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Apr 9, 2008

The Universe is not stingy... today, declare to the Universe that you are open to receiving all the abundance it’s waiting patiently to bestow. Each day offers us the gift of being a special occasion if we can simply learn that as well as giving, it is blessed to receive with grace and a grateful heart. ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance

The wise individual looks and hears the unspoken signals that scream for the need to be recognized. The gentle and sensitive listener is adept at the art of creating safety and space for sharing that allows others to express their needs. This kind of listener observes the subtle language of the heart within others... Hearing with the eyes, nose, ears, and heart of the spirit is how the astute listener reaches out to others, allowing healing to occur. ~ Jamie Sams, Earth Medicine

There are no wallflowers at a shindig thrown by the Creative Source. No one goes home alone... ~ Pat B. Allen, Art is a Spiritual Path

Today’s Ogham: The Cauldron ~ Abundance ~ Gifts both earthly and of the Otherworld, cornucopia, fullness, generosity, a boon, contentment, fulfillment.*

Today’s Medicine Card: Deer ~ Gentleness ~ Deer teaches us to use the power of gentleness to touch hearts and minds of wounded beings who are trying to keep us from the Sacred Mountain. Like the dappling of Fawn’s coat, both light and dark may be loved to create gentleness and safety for those who are seeking peace. If Deer has gently nudged her way into your life today, you are being asked to find the gentleness of spirit that heals all wounds. Stop pushing others to change, and love them as they are. Apply gentleness to your present situation and become like the summer breeze: warm and caring. This is your tool for solving the present dilemma you are facing. If you use it, you will connect with Sacred Mountain, your centering place of serenity, and Great Spirit will guide you. People with Deer Medicine are often described as being swift and alert. They are intuitive, often appearing to have well developed, even extrasensory perceptions. Sometimes their thoughts seem to race ahead, and they appear not to be listening. Deer’s medicine includes gentleness in word, thought and touch, ability to listen, grace and appreciation for the beauty of balance, understanding of what’s necessary for survival, power of gratitude and giving, ability to sacrifice for the higher good, connection to the woodland spirits, alternative paths to a goal. The gentleness of Deer is the heart-space of the Great Spirit which embodies His love for us all. The only true balance to power is love and compassion. **
Listen, for it is there.
Look, for it is there.
Touch, feel, taste,
for it is there.
Oh, Great Mystery,
Open my eyes that I may truly see.
Open my ears that I may really hear.
Open my mouth that I may finally taste.
Open my heart that I may generously give.
Open my hands that I may gratefully receive.
Open my soul that I may know the abundance.
Grant me Deer Medicine, for gentleness.
Grant me Turtle Medicine, to connect to the Mother.
Grant me Wren Medicine, to know the magic in all things.
And, grant me Turkey Medicine, that I may share it all
with others.
And, thank you for all You have already
given me.

* Mountfort, Ogam ~ Celtic Oracle of the Trees
* Sams, Medicine Cards
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Apr 8, 2008
There is a silence.
A stillness, deep within.
An absence of patterns,
Were light and shadow blend.
To the darkness
Of the Void of the Unknown.
Total nothingness
That thunders all alone.
Travel into the pulsing of
Silent time or space.
The quiet mind
brings calmness,
Infinite, eternal grace.
Born inside silence,
Is the will - to be.
Chaos becoming order,
The holiness of life -
The unfolding of Great Mystery.
~ Jamie Sams, Earth Medicine
Buffalo Spirit
Today’s Ogham: Fearn ~ Alder ~ Guidance ~ counsel, oracular knowledge, sacred word, whisperings, correct advice from a person in authority, the sage within, spirit guides, inspiration, creativity.*
Today’s Medicine Card: Buffalo ~ Prayer and Abundance ~ In the Lakota tradition, it was White Buffalo Calf Woman who brought the sacred pipe to the People and taught them to pray. The bowl of the pipe was the receptacle that held tobacco, an herb with both male and female medicine. The stem of the pipe represented the male entering the female and seeding life. In the coming together of male and female, the connection of divine energy of the Great Spirit was made. The smoke of the pipe was considered to be a visual prayer and was very sacred and cleansing.
White Buffalo Woman
The medicine of Buffalo is prayer, gratitude, and praise for that which has been received. Buffalo medicine isalso knowing that abundance is present when all relations are honored as sacred and when gratitude is expressed to every living part of creation. To use Buffalo medicine is to smoke the pipe in a sacred manner, and to give praise for the richness of life to be shared with all races, all creatures, all nations, and all life. It means smoking for others so that their needs are met, praying for the good of all things in harmony, and accepting the Great Mystery as a part of that harmony.
In drawing the Buffalo card, you may be asked to use your energy in prayer. You may also be called upon to be an instrument of someone else’s answer to a prayer. This could portend a time of recognizing the sacredness of every walk of life, albeit different than your own. It may be a time to recognize the sacredness of your own walk.

Buffalo medicine is a sign that you achieve nothing without the aid of the Great Spirit and that you must be humble enough to ask for that assistance and then be grateful for what you receive.**
Buffalo Card
Listening in the Stillness, spirit guides, prayer and abundance, connection to the Great Spirit, humility and gratitude... I know this is what I must do and what I will find. I know what I seek is already there, within me and around me. Sometimes, we look too hard and cannot see what is right in front of us. But, softening our gaze, we see it was there all along.

It is in the Silence that this new ’me’ was born. And, it is in that same Silence that the birth process will continue...

* Mountfort, Ogam ~ Celtic Oracle of the Trees
** Jamie Sams, Medicine Cards
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Apr 7, 2008
"When we listen and hear the small, still voice within our hearts, we can assess our greatest potential joy and desire. This is the heart’s vision - the personal dream that will allow the individual to accomplish the things that bring happiness and fulfillment. When we hear the heart’s voice and fling our deepest longings and desires toward that heart vision, the body and senses merely follow the heartstrings that are made from our faith. This is the magic of personal creation and manifestation that marks the wholehearted seeker who knows that miracles are real. This individual creates the miracle of cooperation through the faith and willingness to be a partner with the Great Mystery, allowing personal desire to manifest in its own way. By flinging our dreams and greatest desires, attached to the red heartstrings of faith, into the Void of the Unknown, we show our trust in the Maker. The harvest we reap shows our faith in ourselves and our joyful connection to the Great Mystery." ~ Jamie Sams, Earth Medicine
Today’s Ogham: Coll (Hazel) Enlightenment ~ Wisdom, knowledge, inspiration, the springs of knowledge, deep knowing, practical and grounding knowledge.

Suddenly, you realize that the light and the shadow and you are all one and you enter into the heart of a great mystery, as when the shell of a nut falls away and its kernel is revealed. This is a felicitous ogham to draw. You have reached a point in life’s quest where you sit, as if on the bank of a great river, drawing the waters of wisdom. The river represents the immortal Goddess of Wisdom, and the waters well up from the deepest springs of knowledge. Here you are nourished and refreshed on your journey. ~ Mountfort, Ogham ~ The Celtic Oracle of the Trees
Today’s Medicine Card: Swan ~ Grace ~ Swan knows of the wonders beyond the illusion. Through her healing and her acceptance of the state of grace, she was given the right to enter the Dreamtime. There, she learned to surrender her body to the power of the Great Spirit and was taken to where the future lives. Because of her faith and her acceptance, she was transformed into the long-necked, white, graceful Being we know today. So it is that we learn to surrender to the grace of the rhythm of the universe and slip from our physical bodies into the Dreamtime. Swan medicine teaches us to be at one with all planes of consciousness and to trust in the Great Spirit’s protection. The Swan card ushers in a time of altered states of awareness and the development of your intuitive abilities. Swan medicine people have the power to see the future, to surrender to the power of the Great Spirit, and to accept the healing and transformation of their lives. Accept your ability to know what lies ahead. Honor your female intuition. ~ Jamie Sams, Medicine Cards
Following the heartstrings of faith... this is "the magic of personal creation and manifestation" that I am discovering. That every step has been right. That every decision has been right. That every thought has been right and every feeling has been right... because it brought me to where I am. This is the lesson of trusting myself to make the right choices... because those choices brought me to where I am and who I am. This is the lesson of asking for that which I need with open hands to receive.

I will follow the heartstrings of my faith to all I can yet become.
I will open my hands and fling my heart’s desires into the Void and trust...
myself and the Great Mystery!
Learn the craft of knowing how to open your heart and turn on your creativity.
There is a light inside of you.
~ Judith Jamison ~
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