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What is Spiritual Cleanliness?

Today, Monday in Santa Rosa, I went to the library with the full intention of writing and posting a new blog….so much to report from the past few weeks and still more editing to do. Yet, low and behold the library was closed….all libraries in this region of CA are closed and supposedly not because of money but ideology of sorts. This I learned from the gentleman manning a table filled with information and signature requests of protest. In just the fifteen minutes I was there talking to someone else, twenty plus people arrived unaware of the closure.

Now I am at another coffee shop trying to think clearly enough to write…..so this will be short again. Topics I want to address in the next couple of entries cover many directions, so here we go with Spiritual Cleanliness!

A couple of weeks ago up at Lake Selmac in Selma, OR I participated in the Mystic Garden Gathering (first time for me). The location was beautiful. Gathering was fairly small but with good music and nice people over all. Lots of young people and lots of “grass” being smoked…..in CA medical marijuana is so prevalent it seems anyone and everyone has “the card”. Many of the young and not so young people were wanderers, backpacks, dirty cloths, hair and skin and takers of whatever was available. This was not all. Some of the lovely beings I met and worked with gave of themselves and what they had with love, beauty and generosity.

The topic of spiritual cleanliness came up after watching groups of lazy men and women sitting smoking, drumming and eating all day and night without lifting a finger to help or gift to the rest…..”we have our spiritual practices, we sing for peace and love for all, we are here to give love to those who have not had it at home and are lost in the world, we can’t help until we do this or that!!!!!!!!!!!”

One day I had had enough of their dialogues that were completely empty of understanding and asked them their meaning of Love….its depth…..the demonstration of Love in the present situations….their responsibility for their own self love!

In between puffs of smoke not too much came from them, yet the others working and contributing began nodding and talking on the topic. I finally said very directly “your true spiritual understanding and cleanliness will be demonstrated far more profoundly with clean skin, hair and clothes and seeing there is a beautiful lake right here there is no excuse for the outer dirt!”

Do not think I am “holier than thou” living in a pristine and affluent world! I speak from much personal experience of living simply and very close to the land at times in my life.

There is always a little water to wash hands and face and it doesn’t cost any money. Millions of people bathe in the Ganges, Nile and many other “polluted” rivers so they can be more spiritual clean and the outer be a reflection of their inner desires….I have camped at 7,000 ft on Mt Shasta and other places, with no water close by, but always found water to wash myself and rinse my clothes. To the point my friends could believe I was still camping.

Living in the middle of difficulties in life does not mean one should also be dirty. Keeping one’s skin clean enough for it to breathe will open for spiritual cleanilness and clarity even in the darkest night. Love each cell of yourself through the pains and despair, sit on the grass of Mother Earth and shed your tears of anger, rejection, pain, guilt and whatever ails you and then be still and listen as you did as a child for an answer in the moment of NOW!

Tomorrow I will continue with more stories and hopefully soon the video diary. Mercury is once again retrograde and it is really playing havoc with communications of all sorts. It goes direct around the 20th or the month….stay cool and don’t make any big purchases or sign contracts….patience is the key!

Peace and Blessings to All!

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In the wee hours of last Tuesday morning my friend Stephanie and I arrived back from our trip to the desert, Palm Springs and Joshua Tree, to visit a friend. We knew it would be hot but you know, you forget how hot, hot is! Our 5 days ranged from 104 to 109 degrees, with nights in the high 80s! It was too hot for Stephanie so she spent most of the days inside beside a fan. Pool water was not much of a relief as it boarded on bath temp water.

I had to get out and made several trips to the town Joshua Tree, twenty-five miles from Palm Springs. The two main reasons people come to the town are Joshua Tree National Park and the Joshua Tree Retreat Center or The Institute of Mentalphysics. Joshua Tree Main Street has a small selection of cafe, restaurants and bars, craft and souvenir, bank, gas and necessities and not much else. Yubba Valley just six miles away provides the locals with all their shopping needs.  The Retreat Center of 400 plus areas hosts classes, gatherings and festivals throughout the year and people come from all over the world.

I was told the National Park brings 200,000 plus visitors to this little town, although very few actually stop here, they just keep of driving! I learned to appreciate the stark beauty of the summer desert in New Mexico. Dry parched soil. Plants and cactus varieties have adapted and sustained themselves in spite of the dryness and heat. Amazing rock formations dot the landscape and offer protection for the occasional oasis that appear out of nowhere, offering wildlife the blessing of water. For me, walking, sitting and taking in the beauty of nature, feeling the ancestors in the wind and listening to the calls of wildlife bring peace and clarity not found in the everyday hustle bustle world.

Medicine Gardening

The other morning started with a major weeding project before installing a drip system in the veggie garden. A couple of weeks ago the then “innocent looking” weeds didn’t look too threatening but after lovely sunshine, lots of water and a week away the growth was tremendous. At the same time the veggies had made good progress but not to the same degree. This year as a medicine woman gardener I have marveled at the fact we have had no problems with destructive bugs, fungus or gophers, even though there are holes in many of the beds. We have used nothing at all and the soil seems balanced and accommodating to all varieties. Loving medicine magic seems to work except with the weeds!

Walking for World Peace

In the last blog I mentioned a new offering of beautiful custom hand-painted labyrinths available for anyone or any business/organization looking to enhance the body, mind and spirit connections for those in the lives. Unbeknown to me at the time this project was/is to get bigger and after much ignoring of such a fact I stepped into the guidance. You are still able to order your very own beautiful labyrinth from Earth Spirit Journeys

“Walking for World Peace” is the name of this project and will be initiated this weekend at the Mystic Garden Gathering in Selma, Or. (A gathering I never expected to ever attend….shows what I know!) The new focus of this music gathering will enhancing and understanding community more, empowering through great and diverse music, yoga,  meditation, dance and sharing without drugs  and alcohol. Last night as a few of the volunteers shared fabulous pizza cooked on the open fire, rain drizzling in the background (it later rained all night), I listened and learned from the young adults present, the ages of my sons, some of their desires, fears, understandings and realities. And I understood why I am to be present.  They want a better world, not most of the garbage that is being presented for in 30 years this generation will be the leaders of the world….a very new world of their creation….not the one that is crumbling before our eyes.

They know, as so many of us already know, change happens from within first, to then emanate out into the world through actions, integrity, purpose and vision. Walking the labyrinth is a practice to get in touch and claim the grounded self. “Walking for World Peace” will be a video diary of everyone who participates beginning this weekend and coincides with Dr. Emoto’s Prayers for the Waters of Japan and the World on July 25th. On Monday I’ll be at Aquarius Books in Grants Pass, OR and the following weekend in Mt Shasta at a City Park festival. After that I am to take the labyrinth down through various communities in California and then beyond. Each month I ‘ll put out the video diary of all who are sharing in Walking for World Peace.” To support the travel and editing expenses of this project each person who walks the labyrinth will be asked to gift a donation as an energy exchange…..all amounts will be accepted in great gratitude.

World Peace WILL NOT come through the lack of war, anger, greed, corruption and power.

It will come and does come as EACH PERSON grows in peace within themselves, in understanding of themselves and their roles in life…..a not so easy and never ending seeking journey…..even when one leaves this life it continues in more earnest. Another topic!

If you would like to host or have Waling for World Peace come to your community please let me know.

Young or old, rich or poor ….we are all equal in the eyes of the Divine Creator by all names, colors, creeds and beliefs!

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