celebration of Samhain. She encouraged her followers to use the twelve days before December 21 (the winter solstice – shortest day) to explore their creativity and consider the down time of the year. This is a brief summary, but if you want to learn more of the history behind the 12 Ghosts of Yule, here is one of many possible: The Gothic Embrace: http://gothicembrace.blogspot.ca/2013/12/yule-and-ghosts-of-past.html
So here is my take on plans for the 12 Days of Yule, starting on December 9th, 2017.
I plan on focusing on spirit. I will use my creativity to write, journal or draw the thoughts that come to mind with each day’s prompt.
I will use Molly Roberts’ hashtag #12days of yule to track my days.
If I fall behind, I will do a catch up if I get in the spirit.
Quick and easy.
So most people make resolutions and goals on January 1st each year. As I have aged I have found that my birthday marks a special time for me. Considering next year will be the big “65″, I am making my intentions for the next 12 months now.
Heading forward into November NaNoWriMo with dedication to finish my 2014 novel.
- Connect with other dedicated writers
- Re-read my novel and drop the mid-action change to the remote retreat
- Brainstorm the crisis point and options to redevelop the events
- Creating a story board to the point of change
October – research plot change options
- Art Journaling
- Walking (daily)
- Eating better meals (homemade)
- No spend weeks
- Tracking utilities and regular costs
- Saving goals
- Trackers – weekly
- Pay down all debt
- Mindfulness – moment by moment
- Capture those special times by camera
- Write letters
- Spend time with each person when the option arises
- Document every special time
- Say “I love you” every day
So this is just the general ideas of a very happy 64 year old on her birthday. Dinner with family, drinks and time with plans for a renovated office space, and that makes for great birthday celebration. Thanks for joining me.
TRUTH #2: You are an extension and expression of God. Everything God is, you are. Everything God is not, you are not. God is love and only love, and so are you.
How I feel about that today:
I need to keep reminding myself of this. There are times of insecurity when I wonder if I have value – these are the times I tend to turn away from God. In my heart I know I am pure love. I feel I can live his life of love now, more than any other time in my life. As a Grandma, I feel stronger and more confident in my true nature. I feel I have less to prove and more to share. I feel more at peace every day. My peace is coming from inside of me, instead of from a Church or minister’s sermon. I look for synchronicity every day, an indication that I am walking my true path.
A Course In Miracles – Made Easy
(Mastering the Journey from Fear to Love)
By Alan Cohen
TRUTH #1: ONLY GOD IS REAL. All separation is illusion.
How I feel about that today:
Strangely, I have never doubted that God is real or that He exists for me. As a child, I loved Sunday School and was very upset when my family stopped attending church when I was 12. I have always felt I could go to God, and sit at His feet and love and be loved. When heartsick or feeling battered by life, I could picture myself at His feet in adoration. I could feel His hand stroking my head, and feel His love soothe me.
Although I moved away from man’s church at different times in my life, I never felt that God wasn’t there for me. I felt guilty from time to time, that I appeared to turn my back on Him. But I knew He was there, and still is – loving me as I am. Why – because I am a part of Him and He is a part of me.
Friday used to be TGIF days when I worked, but now that I am retired, why do Fridays feel so special? I go for walks every day at the campsite (still there most days till October 1). I am busy with my sewing, journaling, drawing, etc. But somehow Thursday comes around and my heart speeds up thinking, “Tomorrow is Friday. Oh boy!”
Will this feeling ever stop? Like the first week of September is “back to school” days. I went to Staples and bought new supplies for me for “school”. LOL. Yup, I bought some new notebooks, pens, pencils, a new pencil case. And, I was super excited all through my shopping. When I realized that my daughter felt the same way I did, knew I couldn’t steal a grandchild and go shopping, like I used to do. Now mu daughter does that fun shopping. But I did ok this year.
So maybe when I turn 65, I won’t feel the Friday rush, and the back to school excitement. Or maybe I am just always going to love the excitement of the end of the week and the beginning of the school year. Oh well. I do enjoy the ride.
Mastering the Journey from Fear to Love
By Alan Cohen
I have considered studying A Course in Miracles by Dr. Helen Schucman and Dr. Bill Thetford, for years. I have friends who have not only read the material, but practice it every day. These friends I consider spiritual mentors and wonders in today’s world.
When visiting my local bookstore recently, I found this book:
Now anything that is made easy sounds very appealing to me, since I am a “let’s get it done quick” kinda girl. So for $15.99 I bought it. What a great deal! Having gone through it from start to finish (another of my foibles), I have to state it was my favourite buy in a long time. Yes, it started out rather slow, and after the first 3 chapters, I wondered why I was reading it. Then my world opened up. I started to write quotes that touched me in the moment. Soon I was writing quotes and paragraphs of self discovery. I then went to title pages and journaling all day to discover what the writing said to ME that day.
Now in no way would I attempt to tell you what this books says. I truly believe that its message, similar to the original text, is to be read by your heart. Let your spirit soar in celebration of new and renewed ideas. Enjoy every day of reading, and be sure to take your time to let each day’s message swell within you. I believe you could read this book many times and get new messages every time. The sign of a true work of the spirit.
At the end of the book, Alan Cohen, lists 14 things as “Everything You Always Wanted to Know about ACIM but Didn’t Want to Have to Read the Whole Course to Find Out”. Although I believe there were many different things to draw from the book (for me), I will be spending the next 14 Mondays sharing those truths with you. Let’s call them my Miracle Mondays! Please join me as I continue to grow from this amazing book.
(Disclaimer: All quoted text is from Alan Cohen. In his book A Course in Miracles – Made Easy, he references his material thoroughly for your additional clarification. I am not selling anything. I am no reaping any benefits from sharing this material. I do not propose Christianity, Paganism, Witchery, Buddhism or any other faith. I believe this material transcends the limits of human religion and falls clearly on The Universe!)
Taking English 101 – Literature and English 103 – Composition and Style, I find myself struggling with the essay writing. I love the Literature studies and enjoy writing about the stories and plays. When it comes to Composition and Style, however, I am a flop. I will spend 3 – 5 hours per essay, researching and downloading key quotes and material. I will then spend 2 – 3 hours on brainstorming and outlining. It isn’t unusual for me to start writing and skip to the end to write my concluding paragraph. But then . . . I jump all over the place. I cannot seem to focus my thoughts and stay on path. My outline changes at least 3 or 4 times. Then I cannot solidify my thesis statement.
So if I can write stories, they must be rather boring and disorganized if this is any indication. Academic essay – ok. This argument/persuasive essay is tough. The tone, the wording, all is very difficult. I will defeat this dragon, however.
So what makes today a good day and yesterday was a bad day???
I have tried to decide but there is only one common denominator in bad days and that is my house. Not a good sign. The days I stay at home and don’t get out at all – not even into the backyard, are usually bad days. I mentally and emotionally shut down. I am not looking for social contact. When I go out it may include going for a drive. I don’t need to stop in anywhere, but if I do go for lunch or dinner that usually takes my good day to a great day. But, my house is like an anchor around me neck, pulling me down, down, down.
So . . . I have no plans to change houses. I did go out and buy new light fixtures for my house. The rooms I use for my creativity activities, I bought new lights for. Now I am angry at my husband for not installing them. (He did originally agree to do so.)
I tried sewing in my sew room and with the light on, my UV light in front of me, and my sewing machine light on, I still could not “see” my ironing board, my cutting board, or my hand sewing. Not good.
I have new lights for my “office” where I journal. With it being too dark by 3:30 to use any ambient light, I need my new light installed.
Can I believe that light will make the difference? It has to.
I used to love art journaling – stamping, drawing, coloring, pasting, etc. on my journal page. I still love to do that but I only seem to do it in my mind. Now I a
m wondering if I can add my artful journal to my digital journal. Has anyone done this successfully?
I follow a number of photo blogs where the artist uses photography as a medium for journaling. I also follow others where journalists take a picture of their hand done art work on a page. So let’s try this. . .
Ok, this is very dissatisfying . . . I may have to work out of word press and then post here as a picture. Hmmmm
For the second time in my adult life, I have been accused of having a brain with ADD. Because my mind tends to never stop, and work overtime to see patterns and groups of colors, names, styles everywhere, 2 ladies that I admire and look up to have said that they think I must have Attention Deficit Disorder.
My observation to each of these ladies was that when I come to a stop at a red light, I immediately look around and usually see that there is a majority of white or black vehicles. I notice if the licence plates are all BC. I usually note if there is only one person in each vehicle, and if there are car seats or children. By the time the light turns green, I have also noted the environment and if there are any changes in the buildings nearby or pedestrians (wonder where they are off to)?
I assumed that all women have brains like this. Some males do too, but usually I hear of other women who “multi-task” in their heads. So . . . the question is . . . does your brain go fast and do you “analyse” or group things whenever you are free to let your mind wander?