What I Learned This Week

I learned 365 Animal Gratitude book is more than I anticipated. So grateful for the support, guidance, and vision which has come through several of my Hosts. Great Spirit’s breath runs through us all; however, many times it will come through others. We all have our specialties, and many times it takes a team. I am grateful for the team Great Spirit has gifted me with.

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And so now, I am grateful Great Spirit is given me the next egg…..The Study Guide for this 365 Animal Gratitude book. It begins this Monday morning……and the Guidance to stay balanced through the day by naturally engaging me in Noon Deeksha and evening Yoga.

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The Bird of Paradise blooms…….and I am grateful for feeling free after a having a “bring me the clarity in a harmonious way that benefits everyone” moment last night……..and it demonstrates through me and my Hosts this morning.

 

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In the middle of it all IS the Spider of Joy (orange) weaving………Grateful for the demonstration of clarity and keeping my power….and with perfect harmony

I freed myself; I am free to express the unique me, and even though part of me has no idea where this is leading, part of me has a vision, a determination, and a knowing…..I am grateful for all the magic Spirit has for me and is guiding for what is my best yet to be.

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Wednesday, I realize how grateful I am for my ‘ingrained’ Spiritual practices.

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Grateful for the precision of Great Spirit to place a Feather in a crack of road, and have me walk by to witness.

Grateful for the Eagle while praying in for a meeting with a URI Compassion for Animals Call………followed by Hawk and Crow at the park entrance for my meditation run.

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Grateful for determination and persistence with moving forward …. I am almost ready to have the Study Guide looked at for advice!!

Thursday brings pouring rains…..for me, it is a way for Spirit to say…..rest your physical body! Ha! However, it also brings Napoleon to naturally guard me. In this guarding, it brings a wonderful, cleansing conversation between ‘us.’

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I am gifted some incredible advice which simplifies and deepens the study guide at the same time………and I get it complete, ready for review! So, when I take my evening walk, in my path as I enter, is Turtle laying Her eggs……right at the spot I typically do my voice journal. “You lay the eggs as I instinctually guide you, let Mother incubate them, all Nature to the rest.” Exactly what I needed to ‘hear,’ as I begin to hear my thoughts of ‘worthiness.’

Friday as I pray in the day……early am…..I see a shooting star, then a second….I say, “How about a third Spirit?” and I receive…..Thank you Great Spirit! Thank you!

Perfect for the intense workday reviewing, editing, and organizing the study guide; while standing in my Truth on certain things……a perfect blend of “academic” mind and  ‘mystical’ mind……then, Napoleon demonstrates it is time to play!!

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THEN….

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On my Meditation Walk….Spirit gifts me with a Core Ball! for me to use….and the Perfect Color too! I had just considered getting one….and here it is on the side of the road. Though at this time, I am not sure why Spirit had me take the Helmet; however, more will be revealed for sure.

Napoleon has started itching again….so I look up in Louise Hay’s book, “Heal Your Life” ‘Itching.’ Fits perfectly, I understand.

So, Saturday….I have my work to complete on the Study Guide, I want to push forward; however, it has been two weeks with no ‘real’ day off. I know Napoleon is demonstrating to me what it is I am really feeling though underneath the stubborn ‘Mule” in me to keep pushing……so for Napoleon, (and myself)……we do it.

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We get out! Grateful for the perfectly nice day, warming up beautifully after a perfect chilly morning to sleep in. I am so grateful how Spirit provides exactly what is in order.

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Grateful for these beautiful clear Spring Waters! You can actually see the Fish swimming at the bottom…….then I remembered I have been affirming perfectly clear waters! LOL

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I am grateful our full complete day off and for my week ending with watching “Secret Life of Pets” and “Waterhorse”

For me, Animals………the reason I be, do, what it is I be, I do.

 

What My Week Taught Me

My Week begins with teaching me, no…..actually demonstrating to me that when ‘It’ shares with me something, it will be. It may not occur in ‘my’ time; however, it will.


So, after having Lizard show up several times and when Lizard enters the house, I am in awe; however, I am not surprised. I recall working with Lizard ‘Energy’ over the years; and I am so grateful for Lizard to return.

http://www.spirit-animals.com/lizard/

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I am grateful for Lizard’s quiet and brief encounter with Napoleon, my ability to distract Napoleon and for Lizard listening to get to Higher Ground.

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I’ve heard several times to set up and waterproof my recent gift, the tent, in my meditations. I hear it will rain, and yet the sun is shining. I move forth how I am guided. The tent gets complete. I am gifted an opportunity to serve and surprisingly raise cash.

Then, as the rains pour in, I am guided onto the computer, into a location and find some missing stories I had written!! Giving me the opportunity to do my “normal Sunday journaling.” It really does all get done…..and effortlessly when I listen to my Breath and follow the Natural Flow.

It is like being a playful Puppy with wings jumping through and as the Clouds…..I am grateful for the reminder.

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Monday is chilly; so Napoleon and I are grateful for the extra snugly wugly all day while I work on edits for the next book. So, for someone who dislikes cold; I can admit, the cuddles is a good benefit of cold.

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The first proof of the first book arrives!! I am grateful, excited, and yet…..there is more edits to do, for sure.

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With this and some other interesting news I receive; I could feel how my Energy is beginning to fall. I step outside to begin playing peek-a-boo with Lizard. The fogginess clears, my thoughts shift, and though not crystal clear, I can see the good in it all at the same time…..Spirit has some magic coming and I get the opportunity to grow some by letting this flow through me…….And Hawk screeches flying through.

I gift myself into surrendering to the editing process….with Faith of where it is leading. If I listen to my some of my thoughts, it would be easy for me to just stop. Instead, I keep surrendering to what the energy is leading me to ‘do.’

 

Wednesday…..oversleep but have an inceredible snuggle with Napoleon….it is all about the book edits and wow! As I am reading the pages…..I gotta keep grounding.

Like Lizard…….”Keep your head risen and follow your Guidance.”

Thursday it is all about the Book edits…….Wow! There is nothing like reading and editing 365 prayer meditations!! AND I still got to take Napoleon for a ride to the park! Then finish the day yoga… Awesome! Thank you Great Spirit!

The Sun attempts to hide, as I receive some more news which, once again, plummets me initially.

 

I pull up my Journal to write some thoughts and am met with a message………

Napoleon joins me as I treat myself to a Salt Bath………

and as I let it all go……I feel this focused determination flood me….and the Dragon above me begins spinning.

Friday I am naturally led into a fasting………and I am grateful for the focused, determined, two days of 365 Animal Gratitude book editing through these pages.

Balanced with hourly breaks of admiring the next Lily’s growth and the smiling Gladiolas………

and admiring the playful spouts between Napoleon and the Dogs.

and on Napoleon and I’s last walk for the week…..Saturday night…..The DragonFly whom had played with me numerous times over the past few weeks reminding me to dance and reflect the Light…..gifts Itself to me.

What My Week Taught Me

 

Today, Easter taught me…….I am the one being resurrected, we all are. I had this interesting moment where the conversations taking place ‘just had me,’ so I walked away. I walked away and got my motorcycle. I learned just how ‘in-tune’ She is……She spits, sputters, spews for awhile till She gets cleared out…..that would be me……even Napoleon howled in ….. I am so grateful for the Forest bath after a bit of ride.


Happy Resurrection Day!

Monday….I learn how grateful I am at noticing how compassionate I am being with myself in learning this new website/blog thing!! I had shared my gratitude about listening in the silence and seeing this “Owl Silhouette” as I step out after having a most wonderful prayer call, my thought is how we are all one of the Clouds and together we are all following the loving guidance of our hearts. When we break the silence, hoot (speak) make it count and what we really mean, what we really want.

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Tuesday I am so grateful for my schedule, my discipline and yet the ability to be flexible


I am at home wherever I am


I am granted a surprise solitude day, a focused list to complete for the day  and a beautiful inner guidance in beginning the first study guide.

 

Thursday

Begin next book, Got a few weeks get busy! Bring on the surge!!


Feeling my confidence returning


Murder of crows at yoga begin in evening now

What My Week Taught Me

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I am so grateful for my mornings….how much I really appreciate my quiet time, my MayaHara Self-Love meditation….and I deserve it. It is so worth getting up between 4-5 am to enjoy it…the absolute quiet and filling all my senses up….and sharing that with the world. Then, the gift of taking Napoleon out to explore explore with me during my empowering Sunrise Walk/Run.

“Focus on what you want, instead of on releasing, instead of on letting go…focus only on that which truly matters” is. what came out of my mouth……..so grateful for the conversation with a Soul Sister……where through our conversation it came through, “sometimes it is strand by strand, a minute by minute, re-directing of the mind….however, it is a practice so worth it. It is a weaving of our web, and we are all doing it. It is amusing, in its own way, when you realize this. We are all in our own areas, in our own ways, playing our own parts, and interlocking webs.

And the added beauty for me, is the Animals keep appearing for me at those most perfect moments…..”Spin mindfully, Weave prayerfully.” Spider come directly to my little corner.

 

…..I am grateful to witness Napoleon engaged in it! LOL

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And on Monday, after an Amazing MayaHara, where the ‘concept’- “The world is what you believe it is” had me ‘sensing’ this on a conceptual level I could write a book, and yes, with the Animals. I get accept more abundance…..another item from my anonymous gifter……a tent!

It seems Spirit is gearing me for an upcoming adventure! I accept please; and knowing the ASC Teaching Module is complete just in time.

On Tuesday, I am grateful for the Owl hooting loudly by me as I claimed the Stillness as my own, which was the moment I completed my gratitude prayer post…..and the moment when the last entry for the 365 Animal Gratitude book!

As I take this out into my day, the Crows ask to be gifted to….and the Bear reminds me to keep my feet on the ground…..and keep following the footsteps.

I am grateful to learn I am going to be Great Aunt as I go into Noon Deeksha….I am prompted to send prayerful energy to all the Children coming into our world….send them, affirm for them what we want them for them….

Nature gives to all and uses the same principles for all, no matter the species….all children. It gives Its best and matches to the thought it is making it from…..so I get to choose my best.

Then, Spirit laughs!! LOL the MayaHara med is a no go on YouTube….Spirit wants only the best, and done right. It is time to learn about copyright permissions….then the GoPro malfunctions on day long recording…..I know Spirit has Its reasons….I let it go, it was a good practice!!

Pink Full Moon Ceremony…The Community Animal Blessing Pipe Bundle ‘officially’ decides to become a “Love” Pipe….giving It’s last Ceremony this night with the last of the Tobacco……a perfect 5 Directional all inclusive Ceremony, complete with a Fire.

The Fire began with the East Door and encircling around completely on Its own. The Owl Log pushed into the Center from the West and the Phoenix rose….we are so embracing at the door of ending our silence and embracing real love on a collective level, I feel it.

I am grateful for a different kind of “workday”……. I spend with my Loves. The Community Pipe asked to be fully cleansed as if never smoked, petsitting, and learning about hem glue and banding….one can be,find, and do a solution when you listen to those inner breath promptings.

The morning was …….. magical! So grateful to witness the Pink Full Moon greeting the Sun rising with Hawk. So Blessed and I learned I really would like to manifest a digital, USB rechargable Voice Recorder or mini-cam so I can record the thoughts which pass as these experiences are happening.

As I am facilitating the Lotus Sutra meditation in front yard, Pileated WoodPecker makes a pass, later Hummingbird makes a presence during Noon Deeksha. Above, I listen to Spirit and take Napoleon on a ride. What I learn is Spirit is guiding me to practice riding this gravel route everyday and practice…..Hmmm. Plus, I find a really sweet shaded area I’ll call a little sanctuary with some special Grasshoppers.

On Friday, I learn how grateful I am for the connection of feeling the Whelk grounded on the Ocean bottom while I am talking with a dear Soul Sister and hearing what She shares with me. I feel where the debris is still; and, it is I who stirs it up.

I heard Spirit, loud, clear, when I asked my Sister, “What do you want?” “I want to live!” and louder, “Live, I want to live!”

I want to Live! I choose LIFE. I have heard this numerous times from different Sisters lately….my question is, “What does it mean to YOU to live?” We all have a different “Life.”

I want to leave a Legacy for the Animals, for Children to enjoy…for them to enjoy together.

I share with Spirit, I want to support my Host; however, I want to live my life and be me, and ‘me’ is not necessarily spending my day off at a Market.

Spirit answers in a loving, supportive, gentle way which benefits everyone.

So, I am grateful for a day of serving my Host without having to stay at Festival. I got to visit, and it was extremely sweet; however, I got to cross the threshold of edits and submitted the first book of the module!!

 

 

What My Week Taught Me

Sunday I was reminded there is a balance between serving others and taking care of yourself


Monday I was reminded in praying for others, serving in my own way, I am also taking care of myself….it works both ways, we are all one. I have been diligent in my prayers of abundance for myself and others. Another care package arrives and an intention for receiving a gifted Drum I had made several months ago is within it.

I am grateful to know others have received theirs as well. It is a principle of Nature and always delivers in perfect time and conditions.

I am grateful for an awesomely focused workday with the “365 Animal Gratitude” book almost complete!

And I have to say the Thunderstorm that evening was magnificent…..and as I witness Napoleon, I am grateful He is allowing me to compassionately sooth him.

I feel like this Angel in the sky on Wednesday after my night with Napoleon peacefully surrendering to the storm and being given the blessed opportunity to sit mindfully listening to another Soul for several hours processing through some deep and most intimate thoughts…..there was a gleam of admiration and gratitude as the conversation naturally came to its own end.

For myself, I recognize there is a beautiful balance of taking responsibility and being responsible. I am grateful I utilize my awareness to zoom into to a space where we are all connected as One, it is neither good or evil, It just is. ‘It’ is the Presence which spoke the dichotomy into existence. I ask to use ‘It’ wisely, for ‘It’ to use me, guide me, naturally. I feel grateful to experience it.

I am grateful for the laugh as this message pops up on my Werdsmith screen! as I was contemplating the Books and teaching module…….it is funny how the perfect messages which one need to hear come in a diverse variety of ways.

As I walk by this pond, I get a visual of how I am thinking and feeling as if I am breaching through my feeling stagnation from being ‘planted’ for a while……and knowing it; and feeling as if I have come to a place of peace, within the peace.  This from someone who has been on the the surface of my pond.

I am grateful to ‘see’ how my thoughts had been sidetracking me to ‘make plans’ and the appreciation I have of knowing what may be coming; however, detaching enough to stay open and flexible, and be with what is happening in the moment.

I begin having these extremely grateful moments in many areas, like being able to live in this environment, do my ‘normal’ thing with meditations, recording them, everyday, and it brings me even more excitement about what I am feeling futuristically.

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It was during one of these moments, Hawk appears. Another one, Crow, flew into the Tree near me. Followed by an occurrence of me hollering out, “bring it on”…..the Geese konk and 2 White Swallowtail Hawk-like Birds fly a dance above me…..in a quick passing.

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Thursday Morning…..as I am feeling the Wanderer Spirit within me, wandering around this blessed yard, feeling myself being in love, sharing MayaHara and abundance of places and animal ceremony with a relaxed yet authoritative sharing……I am seduced by this Mask. She wants me to work with Her, clean Her up and decorate Her.

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As I witness Napoleon, I see the mirror of Napoleon’s fleas and hot spots……what I allow to irritate me, and it is too synchronistic with those moments where I allow my mind to obsess on something that just ‘gets me heated.’

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I am grateful for my next “Ah-ha” …… a complete and total “Ah-f-cking-ha.” It seems ‘odd’ to have this ‘ahha’ again, after all ‘I am me;’ however, this time, on a chilly cold morning, when I embraced into a just warmed-up relaxed meditation run……… and let the cold go, in came a, “enjoy the f-cking joy of just being and living me everyday. Feel it and f-cking allow it…..do the work and be.” There is just no explaining the feeling; however, with the Crows, the Hawk, the peeping-up morning sunshine and all the Animal tracks…..it was a memorialized morning in my my mind.20170406_164602136_iOS

I learn Friday I will be hosting my breathing meditation, followed by noon Deeksha and YogaChi…..and record them, no matter what happens, stay recording them. And Napoleon welcomes the first participant.

The week ends with enjoying my day off….though I spend it in much contemplation of bringing all together that which I love about me, what I have affirmed for my life, and for others and how I love my life and living it daily. Here and now.

I get blessed with time alone to get to know my new drum and as I am doing so, I notice how just about everything in my possession now is recently created new…..better, yet the same..simpler, streamline, sturdy, and mindfully.

I love my support, my Host through my hosts, how the Crows caw out to me at the most magical moments……. and most of all, I am grateful to dance my day, in my own way to my own music, come what may.

Kindness to All Animals

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Traveling down the streets of India, one can see the numerous Animals. Even today there are many being used by the Human Animal to perform a variety of tasks; and quite frankly, this is true around the world. One of these tasks in India is using the Bulls, Horses, and even Donkeys to pull carts loaded with supplies. As an Animal Chaplain, ordained by the Emerson Theological Institute, I have had the honored privilege of traveling through India to facilitate Animal Blessing Ceremonies at numerous Animal Ashrams (Rescues/Sanctuaries).

During these travels, I have witnessed many Animal Activists/Advocates/Rescuers/Lovers  who get angry at, condemn, want arrested, or otherwise, the Human who is working some of these Animals. This is understandably so, as I admit, I have been one of them, we all have. We want, think and many times speak about….yelling at these humans, throwing stones, calling police, or any other variety of angry violence. Myself, I have noticed the angry thoughts, and I asked God, “There must be a solution that works for everyone, please show me. What is happening with all this anger and violence is just creating more anger, resistance and violence. I see how we perpetuate the destructive behaviors. We continue to create more by the very act of choosing to help the Animals.”

Then, one day, I am traveling with another Animal Organization’s Leader, Mr Lorenzo Standen of the LIFE Farm Animal Sanctuary, and we are at the Cattle feed shop. A thin Bull walks up pulling a cart with Its Owner. I point out the Bull and ask, “There needs to be a solution here. This Bull is so thin, And being made to work.” The Leader gets out, and I continue to contemplate prayerfully about a solution that provides dignity and purpose for everyone.

When Mr. Lorenzo returns, he states, “See the Bulls horns, he is an old Bull and that is part of his thinness. The man loves his Bull and is here at the feed store to feed his Bull, he is his livelihood. The Man must work for his family too.  I am grateful he is not out on the street as a beggar. He has pride to be a working man. Our organization just asked him if he is willing to surrender the Bull to us to come live in retirement at our Sanctuary and we will give him a younger, healthier Bull that is ready to work. If he is ever in need of feed, or medical care for the Bull, we will provide. However, if we go to check on Him and he is not in good condition, then we will take him back. The Man was grateful, and happy we understood him, and signed the papers. We will meet him here tomorrow for the exchange.”

My own understanding, compassion, and appreciation grew tremendously in that moment for the entire situation. The way it was resolved so peacefully, with dignity for all the Animals. As well as the way God answered this prayer. The Animals are providing a “need” for the Human, whatever that need might be. Violence and anger does not solve any problem, even if it is a violent situation. However, an understanding of what is taking place, and providing a solution for the problem that works for all the Animals (including the Human) is providing true kindness. If we look at the Human who is doing the job with the Animal as evil, then we are creating more “evil” with ourselves, and it does not matter what the Animal situation is.

Too often, we condemn a situation, and surmise before we take time to understand what is happening at all angles. I hear this many times in Animal situations. Take time to understand what the “situation” is, what the need is that has created the problem, and address it, for a solution that heals everyone. Kindness to Animals means being kind to ALL Animals, including the Human….as many times, this is where the problem began.

Rev Ahowan ICrow, RScP, OAC

What Today Taught Me

I am grateful for my awareness during my morning meditation run, in seeing how I feel much like this branch hanging onto a wire, with the new living arrangement. It has got me feeling shoved in a corner or trapped, hanging…..and there is only one thing to do.

This brings the morning events of….exactly what I had also begun feeling. The Pipe Bundle chooses to be bundled up, yet stay active.

I am gratefully blessed to follow the Guidance of complete simplicity to the honorable bare essentials ……

for a sweet, simple…….

Community Animal Blessing Pipe Bundle; Beautiful……

Everything else is rebagged if not in use. Loved the dresser; however, it is not me. Grateful to have had a second bluetooth keyboard, part of me knew it would be gifted here to one of my Hosts….and Wow, how perfect for us both. Perfect gift, and gifting for us both.

Perfect gift, perfect simplification of space, focused and aligned…..and much more open.

The Flute plays the Noon Deeksha through and into a solitary experience of just the East Direction of the YogaChi. I am so grateful for a fluid experience of a compassionate Fire literally like is a Volcano of the most fluid, warm, yet immensely engulfing Fire….almost watery…..for the entire 30-45 minutes.

I am so grateful for the next phase of my clothing first prototype. The new clothes configuration gets its next phase done….All I can say at this time….it gives “going commando” a whole new meaning.

I am so grateful for Salt Baths!! If you have not tried it yet….I highly recommend it! Take the whole box…..YES, the whole box…. pour into a bathtub with the hotest water you can handle, and soak for 20-30 minutes……….
Wednesday taught me…..Napoleon and I have taken another milestone in our relationship……or maybe it could be his way of demonstrating the effect of the open configuration, opening the energy and simplifying in my way….and what I know in Truth, it is both.

Napoleon will be starting his own journal….soon.

Today, I am grateful I heard, and listened to, “Turn on the video everyday for Noon Deeksha and whatever I guide you to do….. just record whatever happens.” Today, it was a solitary, airy, yet grounded North Direction.

Thursday taught me….through a beautiful online zoom call meeting representing Compassion for Animals, that when I got an opportunity to speak…speak it. Though I do not remember much of what I spoke, I do know that I faithfully pray myself in, turning myself over to Presence, for It knows what is perfect to be shared. I have faith in that.

What I have noticed afterwards, is all the ‘mind chatter’ afterwards of  “I could have said this or that.” I am grateful I am aware and stay witness to them passing by.

As I work with the gift from the Ocean again…………..

and the gifts of all the others represent…..which feel like pieces of a puzzle. When you put them together…..Hmmmm. From pieces to One.

So my piece today is almost complete….the 365 Animal Gratitude Book! Oh my, does it feel good! It was an absolute treat to go through all writings and pictures, fall in love and gratitude with where, who, and what all I have experienced….and experience the gratitude all over again….it is like a double-dose!

I am grateful to see the Eagle soar through at the completion of YogaChi….and hear the KingFisher rattle….a solitary dose of the South.

I am honored to serve one of my Hosts on Saturday…….as we drive and discuss, we attract beautiful displays of Crows, and a young Eagle standing tall on a Tree.

I am grateful to learn the actual ‘name’ of the gift from the Ocean….Whelk

I hear another book being put together….and which one is next to get ready.

I am so grateful for this day of serving….and how beautiful Napoleon “Blaze” did for our (his) day in a Mystic Arts Fair type of setting.

“There is a Divine plan for my Life, for me…. It is both personal and all around me, it is singular and collective, it serves and prospers both myself and others and I am living it here and now.” ICrow