"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing!" …Helen Keller …Saving the world, one life-changing, consciousness raising, wonderful adventure at a time.

butterfly thoughts…


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Everyone loves butterflies.  We caterpillars longingly watch them soar to the heavens and flit about from flower to flower. Oh we so much wish we could be one. But we know we’re just a caterpillar.  That is simply our lot in life: we have no say in the matter.  Sometimes we hear about or even meet other caterpillars who have become butterflies and we wonder by what miracle they were able to do it.  Change your thinking the grapevine tells us.  We do…but it seems to make no difference.  We’re happier for a while just at the thought of becoming something so beautiful and loved and free.  But then after a while we give up…we realize this was not meant for us.  We are obviously just not good enough. Our parents, well we didn’t even know them so they must not have been anyone special; our childhood, well it was kinda low and wormy down on the earth. Why would we ever think we could be anything but a lowly worm? So we keep on thinking down to earth caterpillar thoughts.  And we keep on wishing.

Till one day we realize that even thinking butterfly thoughts makes us happier.  Even without any need to ever change, just those thoughts of beauty and love and freedom make us happy. And then we see that the more we think those thoughts the happier we become. Our focus is changing from a life in the dirt to flying, till we even begin to feel like we are flying.

We become so filled with these butterfly thoughts that we could live forever in the dirtiest mud and our hearts would still be soaring into the heavens.

We are so overflowing with love and joy that nothing else matters but to live in this deepest gratitude and surrender to the life that is being given.

We surrender.

We let these higher thoughts change our mind and change who we are. We feel ourselves becoming new, being newly created in a new image.

We realize we are not our body, this caterpillar body that crawls in the mud.

We feel our cells changing to reflect our newly realized being.

Imaginal cells, changing caterpillars into butterflies.

Our destiny is to fly free, to live in deepest joy.

Finally we become who we were destined to be.


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60-70,000 thoughts in one day. That’s what they say we have. Not quite sure how they calculated that.  Did they have someone conscious enough that they were aware of and counting every thought coming in? And what exactly is the determining factor to tell us that one thought has stopped and another thought started?  Anyway, that number equates to about one thought every second, or actually a little more than a second.  I guess the point is that we do a lot of thinking.

And then they go on to tell us that 90 some percent of thoughts thought are waste thoughts AND unconscious AND are repetitions of previous thoughts.  Again it would be interesting to see how they came up with these figures. But again we clearly get the point!  Painfully clearly!!

  1. If our thoughts create our circumstances and if we are not conscious of most of our thoughts then we are just robots!!
  2. If our thoughts are over 90% repetitions of previous thoughts then we have no hope. We can clearly predict tomorrow and any future because with a few variations it will all be the same as yesterday and today and the last 40 years…so then why even bother living tomorrow because it’s really already done…it’s already lived isn’t it?
  3. To change our future and create the future we really want we need to change our thoughts. To change our thoughts we need to become conscious of them.

In other words…. stop thinking caterpillar thoughts!!

…unless you wanna be a caterpillar…. forever.

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let’s tango

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Slow, quick quick, one, two three, one and a two three, spin and turn and float along.  Oh sooo lovely, life is sooo beautiful when you just follow its lead.

But it’s not always like that.  Sometimes mind just gets in the way with its persistent nagging, “Who is this I’m dancing with?  and Why?  I don’t want to be here.  He keeps trying to push me around.  He doesn’t know what he’s doing. ..etc, etc, blah, blah-blah blah blah blah.”

A few years ago I once went to a Tango class.  I love the Tango, mostly watching it because it’s a little complicated to learn in just one or two lessons.  Each step is so expressive, so much an act of creation, a spontaneous yet deliberate moving into new territory, just following where the music leads.   The instructor said that in Brazil it’s the men who take dance lessons.  Women don’t need to because their only job is to follow.  Wow!!  What a concept!!  It kinda gives me goose bumps just to think about it.  What if I could live my life like that?  Just living in not knowing.  Just moving one step at a time with no need to know the end result…with no need to even know where each foot will land…moving with pure abandon, total surrender to the dance,  yet placing each foot deliberately in tune with the music and with your dance partner…living life in the moment.   One great big glorious dance!  How could anything be so beautiful?!!

Pinch of Spice:  Find a tango class and take a lesson.  Notice how alive you feel as you move with your partner.  Whether you are leading or following, together you are in the act of creation.

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2014: Burn the Old, Invent the New

sacred fire

sacred fire


Sunday I led a New Year’s Mini-Retreat at my house. We re-viewed our past year, miracles, accomplishments, our failures and disappointments. We listed all our limiting ideas, thoughts and beliefs that were holding us back from greatness. We built a beautiful blazing fire and one by one we offered all things from the past to be purified in the sacred flames. We watched as our past burned on bits of paper turning to ash before our eyes.


Our souls felt purified. And with a clean slate we visioned our New Year. In silence of meditation we opened ourselves to a whole new being… to a whole new, previously unimagined possibility for our lives. Feeling the infinite nature of who we really are we began to write new messages upon the slate of 2014.

Faith, Love, Joy, Life, Harmony, Peace, Light, Greatness, Gratitude, Truth, Giving,  were the seeds of the writing on the slate.


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…robin takes me away…to meditation

Robin’s Meditation

Robin’s call takes me away
….to another shore
where time has no meaning,
where thoughts exist no more.
Clamoring, clinging shouts
persistently demanding tenant’s rights…
demanding to maintain residence
are losing the battle…
in the joyful call of the robin.

Empty rooms are found and
spaciousness is once again the king

Silence rings its bell
and the unfamiliar taste of rest
is the gift
to welcome new guests like me.

Always follow a robin’s call.
This is life lived.


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Baby striped skunk

Baby striped skunk (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many years ago we loved going camping and more often than not, weekends would find us out in our tent in the trees somewhere.  We slept on mats on the floor…no fancy stuff for these hardy tenters.  Being in nature always renews and energizes.

One morning I woke at earliest dawn as it was just starting to get light outside and I lazily rolled over and opened my eyes.  Yikes!!! there right in front of my eyes, so close I was afraid a blink might scare him, was a black and white striped tail!!!  you guessed it!!  a skunk!!!  Help!! Panic!!  What to do?  If I moved a muscle I might regret it for the rest of my life… or at least for many weeks.  Screaming was definitely not an option.  My brain was on overdrive but my body was paralyzed.. barely even breathing. I suddenly realized that I was powerless in this situation.  Even though this little skunk was just a mere fraction of my size he definitely held the upper hand.  No amount of anything I could do would save me if Sir Skunk decided to pull a power trip.

So I just relaxed into the realization that he either does his thing or not and I can either just enjoy the moment or not.  Enjoyment seemed the better option.  Sir Skunk was such a beautiful little creature, and moved so gracefully about, almost elegantly, kind of like he knew he was royalty.  He sniffed around and after a few minutes he was at the doorway.  Oh please, Sir Skunk, you managed to get in so please find your way out.  The door flap was zipped shut so he must have somehow got under. Ooops, I had to move my head to be able to keep him in my eyesight.  No, here he was coming over toward me again.  Another close up view of a skunk tail.  That skunk tail is like the opposite of a white flag.  White means surrender, peace, but black and white stripes…this is like a warning flag signalling danger!!  Have you ever experienced the intensest fear at the same time as deepest relaxation?!  For five minutes which seemed like five hours I watched and alternated between paralytic panic and enormous enjoyment and actually it was more like both were there at the same time…and then there he was by the door and suddenly his tail just disappeared under the door flap and he was gone.

WOW!!!  What an experience!!  This was for a few minutes an experience of life lived!!  And that aliveness shaped the rest of my day and days to come.

Moral of the story: Enjoy the moment no matter what it brings.

Pinch of Spice:  This week just notice your automatic reaction to things and instead of acting upon that reaction just enjoy the moment, the experience and the reaction…and no you don’t need to find a skunk!!  Each day at the end of the day take a few minutes to review the day to recall any emotions, even slight ones and see how you can bring enjoyment to that experience.

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