July 23, 2011

4 things you can never recover

Posted in Philosophy at 10:25 PM by moxiemuse

The stone…after the throw. The word…after it’s said. The occasion…after it’s missed. The time…after it’s gone. ~ Anonymous

July 11, 2010

The bluebird of happiness

Posted in Animals, Philosophy, Spirit, Work at 12:07 AM by moxiemuse

AKA "My bluebird of happiness"

First sighting: July 2, ~ 8:30 PM

Second sighting: July 10, ~ 3:20 PM

At the time of each sighting, I was on the phone with people I befriended during our 2005 trip to Egypt. A significant transformational event as no other in my life. I wonder what two sightings in a week will bring? My inner knowing is telling me it has to do with my work so stay tuned as there is a stirring afoot.

Significance of the bluebird

From Kala at http://www.exploreyourspirit.com/blog/category/kala/

The solar and lunar eclipse cycles this year (full moon eclipse on June 26 and solar new moon eclipse on July 11) will have the greatest effect on the cardinal signs of Capricorn, Aries, Libra and Cancer, especially those born early in the sign. For Capricorns, early in the sign would be those with December birthdays. These eclipses bring their strongest energy three days before and after the actual event dates, which has the July eclipse effect being felt beginning on the 8th. The after-effects of an eclipse continue to be felt for another six months.

The current powerful eclipse cycle marks a time of great change, and brings to a head decisions of priorities between home and career.

Eclipses bring things to a head and sound the clarion call to action. While many fear the swift changes that eclipses bring, in the long run they can be seen as helping to shake people from situations where they needed to make a change and were stalling for one reason or another. Eclipses open your eyes and leave you little room to continue to live as you were.

The eclipse in late June was an especially difficult and challenging period for Capricorns and Cancers and may have had them second guessing their decisions. The new eclipse delivers a more soothing energy in comparison to the one in June.

  • A good omen, considered to bring happiness, contentment and joy.
  • The bluebird visits a human and reports back to the gods, similar to the phrase, “a little bird told me”.
  • Prosperity, good luck, and the bluebird is the only bird considered not to have a dark side.
  • Symbol of changes and passages, bluebirds indicate that those who previously attempted to block our progress will now find themselves blocked and hindered.
  • Bluebirds are the magical color of the East and enhance the throat chakra and creative artistic impression.


From Ted Andrews, Animal Speak, book re: Bluebird

Keynote: Modesty, unassuming confidence and happiness

Cycle of Power: Winter and summer (changes of seasons)

Although once common, they are now quite rare. This is often a reminder that we are born to happiness and fulfillment, but we sometimes get so lost and wrapped up in the every day events of our lives that our happiness and fulfillment seem rare. When bluebirds show up as a totem, it should first of all remind you to take time to enjoy yourself.

Bluebird males are entirely blue, although occasionally there will be some warm reddish tones on the chest as well. Pay attention to the colors and where they are located. This will provide some insight.

Blue is associated with the throat chakra and creative expression. Blue is symbolic, so ask yourself what blue means to you personally. (NOTE TO SELF: ‘Got’ that Dad looked best in blue because of his pale blue/grey eyes although he had red in his eyes because of his glaucoma.)

The idea of the bluebird being symbolic of happiness is fairly recent.

This bird always has a plaintive song and a modest, unassuming appearance. Its shoulders are hunched up when perched, giving an impression as if ready to dive. This can be symbolic of a need to work hard and play hard. Are you trying to shoulder too much responsibility? (NOTE TO SELF: Have been complaining to Jill the trainer and Dr. Oh the chiropractor about my odd pain at the top and side of my shoulders.)

To the Pueblo, bluebirds are considered winter birds because they descend to the lowlands with the snow and cold during that season. This transition from winter to summer is dramatic in the area of the western home of the Pueblo. It is a transition from great coldness to summer heat.

This is symbolic of a passage, a time of movement into another level of being. Specifically, it is connected to the transformation of a girl into a woman. This, of course, has connection to human fertility and a new confidence and happiness in coming into your own.

Bluebirds are gentle and unaggressive, although very scrappy when threatened. Their homes usually have an entrance facing South, the direction for awakening the inner child.

If a bluebird has come into your life, look for opportunities to touch the joyful and intrinsically native aspects of yourself that you may have lost touch with.

June 6, 2010

Are you searching for an alternate universe, too?

Posted in Philosophy, Spirit at 6:54 PM by moxiemuse

Moonlight window of an alternate universe

“Reality is considered a leading cause of stress for those who choose to be in touch with it – a silent form of crowd control believed to be thought up by our space chums. But it just too confining and I needed to let go of something – so decided that reality was going to be optional.” –Lily Tomlin

Reality has to be agreed upon – it cannot hold us from imagined lives unless we collude with the myth that there are no other choices –agreeing with others that this is as good as it gets.

This is where my oft-used byline comes in: Embrace the world in your own genuine style.

If a genuine style means not accepting “reality” for reality, then embrace it, I say. “Reality” is just how you perceive what is going on around you, shaped by years of conditioning. Change the conditioning, change the perception. The changes will occur not from the mental realm but in the heart space. Start there.

I’ve been having issues with my eyes now for some time, trying different drops and ointments to ease the pain of dry eyes. It dawned on me that on some level, I was choosing to keep my eyes closed when I woke up every day; almost like wanting to stay in a dream state so that I wouldn’t have to “see” certain things. Without the assistance of the drops and ointment to keep my eyes hydrated during the night, my tear ducts dried so much so that upon waking, my eyelids were stuck to my pupils and opening my eyes was painful because cells off of my pupils were being torn off each morning.

If eyes are said to be the windows to one’s soul, then what were mine saying?

A distorted reality was being projected. Clearly (no pun intended), mine were reacting to the “reality” that is my life and they were not liking some aspects of what they saw. The opthamologist doesn’t have a cure for dry eyes, offering the drops and ointments as a panacea, which isn’t treating the problem at its core. The core, as I “see” it, is that I need to experience a new, healthier reality because the current one isn’t working. This is where realizing (making real) an alternate universe and embracing it in my own genuine style, needs to take front and center.  

Here’s to alternate universes for us all!

January 23, 2010

Response to adversity

Posted in leadership, Philosophy, Spirit at 10:43 PM by moxiemuse

She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not go her way — and surely it has not — she adjusted her sails.

September 8, 2009

Spiritual conspiracy: A poem

Posted in Philosophy, Spirit at 3:47 AM by moxiemuse

Every moment is an opportunity for love and transformation.

Every moment is an opportunity for love and transformation.

Many of you know that I work with essential oils daily. Essential oils raise our frequencies; that means our minds as well as our bodies, to align with truth and higher thoughts. The following poem is a beautiful reminder in times when we are all dealing with the potential of mandatory vaccines, the outcome of Health Care Reform, etc.

Whether we see it or not, know it or not, THIS is what is really going on even if it does not appear so obvious. We can choose where we focus in any given moment. I know it can be challenging sometimes when things are looking bad. Read this often to stay reminded. Enjoy!

The word conspiracy (con + spire) actually means to breathe together. The poetic essay below is an inspiring reminder that we are being deliciously enveloped by a growing spiritual conspiracy. Increasing numbers around the globe are breathing together. As old structures crumble around us, we are conspiring to breathe new life and a new way of living into our world. We know that no matter how crazy things may look on the surface, the universe is conspiring to shower us with blessings. Enjoy the rich flow of conscious conspiracy as you breathe in the soul-touching words below.

Breathing together with you…


On the surface of our world right now
There is war, violence, and craziness
And things may seem dark.
But calmly and quietly
At the same time
Something is happening underground.
An inner revolution is taking place
And certain individuals
Are being called to a higher light.
It is a silent revolution
From the inside out
From the ground up.
This is a global co-operation
That has sleeper cells in every nation.
It is a planetary Spiritual Conspiracy.

You won’t likely see us on T.V.
You won’t read about us in the newspaper.
You won’t hear from us on the radio.
We don’t seek glory.
We don’t wear any uniform.
We come in all shapes and sizes, colors and styles.
We are in every country and culture of the world
In cities big and small, mountains and valleys
In farms and villages, tribes and remote islands.
Most of us work anonymously
Seeking not recognition of name
But profound transformation of life.
Working quietly behind the scenes
You could pass by one of us on the street
And not even notice.
We go undercover
Not concerned for who takes the final credit
But simply that the work gets done.
Many of us may seem to have normal jobs.
But behind the external storefront
Is where the deeper work takes a place.
With the individual and collective power
Of our minds and hearts
We spread passion, knowledge, and joy to all.
Some call us the Conscious Army
As together
We co-create a new world.

Our orders come from the Spiritual Intelligence Agency
Instructing us to drop soft, secret love bombs
when no one is looking.
Poems ~ Hugs ~ Music ~ Photography ~ Smiles ~ Kind words
Movies ~ Meditation and prayer ~ Dance ~ Websites
Social activism ~ Blogs ~ Random acts of kindness…
We each express ourselves
In our own unique ways
With our own unique gifts and talents.
“Be the change you want to see in the world”
That is the motto that fills our hearts.
We know this is the path to profound transformation.
We know that quietly and humbly
Individually and collectively
We have the power of all the oceans combined.

At first glance our work is not even visible.
It is slow and meticulous
Like the formation of mountains.
And yet with our combined efforts
Entire tectonic plates
Are being shaped and moved for centuries to come.
Love is the religion we come to share
And you don’t need to be highly educated
Or have exceptional knowledge to understand it.

Love arises from the intelligence of the heart
Embedded in the timeless evolutionary pulse
Of all living beings.
Be the change you want to see in the world.
Nobody else can do it for you.
Yet don’t forget, we are all here supporting you.
We are now recruiting.
Perhaps you will join us
Or already have.
For in this spiritual conspiracy
All are welcome, and all are loved.
The door is always open.

~ Author Appropriately Unknown

September 1, 2009

Julie/Julia movie: Light, delightful, and the premise of Julia is worth pondering

Posted in Cooking, Movie, Philosophy, Writing tagged at 12:10 AM by moxiemuse



Jason and I went and saw the movie, “Julie and Julia” a week ago. It was a light and delightful respite from the regular movie fare. We saw it at the Gold Class Cinemas in Redmond, where they have reclining chairs and food/drinks arrive at the press of a button. Indulgence! As a bonus, the chef came out and cooked 2 recipes from Julia Child’s book. He was quite funny as he talked his way through cooking. What a treat!

You probably know the story line: the interweaving of the story of Julia Child’s life in Paris and the process of writing her famous cookbook and that of blogger and writer Julie Powell who, 50 years later, writes of her year of living in and through the contents of Child’s cookbook from her small Queens apartment.

It’s funny and whimsical – and there is no intention of writing a “review” of the movie here. The reason for sharing my seeing of the movie is that it was a great example of two women who lived (in the case of Julia) and live (as Julie still does) as a Creator, based on TED.

Julia Child was in her late 30s, living in Paris with her diplomat husband Paul and decided to determine what she wanted to do. She started with one of her primary passions: eating French food. She decided to learn to cook and the rest, as they say, is history – and the subject of the movie. Once she and her cookbook co-writers created the vision of a cookbook for American chefs, it took OVER 8 YEARS of baby steps, and disappointments, and perseverance for the dream to be realized.

Yet even when the creating was hard, she did not default to the role of Victim. To the contrary, as Meryl Streep (who portrays Julia in the movie) said in a recent New Your Times Interview, “When you talk about passion, Julia Child just didn’t have it for her husband or cooking; she had a passion for living. What was compelling about her was her joie de vivre and her unwillingness to be bogged down in negativity. She loved being alive and that’s inspirational in itself.” She was a Creator. And her husband, Paul, was a huge supporter and champion, acting as a Challenger, Coach and Co-Creator her. They were a great example of a couple living The Empowerment Dynamic TED) together.

As were (and are) Julie Powell and her husband Eric. Julie found herself in a dreary day-job as a secretary. Rather than dwell on and wallow in self-pity, she devised a dream and a goal: to make her way through Julia Child’s cookbook in a year. Hence, she set out to create by cooking 524 recipes in 365 days and to write a blog along the way. The rest is her history and the book behind this movie.

So, when you are ready for a treat, go see the movie. Watch it through the lens of TED* and watch two Creators – connected by a shared passion for food and cooking – baby step their way into their fulfilling their envisioned outcomes.

Very inspirational and I just love movies like this one where you leave the theater uplifted.

July 12, 2009

The owl of Minerva flies only at dusk

Posted in Philosophy, Travel, Work at 6:34 PM by moxiemuse

I’m back from vacationing in Italia and trying to work through the jet lag, which is why I’m enjoying this article.

June 10, 2009

45 life lessons from a 90 year old woman

Posted in Philosophy at 9:18 PM by moxiemuse

This is something we should all read at least once a week. My favorites are 16, 22, and 25 🙂

Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio.

 “To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I’ve ever written. My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others.You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful, or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take NO for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Overprepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: ‘In five years, will this matter?’

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If everyone threw their problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s problems, we’d grab ours back!

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

42. The best is yet to come.

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

Friends are the family that we choose for ourselves.

May 22, 2009

Pondering this anonymous quote

Posted in Philosophy tagged at 4:03 AM by moxiemuse

“When work, commitment, and pleasure all become one and you reach that deep well where passion lives, nothing is impossible.”  Author Unknown



How perfect life would be if we could all embody that quote.

April 15, 2009

Crystal skulls and crystal heads abound in my head today

Posted in Art, Healing, Movie, Philosophy, Religion tagged , , , , , at 7:05 PM by moxiemuse

MAX the Crystal Skull from Houston, Texas

MAX the Crystal Skull from Houston, Texas

My friend, JoAnn Parks of Houston, TX, is the caretaker of MAX the Crystal Skull. She’s visited my home with MAX and we’ve had many people come and sit with MAX and his energies. MAX is a true wonder of the world when it comes to ancient, dare I say even, off-world artifacts. MAX has been featured in a number of TV documentaries and in radio programs.

MAX came into the life of JoAnn and Carl Parks over 20 years ago when JoAnn, desperate to prolong the life of her dying daughter, was introduced to Norbu Chen, a Tibetan red-hat lama, who used MAX the Crystal Skull to heal her daughter. JoAnn’s daughter lived another 3 years as a result of Norbu’s work with MAX. Norbu gave MAX to JoAnn and told her that one day, she would know what to do with it. It sat in her closet for 7 years until through the result of a chance TV program, she connected with Nick Nocerino, the owner of another ancient crystal skull, Sha Na Ra.

Both MAX and Sha Na Ra are considered to be part of the legend-story of 13 crystal skulls, who were once together on earth acting as a library of vast knowledge. According to the legend-story, the skulls were dispersed when humans abused this knowledge, around the time of the fall of Atlantis or the Great Flood.  Since then, they’ve been hidden until such a time when humans were ready to treat the knowledge these skulls contain with much better care. Some believe, this time is now and thus, some of these skulls are coming out into the open, including via wide media exposure. George Lucas, among others, are big believers of the power of these skulls as evidenced by his movie, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls.

JoAnn, with her lovely sense of humor, also told me about actor Dan Akroyd and his fascination with crystal skulls to the point that he created a product around his obsession: Crystal Head Vodka. I aim to try it one of these days.

UPDATE: Well, wouldn’t you know it but the same day I post about crystal heads, so does Ellie Crystal!

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