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Fourth of July~

I celebrate this holiday along with millions of US citizens, but it is also with a sadness in my heart. The European side of my bloodline took the land from the Native side of my bloodline. Yes, I have ancestors who were here to greet the first boat people. Had they known that the influx of pale skins meant what it did, I suspect the Natives would have been less hospitable. In fact, as the realization dawned on my red ancestors that the intentions of my pale ancestors was less than honorable, a long struggle for possession of the land began. The presumption that the Europeans were more “civilized” than the Natives is extremely debatable. That they were more advanced in firearms is not in question, that’s why the side won that did. But, might does not make right.

Truly there are many things in the history of my country that are a source of shame. Our leaders have often made poor decisions for which we have paid dearly later down the road. The assistance given Saddam Hussein comes jumping to mind. I have seen much that says that “right” has not yet prevailed as the final decision maker in our Capitol. Much is still needed to even begin to make it “right” with the Natives of this land.

But . . . . . .I will celebrate the ideals for which that flag stands, even in a world where idealism is “old-fashioned”. Freedom for ALL, Truth, Justice, Love of family and friends, kindness to neighbors, both nationally and personally, and the right to pursue happiness in all that entails. I pray for equality for all, I pray for objectivity for all, and compassion for all. I pray this holiday brings you these things in abundance!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

To all the Mothers that read this!!

Peace ~

beauty17vigThere are few things that convey peace as completely as a swan floating on water, (or are as terrifying as seeing a swan heading toward you with both those giant wings flapping!) In fact, peace is part of swan’s “medicine”. This time of year we are constantly wishing peace to one another as part of the season.

We are on the eve of a brand new year, and peace is something we could most certainly hope to accomplish soon. Especially since we are making war in the middle East. I am a peacenik, I do not like war on any scale anywhere. I do not like the number of innocents that suffer as “collateral damage” whenever mortar fire starts erupting. Death comes way too easily on television and the media for most to realize just how traumatizing it is. Coming across a dead body unexpectedly has to rank up there as iraq_war_header_11-21-2007one of the topmost traumatic events in one’s life. As a nurse that happened to me once, a patient we thought was so much better she would be going home next day was dead when I went in on my rounds to take her vital signs. Gads! That was a shock.

War traumatizes everyone who experiences it. No exceptions. It, of course, can be survived, but this is not the same as not having had such trauma tear at your very soul. I am aware there are those extremists on both sides that see war as the only means of settling differences, I just don’t happen to be one of them. I wish we could throw all those with that particular view into a large war game and just let them go, let the rest of us have peace!

The problem, or so it seems to me, is that once the extremists start their actions, reasonable earthand relatively peaceful people find themselves in a defensive mode, trying to ward off the agents of war. It then seems to become a vicious cycle where the only answer in the eyes of some is total annihilation of the “enemy”. I consider myself fortunate to live among reasonable people who will take on such a battle with the reluctance of those who would rather have peace than war.

We have a new president, I am hoping that within the time he is alloted, we can have peace in the Middle East. But then, that may be an impossibility, no matter who is at the helm. So, maybe the thing to hope for is a truce, during which serious strides can be made. Pray for peace, perhaps there are a couple of miracles out there that could bring such a wonder to this war torn Earth. That is my wish to all this New Year;  Blessings and Peace to all that dwell on this big blue marble called Earth!

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The Magi ~

xmas-magi2In St. Luke’s retelling of the legendary beginnings of the rabbi Y’shua, there is an oft repeated tale of a visit by three “wise men” of the time whose astral calculations told them of the birth of a specially anointed child. Their path to get to him is not recorded among our literature, though one could wish it had been. Hollywood has speculated on that journey,  the story carries all the romance and intrigue one would desire in a good tale. What they embody for us is an allegorical journey toward the light.

I have said before that I do not see Y’shua as G-d incarnate. Yet, neither do I see him as an ordinary man. I see him as a type of Buddha, a mentor in Spirit upon whom we can call for enlightenment, and even assistance when needed. I have never doubted the strength and possibilities of faith. Y’shua often said to those he ministered to that their own faith had made them whole. That is pretty incredible, for it implies that we live well below our full potential. Many times he said to those who listened to him that they could become like him. He wasn’t wanting followers to bow to his “glory”, he was wanting brothers to walk at his side, doing the deeds he did, from that time unto the present. If I understand that correctly, we have certainly missed the boat.

I had wondered about his mission’s failure to bring about the kind of living among the common man that he intended, and what he planned on doing about it until I read about a wonderful Jewish teacher called the Baal Shem Tov. I suspect, if that’s him, that he has things well in hand, and will keep coming back and teaching us silly folk until we get it right, for which I am most grateful. Until we understand that the walk along the path is as important as getting there;  that how we live each day of our lives, giving, loving, laughing and being true to Spirit is what we are supposed to do, not beat each other over the head or kill for the sake of religion; he will just have to keep coming back to teach each new generation, hoping that someday we get it right.

In the meanwhile, the best thing that we can do is celebrate the greatest gift, the gift of Love. As Spirit teaches us, through Y’shua, through the Baal Shem Tov, through Shakyamuni Buddha, through Ptesin Win, through Mother Theresa, how to love, we can learn each step of the way, to be kind, to be helpful, to be faithful to our teachers. Many blessings to you this season, no matter which Holy Days you observe!

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Halloween ~

Greetings! This is such a fun holiday for the children. I love the silliness and the scariness and the costumes, it can be loads of fun. I did not always feel that way. I was in the Fundamentalist movement for a number of years, and was taught this was the Devil’s Day. Since I have come to the realization that we carry the darkest twists within ourselves, I have learned to feel that this is a time to teach the children to laugh at the dark, and give it no power over their own psyche. So, I would caution parents to supervise their children, there really are twisted souls out there, but to have fun with the kids and enjoy the evening!

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