The Paradox of Awakening – Deb Ozarko

I’m feeling increasingly weary with—and disconnected from—the desecrated world created by homo sapiens. From the rapid demise of iconic animals such as orcas, elephants and giraffes, to the extinction of hundreds (perhaps thousands that we’re unaware of) species every single day, to unfathomable numbers of birds, fish and mammals being slaughtered, hunted and eaten into oblivion as they simultaneously lose habitat from human encroachment and climate disruption; polar bear cubs poisoned by their mothers milk from ubiquitous human pollutants; escalating mental illness expressed through xenophobia, misogyny, speciesism, hate, and violence; the accelerating breakdown of the ocean, the hyperactive Ring of Fire, and most troubling of all, the unprecedented meltdown of the Arctic—the now terminally ill regulator of our global climate. It’s all so dizzying, and I’ve barely scratched the surface.

Continue reading at its Source: The Paradox of Awakening – Deb Ozarko

Come Sit with Me – Guest Post by Sharon Milliman

Dearest one, come and sit with me for a while. Rest your eyes and feel the out pouring of my Grace.

Come Sit with Me for Awhile

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Oh, quiet now and rest, my beautiful little soul and be at peace, for you are on a journey of wonder and delight.

Come now and rest with me on a beautiful star this glorious velvet night.

Come learn, come share, come give of you and my love and light shall pull you through.

There will be no more endless days and painful choices, so turn a deaf ear to the subtlety in the voices.

You need only have ears to hear the truth. The truth is inside of you, and you know the way.

I love you my dearest little one. Just reach out and let me hold your gentle little hand and I will help you to understand.

Oh precious little soul, come sit with me for just a while, come laugh, come sing, and share a smile.

Dear sweet child of mine, listen carefully; hear my words, for they are set upon the wind.

Let Joy and happiness enter in, and you will hear the Angels sing.

Come out of the shadows, and be a part; this is not the end, it’s just the start.

Let my love and Joy come alive inside of your heart.

Stand up and uncover the light you try so hard to hide, for it sparkles like diamonds in the velvet sky.

Walk straight and tall with your head held high. For you know, you are precious in my eyes.

Let the truth conquer all. And the light of your soul will shine bright in the Heavens for all eternity. Do not be afraid for I will shelter you from the storm.

Dearest one, come and sit with me for a while. Rest your eyes and feel the out pouring of my Grace.

Come and sit with me for a while. Come laugh, come sing, come share a smile.

Come and rest with me on a star this glorious velvet night.

© 2016 Sharon Milliman
A Song In The Wind, A Near Death Experience, Chp. 8

Vision, Hope, and Leadership

Part of a chapter in my book, Lost & Found

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Planning Change

Many groups lack the foresight or level of planning required to take an organization beyond the early stages of development. For some, that’s fine; they may not need to have long-range planning. However, if an organization wants to make a real impact on its little portion of the world (a.k.a. mission and vision statements), they have to get past the initial push of enthusiasm and break out of the limitations implicit in working without a plan. But even with a plan, organizations require far more than goals.

Sometimes this can happen through fortunate circumstances or enormous effort on the part of the whole organization to keep things growing organically. I’ve seen this and it is wondrous and rare turn of events. For the rest, it means either the organization will hobble along, perhaps doing OK and sustaining itself on generous donations of time and effort, or they begin the other natural result, dissolution. This can happen slowly, even imperceptibly, over a long period of time; usually, the money or volunteers or both dry up. The stalwart few hold on to the remnants as long as is humanly possible, but unfortunately this rarely works in the long run.

Hope as an Intangible Asset

Hope is one of those intangible assets that can never be measured, bought, or borrowed. It must be present and sustained by those in the position to provide leadership and vision. Hope is like water; it can easily run through the metaphorical fingers of an organization if it’s not contained with some degree of effort on the part of those whose mission and therefore job it is. Equally unfortunate, for leadership of almost every kind, two common issues arise. One is to take the job too seriously; the other is to take oneself too seriously. For me, this has been truly been a life lesson.

A new nonprofit is being created to assist Native Americans in dealing with the aftermath of integration into American society and cultures, often without any real help from the agencies that supposedly were designed to fill this role. The main problem with any governmental agency is that it becomes a victim of its own ideas of rules and efficiencies and of course, the bureaucracy inherent in their very structure. So this nonprofit will step up to the proverbial plate.

A Leader’s Heart

Though this leader’s heart can sometimes be burdened by doubt, it is never without an unflagging sense of hope. This has been my lesson and gift from my participation in this process. There was a TV episode where one character was warned of false hope. The quick and heated retort was that there is no such thing as false hope; there is only hope or no hope; it can never be anything in between.

Envisioning Hope

May I offer that hope is at the heart of our outlook on life? If we have no hope that things are or will soon be better, we will find ourselves in a downward spiral of depression and ultimately failure. However, by focusing—in the mind’s eye—on what may seem to be a false hope to the more pragmatic of us, especially in those of us in a leadership position, we successfully keep success an illusion. In other words, it truly is folly. Vision keeps the eye focused on the true goal of the mission’s success, but, it’s the recognition that in keeping hope alive and well, our success is assured. That’s as true in business as it is in life.

© 2016 DeBrady.biz

Excerpted from Lost & Found: Finding the Lost “I AM” Within You, Chapter 17, Guidance for Living in the New 5D World

Happy 1st Night of Hanakkah!

On Hanukkah, we’re reminded how it is faith that provides the light to guide us through difficult times!

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Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha’olam asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu l’hadlik ner shel hanukkah.

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Blessed are You, Lord our God, Ruler of the Universe, who has sanctified us with commandments, and commanded us to light Hanukkah candles.

From http://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/blessings-for-shabbat-holidays/

What is the proper greeting for Hanukkah?

To wish someone a Happy Hanukkah, say “Hanukkah Sameach!” (Happy Hanukkah) or simply “Chag Sameach!” (Happy Holiday). Or if you want to show off your Hebrew skills, say “Chag Urim Sameach!” (urim means “lights”).

See the full post: https://toriavey.com/hanukkah-the-festival-of-lights/#cthFH61zZYoJxsZQ.99

On this, the first night of Hanakkah, may you and yours experience the Light that brings peace, faith and understanding during this blessed time of year!

The Space Between — HeartSphere

“For some people, “the point of no return” begins at the very moment their souls become aware of each others’ existence.” ― C. JoyBell C. There is a space that lingers between souls, forever binding and separating. This brings the bond of love, and it is that which confounds it all the same. And I […]

via The Space Between — HeartSphere

Foodie Alert: EasyPeasy Cooking

No one has much time to cook during the holidays, but there’s so many events that you are expected to bring food to…so I’m going to share a not-so-secret, no-fail cookie bar that can be thrown together from simple ingredients with a minimum of effort.

Confessions of a Foodie – Cookbook to Follow!

Here’s a recipe that I’ll share here in prelude for future foodie fun…

Easy Peasy 6-Layer ChocoBars

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6-Layer ChocoBars

No one has much time to cook during the holidays, but there’s so many events that you are expected to bring food to…so I’m going to share a not-so-secret, no-fail cookie bar that can be thrown together from simple ingredients with a minimum of effort.

NOTE: Be careful to label these, if you are bringing them to a party with others who might have grain, nut and/or dairy allergies, since these contain all three.

What to buy

  • 1 small bag (8 oz) each of chocolate chips and butterscotch (or peanut butter) chips
  • 1 small box of graham crackers (you might be able to find crumbs, alternatively look for any flavor of no-bake cheesecake mixes)
  • 1 pound of unsalted butter (you only need 3 sticks)
  • 1 small bag (8 oz) of shredded coconut (sweetened or not, your preference)
  • 1 bag (at least 8 oz) of pecans (these can be found cheapest in the cooking sections, whole or chopped)
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk (hint: if you buy the cheesecake mix, this will be in there already!)

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F.); if using a toaster or convection oven, this won’t take long.
  2. Prepare a baking pan (9×13 inch recommended) by spreading or spraying with oil or butter.
  3. Crumb (if not already done) graham crackers.
  4. Melt 3 sticks of butter (3/4 cup).
  5. Pour melted butter over graham cracker crumbs and mix until evenly coated.
  6. Pat the buttered crumbs into the bottom of the greased baking pan.
  7. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the crumbs, then the other chips.
  8. Sprinkle the chopped pecans, followed by the coconut flakes over the chips.
  9. Drizzle the sweetened condensed milk evenly over the flakes.
  10. Bake in the 350F oven for 25-30 minutes or until the coconut is toasty brown.
  11. Let cool before cutting into squares and you’re done!

If you’re bringing the whole pan into work or to a party, you might buy a aluminum pan that can be left behind. Don’t expect leftovers! Dangerous if left around the house…you’ve been warned! Also, these are high in sugar and fat with not much in the way of nutrition, but you probably figured that out all by yourself, right?

PS: Recipes cannot be copyrighted, but the cookbook can…stay tuned to find out how you can sign up for an early copy for your kitchen!

© 2016 DeBrady.biz

Of War and the Cry for Peace

Unless we change our minds about these deeply held beliefs, Shakespeare’s words of 500 years ago will surely be as true tomorrow as it was when the ink was drying on his quill. Or, that it was an old truth when those words were penned about a time of Roman rule. All things end, but as to that end we are the ones who choose what its portents may hold for us.

Dogs of War and The Cry for Peace Beyond Human Understanding

Reflections of Opposites

We are entering a time of opposites, seeing deeply into a mirror of our own making. Pursuing that which we think we lack, but in truth, we cannot possess anything that we believe is lacking. The pursuit will be futile indeed, as the moon chases the sun into the horizon, all is an illusion in life without knowledge of how things work.

How is it that we believe that war will bring us peace of any kind? We couch the question as a need for safety, for protection of things and people we claim to hold dear. We choose the course of our lives in things that cannot possibly bring us closer to want we want or feel that we cannot live without, such is human folly.

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Shakespeare was aware of the use of the meaning of havoc and he used ‘cry havoc’ in several of his plays. The ‘cry havoc, and let slip the dogs of war’ form of the phrase is from his Julius Caesar, 1601. After Caesar’s murder Anthony regrets the course he has taken and predicts that war is sure to follow.[1]

ANTONY:

Blood and destruction shall be so in use

And dreadful objects so familiar

That mothers shall but smile when they behold

Their infants quarter’d with the hands of war;

All pity choked with custom of fell deeds:

And Caesar’s spirit, ranging for revenge,

With Ate by his side come hot from hell,

Shall in these confines with a monarch’s voice

Cry ‘Havoc,’ and let slip the dogs of war;

That this foul deed shall smell above the earth

With carrion men, groaning for burial.

How many is the number of our perceived enemies? How can vanquishing their numbers ever bring us closer to that need for safety? It shall never. It has never brought us one step closer, and surely, we keep up the illusion for that is what history seems to do. Repeating itself numerous times over the many eras of so-called human development.

Unless we change our minds about these deeply held beliefs, Shakespeare’s words of 500 years ago will surely be as true tomorrow as it was when the ink was drying on his quill. Or, that it was an old truth when those words were penned about a time of Roman rule. All things end, but as to that end we are the ones who choose what its portents may hold for us.

For me, I choose to walk in the light of the knowledge that we make our own way. Only the one that made us to walk upon this world of duality. This is what is meant by “beyond human understanding”. For, as long as we remain human, we can only define our world through the hazy and uncertain mirrors that reflect back to us our own fears…or visions of beauty. This is our only choice. What do you choose to see in that mirror?

Debra E. Brady

© 2016 DeBrady.biz

[1] The Phrase Finder, “Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war” http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/105600.html