Saturday, January 19, 2008

The Good Witch

I love Hallmark movies!!

So I was intrigued by a movie with a title like that ... the Good Witch. And I wondered if anything in the movie would conflict with my spirituality.

But I loved watching it! She was an intuitive, an herbalist, an aromatherapist, a crystal therapist, an animal whisperer, a healer. She knew instinctively what to tell each person who came to her, what to do to help them. And she opened up a shop filled with healing stuff.

She did what I do ... but larger!

She lived a life filled with enchantment. Or so it went until the town biddies started causing trouble.

I wanted to walk into her shop and be surrounded by all that healing energy, all that possibility.

I like the idea of having a healing room. Although I work with people by phone, I wish I had a dedicated space that was filled with healing energy. With crystals, essential oil blends, flower essences, elemental harmony and reiki energy. Until then, I wonder if it would be good to create a ritual for starting work each day. An invocation, maybe?

And then there's the enchantment...

I want me some more of that!

Right at the end of the year, I created a plan for this year that would include moments of magic, but then, never gave it another thought. I've had some mystical moments. But ... I think I'd like to create magic and enchantment and wonder, too.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Friday Five: Read Any Good Books Lately?

From RevGalBlogPals...

1) What book have you read in the last six months that has really stayed with you? Why?

The First Christmas, by Marcus Borg. It explores the Christmas stories and makes the point that some of the details may not be factual, but what's more important is what they mean, why they were included as part of the story. This emphasis on "taking the Bible seriously but not literally" has stuck with me.

2) What is one of your favorite childhood books?

These questions are such a coincidence, given the post I just wrote, before I even knew about them. But as I mentioned in my post below, the Little House series is one of my favorites. So is Little Women. And I have great fondness for Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret!

3) Do you have a favorite book of the Bible? Do tell!

I would say the Psalms! I'm facilitating my Sunday School class this Sunday and I chose Psalm 63 as the text because I love the close relationship it implies. They all seem to imply and affirm intimacy with God.

4) What is one book you could read again and again?

Great question! I have gotten to the end of some books and wished that I could read them again, but none are coming to mind right now.

5) Is there a book you would suggest for Lenten reading? What is it and why?

Well, there are two by Marcus Borg that I want to read...

Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time: The Historical Jesus and the Heart of Contemporary Faith

The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus's Final Days in Jerusalem

I think in both books, he leads people away from focusing on facts we've been told and toward an emphasis on faith as generated by relationship with God. He suggests that popular depictions of God and Jesus may actually create or sustain distance in the relationship with God.

Sigh. I'm not quite saying it right because it is more clear in my head than I can articulate. Sorry!

And because we all love bonus questions, if you were going to publish a book what would it be? Who would you want to write the jacket cover blurb expounding on your talent?

It would either be about deepening spiritual connection or about healing or both.

And I'm not sure who I'd want to have write the blurb. Oprah? Marianne Williamson? Jennifer Loudon? Not sure.

Reading and Writing

I was just thinking about how much my family, all four of us, but particularly my son and I love both to read and to write.

I have always been an avid reader! I think my son may be heading in the same direction. In fact, we just finished Little House in the Big Woods and he is eager to get to the 2nd in the series. I read that series when I was young, too, but have been enjoying it again.

And I wrote short stories as a child and teenager, but have only written a few as an adult.

And it just dawned on me today that Jonathan has created several stories (he calls them books)...

Snow Days
Why Not to Lie
Fix-It Monkeys
the Boy in the Army

Some of his stories have words, others just have pictures, but what's cool is that he wants to tell stories.

I have one I made up that I used to tell him sometimes before he went to sleep. He'd say, "Mommy, tell me another Prince Jonathan story!" :).

Right now, I've got a book on Intuitive Reiki I've been meaning to get to and not too long ago, I was re-reading the Emotional Home.

My guilty reading pleasure, my dirty little secret, is my love affair with Brokeback Mountain fan fiction. I've written some, but read it voraciously. I've also read Sports Night, Everwood and Boy Meets World slash. I'd like to write more. It's a great way to practice! But I just don't have the energy right now, I don't think.

Maybe later.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

A Moment's Break in a Winter's Day

Ahh, a moment of quiet for my soul!

Shawn Colvin is soothing me with her lullabies, and the trees are enchanting me as they whisper in the wind. I am breathing deeply and slowly. And feeling the energy of love, quiet and soothing, like a sweet hug from a child. Or my wife's voice on the phone.

Although I teach them how to heal, I sometimes think that love is the main thing I give to my clients.

Have I mentioned before my conversation with God where I asked how I could help (in general) and the answer I got was, "just be with them and love them!"? I've been thinking about that today. I was just noticing my "aura" blogthing said that for the person who is "blue", the life purpose is showing love to other people.

And that is important to me!

There's a song by ... oh, what's her name? ... Martina McBride, that always makes me cry at the end because she expresses her hope that it will be clear that she loved her daughter. I have that same fervent hope about my son!

The gift of love is so important. I think that's why God infused the whole world with it. I feel it everywhere! When I take a walk and get close to the trees, when I am surprised by the moon outside my window, when I sink into an Epsom salts bath and close my eyes, when my son and I sit across from each other at the dinner table, when I listen to music...

You know that Mary Tyler Moore theme ... Love Is All Around?

Well, I believe it!

I experience it everyday.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Happy Birthday!!!

It's my wife's birthday today and I wanted to celebrate here...

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Welcome Back, Moon!

Just a few minutes ago, I saw the moon again for the first time in weeks!!

I have had many comforting things happen today. Church was wonderful! We had a "remember your baptism" thing where we could dip our fingers into water and then, make the cross on our foreheads. I did that and while praying at the altar afterward, I was just overwhelmed with love for God and gratitude and really felt connected.

This afternoon, my son and I went for a walk beneath the trees and I felt very deeply connected then, too. Totally surrounded by love! Like they were or God was reaching out to me with love.

We're about to have "pizza night"! Another source of comfort :).

I've been working on healing something and I must say, it's not the most fun I've ever had. But boy, God has been right there with me! (As always).

I'm grateful!