Sunday, August 24, 2014

Shenandoah Star Legend

 Shenandoah, Daughter of the Stars Legend

After the Great Spirit had made the world, the morning stars came together on the shores of a quiet silver lake bordered with blue mountains, the most beautiful place they could see.

Hovering above the quiet waters and lighting the mountain tops with their robes of fire, the stars sang their songs of joy and pledged to gather here every thousand years.

One time when the stars were singing, there came a mighty crashing!! A great rock in the mountain wall tore asunder, and through the deep opening the lake waters began to pour out and rush to the sea.

As time passed, the stars looked over the earth for another place to meet. They finally agreed upon a lovely valley through which a winding river ran.

Suddenly the stars realized that this valley had been the bed of their beautiful lake, and the blue mountains around it were the same ones upon which they had cast their robes of light in ages past.

The stars were so joyous they placed the brightest jewels from their crowns in the river
where they still lie and sparkle. And ever since that day, the river and its valley have been called....DAUGHTER OF THE STARS

The above old tale elevates me to see my celestial connection here in the Shenandoah.  There is an amazing mind/body insight that  I use to illuminate my spirit.  When I allow my water body to be purified by these star-filled ultra violet lights every atom of my existence becomes awakened. The transmutation of these astral lights forms a union of opposites grounding the heavens with our earth; rooting the soil with water and air charged by this extraordinary cosmic phenomenon. A numinous one-ness is born beyond concepts. Where the river meets the land or air touches the water. The mystery of this whole, where a moment becomes a trillion years. A rare synchronous and numinous events celebrate the unification of our inner and outer worlds. Rays cycle- circulating the elements of all known things, simultaneously dancing light and darkness in unimaginable ways.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Honoring the Mystery

When I honor the mystery I liberate myself to a wiser way of being.   Showing up to life’s mystical truth I become awakened.  We all share, come from and return to this mystery.   Also we all are connected by a common spirit of the mystical elements of earth, air, fire, and water.  

Both we and I are one and the same with the cosmos.  Everything is made up of some distant stardust including our flesh; bones, blood and body are comprised of the same things.

Awakening that my heart and the earth are tied together unites me.  When I see the interconnection that allows me to go beyond my suffering.  Love and understanding comes with this realization.  Such inner being is the portal to my oneness and all being.  There is a higher level of consciousness when I see the mystery of all things.  Chaos strangely organizes again into new phenomenon.  I am just a cloud passing in the sky reforming into new water vapor.

Just as a tree nourishes me I exchange with it with the air  I breathe and the oxygen it shares.  All natural cycles exchanges life sustaining properties. All things I smell, taste, touch, hear, and feel have a shared mystical connection. 

Honoring this mystery elevates my well-being, and unifies my consciousness.  Our collective heart guides us to the truth of our mutual connections.  Awakening to my common relationship with all things, comes through stillness and a profound listening. 

There is mystical exchange of love and light in this amazing universal spider's web.  Respecting this mystery gives me guidance and freedom. 

May I honor the mystery since nothing is separate
May I be still with not fully knowing, fully present
May I observe the sacred bonds all things mystical
May I know how all things exchange air, fire, water, earth forms
May I contemplate on how my body and the world act in self organizing chaos.
May I see that even things lifeless have spirit
May I behold how we share the same things
May we explore the deeper truth of the universal mystery

Friday, August 8, 2014

Legacy- Pass it on!

Being a visitor here I wish to leave behind something that speaks to the core of my heart. May I leave behind a footprint that is more like the flight of a hawk than the remains of an elephant.

Passing on better prospects is the best investment I can make. Everyday I attempt to share a kind word or a smile. Investing in some type of positive action is passing on a some form of a legacy. Thus far I have assisted numerous resource conservation programs and taught tennis to thousands of people of all walks.  Also I have helped many people and donated my time to many volunteer causes.

Service to others is the ultimate gift for me.  This form of generosity provides me with enormous benefits.   Taking the time to pause and bond with people I increase my divine connection.  Also meeting folks from where they are allows me to discover what is truly going on.

Everything in life is about relationships.  Treating resources or non living matter as sacred I find grace. This heightens my feelings of being alive.  I find happiness from all the bountiful ways I can my show thanks to this earth. From this I receive what I call "happy returns."  May I pass on the this legacy of appreciation since it is the ultimate gift that keeps on giving. 

 Love the animals, love the plants, love everything.  If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things.  Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day.  And you will come a last to love the whole world.  With all-embracing love. F Dostyevsky

To laugh often and much
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others: To leave the world a bit better, whether a healthy child, a garden patch or redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded- RW Emerson