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Twas the Night Before Christmas

Santa_in_Sleigh

Twas the night before Christmas and all throught the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse,
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there,
The children were nestled all snug in their beds
While visions of sugar plums danced in their heads
And momma and her kerchief and I and my cap
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter
Away to the window I flew like a flash
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave a luster of mid-day to objects below
When what to my wondering eyes should appear
But a minature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer
With A little old driver so lively and quick
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came
And he whistled and shouted and called them by name
Now Dasher, now Dancer, now Prancer and Vixen
On Comet, on Cupid, on Donner and Blitzen,
To the top of the porch to the top of the wall
Now dash away, dash way, dash away all,
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricanes fly
When they meet with an obstacle mount to the sky
so up to the house top his coursers they flew
with a sleigh full of toys and St. Nicholas too
And then in a twinkling I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof
As I drew in my head and was turning around
Down the chimney St. Nicolas came with a bound
He was dressed all in fur from his head to his foot
His clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack
His eyes how they twinkled, his dimples how merry
his cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow
And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath
He had a broad face and a little round belly
That shook when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly
He was chubby and plumb, a right jolly old elf
And I laughed when I saw him in spite of myself
A wink fof his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread
He spoke not a word but went straight to his work
And filled all the stockings then turned with a jerk
And laying his finger aside of his nose
And giving a nod up the chimney he rose
He sprang to his sleigh to his team gave a whistle
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle
But I heard him exclaim ‘ere he drove out of sight
Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

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Holiday Music

I really could not think of a better way to spend Sunday than with some music which stirs emotions for the heart and spirit. Enjoy!

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Happy . . . Merry . . . Joyous . . .

I officially have the Christmas spirit. I’m emotionally ready to celebrate in a completely new way this year. Of course when I was young I reveled in the gifts, anticipation of waiting for Santa, sitting outside in the cold dark listening intently for sleigh bells or a glimpse of the angels watching over the night skies. And I really don’t care what you call this magical time of year; Christmas, Hanukkah, Advent, Yule, the holidays, or ‘just another day’. Yesterday marked the beginning of the twelve most spiritual days of the year for me. I celebrated the solstice, and I have something special planned for each of the remaining eleven days of Yule. William and I have decided to celebrate in more traditional, ‘old ways’ this year. There will not be presents under our tree, of course we took care of our children and grandchildren. The two of us plan to reconnect with the spirits and celebrate our connection to the Universe and all that is part of it. It is actually hard to put into words because it is such a deep, soul level, spirit emotion that we are celebrating. We are fostering peace, calm, respect and appreciation for our lives, each other and the Divine Creator we worship.

For those of you with traumatic memories which you believe have ruined this time of year for you, I invite you to look for ways to celebrate yourself, your accomplishments, the obstacles you’ve overcome, the challenges you’ve defeated and then focus forward, you are in control and have the power to make today, tomorrow, and every day thereafter, how ever you want your life to be. I know it’s hard. Sometimes you have to just start going through the motions and let the (e)motions kick in after you become more comfortable with a new way of acting, interacting, and relating.

For the next three days my posts will be very focused on the holidays, nothing too deep or heavy. On the 25th I probably won’t post, but then I’ll be back on the 26th with more Yuletide cheer.

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Letting Go

We have all heard that we should never give up. The problem with this is there is such a fine line between ‘letting go’ and ‘giving up’.  When we put forth extreme amounts of effort for extended periods of time and don’t see any positive results, we get tired.  Tired makes us want to ‘give up’.  Don’t give up. But you can rest; and while you’re resting, ‘let go’.  Let go of expectations, of trying to force the outcome or the results you want to see.  I know, you’re having a hard time understanding the difference.

When you ‘give up’, you really stop trying; you quit, you are no longer putting forth any effort or energy toward the desired goal.  When you ‘let go’, you stop worrying, waiting and watching for the desired outcome.  Giving up is physically quitting.  Letting go is releasing the emotional drama around the desired goal.  Sounds simple on paper, however, I know from experience, its hard!

What dreams, ambitions, goals are you working toward or striving to make happen but they still seem far away?  Christmas is a very magical time of year.  Write those dreams on a piece of paper and then burn them and as the flames transform the paper into smoke, pull all your emotions into your breath and blow into the smoke allowing it to carry your dreams to the spirits.  Then Let Go!  Stop worrying, waiting, watching and wondering where the desired outcome is, just relax and let the spirits bring it to you. But don’t you quit.

Strength is not holding on, sometimes it takes the greatest strength to let go.

Faith is not worrying, faith and believe are the strength to defend your dreams in the face of adversity.

Letting go is strength of your own spirit aligning with the strength of the unseen spirits who are with you always.

 

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It’s Time to Believe Again

Yesterday my blog was about ascension, enlightenment and spiritual evolution. We are on the threshold of endless possibilities for change.  What so many are not realizing is the change is not some huge event, it’s a returning to what you and I and every other person was born knowing.  Today, in the grocery store a small baby smiled at me.  I stopped and said hello, and he smiled even more, then I smiled even more.  Looking deep into those little eyes twinkling with their own light, I knew he knew the secret of all secrets.  Children get it, animals get it, we who are aged, have forgotten.  We call ourselves mature, but what we are is cynical.  We’ve allowed the knowledge of the spirits to become buried under the weight of what we call responsibility but is really just the pursuit of the wrong goals.  We’ve spent years preparing for the end, the end of what? Poverty, sickness, sadness, rudeness, selfishness; we have the power to change all that and more, we’ve always had the power.  Are fairies, dragons, angels, and Santa Claus real?  Of course they are; as real as the love we carry in our hearts but refuse to give away.  We are blinded to the reality of all our childhood fantasies, blinded by fear; fear that once we give in to the innocence we once knew as children then we’ll be vulnerable again.  But guess what, children are not vulnerable, we are.  Those of us who have forgotten how to live with openness, passion and belief.

Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and
generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your
life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there
were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There
would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this
existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal
light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get
your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch
Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would
that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa
Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men
can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s
no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders
there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You may tear apart the baby’s rattle and see
what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which
not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men
that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can
push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory
beyond. Is it all real? Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else
real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives
forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years
from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

What belief from childhood still warms your heart?

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Making Peace With Christmas

Unless you’re the five-year old child of Ozzie and Harriett, you’ve had at least a couple stressful holiday seasons.  Quite possibly you’ve had far too many stressful times at Christmas and it’s even possible you have excellent reasons for dreading at least the second half of December.  Thanks to the Celts, Romans, and Jews, I really doubt Christmas is going anywhere any time soon.  So you have two choices, take a two or three-week cruise to the Bahamas or Mediterranean or make peace with Christmas.

If you decide to make peace with it, here are a few interesting facts and opinions to help you.  First, December 25 is NOT Jesus’ birthday.  He most likely was born sometime in April.  Shepherds have no reason to be watching flocks at night in the dead of winter.  The only time they stand watch all night is in the spring when the lambs are born to ensure there are no complications and that the babies are safe from predators until mom recovers enough to guard them.  Second,  December 21 is the Winter solstice and Celtics celebrated by bringing in the Yule Log, feasting and paying homage to Mother Earth giving birth to the New Sun (Son) of the coming spring.  Roman rulers combined the two festivals in the hopes of converting Celts to Christianity.  There are many other Celtic-Druid practices which Christians have incorporated into their traditional Christmas celebrations.   Third, the Jewish Festival of Lights or Hanukkah begins on the 25th day of Kislev (traditionally this is different from our December 25 because the Jewish calendar is not the same as the Gregorian calendar we use).  Hanukkah is a celebration of the rededication of the Holy Temple, which again has nothing to do with Jesus’ birthday or the Celtic Yule celebration.  Fourth, the Western world (the greedy, selfish Americans referred to by other countries) have taken a time of year previously designated for spiritual respect, homage, renewal, hope and rebirth, and turned it into a ‘lets see who can spend the most money and track statistics to see where they spend it’ season.  While giving little, if any, respect or celebration to Jesus, Celtic Yule, Hanukkah or any other spiritual reverence for the earth, spirits or Divine creation.

So, how do you take this and make peace with a stressful holiday?  Start by figuring out what part(s) of this season you do like.  Maybe its just one thing, and that’s okay.  Concentrate on what you do like and reject or at least ignore the rest of it.  If you really can’t think of even one enjoyable aspect of the season, go on that two – three-week cruise.  Then, make it clear in the kindest way possible, to those around you, what you can and cannot tolerate about the season.  If the others in your house feel differently, discuss ways you can all enjoy the season in your own ways.  Finally, remember, what the season started out as literally thousands of years ago, is not what it is today.  Therefore, research your heritage, find your roots, and build new traditions and celebrations based on what resonates with you.  Or, if you must, just make something up.  It’s your life, and the Divine who created you knows how you feel and why.  You have control over this and can take the stress and transform it into whatever makes you happy.

I can assist you with finding ways to deal with the season at freefullife@gmail.com

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Holidays and Haunting Memories

Unpleasant memories can and do haunt souls the same as ghosts haunting houses.  They keep the person in an almost constant state of fear, stress, gloom, sadness, disappointment and dread.  They distort reality in the here and now, these troublesome memories of past chaos, drama, and less than perfect events.  To show true compassion and holiday love, be extra kind to people who are grumpy, withdrawn, and sad.  If they seem to need a willing ear; lend it.  If they reach for a shoulder to cry on; give it. If they want to act as though it’s just another day in another year of life; go along with it as best you can.  Do not allow them to steal your joy, yet at the same time, these people need understanding and honest caring during the holidays.

For many people, the holidays are stressful and even depressing.  They are haunted by memories of drama, trauma, chaos, disappointment and even resentment and fear from their past holidays.  It’s easy for those of us who have good memories to analyze the situations for them, coaching them through our litany of ‘it’s all in the past’, ‘it’s behind you’,  ‘time has distorted the emotions attached to the memory’,  ‘most of a painful memory is really your perception of the event’,  blah, blah, blah, and to a degree we’d be correct in our observation.  However, it doesn’t make the ones who are suffering through the holidays feel any better.

For those of us who have not suffered these horrific holidays, we are doing them no favor by inflicting our exuberance upon them uninvited.  In other words, we need to tone it down.  Seek out people who are as excited as you are about the holidays and share your enthusiasm for tinsel, carols, sugar cookies, angels and Santa.  If you live with someone who is less passionate either go to a friend’s house to watch Rudolph, or at least go in the other room.  Keep the carols turned down, and try not to suddenly begin stringing lights and tinsel around their favorite chair.  The holidays come unbidden and unplanned; and they affect everyone be it a happy or sad event.  True spirituality is to not jut accept our own feelings but the feelings of others and love them based on their perception of the days.

If you or someone you know would like to talk about holiday emotions and haunting memories, email me at freefullife@gmail.com

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Power Couple

There are power couples everywhere; Hollywood, Europe, in politics, entrepreneur power couples, I don’t need to name names, most of us know who they are.  However, in looking at a great picture this morning of what I believe to be the ultimate power couple, I’m now wondering what makes a power couple?

Is it the money they have? The charities they sponsor? The projects they orchestrate, fund and see through to its completion? Is it their values and morals about the world around us and how they interact in the world together?  Or do we, their fans make them power couples just by being their fans? I’m wondering if maybe we assign ‘power’ where there really isn’t any. Like I said, I won’t name names, but one couple comes to my mind and when I heard the news they were separating, I felt true remorse for them and how they let their ‘power’ come between them. I’ve thought about this issue quite a bit, mostly because William and I both are always working, striving, planning, or orchestrating something both separately and together. We have jobs outside the home, we have our own home businesses, we have home projects, we our always looking for ways to not only improve our life together as a couple, but we truly want to improve the world in general. While we’re not millionaires yet, does our heart felt desires for improvement in all areas (financial, ethical, moral, spiritual) make us a power couple?

In my musings over this I’ve decided that at least from my own perspective power is not how much money you have or how famous you are or even how worthy your projects are; power is your moral and spiritual strength. Its how you view and operate in the world 24/7/365 and beyond. True power is to use said power for the good of yourself, your loved ones and others, even those who are completely different from us. Sometimes power is in what we don’t do, or how we stay in control even if we don’t feel like it. And finally, sometimes, power is in how we love ourselves, others, and the world itself. At the end of the day, authentic power is our ability to love.

So, here’s my ideal power couple. Have a great weekend.

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Babies – pure potentiality

Moms, have you looked in the eyes of your baby and seen or at least sensed the wisdom of the ages?  One of my favorite Christmas songs is “Mary Did You Know?”   Several phrases from the song are…’did you know that your baby boy would save our sons and daughters?’ …’did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?’ …’the lame will leap, the dumb will speak, the dead will live again…’  Wow, what potential for a baby.  Gandhi, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, William Keen (first doctor to successfully remove a brain tumor), Joan of Arc, Charles Drew (physician who developed procedure for separating plasma from whole blood), Florence Nightingale, Marie Curie, John Kennedy, Susan B Anthony, Thomas Edison, Billie Holiday, Alexander Graham Bell, Madonna, Billy Graham, Diana-Princess of Wales, John Lennon (and all the other Beatles) and Elvis Presley, were all once someone’s baby.  I’m not making light of the profound work Jesus still does.  However, I believe the most extreme compliment is emulation; and Jesus did say we are all capable of performing the same acts as He.  Therefore, as we celebrate the birthday of a man who came into the world a homeless baby, yet managed to start a chain reaction throughout the world that is still rolling through the ages, let us recall that he said “Let the little children come to me and forbid them not, for such is the Kingdom of Heaven.”  Celebrate this Christmas Season by looking into the eyes of your babies, your grandbabies, great grandbabies, all children everywhere, and see the pure, limitless potential they all have been endowed with by the Creator to continue the chain reaction that continues to change the world.

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The Real Reason for the Season

There are numerous religious and spiritual principles observed in the United States every day; many of them not based in Christianity.  Many of these principles have high holy days which correlate with Christian holy days.  Right now there are many people preparing for celebrations and festivities that have nothing to do with the birth of Jesus.  I’ve studied many different religious and spiritual principles from many other countries and most of them have a foundation of peace, doing good because its the right thing to do, love others, etc.  I’ve spent even more time studying Jesus, not just from a religious/spiritual perspective, but from a historical/anthropological perspective. From all my studies and from deeply personal experiences, my opinion is, Jesus is a very good man.  He loves all people unconditionally.  He believes in, crusaded for and died for social justice for women, children, the sick, the elderly, the disabled and the spiritually lost.  He isn’t just trying to make sure everybody on earth gets into Heaven.  He’s also showing us how important it is to treat each other, all people, of all races, cultures and religious beliefs with unconditional acceptance, respect and love, while still here in this life.  Yes, for many of us, we are celebrating the birth of a savior.  The birth of a man who more than 2000 years after his death, still has a profound affect on millions of people.  But for everyone who is celebrating any Holy day this time of year, it is a celebration of peace, joy, respect and love for other people and life in general.  So, as we all enter into this special season, lets follow the examples of all great teachers and profits, lets stop, look around, commit random acts of kindness, be patient, thoughtful and loving to everyone we cross paths with (this includes driving) and above all else, let LOVE Reign – after all, it is the real reason for the season.

Note:  if you read this far, you noticed I skipped between past and present tense when discussing Jesus.  This is intentional.  My personal belief is he is still as active today in the lives of people who need and want him as he was, when in a human body.

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