The Sound of my Coffee by my daughter Kaylen

Have you ever tasted food or drink and thought of a song that it tasted like? While reviewing our selection of African Coffees at Peet’s- I decided to pair each coffee with a song for us all to listen to while we taste. Helps me remember spicifc flavors from each cup with a cool sound […]

via The sound of my Coffee — Coral & Coffee Poetry

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Awaken to Joy and Enlightenment

Okay…..so when you’re done making tons of money, gaining fame and approval from others and proving to yourself that you’re actually worth something, what next?

Today, right now in this moment, holds the opportunity for you to awaken and to embrace Enlightenment. When it comes time to die from this body…..this world…..what is it that will matter most?

If we truly look at this question….”What is it that matters most?”, we will reveal the undying truth.

It is stated in many different spiritual traditions that we continue to incarnate into this world until we awaken to our true nature…..which , by the way, is what we are all yearning and seeking for most. However, we often fail to remember that our true nature requires very little from us. It is always here……has always been here…….and always will be. It was here before we were born and will be here when we die.

Our true nature, our naturalness, is what we all yearn to get back to. But, we can become obsessed in chasing after things here in this world that can appear to make us look as though we’re making progress. The truth is, if we stop for a moment and just rest in all of the garbage that we are trying to run from, get rid of, fix, etc……we see the absolute perfection waiting for us underneath….waiting for our arrival to just rest.

What are some things that get in the way of our resting in awakened living? Biggest number one problem, GUILT And if not guilt, then, blame, anger, and unforgiveness.

If you have ANYONE in your life whom you don’t forgive, or who you feel doesn’t forgive you, this can be one of the greatest stumbling blocks that will get in the way of your own awakening and Enlightenment.

Awakening”?, some of you say……”Who needs it?” “Why should I have to forgive them?!” Well, you don’t have to, but, is it worth sacrificing your own life and soul to hold onto the story and the resentment?

I write this today as a follow up to my experience in Central Oregon that I’ve witnessed in my own life here, as well as in so many lives of those whom I read for in this small community. This is not a local issue, but one that addresses and touches humanity. However, it is local for all of us and close to our hearts and everyday lives.

There is a saying, “Kuan Yin holds the door open for every last soul to walk through upon their Awakening”. She is holding that door open for us right now. We need only WALK THROUGH IT.

When we make judgments about others, cut them off, talk behind their backs, we take giant steps backwards in our own Awakening.

What we can do to set ourselves free is to say, silently or out loud:

“On behalf of my soul’s journey…

Through all time and space
and all levels and dimensions…both seen and unseen…known and unknown
If I have caused any hurt or pain
be it real or imagined….purposeful or accidental
I apologize and seek forgiveness

And if anyone else on their soul’s journey

Through all time and space
and all levels and dimensions…both seen and unseen…known and unknown
Has caused any hurt or pain
be it real or imagined….purposeful or accidental
All is forgiven and all is released

at the Soul level all contracts are complete, all debts have been paid and all Karma is balanced

As we accept and embrace the Joy and Enlightenment

that is unfolding upon the planet at this time.”

This beautiful Ho’Oponopono prayer above was written by Arthur Collins from the Oneness Movement in India.

I offer this prayer to each of you today and always.
Let’s take back our natural joy, natural state of abundance that doesn’t come from fear or lack, our natural state of truth and beauty and give Kuan Yin a break! : )

May the ease and grace of Kuan Yin bless All of us as we share the joy and Enlightenment that is unfolding on the planet at this time.

Peace Out ~
Kaira

Kaira Sherman's photo.

Isis, Lady of Crocodiles?

Fasssssscinating!

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Sobek, the Crocodile God Sobek, the Crocodile God

We don’t usually think of Isis in relation to crocodiles or to Sobek, the Crocodile God. Ahh, but wait. As with so much in Egyptian religion, it’s complicated. And there are more Isis-croc connections than we might at first think.

Let’s start with a bit about the crocodile itself. A Nile crocodile can reach up to twenty feet in length—and it doesn’t care what it eats. In addition to their usual diet of fish, the Nile crocodile is happy to feed on birds, wild and domestic animals—and human beings. Estimates are that as many as 200 people a year are killed by crocodiles. Crocodiles catch their prey in huge, toothy jaws and drag it underwater until the struggling stops. It is no wonder Egyptians ancient and modern fear the beast. Perhaps that fear explains why the Nile crocodile was hunted nearly to extinction in the 1940s through 60s. Today, however, they have rebounded and…

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Isis, Lady of the Star

Another fabulous article! Thank you Isidora ~ Isis

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One of my favorite tarot images, Isis as The Star in the Ancient Egyptian Tarot by Clive Barrett One of my favorite tarot images: Isis as The Star in the Ancient Egyptian Tarot by Clive Barrett

Some people see Isis in the pale, magical light of the moon.

Some see Her in the golden, lifegiving rays of the sun.

I do find Her there. Oh yes.

But for me, the heavenly body in which I most easily see Her is the star, Her star: Sirius (Sopdet in Egyptian, Sothis in Greek). I can’t help it. And it isn’t just because of Her strong ancient connections with the Fair Star of the Waters, the Herald of the Inundation. It’s something about the way my particular spiritual “stuff” fits with Her particular Divine “stuff.” Her diamond starlight draws me, lures me, illuminates my heart and mind.

I fell in love with Her as Lady of the Star the first time I saw Sirius through a telescope. As I watched, Her brilliant star sparkled with rays of…

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The Sacred Circle Tarot by Anna Franklin and Paul Mason – The World Tree card

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 The Sacred Circle Tarot

       by Anna Franklin and Paul Mason

 

Greetings Everyone!

 

This week’s deck review and tarot card is from the Sacred Circle Tarot, and is The World Tree card (21).    The World Tree speaks of eternal life, attainment, and completion of  one’s goals.

Here is the description from the guidebook and companion to the Sacred Circle Tarot deck:

 

The World Tree

The card shows the World Tree, a giant oak that links the Three Realms of Being.  The sacred mistletoe hanges from its branches.

The landscape behind the tree shows the midsummer sunrise on one side and the winter full moon on the other.  An eagle circles

the skies and a snake slithers through the roots of the tree.

The Symbolism

In magical terms, the Three Realms are connected by the axis mundi, or World Tree.  The tree has its roots in the Underworld, its trunk in the Middle Earth, and its branches in the heavens.  The concept of the cosmos as a tree is widespread in Pagan mythology.  The best known example of the Scandinavian Yggdrasil, a giant evergreen ash tree.  For the Celts, the World Tree was an apple of oak.  Middle Earth is the realm in which we live – the earth, the physical plane, the realm of ordinary consciousness.  The Craft teaches that we should not try to escape this realm, that it is not base and a place of evil, but that it is good and beautiful.  We should learn to interact fully with it, care for it, and love it, for the Divine is manifest within it.  We are part of it.  Through the study of the earth, of nature and its cycles, we learn of the great cosmic patterns.  Through the study and practice of life and magic, we interact with them.  From the earth, we begin, and in touch with the earth we can contact other realities.  However, we must always be in touch with the earth and our physical existence.

 

Some Possible Divinitory Meanings:

The World Tree represents not only the whole cosmos, but is the central axis that links all three realms.  This axis does not exist in any physical place, but can be created  anywhere by the conscious will of the magician.  By aligning herself with the axis mundi, she is aligned with the center of the universe and through it has access to all of the realms.  When the circle is cast, the first act is to draw the axis down through its center and link the circle to all of the realms, to be “between the worlds”.

At the deepest levels of Pagan teaching, the practitioner or magician travels to various realms of consciousness in order to gain knowledge and personal teaching from the Otherwordly beings.

On a mundane level, the card of the World Tree marks the successful completion of some venture, achieving something that you have worked hard for: the successfull end of a cycle of events.  You will be rewarded for all your efforts – it is time to celebrate.  This card may also indicate a journey, either spiritual or physical, during which an important lesson will be learned.

On a higher level, the card of The World Tree demonstrates the Oneness and interconnection of all things, their equal importance and their myriad possibilities.  This is an idea, rather than something that we can attain on a day-to-day basis- we’re only human, after all.  However, it is something we can glimpe at certain special moments and sense its harmony, its reconciliation of opposites.