really-it is so small-we haven't time,
and to see takes time,
like to have a good friend
takes time".Georgia O'Keeffe
Today I am feeling extra extra homesick for the Bay Area, Santa Cruz and the Pacific Ocean.
One of the things that I really miss about being around those parts in addition to my beautiful friend-the Pacific Ocean , farmers market paradise and my acupuncture/sound healing treatments (and Bay Area music in all its forms) is being able to pick up a copy of the most amazing, inspiring magazine ever,
It's based in San Francisco and it's just plain cutting edge about everything I truly care about.
I had a stack of them at the Lighthouse that I had collected for over three years and had to leave them behind because they wouldn't fit (with alot of other stuff) into my pickup truck. CG is the only magazine I have ever collected like that besides my all time favorite "The Mother Earth News".
You can read it online at www.commongroundmag.com but I can't right now because I happen to be on a really old computer at my Mom's house (Thanks Mom!) and it just won't load the digital version. Hmm, I'm gonna hafta mosey over to the library...Check it out. Tres inspiring.
I was able to click on some of the archive articles in Common Ground and one froma few years ago that I somehow missed led me to an amazing website http://www.soundhealingcenter.com/ wow! Wow! is all I can say now, at this moment.
Now not only do I need to build a strawbale/cob sound healing chamber (see previous blog and Joseph Rael's book "Being and Vibration") but now I also want to go back to school (So Be It) to be a certified "Sound Healer". Thanks to Katie Briggs, countless groups that I have sang and chanted with and through my own playing of drums, rattles, bells and my harmonica....I have had it up front and personal...and it works.
I first encountered the thoughts, inspirations , mystical meanderings and profound truths of Eileen Caddy while reading “The Secret Life of Plants” by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird. That life/view changing book led me to find
“The Findhorn Garden” written largely by The Findhorn Community which is in a remote corner of Northern Scotland. Shortly thereafter, also in a Half Price Books
(where I have found many ,many book treasures at just the right moments in my life ) I came across and purchased “ A Guide for the Advanced Soul: A Book of Insight”.
Yeah, yeah, why would I need all of these books to remind me of important truths?
Because I am Human.
I have always had a love of inspirational quotes…
Here are a few of Eileen’s wisdoms that I read over and over, forget and then find again..to re-member….all seem to be from her writing, Footprints on the Path
“When you feel that you have reached the end
and cannot go one step further,
when life seems to be drained of all purpose:
what a wonderful opportunity to
start all over again, to turn over a new page”.
"LEARN to act spontaneously, to act by intuition, and to do what your heart prompts you to do, not just what your mind tells you is reasonable or sensible. Some acts of pure love may appear to be very unreasonable, even foolish, in the eyes of others but it matters not. When you are prompted to act, do so and do not stop to weigh it up or even wonder why you are doing it. That small act of love may have some very far-reaching effect. It may not even reveal itself to begin with. Do not waste time looking for results; simply do what you know you must do, and then leave the rest to Me. Sometimes it may take a long time for that seed of love to germinate in a hard, cold heart, but once it has been planted, sooner or later it will show itself. AN you have to do is to do your part in faith, and know that all is very, very well".
“Stride forward with a firm steady step
knowing with a deep certain inner knowing
that you will reach every goal you set yourselves,
that you will achieve every aim”
“Never be afraid to tread the path alone.
Know which is your path
and follow it wherever it may lead you;
Do not feel you have to follow in someone
“Dwell not on the past. Use it to illustrate a point,
then leave it behind. Nothing really matters
except what you do now in this instant of time.
From this moment onward you can be an
entirely different person,
filled with love and understanding,
ready with an outstretched hand,
uplifted and positive in every thought and deed”.
“Life is full and overflowing with the new.
But it is necessary to empty out the old to make room
For the new to enter”.
“Expect your every need to be met,
expect the answer to every problem,
expect abundance on every level,
expect to grow spiritually”.
“Stop sitting there with your hands folded
looking on, doing nothing;
Get into action and live this full and glorious life.
You have to do it”.
On my blog of June 17th, 2007 you will find my favorite of Eileen's insights.
http://www.eileen-caddy.net/ Remember there is wisdom in ALL forms of faith.
Yesterday was the first time that (after reading his book for over 6 months) I finally went online to search and learn more about Joseph Rael. This morning I started clicking on some of the pictures of the Peace Chambers and I just about fell off my chair to see my version of my strawbale Octagon dream house in this one in Michigan.http://www.earthsongpeace.com/
The first time I ever heard Brian Cutean's melodic voice , I was stocking produce at the Wheatsville Food Coop in Austin, Texas where I worked at the time back in 1985.
Somehow I got into a conversation with him and he told me that he was a musician doing a gig coming up at an amazing little club called Chameleons (sp?)just off Sixth Street that I had been to alot because two amazing dykes owned it and I was way into the Women's music scene back then( still am but have expanded my horizons). Moving there to Austin right after college was a God/dess send anyway in so many ways but most of all it exposed me to the amazing kaleidoscope that is the world of folk and acoustic music. Let's just say I was spoiled there in the "Live Music Capital of the World". I saw him many more times in different locations before I left Austin to start my Environmental Education/Naturalist career in Vermont in 1987.
So the first thing I remember about seeing Brian play for the first time was the incredible light emanating from his eyes. It was hard to tell from my vantage point whether they were brown or blue, I could really only see "Light". Then he started singing. I can't really explain in this blog. You really have to hear this stuff for yerselves. I would recommend "Lubricating the Species" as a first dessert for yer ears.
I serendipitously have run into Brian over the years at the Ruch Barter Faire in Oregon, Kerrville and back in Austin when I tried (unsuccessfully... too many people) to move back to Austin in 1998. Today I got a surprise email from him and I could only smile (permagrin the whole way through) to read the newest from him, this Bright Spot in the Universe.
He still roams playing music between Eugene , Oregon and Austin....and everyone STILL
should hear his music. He has a load of concerts up and down the West coast this summer. Check out the Master of Puns and his blog at
http://www.qtnrg.org/ You truly will not be sorry.
Peace, Annie B.